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drank 1996 Fujian Se Zhong by Chawangshop
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Thank you Liquid Proust for doing all the work for the aged oolong sampler. This one is fairly smooth with no roast flavor. I’d say it has a whiskey note to tell you the truth but without the punch of real whiskey. That is just my best explanation for the notes in this complex tea. Someone else may have a better explanation as to the main notes of this tea. I steeped it twelve times and there was little bitterness to it. I’m not getting much in the way of cha qi here but maybe it will hit me later.

I steeped this twelve times in a 60ml gaiwan with 4g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 454 sec, 1min, 1.5 min, and 2 min.

Preparation
Boiling 4 g 2 OZ / 60 ML
tea123

Any particular whiskey or whisky?

AllanK

Can’t specify any particular whiskey, that is just what the note made me think of. As I haven’t drank whiskey in 25 or 30 years it would be hard to get specific anyway.

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I got a sample of this tea with a recent order. It is a very clean mid aged tea. No off flavors. It starts off with a little smoke, but that fades quickly. Then it turns into sort of a bland tobacco flavor, with just a hint of fruit and sweet, and a mild huigan. Seems like a pretty good tea, though I’m not sure how much I like (factory) teas of this age. I don’t have much experience with them.

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For the last couple of days I’ve been drinking aged sheng, Yang Qing Hao samples mostly, but today I decided to go back to young sheng, trying to get through some samples from Chawangshop. I’ve been curious about this one for awhile. Well, I’ve been curious about Hekai in general. I have to say, at only $36 for a 200g cake, I will very likely add one of these cakes to my next CS order.

Wet leaf aroma is juicy fruit. Brew is smooth, sweet, and not too bitter at all, particularly with water just under boiling (200 degrees F). I did use boiling water initially and I found the tea to be on the bitter side. One of these days I will remember to count my steeps, but I’m sure I’m well over 10 and it’s only now starting to fade just a bit. The leaves are largely whole and beautiful .

This is an incredibly calming/sedative tea, but the calmness is juxtaposed with a serious hunger. I do not know if this is related to the tea or if it’s PMS or it’s close to dinner time and I just need to eat, but as my Irish wife often says “I could eat a farmer’s arse through a hedge backwards.” I honestly don’t know what I want to do more right now: keep drinking, eat, or sleep. Will likely settle on all of the above.

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I got a sample of this on my last order. A blending of Jingmai and Meng song sounded interesting to me. I know Mengsong by itself is pretty nice. Jingmai can be hit or miss to me. I had previously tried the Huang Pia from this shop from Jingmai and it met my approval as well.
I got 8 grams out and gave a quick wash and allowed it to set for about 10 minutes.
The first brew was a light gold, very little char in the strainer indicating good processing. The brew was very clear as well.
Taste notes are nice. You can feel the burly part of the Mengsong and the softening the Jingmai gives it. The aromas of the wt leaf are somewhat floral. The tasting is deceptively sweet. It takes a second or two but the it s there. The later steeps bring the citrus of the Jingmai into the mix as well. This tea is viscous and thick with bitter, sweet and citrus rolled in there.
The leaf in the gaiwan is easy to pick the smaller Jingmai and the bigger Mengsong out in there. I am not sure but the larger leaf looks as it can be a bit older the Jingmai. It is making me sweat a bit as well from the Cha Qui.
Well done production.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Floral, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Terri HarpLady

Sounds interesting!

TeaExplorer

I was thinking the same thing. Checked it out on Chawang’s site. It’s what I’d consider a mid-range price sheng. sounds worth sampling.

mrmopar

Agreed on both points. Sample for sure. I will probably grab one to age as well.

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I got this in my latest order. I bought 100 grams in hopes I could age it similar to the 2007.
I got 10 grams out to brew and gave a rinse. I let this sit about 2 hours since it was highly compressed.
After rinsing this tea gave off a very sweet aroma. The sweetness of the bamboo is present here. The color is a nice golden brew.
The initial brew is slightly sweet and then gets the light buttery punch in it. It is a thick brew that coats the mouth. Good feeling with this one. It starts to give the cha qui head sweat after drinking the cup. The aftertaste lingers in the mouth for a while.
Very enjoyable and I am glad they got this from the bamboo before shipping it.

Flavors: Bamboo, Bitter, Sweet

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

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This Liubao from Chawangshop is an iron cake in the truest sense of the word. It was so heavily compressed that my Damascus Steel tea knife was not up to the task of breaking it. I had to break out my awl, which was barely able to break it. This is basically a raw liubao cake according to how I read the description on the Chawangshop site. Produced in a similar fashion to raw puerh tea. The tea liquid is brownish in color, like the color of a ripe puerh. The taste of the tea is very spicy. A potent taste and aftertaste of spice permeated the first six steepings then began to diminish. There was also a slight sour note to this tea, although I did not find it unpleasant. I have never seen a cake quite like this advertised elsewhere. Liubao is usually fermented in my understanding, more like a ripe puerh. This ono is decidedly more like a raw puerh. There were also some sweet notes to this tea, but I did not find the kind of fruity notes you sometimes find in ripe puerh. Also no notes of chocolate. This tea is plainly hard to describe as I have no frame of reference to describe it with. I found it quite enjoyable. In the end I gave it eight steeps although I’m sure it would have gone a few more. I am sure it would have gone twelve at least.

