Crimson Lotus Tea

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87

This tea is good. The only problem I had with this tea was I was using a new teapot that was supposed to be 100ml. The teapot turned out to be bigger, probably closer to 140ml. What would have been a good amount of tea for 100ml was not enough for 140ml. Still, the tea was good. It had a nice color to it. This was no yellow sheng but had a nice orange color to it. There was a fair amount of bitterness in the early steeps but not a young sheng bitterness if you know what I mean. It dramatically mellowed out over eight steeps. The next time I make this tea I will use more tea. The tea had a nice aged flavor to it, I’m not sure how to describe the specific notes but it was good. This is not a cheap tea. I think it goes for $30 for a tuo but it is worth the price.

I steeped this tea eight times in a 140ml teapot with 5g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and let the leaves rest for about ten minutes. I steeped the tea for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, and 1 min. Had the teapot been the size listed in the description I think this would have worked out just about right.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 140 ML
mrmopar

You know when the orange starts the sheng is really getting good.

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82

Another one from Veck’s box of magic… I hadn’t tried until today (which has been self designated as CLT tasting note day).

This one tastes ancient! It isn’t quite as sweet or fruity as the 2005 top of the clouds, or nearly as intense of a color.

While I use floral as a note, it isn’t tropical flowers like I get off of some other teas, it is more of your garden variety western type. I keep picturing pansies, like the kind from the salad, but not as bitter. Or maybe an iris, elegant and brisk.

The after taste on this one lingers, and almost reminds me of an ancient library. Like the sensation of opening an ancient tome. A lot of the classic Changtai note is pretty muted, I guess by so long in wet storage. It’s very Yiwu in character, but not as powdery as I found the 2005 Changtai Yibang I got from Puerhshop to be. The leaves are small, but maybe a bit bigger on average than a yibang.

It was very interesting. Other than the 90s Hong Kong Storage this is the oldest tea I’ve had. This is good, and I could see some Yiwu fans swooning over this one. But unlike pretty much everything else from Crimson Lotus I don’t feel the need to stock a life time supply of this.

Flavors: Flowers, Mineral, Paper

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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95

I want to own a 2kg brick of this and dress it up as spiderman and/ or Gandalf

The first few steeps of this are definitely the best and really emphasis it’s sweetness. I always think druid latte’s when I make this, but after sending some to the Last Dodo, she told me it tasted like Lindt Dark Chocolate Chili… and after she told me that I can taste that if my imagination cap isn’t on. But it’s totally chocolate creamy wood… I imagine elves living in a forest and going to a Treebucks to get a cup of this!

It doesn’t steep out quite as long as I’d like… but that is likely because I turn it motor oil colored to feel like I am drinking lattes :P I am sure if you flash steeped this it would go longer. It is soooooo sweet for the first 4 or so steeps. But I love this shou so much I would buy it no matter how long it lasted.

It is a great starter Shou… a bit more complex than the other intro one I use (Mandala’s Special Dark). I’ve sent many raves about this one to Glen, and he tells me it is because most ripes aren’t done intentionally, but this one is.

TL:DR: Stock up on 2 kg bricks and start a Treebucks for the druids in your area.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Pepper, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 10 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Sil

interesting. You are doing my cupboard no favours by making me want to place an order with crimsonlotus (who has been on my “to do list” for a while now)

mrmopar

I love it! Someone else who gets the pepper notes!

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89

I’m not sure why this one wasn’t on Crimson Lotus’s page!

This was a sample sent to me by Glen with my mini order right before they went to China. I have been out of this tea for a bit, but was encouraged recently (but other steepsters I know) to start writing more reviews on the Crimson Lotus tea I so frequently doomcart

This was the tea that turned me on to my obsession with Changtai. It has that smokey/cowboyness that all Changtais have, but a really complex aroma of peach and minerals along with it. The color of the brew is gorgeous as well, a dark colorful orange! This is a really well done humid storage tea, where the storage added complexity rather than just drown the leaves in that weird mineral smell.

