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83

Thank You Mr Mopar for this sample. The first thing I noticed about this tea was the color of the tea soup, dark brown. This is definitely an aged tea despite being pressed into a cake recently. The second thing I noticed was the wet storage taste. The tea has a strong note of wet wood to it. I steeped the tea eight times and the wet storage taste never completely went away. It did get a bit muted in later steeps. There is also a note of spicyness to this tea. It bites the tongue just a little. Not quite like a red chile but maybe a jalepeno. This is a good tea for someone who enjoys the taste of wet wood as wet storage taste is often called. It definitely has an aged taste to it. This is no young sheng.

I steeped this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 8.5g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. Had I wanted to continue I’m sure I could have gotten quite a few more steeps out of it but I was at my caffeine limit for today.

Flavors: Spicy, Wet Wood

Preparation
Boiling 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
mrmopar

I agree, the loose maocha pressed in here was damp/wet stored for sure. I am going to try and air this one out a while and see if it will improve some.

AllanK

Still despite the wet stored taste I did like the tea. The wet stored taste was not overly strong but prominent.

mrmopar

I think it was a blend with the 2015 maocha and some from 2005. I bought it on a whim with some other stuff. Now I have most of a cake to air out for a while.

jschergen

Have only had one session with this tea. Found it to be functional, but not overly exciting.

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70

For the low price I paid this tea isn’t bad. It’s by no means incredible but for $7 I didn’t expect much. There was a fair amount of fermentation flavor during the early steeps of this tea, I’d say it dominated the first four steeps. The main note that emerged in this tea was spice. It was as if I had added a red chili pepper to the tea. After a while a sweet note emerged but it took a while. I never found notes of chocolate but I really didn’t expect to. This was just something cheap to add to my order. It is a large leafed tea and the brick was loosely packed. It was definitely made of lower quality leaves. But all in all the taste wasn’t half bad. Not something everyone would like but I am sure some would. I am not sure if the notes of spice are because it was packed in bamboo. I really didn’t taste the bamboo. I will let this age and see how it is in another year.

I steeped this twelve times in an 85ml Yixing Teapot with 7.2g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min and 2 min. In the end I neither recommend this tea or don’t recommend this tea. If spicy notes are to your taste this brick is cheap. There wasn’t much to lose with this brick and I am not upset to have bought it.

Flavors: Earth, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

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91

This is a relatively inexpensive tea from Chawangshop at $30 if I remember correctly. It has in my opinion value beyond its cost. This was good tea. It was not without fermentation flavor. It was thick and creamy with fermentation flavor throughout the first four or five steeps. There was, however, very little bitterness to this tea. It had a sweet taste from the beginning. While I didn’t notice the chocolate flavor that everyone seems to want in ripe puerh it did develop a fruity note after the fermentation taste faded. I would aadd that while there was a lot of fermentation flavor I didn’t notice any fishyness to this tea. So far everything I have bought from Chawangshop has been good. We will see if my luck holds with a couple of really cheap teas I also got from them. This was like I think I said a very strong tea. It was very dark in color and held its color throughout the twelve steeps I gave this tea. I think this tea would have gone at least fifteen steeps but twelve is enough for me.

I steeped this tea twelve times in a 85ml Yixing Teapot with 7.1g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min. Again this tea would probably have gone another three or four steeps. It was a strong tea.

Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

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86

This tea was excellent. For the price of $22 a bing it’s hard to beat. I didn’t find much bitterness in this tea. There was a little in the first couple of steeps and that is all. Another reviewer described a light floral taste. I think this is on the mark. It’s got a lot of sweetness to it too. More of a floral sweetness than an apricoty sweetness. I bought this largely because Mr Mopar’s review made it seem quite interesting. This tea is not a disappointment. It was quite good. I steeped the hell out of this tea in a 60ml gaiwan. Gave it fifteen steeps in all. While that was enough for me I think I could have gotten a couple more steeps out of it.

I steeped this tea fifteen times in a 60ml gaiwan with 4.3g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, 2 min, 2.5 min, 3 min, and 3.5 min. What I did not get from this tea was any noticeable effect of qi. That is not to say it didn’t have any, just I didn’t feel any. I am happy to have bought the bing.

Flavors: Bitter, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 g 2 OZ / 60 ML
Cwyn

I think this is an excellent buy. At heavier parameters it does get really bitter but that means good for aging!

mrmopar

Agreed hard to beat on the price level.

