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I’ve had this for some time, and I’ve never even tried it. I pulled it from storage and decided to give it a go. The dry leaf is incredibly compressed, and it gives off a sweet and fruity aroma. I placed a chunk in my warmed yixing and gave it a shake. The warmed leaf gave off a nice sweet aroma. I was picking up peat moss, wet wood, and some nectar. I washed the leaves twice and prepared for brewing. The steeped leaves gave off a much different tone that its previous aromas. I was able to get a distinct smoke scent along with some spinach and pepper. The taste begins slightly sour with smoke. The smokiness grows and becomes stronger with each steeping. The Bulang bite is present in the first couple steeping sessions. The qi can quickly be felt by the second steeping.The feeling begins in the head and neck and quickly flows through the body. I experienced no huigan with this brew. I’m glad I stuck with it (I’m not partial to bitter brews), for it became sweet by the fourth steeping. The Bulang bite still accompanies this sugarcane sweetness. However, this brew goes flat pretty quickly. I was able to pull about eight or so steepings from this tea. The sweetness was good, but it wasn’t lasting and it was too subtle for my taste. This is an okay tea, and I guess it would make a fair daily drinker. Personally, I don’t see myself reaching for it in the future.
Flavors: Bitter, Peat Moss, Pepper, Smoke, Spinach, Sugarcane, Sweet, Wet Wood
I saw most of the 2015 cakes have sold out at Crimson Lotus so I had to get a cake of this while it was still in stock. I was sure from the reviews that I would love it so didn’t bother with any samples—Just went ahead and bought it.
I was right. This is an excellent sheng. I used 5g in my gaiwan with 90C water. I got plenty of steeps from it (Maybe up to 6 or 7- that’s a lot for me). It had a fresh taste to it. Maybe that’s the “green” others are picking up. It’s not like a green tea but just has that fresh tea taste. I did not encounter much bitterness at all in any of the steeps. It had a slight creaminess with a bit of fruitiness. Not as sweet as some shengs but there was still a bit of sweetness. A really great tea for drinking daily.
Also want to add that this tea did not have too much energy kick to it. That’s another reason that makes it great for drinking plenty of steeps and having often.
Flavors: Creamy, Fruity
So I am finally getting around to this shou which I purchased months ago. This is a great tasting shou. It is very strong but very smooth. Very woody with pretty much no fermentation to me. Rinsed this twice for 3 seconds. By the second steep,it was very dark. The aroma is very soothing. Like wet wood on a rainy day. A must have. I purchased a whole brick as should you if you enjoy great shou.
Flavors: Wet Wood, Wood
Pu’erh TTB 2015 Tea #8
I can’t even…
This is the first tea I have on my Christmas list (yes it’s about that time to prepare it)
Absolutely mind blown by the freshness of this pu’erh. It reminds me of Japanese tea in a way. Smooth with a hint of sweetness associated with the vegetable tones. Clearly this is a top notch pu’erh and I’m not looking at price until after it’s purchased
This is a sipdown, though there’s not a number change since I drank it before it was added to my cupboard…
Anyway; my first set of tea pets arrived today! I was really, really impressed with how carefully and thoroughly they were packaged as well. Seriously; so much bubble wrap. Since Crimson Lotus was kind enough to add this free sample in with my order, I felt it was only appropriate that the first thing I fed my two lovely teapets with was this tea! So, for a few hours, I just brewed this tea – every now and then feeding an infusion to my new dragons. They’re super cute; when you pour tea over them they blow little “snot” bubbles from their snouts – and my tea tray just looks and feel much happier and complete with their addition. How anyone could not have a tea pet to keep them company during a Gong Fu session baffles me.
Of course, you have to name your pets right? So when my little sister got home from school I had her help me come up with names for the pair. We initially were trying to come up with something Chinese but in the end we settled on “Zak and Wheezie” from the children’s show “Dragon Tales” because they’re brother and sister twin dragons.
http://dragontales.wikia.com/wiki/Zak_and_Wheezie Cute, right?
As for the tea…
I got a whopping 14 infusions from this tea before I felt like the flavour was really degrading past the point of my wanting to to drink it. I’ve been getting a lot better with resteeping tea, and drinking a lot more teas Gong Fu style but even still 14 infusions may actually be the most I’ve ever done of a single tea in one sitting? My Pu’erh knowledge is still fairly limited and I’ve definitely tried the least Pu’erh of any tea type (except yellow tea; but the difference between the two types isn’t actually a lot) so I know my palate is not as refined here as it is with most types. For me to break down the subtle differences between each infusion would be impossible at this point.
What I can say was that this tea was incredibly lovely and have an overall thick, and smooth mouthfeel and rich, full bodied flavour. While the notes present in each infusion changed ever so slightly throughout the session depending on the infusion the overall taste and prominent notes were wet earth, clay, dark baker’s chocolate, leather, smoke, and wet wood. Overall, just very dark and natural – like a forest floor, almost? But with a subtle sweetness and richness to it. Yummy!