I remember the taste very vividly months later, and someday a cake will be mine! I salivated very much at the instagram photos of the giant crate Glen got of it while they were in Yunnan (bike delivered and all).

TL:DR: Very good starter example for humid storage. Very delicious fruity tea. Will start a life long changtai obsession.

Flavors: Mineral, Peach, Smoke, Wet Rocks

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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85

I first tried this tea (and most of my Crimson Lotus experiences) because of Mr. Veck’s epic pu starter pack. Kunlu is a bit of a different offering, I saw it was really valued in the ancient times, but from what I gather it isn’t marketed as much these days because the leaves aren’t as pretty as some. While literature says that, I don’t believe them. I think Glen’s cakes look just lovely!

Kunlu reminds me a bit of bulang, but more astringent. I have had this tea many times and I keep getting: muted classic bulang bitterness, pineapple and tuberose flowers. No one else I’ve talked to who has had this tea has found those notes… so I must be on some kind of Kunlu mega high.

I’m really excited about the 2015 Kunlu, because if the really young trees this was made from had those types of flavors… imagine how gushu will capture them!

TL:DR: For me, Kunlu = Bulang on a Beach. I’ve sent samples to a few other people who haven’t gotten that, so your milage may vary.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Pineapple, Tropical

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Stephanie

Nice review Phi!

kieblera5

Glen has lovely cakes :P

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90

I’ve been challenged! So here is my first review… So I had high expectations of this tea before it was available again, Mr. Veck on the Steepster Chatroom would occasionally wax on about his fond memories of this tea and how he wished he had more than a single serving left, because it was such an enjoyable Shou. So when it was around again… I bought one to split with him as a surprise, later to find out he got one himself! Long story short, this tea came with expectations and some improbable buying. I wouldn’t have normally picked up a Shou in this price range.

This is good! There is that sense of depth one gets from CLT Bulang Gushu Shou, but coupled with wood rather than sweetness. This is one shou I actually prefer with shorter steeps. It is balanced in the same way the Dayi 2011 Centennial Shou is, and definitely near that quality, but perhaps a little earthier. It still has some of the dirty notes associated with shou.. but if you are a shou drinker a cup wouldn’t be quite complete without that hint of dirt.

This tea is something Lord of the Ring’s Ents would drink. It gives me a great sense of calm, it’s very earthy in the most elegant of ways. It brews forever and ever and ever… I am still drinking the gaiwan leaves I started last night. Flash brew shou definitely goes further. I feel like since this one has a lot more to it than sweetness that the flash steep brings out more of it’s elegant characteristics than turning it into motor oil (like I do with my beloved Bulang Gushu- druid lattes ftw) and also makes it last a lot longer. While this might be an expensive shou per gram, the flash steeping makes it last about twice as long as most of my ripes.

Point being: I’m glad we both have a cake Veck, and we need more Kunlu Online Tea Parties! Also Glen, you must find more of this!

If you’d like a more complete review, Teadb has a video review on this one where they meet with Glen and his lovely wife to drink it.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Dark Chocolate, Dark Wood, Dirt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
kieblera5

Yay! Reviews! :D

Sil

so sad i missed out on this one

Phi

Hey Sil, follow me back and send me your address and I’ll mail you off a sample.

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86

Wow, I’ve been terrible about writing tasting notes lately. I’ll try to be better.

I decided to have this one this morning, and I’m glad I did. It’s a nice, comforting shou pu. Rich and deep creamy in color. Enjoyable. I’ll definitely have this one again.