AllanK

This was good stuff.

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84

I purchased this cake with my Chawangshop order. A large leaf Bulang ripe for….$8! I had to see what it was like. I have to say, not bad! It really is large leaf material. Medium ferment, somewhat bitter and acidic, but also pretty tasty. Lots of caffeine. A good daily drinker for the budget minded. Chawangshop has some over the top bargains, even with the over the top shipping cost. You just have to plan well! I think my last order cost $40 to ship, though it was a large order.

curlygc

I am contemplating an order from them. Actually thinking about seeing if there are any Steepsterites on the east coast who might want to go in on one. I am very intrigued by their offerings!

AllanK

Did you go with SAL or have it shipped EMS? I always choose their AIR option which on my latest order turned out to be EMS not E Packet.

Rich

I did SAL, I think EMS was going to be $60.

mrmopar

I am up if the 100 grammer cake I jave coming in is decent. If so I am getting a tong for me and my grandson to enjoy over the ages.

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80

This is a strong and tasty tea. It was thick with fermentation flavor in the early steeps. It had a strong bitter character in the early steeps as well. The fermentation flavor persisted for some five steeps and the bitterness not as long. This was an incredible tea for the money I paid. It was only $4.50 for this tea. It was thick and rich to use a phrase. There was a dark color to this tea even in the eighth steep. I think this tea would have gone at least twelve steeps and possibly fifteen before losing it’s strength. I only steeped it eight times because of the caffeine factor. I can’t say if it developed notes of chocolate as I wasn’t paying close attention. It did develop a sweet flavor that was almost, but not quite fruity. While those with an extreme aversion to fermentation flavor might want to stay away from this tea I thought it was pretty good. It was not as good as something like the 2012 Huron Gold Needle from Whispering Pines but for the price it is hard to beat. I would definitely consider buying a couple more of these to age. At the price the only thing I have to lose is storage space.

I steeped this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 8.9g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec.

Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
tea-junkie

This has caught my attention. What is there shipping like?

AllanK

Their shipping is either e packet or SAL. They list it as air on the website but it shipped out e packet. Got to me in less than ten days. You don’t simply pay them. You wait for an invoice and the shipping was cheaper than the quote by about $10.

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80

Received this as a free sample with my recent order to Chawangshop. Liubao Tea is not a sort of tea I am in expert in. This one was enjoyable. It had what I would describe as a strong note of bamboo. Some might describe this note as wet wood but I think bamboo is a better description. It seems to be a common flavor in Liubao tea from the few I have tried. In this case it was not overpowering. It largely but not completely dissipated after around four steeps. It also had distinct notes of spicy in it. It was as if I had steeped the tea in a red chili. The spice was that prevalent. This is probably not a tea I would end up buying although I do want to order some Liubao the next time I order from Chaawangshop. If a teas qi is related to the effect it had on you this one has a mild but noticeable qi. I definitely feel an effect from this tea and I did not drink that much. Because I was drinking tea later than usual I only steeped this eight times in a 60ml gaiwan. This is not a huge amount of tea. It seems to have a warming effect on me. I don’t know if Liubao is supposed to be warming or cooling but that is the feel of it to me. I am happy that the taste of bamboo was not too strong as I am not overly fond of that note in tea. Again I think bamboo is a better description than wet wood. I don’t know that this tea was wet stored or dry stored. I don’t even know what part of China Chawangshop is in. I definitely want to buy more Liubao teas from their large selection.

I steeped this tea eight times in a 60ml gaiwan with 4g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. Judging by the color of the leaves I think I would get at least another four steeps out of this should I continue.

Flavors: Bamboo, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 4 g 2 OZ / 60 ML
Rich

They sent me the same factory liu boa free sample from 2010, slightly different though (three cranes). We will have to compare notes!

AllanK

They actually sent me another Liu Bao too, haven’t tried it yet.

Cwyn

Liu Bao is tea that is oxidized like black tea and then pile fermented and packet into bamboo baskets usually. It has a shou quality and is warming, usually the first four steps are the money steeps and then it fades, more quickly than shou. Usually Liu Bao is made from leaf from other provinces, not the Yunnan large leaf, so it doesn’t have the power that shou puerh does.

AllanK

This one did not have overpowering bamboo taste. Some I have drank the bamboo taste was too strong.