I steeped this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9.5g 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. Again this was very enjoyable and more like a raw puerh cake than a ripe puerh cake. I can’t think of any other way to describe it. It did not have the type of bitterness associated with a 2009 raw puerh cake. There was very little bitterness. And the bitterness it did have was different from the bitterness of a raw puerh. It’s very hard to describe this tea.

Flavors: Pleasantly Sour, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 9 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
yssah

i like spicy :)

AllanK

Yssah I put some of this in the Puerh Tea TTB. You should try it.

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91

This was a very interesting and quite enjoyable aged pu erh. It was quite different than what one might expect, it really didn’t fit the expected profile of an aged pu erh. The broth was amber colored and clear. The taste was very fruity, with upfront flavors of raisins or plums, almost like an aged oolong. But underneath the dried fruit was a light shu type flavor, or maybe even something like a straight black tea; very smooth. It also had a bit of sharp bitterness, but it was an unusual bitterness, not astringent. Almost like burnt. In many ways, it reminded me of Slumbering Dragon from Crimson Lotus, particularly in terms of what the bitterness was like, though that tea doesn’t have much fruit upfront (at least right now). High qi! I was flyin’. The leaves were large (but often in pieces). I found this to be a very unusual tea, and I really like it a lot. Unfortunately, only samples are available, and it is $25 for a 25g sample. I found an old review on the internet from 2011, when this tea first became available, and a 400g cake went for around $30 back then. Man, those must have been good times for pu erh collectors!!

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Got a sample of this with my recent Chawangshop order. I have little experience with Liubao tea, but this is really good. It reminds me of a safe ripe pu erh, without the earthiness or sweetness you would find. It is really smooth and hearty, it held up to a lot of steeps. Later steeps were fruity. The broth was cola colored. Fun to try.

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89

This is the best ripe I’ve tried, so far, from Chawangshop. I went for the Power Pu this morning, with about 10g in my little yixing, doing flash steeps. The liquor for the first set of brews was thick and rich, smooth but with some bitterness. Sweet, notes of chocolate. I think their description is spot on. Great semi aged ripe tea for a great price.

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87

Another solid ripe from Chawangshop, and a bargain at $7 for a 100g cake. They say it is one of the best ripes they’ve ever tried. I wouldn’t go that far, but it is good tea. A little bitterness, some chocolate, and very little fish. Deep and rich, hearty and earthy, a little sweet, not too complex.

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87

A solid Langhe ripe from Chawangshop. It’s like a bread and butter Langhe, the telltale flavors one might expect. Very dark, fairly smooth, kind of sweet, chocolatey, and creamy. Tasty tea!

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87

This is an inexpensive and tasty mini ripe puerh from Chawangshop. It is quite good. It has a fair amount of fermentation flavor. This was noticeable through the fourth steep. There was little bitterness to this tea. It was sweet.

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: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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93

Thank you Marcus Reed for this sample. This is excellent puerh. It is sweet with little bitterness. Perhaps more than any other sheng I remember I got a note of apricots with this tea. I was surprised to have to add it to the catalog as I did get it in a swap. There is a little bit of astringency to this tea but not much. It has an overriding sweetness and I may just have to buy it the next time I order from Chawangshop. If I had tried this before ordering no doubt I would have bought it. I did not feel the famous Naka effect some have reported from Naka teas but it did seem to have a relaxing qi. I used my 60ml gaiwan and steeped this tea thirteen times. I think I would get a few more out of it if I wasn’t always watching my caffeine.

I steeped this thirteen times in a 60ml gaiwan with 4g leaf and 200 degree 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, and 2.5 min.

Flavors: Apricot

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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This is a quite delicious aged oolong from Chawangshop. The first steep was like a tea of raisins, sweet and tasty. The next few steps were noticeably less plummy, with fruit in the background and spicy cinnamon coming to the fore. So basically cinnamon raisin tea! A very interesting one to try.

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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.

x-ray

about that caffeine limit: caffeine comes out in the first few steeps, what comes out later and troubles the body (heart, uneasyiness) are the bitter molecules, tannines, not to mistake with the early and healthy bitter molecules catechines. as soon as you feel a cotton mouth and flavour drops from clear intensity, step back and let it rest. the later steeps won’t do you good if your body reacts to it. i have the same problems when steeping 4g pu erh in the evening and steep it for too many times, but that’s not the amount of caffeine then. i can stop after 10 steeps and get another 4g (total 8g) of pu erh and drink that one for 10 steeps and all is fine, no heart troubles and i feel clear and great. same goes for green tea, steep it more than 2,5 minutes total and your body will feel a lot different (heavy, uneasy) than with only 2 minutes total (clear mind and body), it’s not the amount of caffeine really (only influences the intensity of the feel), it’s the total steep time that affects “how” you feel.

AllanK

X-ray I have seen scientific studies that to remove all the caffeine from tea you have to steep it for something like ten minutes. That means unfortunately one may still be getting caffeine in the ninth and tenth steep. Unfortunately I have insomnia, luckily not heart troubles.

x-ray

sure.. i didn’t mean that there won’t be any caffeine at all in the latter steeps, but the troubling substances would come out after 10, maybe sometimes only after 20 steeps, but with 10 steeps i’m always ok and can go for 2 sessions in the evening, each about 4-5 grams without insomnia (and i am really the candidate for heart troubles and insomnia when steeping too long)

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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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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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