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Preparation
6 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
boychik

you are not alone. glad you enjoyed it. i had it last night. its so rich even with my allergies ;)

kieblera5

This is awesome shou :)

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Breaking this one out tonight. Got this about 4 days ago and finally getting to it.
I got 8 grams out and warmed the gaiwan for this one. After a quick rinse I let this sit a couple of hours. The aroma after the rinse was a nice vegetal type.
I went back after resting a few hours to brew. The leaf is very green in this almost like a TGY leaf in color , very vibrant green. I hit it with some hot water and a nice honey aroma is coming off this one. The brew is a very pale yellow. Almost the color of a white tea. It has the lovely pine sap and a little tobacco with some bitter and a nice sweet at the end.
This is nice and active with a vibrant mouth feel to it. It will rattle around the teeth a bit. The really nice aspect to this one with the mouth feel is the fantastic sweetness it brings. I gave my better half some to try and she liked it as well. (I am trying to butter her up for my inbound stuff.) I have noticed a touch of the bitter mixing with the sweet at the end.
Nice enjoyable, well sourced and produced.
I feel so lucky that I found this site about three years ago. I have met wonderful people and have gotten to know these guys that work so hard to get this stuff to us.
Hats off to them all, Glen, Paul, Scott, Garret and all you guys that find all these hidden gems in all these tea shops. Lets not forget the newcomers giving us good tea as well. I found a couple of new ones you may know them. Wymm, Nannuoshan, What-cha and Tribute teas. All contributing to our site.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Honey, Pine, Sweet

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

Have you tried their slumbering dragon? It looks beyond amazing :)

tea-junkie

Can’t wait to try mine. I have to wait about a week, I have family in from out of town.

mrmopar

Haven’t had the slumbering dragon yet. I know the Bulang Shan was good. I should have bought 2 of them.

Haveteawilltravel

I’m considering getting some of the Bulang and Slumbering dragon. CLT talked of the powerful qi, and that just about sold me.

MzPriss

My cake of this JUST got here and I’m so excited. I already had a sample of the Hidden Song cake which lead me to buying a cake of that and after reading this, I threw in the Whispering Sunshine too. The Hidden Song is DELICIOUS!

mrmopar

MzP told you.

MzPriss

You did! I’m loving this shou too. I’m busting into the Sunshine one tomorrow. Did you get mail?

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From the Sheng and Shou TTB.

Only 4g of this tea was left in the TTB when it got to me, but I’ve been wanting to try this one so bad, so I grabbed it!

Caramel shou…that’s all you really need to know. Smooth, delicious, caramel shou. Cocoa notes appeared in later steepings. Man, I wish I had more! On the wishlist it goes…wait, it’s already on there! ;)

BezoomnyChaiVeck

That’s a very nice shou, I think.

I’ve been hoarding the last bit of my sample for a while now, perhaps I should have it again this weekend! =)

Tealizzy

I definitely recommend enjoying it! :)

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75

This is a mighty fine shou. A nice dark amber color. The brew is nice and creamy with the sweetness of caramel. I could keep drinking more of this. I got at least 10 steeps out of it (I never remember to count).

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy

Stephanie

sounds great

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73

My boyfriend got this as a sample when he bought me some tea ware as a Valentine’s gift. It was a good sized sample and I picked a large chunk to taste today. I might try lower water temp on the next tasting. It is sweet, and a little acidic, with some bitterness arriving by the third steep. Light in the cup and in the mouth, an everyday cup of sheng

Flavors: Floral, Sweet

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96
I love this tea. Used 10 grams today in my shou pot.

Steeps up kinda lighter for the first 2 infusions, but it was dark dark dark for the rest of the session.
Found this to be an easy everyday drinking ripe like crimson recommends.
I found it has enough complexity that it doesn’t get boring and lacks any fermented aromas or taste.

Flavors: Creamy, Earth, Moss, Wheat

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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84

This is an awesome shou.
I am glad I choose this one to be my first experience crimson lotus tea.
Taste was smooth and balanced. With notes of molasses & wheat & earth present.
Used 5.8 grams to 90 Ml glass gaiwan.

Flavors: Earth, Molasses, Wheat

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
mrmopar

This is good stuff.

Tealizzy

Wish-listed!

Marcus reed

Loved it.