I really, really need to put as much of an effort into Pu’erh as I’ve done this year with Oolongs because when I do take the time to have a long Pu’erh session I really enjoy it. It just seems like such a broad tea type to tackle. But I’m getting there, albeit slowly.
This was something I’ve been waiting to try. I let this settle for some time before breaking into it. The leaves are very dark from their time in slumber and carry an aged scent with some lingering bitter. I placed a generous amount in my warmed jianshui and gave it a shake. The scent was explosive! This aroma began as pertichor with some moss and parchment in the background. The scent deepened further into some raisin and date smells, and it further finishes with a wet tobacco tone. This was one of the most advancing aromas I’ve ever experienced. I washed the leaves once and then prepared for brewing. The steeped leaves keep a strong pipe tobacco and resin scent with them throughout steeping; however, I do note a steamed seaweed tone as well later on. The taste is slightly fruity with a drying sensation to start. The taste is a well mix of dried apricots and dates. The flavor kept this consistent drying tone for at least seven steeps. The qi began hitting me hard very early in the session. I did not like this qi. The feeling began in the stomach and quickly expanded to the eyes, temples, and top head. This made me very weak, blurred, and it upset my stomach quite a bit. This was a very powerful qi, and it did not falter even after a long pause. I think for next time I will be eating beforehand. The taste became phenomenal after the eighth steeping. This is a very fluffy brew. The flavors completely curbed and became sugary sweet. This liquor does actually taste like marshmallows; it’s amazing! The sweet syrupy drink kept flowing consistently for countless steeping. I’m glad I pushed through the dry and mixed fruit stage to get to this treat. I sipped on this tea for numerous hours before putting it to rest. The liquor actually grows opaque and tips off its color, but it still keeps that fluffy sweetness. This truly is the taste of the tops of clouds, and I really enjoyed this brew.
Flavors: Apricot, Dates, Drying, Marshmallow, petrichor, Sweet
Many thanks to Glenn and Lamu for the chance to sample this amazing sheng!
After twice rinsing the 7 grams of leaf I was struck with an aroma like balsamic vinegar and sweet steamed spinach. In the full bodied and mouth-drying soup I tasted the peppery start mentioned by others, as well as sweet edamame, with a little bitterness that faded with each steep. The energy was very pleasing and noticeable. If only I had more!
This sheng’s fruit favors are always surprising me, some days I’m reminded of apricots or a tangy green plum and other days it hits me with under-ripe or watery blueberry notes. This I think has more to do with my own palate than the tea itself.
I can always count on its vegetal aspects which make me think of fresh cut fescue grass, and my former career farming grass seed in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. There is a buttery aspect to the tea as well, which arrives with its full body and pleasing weight in the mouth.
I will hate to see this sheng disappear from my self, but I can’t stop drinking it!
Flavors: Butter, Stonefruits, Tangy, Vegetal
This raw puer was slightly smokey, lucerne and honey sweet with a bright mineral finish in the last steeps. The bitterness came and and went quickly, lending itself to many sweet nectar-like servings. I drank this tea daily until the cake was gone, and look forward to picking up another soon!
I started sipping this one yesterday. I’m still sipping it today.
It is a lovely lovely lovely tea!! The first steeps were immediately sweet & fruity, and a few steeps in it developed a creamy marshmallow/vanilla mouth. I zipped over to crimson lotus thinking, “I need a cake of this one”, but there are no cakes to be had :(
Which is ok, because I probably shouldn’t be spending my money right now…
But it really is a lovely tea, just as lovely today as yesterday, with a lingering apricot aroma (the leaves smell awesome!) and taste, and a beautiful amber-orange color. I could drink this all day, and basically I’ve been sipping it for about 24 hours, so I guess I have!
Thanks so much Glen & Lamu for sharing a sample of this with me!
Final note: Today, in addition to still tasting sweet & lovely, it has that almost effervescent electric current of chaqi running through it, which is giving me a nice tea buzz from head to toe. Now I’d like to go take a nap…yawn…
First of all, a huge thank you to Crimson Lotus Tea for this sheng sample! Sorry it has taken me so long to write a note on it, I recall drinking the first half of my sample a while ago but trying to log it and the page not working on Steepster :( but luckily today it is working!
I didn’t have much left in my second half of the sample, but there was just enough for a gongfu session. After a short rinse of about 4s, I steeped for maybe 6 seconds in the gaiwan and poured into my pitcher then cup. The leaves smell nicely vegetal and slightly smoky. I used freshly boiled water left a few seconds to cool.