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88

I received a bag of these mini tuos with my recent order. I was not expecting much. I was quite surprised. I found this to be a very tasty tea, high quality. The liquor was amber colored and tasted very smooth, as one might expect from Langhe. I saw a bunch of little white things in there – flower petals perhaps? Any ideas anyone? The tea is not supposed to be adulterated, I wonder if this is naturally occurring. Anyway, very good flavor and great to have them for traveling! And quite cheap. Good stuff.

boychik

Can you make a pic to see those “petals”?

Rich

Wish I could, I already dumped the leaves.

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This one snuck up on me. I’d had it once before and had classed it as a daily drinker, so it seemed perfect for sipping while I checked my email. I was reading when I suddenly realized that I had a huge mouth-full of flavor. Mostly wood, but reasonably complex. The thing that really impressed me is the mouth-feel and the long, powerful finish. Decent cha qi as well.

I immediately stopped work to enjoy the third steep, which was similar to second cup but more powerful. The tea is more tannic that I would like (part of the mouth-feel) but there is only a hint of bitterness. By the 4th steep the tannin was getting to me: my mouth is all puckered up. I lowered the rating a notch. This isn’t necessarily my style of tea, but I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I got back into the email and did a 5 minute steep (too tannic to drink) which pretty much ended the session.

Actually, the oversteep didn’t totally ruin the leaves, but left it as a daily drinker.

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Finally learned how to brew this

Preparation
6 g 3 OZ / 95 ML

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89

Thank you Marcus Reed for this sample. While I didn’t feel any noticeable effect from this tea it is quite good. It was sweet with little bitterness and just a little astringency. In fact there were notes reminiscent of honey in this tea, not quite but close. This is a tea I would consider buying. I’ve been meaning to order from Chawangshop for a while now.

I steeped this tea ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 7.9g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and about a 15 minute rest. The leaves were very densely packed. It was not until the third steep that they began to open up. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
mrmopar

You will like some of their stuff.

Cwyn

I haven’t tasted mine since last year. I have had it in a crock this whole time. Our recent super muggy weather seems to have started to loosen it up a little, so very compressed!

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80

Catching up on my tea notes and cupboard. Purchased this cake very fresh, love the price tag at $22 for a 200g cake. A surprisingly bitter tea, I have some Mengsong Gushu that I used to make a batch of shou and it was mild compared to the Chawangpu cake. Unlike the Hekai Gushu which I want to drink entirely while fresh, this Mengsong is a better tea to age. If I were younger I’d be picking up a tong of this to put away.

I’m impressed with the processing, very little char in my cake and have found that to be the case for most of the house label teas from this vendor, with the exception of the Lao Yun which is a farm production. Chawangshop teas remind me again this year that I don’t need to settle for dirty tea and sticks from some high production factory or other.

Flavors: Bitter Melon, Hay

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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82

Catching up on my cupboard and notes. I can’t believe I’ve drunk up nearly half this cake so far this summer. But it has been my go-to daily drinker for a couple of months now. This cake is packed full of buds and has that champagne grape profile of higher tier Yiwu, but at a fraction of the price. A nice change from apricot sheng if you know what I mean.

The tea is a little bitter when pushed, but I like this fresh profile while the tea is new, and less so once it hits a year old, so I’m trying to drink it up young. No expansive qi or terribly subtle qualities. In the summer, I get overheated on a daily basis and struggle with water retention from heat and BP medications. This tea cools my body in two cups, yep hot tea. Very yin. My interior heat cools, and I begin to pee out all the water my body is holding. I feel immensely better just after a couple cups. Yeah kinda gross, I know, but we all have our symptoms.

I get maybe 8-10 steeps tops, so I can finish this off in an evening or maybe a couple cups left the following day. I tried cold brewing this since the hot brew is such a nice light yellow/green, but it doesn’t really hold up cold. The brew turns dark and more bitter in the fridge.

Gotta recommend this for the higher tier flavor and budget price tag. My pick for a daily drinker from the 2015 Chawangshop house teas, but not an age-r. A better choice for aging is the 2015 Mengsong.

Flavors: Green, White Grapes

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
tanluwils

I’ve been curious to try a chawangpu production mainly because they’re low-priced Banna teas, but the shipping costs have kept me from making a purchase. How would you compare them against Yunnan Sourcing productions?