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This tea is very strong, both with a certain amount of bitterness and a fair amount of fermentation flavor. I really didn’t love this tea and I really didn’t hate it. Bought a bing a while ago so I will age it for a year and see if I like it more.

I brewed this five times in a 220ml gaiwan with 10g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 sec. This was a strong tea and I am sure I could have pushed it to ten steeps had I had the desire or the caffeine limit.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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Early steeps are dark and sort of earthy with a light sweetness. Later steeps become much lighter and sweeter with no earthiness. Hopefully by the time my tea box is no longer overflowing I may be able to get another brick of this and some more of their other Bulang shu. That might be a while, though.

Steeped this in a clay teapot my uncle gave me a few years back— I don’t remember if it’s yixing or not and I may have previously used it a few times for black teas, but I’ve reseasoned it for shu pu’ers now. I recently rediscovered another two clay teapots that were gifted to me by my relatives but disappeared amidst moving chaos last year. One’s now seasoned for shengs and the other oolongs (primarily roasted ones, I’m thinking). Hopefully I’ll be able to find some time this upcoming semester to use them every so often!

boychik

i think this tea is great everyday tea. quality tea that tastes good. and can i have your relatives ? nobody gives me yixing

Ag

Agreed, it’s a fantastic everyday tea. Also a great example of how a tea’s flavour can change throughout steeps. I really loved having it in the morning and then steeping it throughout the day— I usually like strong/earthy pu’er in the morning and something lighter/sweeter in the evenings.

mrmopar

Good stuff.

Crimson Lotus Tea

It’s always nice when you rediscover teapots that disappeared! :-)

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As I was rushing out the door for work this morning, I was rifling through my swap samples and grabbed this tea. The handwritten package I have says “2003 Changtia Yu Nian Shu tuo” so I assumed it was going to be shou! LOL

Luckily I didn’t have my heart set on shou this morning, and this turned out to be a very nice sheng! Super smooth and almost creamy tasting. Not much in the way of bitterness or astringency going on. Somewhat sweet, too. I’m not really getting any florals or smokiness. Tasty!

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Thank you for the sample ChaiVeck!

This is a nice easy drinking shou! Clean and basic “shou flavor”, but with a nice pleasant sweetness. A little bit of cocoa notes make me think of Special Dark which is always good.

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i’m so glad i picked this tea during BF without trying first. i trust my Puerh buddies reviews !
Its good. Very rich and soo smooth. very easy to drink. Even my hubby who is not into tea enjoyed couple cups of this tea.
7g 100ml 212F
rinse/ pause/5/3/5/5/7/7/10/15/20sec
I even brew it the next day. pretty potent for a shou.

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

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87

Enjoyed this sample last night from a friend. I haven’t been reviewing as many teas as I’ve been drinking lately because I’m trying to be productive and spend less time on Steepster so I get some things done, lol…

At first I tried steeping this for 30 seconds, but after reading a couple of the other taster’s notes I went to one minute with this one. That yielded a darker and more sweet kind of brew. I steeped it that way for about 4 -5 times and really enjoyed it. I am not enjoying tobacco flavors lately in shu and this was devoid of those as well. I got more earthy and cocoa notes. Glad I got to try this as I’ve been dying to have something from Crimson Lotus.

Overall this is a definite good shu, I wouldn’t say there’s anything about it that made it stand above others I’ve had but it’s a nice, smooth tea. Might want to pick some of this up for my cupboard!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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Needed a shou today and I decided to pick this one. Very glad I did for it really hit the spot in my effort to balance out all the sheng I’ve been drinking over the past ten days. This one is so very easy to drink. Just enough complexity and a nice balance of sweetness with light bitterness. Flavor profile is a bit of everything – creamy, fruity, earthy, woodsy, tobacco – but not one of these dominates or overpowers. No fermentation found. Reasonable durability to my liking – I believe I had 10 decent steepings. A big recommendation from me!

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

got a sample. i might try tonight ;)

DigniTea

I hope you do. Basic good quality ripe puerh worthy of a proper tasting.

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