Cwyn

If you are ordering from the China-based Yunnan Sourcing, the shipping will be comparable. YS has a customer purchase point system that is basically a growing coupon code. This can help defray costs. Chawangshop doesn’t have a poin system, however when you check out you are getting a shipping quote and not the actual cost. You don’t pay right away until the package has an accurate shipping cost which is, in my experience, always lower than the checkout shipping.

YS teas are often blends, and Scott has worked on these blends a long time, over a period of years. Because of the lead blends, I would say the appreciation is in the subtleties of the leaf blend. Chawangshop seems to focus on single batches from his sources, not so much a blend. Some teas are craft or farm teas, made by the people who harvest the tea. Some like the Lao Yun, the less expensive version is made by the women themselves over a wood fire and you get that wood smoke to air out. That is one example of a coarser, more craft and less refined cake. This shop offers many other tea products that are coarse. I find them interesting for this reason, I am a rural woman from another part of the world.

I suggest ordering from the US Yunnan Sourcing for a lower shipping cost and subtle blending, and sometime do an order from Chawangshop for their craft locally made products.

tanluwils

Very interesting assessment. I don’t mind hints of smoke so long as they don’t dominate or impart a burnt flavor. Would you say the level smokiness in Chawangpu productions is similar to that from the Puerh Shop?

I’ve noticed that many of YS’s in-house cakes are actually single estate/village productions or single mountain teas, which I suppose could be a blend if there are different varietals on the mountain. As a broke student, I’ve been very satisfied with YS cakes in terms of getting real value for my money. Although I was disappointed with one of their Dan Cong’s. Good point about YS’s point system. I completely forgot about it and now I see that I have over $15 worth of vouchers!

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Got this one out for brewing tonight. I picked 9 grams off for the gaiwan. I gave a quick rinse and then 3 quick steeps as fast as I could pour.
The liquid is a very light yellow color. It has an almost tropical aroma as some one mentioned. Vaguely like an aroma of pineapple.
The tea is mineral and vegetal in the first cup. There is some light citrus and it has a medium body mouth feel to it.
Second steep(s), The tea opens up a bit more. It has a bitter punch that goes sweet and back to a faint bitterness. It starts to give a little tongue buzz on the tip and sides. Just a wisp of smokiness in there as well. Very nice leaf opening up in the gawain.

Flavors: Bitter, Mineral, Pineapple, Smoke, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Kirkoneill1988

no honey or spices? thats what i get from all sheng, honey and/or spices. just at different degrees :)

mrmopar

Maybe some honey sweetness. Pretty good tea.

Cwyn

I thought this was the most bitter of the new 2015 productions. A good one to age.

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86

Tropical, floral and robust, very nice flavors. Just what I look for in young raw. For the price their selling it for, its a steal.

Also its worth mentioning it has a very noticeable and lasting huigan

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 95 ML

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80

Very nice old tree tropical fruit thing that i LOVE in puer. But not robust enough for it to be taken to the next for me.

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51

This is the one thats really 05 maocha pressed in 2015, there is some nice storage on it. But ithas a heavy Mugwort taste, if you’ve never had Mugwort, its very barnyard like. This is not a flavor i like in my puer so this one is undrinkable for me

Ginkosan

Yeah you gotta be weary of aged mao cha sometimes… I feel similarly about the W2T Repave (though I like that one) and the YS Bu Lang Shan Yun.

Cwyn

What? I love this tea. It needs airing, a year in my crocks and it will be awesome.

aLabGunsabston

I didn’t think of that. I was just so excited when I saw the price I brewed right after I opened the sample bag.

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I guess I’m the first review on this one. I had a friend mention it in a blog and another had it in their cupboard and another post on how good this shop was. I agree.
I got 10 grams out and gave a quick rinse. I did 3 steepings and put them in a big western mug. I read the sellers description and started sipping.
The brew is light golden in the cup. First sip gave a touch of bitterness that faded quickly a wisp of smoke and the closest note I can find is cotton candy on the taste buds. It gives a bit of tingle on the tongue as well. The 3-6 steeps were as far as I got today but the bitterness is increasing in the later steeps.
This is a very interesting tea for sure.

Flavors: Bitter, Cotton Candy, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Cwyn

I’ve made a promise to myself to drink this up over the summer while it is fresh.

yssah

ah…will it not taste good better later on?

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90

A co-worker of my husband’s gave us half a kilo of this tea (at least, I’m pretty sure it’s this tea…) and it was amazing. It only needed to be steeped for maybe a minute or two and the flavor was already very strong. It was chocolate-y, and even after five steepings, the flavor was still quite strong with milk and sugar added. Looking forward to enjoying this tea for a long time!

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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83

Vanilla and camphor play together in this tasty and gorgeous offering. Leaves the mouth full of the camphor “shuang”… and vanilla. Smells great. Has some bitterness in the later infusions and very slight smoke in the first couple. It’ll give you at least 10 infusions and once it gets going only takes about five seconds. It’s a drinkable cookie, with the bitter tweak that characterizes most raw pu’er.

Flavors: Camphor, Smoke, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 140 ML
Asaf Mazar

One of the best puers I have had so far is the 2005 jinnoushan red sun drum that I got at yunann sourcing for just $35. Its it out of stock. strong apricot jam aroma. right now I am left with the broken leaf material from the center of the cake which is more bitten tobbacco not apricot.

Yang-chu

Yepper. This one in quite popular. I have another of their cakes, which is considerably less tasty and packed considerably tighter. I’m letting it sit, maybe it will shine, but I have my doubts.

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85

Dry – Bittersweet, slightly earthy, vanilla, cocoa beans rich bitter notes.
Wet – Bittersweet and sweet, dates, starch, cocoa bean bitterness, thick and dark fruits. Some fruity notes develops with some steeps.
Liquor – Red amber to very deep burgundy.

Initial steeps start sweet, quickly transitioning to bittersweet notes with good complex middle that wears vanilla, cocoa bean and dark fruit notes with a thick body and a pleasant smoothness as it washes down, it feels like it goes from a creamy thickness to a more silky (maybe lightly oily) mouth-feel. It has a good sweetness at the end with fruit notes and a slight camphor. Steeps 2-3 got more camphor at the end, not overwhelming just present and refreshing at the end.

Mid steeps (4-6 maybe 7) Are Bittersweet on the front that transitions to sweeter notes that resemble vanilla, molasses and warm sugar before giving hints of the cocoa bean notes, dried dark and red fruits with a thick middle body and maintaining that transition to a smoother, almost slippery sensation when going down. A refreshing sensation of camphor lingers with fruity sweetness.

Final steeps (7-9, some instances up to 10) The tea starts collapsing by the 6th steeps and sometimes by the 7th, requiring bigger time adjustments and giving you a watery steep in the middle of this transition. Once you adjust the tea recovers many of its characteristics including the bittersweet to sweet transition and a vague thickness sensation, but remains mostly smooth with sweeter notes of vanilla and dried dark and red fruits. At this point there’s a starchy note and sensation that can come from the small buds starting to fall apart a bit.

Final Notes
VERY good tea, it does have as much ‘chocolate’ or ‘cocoa’ as I initially expected, but it does have more complexity that most ripes, even some well outside its price range. I would drink as it is, but I can see this being really good if you store it in a container to ‘harvest’ some of those complex notes.

Flavors: Camphor, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Dried Fruit, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 6 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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i got a sample recently and decided to try last night.
This tea is really good. it has no storage smell or taste. at all. just aged ripe shou, extremely clean but i wouldnt say its flat . its rich,creamy, fruity( more like red fruits),some malt and super clean. its a pure pleasure to drink 2002 tea without any mustiness or fermentation flavors. if only Chawang shipping wasnt that tricky.

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Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Indigobloom

Sounds delish. How many infusions?

boychik

I lost count. Had sessions over 2 days. 15? Maybe. I use almost 8g for 100ml and I tend to have very short steeps. So it lasts longer I think

Indigobloom

Oh wow. I always worry about the leaves going bad after keeping them out for more than a few hours. In my tea class they said it shouldn’t stay out more than 8 as that was when the bacteria levels spike. But nothing was said about the leaves, just the tea!!

boychik

Ok, I do save leaves all the time. Never had any going bad. Now that it’s hot and humid I take it out on a saucer and spread and let it dry. In winter months I was leaving it in Gaiwan or Yixing. My winter temps never higher than 66-68F. I don’t like to put steeped leaves in a fridge. It doesn’t taste good after. I always hit with boil water so no problem.

Indigobloom

Yeah I’ve tried the fridge thing too. Awful haha

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