The first steeping is oh so mellow and smooth and sweet. It went down like nothing! A sweet aftertaste lingers, fruity, a mild apricot flavor for now. The second steep also smells lovely mmm, can’t even describe it it just smells good. The flavor is also delicious, even a bit sweeter I think, like a light marshmallow note with dewy leaves and a fruity aftertaste. It becomes a bit smoky as it cools, but nothing overwhelming, just tasty sheng-like tobacco notes. This is so good. It’s so easy to drink! I also haven’t had sheng in ages, so it is a very welcome change. I will continue to steep this throughout the evening, funnily enough, I chose a sheng hoping the caffeine would invigorate me to start cleaning. This tea, however, is providing more of the mellow flavors and feeling that cause me to relax, which is also not a bad thing haha. Maybe the caffeine will hit later :D
Overall, a delicious sheng, easy to drink and no strange notes about it, just clean, sweet tea with fruity notes. Creamy and light mouthfeel too, very light and fluffy. I recall enjoying the first half of my sample as well, so this is a winner in my books! Thanks again to Crimson Lotus Tea for the lovely sample!
Thank You Mr Mopar for this sample. I hope I’m reviewing this in the right place as there seem to be two 2014 Crimson Lotus Bulang teas. This was a strong and punchy sheng. It was bittersweet in the early infusions. While there was a punchy bitterness to it there was an underlying sweetness to this tea. That sweetness really came out in later steeps. I only steeped this eight times as it is getting late for me to have caffeine but I figured I was using a 60ml gaiwan so I should still be able to sleep tonight. I definitely have to put this on my list of teas to buy. It’s quite good although you have to appreciate a bitter sweet sheng.
I brewed this eight times in a 60ml gaiwan with 4.6g 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. This seems like a high quality sheng and if I wasn’t watching my caffeine I think I would have given this one another six or eight steeps.
Flavors: Bitter, Sweet
Love this pu’er! It was nice and fruity with peaches, apricot, cream, and edamame notes. The balance of thick texture, bitter and dryness made me very happy. I got 13 infusions.
I drank this together with CTL’s 2014 Planet Jingmai Sheng
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/crimson-lotus-tea-20142015-jingmai-sheng-comparison-tea-review/
MMMM giant sheng ball! I got 17 infusions out of this beast, though the first couple were too weak to drink. I failed at following instructions on loosening the ball with long rinses.
The flavor is citrus, linen, cream, woodsy cedar, sap and artichokes. A very fun sheng to steep due to the shape!
I drank this together with CTL’s 2015 Midas Touch Jingmai Sheng
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/crimson-lotus-tea-20142015-jingmai-sheng-comparison-tea-review/
I love a good Jingmai! This is a spectacular brew. The leaves are easily compressed, long, and so fragrant. This cake has the traditional Jingmai characteristics. The leaves are dark and resinous and carry a strong tangy and almost citrus scent. I placed a chunk in warmed yixing and shook em up. The aroma from my brewing vessel was sweet and fruity. I washed the leaves once and prepared to brew. The steeped leaves are soft, vibrant, and sweet. I love Jingmai for its full flavor. This has a complex balance of succulent and potent. This brew is hard, yet it finishes smooth and soft. The initial sip starts with a slight pepper taste, and it finishes with a strong green tea mixed with honey suckle. My yixing yielded a bronze soup for many steeping sessions. However, there was only a very faint huigan. The qi from this tea is a rising effect. I almost didn’t notice it. I can feel a background effect that boosts me. I was given motivation to complete my task, and the relaxation to focus on precision. This was a nice golden brew. This is something special, and I will invite others to try it.
Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Pepper, Smooth, Sweet, warm grass
I’ve had so much stress lately. The power lines just got fixed to my house, so I can finally get back to my work. Today was the first time in weeks that I’ve been able to just sit and relax. I needed some quiet time, and I chose this to be my medicine.
This tea is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The dry leaf consists of long resinous maocha with fuzzy green spots. These tendrils are dotted with brilliant gold leaves. The scent is spectacular. This is by far one of the most fragrant sheng I’ve ever experienced. The scent is somewhat like berries and wine. I take in a sweet, yet its also a tangy aroma. I placed a generous chunk in my warmed yixing and gave it a shake. This wondrous aroma expanded. I was reminded of a Jingmai except waaay more potent. I could take in brown sugar and marsh land. It also reminded me of a time I went caving in Northern Arizona. This warmed leaf smelled of the inner mountain walls. It was a moist, living, and fungal aroma. This brew had just so much life in it. I began my brewing. The steeped leaves give off a grape leaf and wild greens aroma. This tea is bitter, and I mean BITTER. This is what an enjoyable bitterness should taste like. The kuwei is intense and pleasurable. This brew has a peppery taste that finishes with a long jing smoothness. It’s a complex mixture of flavors and sensations. The qi is perfect. I have never felt so good. It’s not an overpowering sensation. Its not an adrenaline rush, rather it’s a present feeling. I woke up from my slumber and just became centered. my body was tingling and my attention was focused. I could feel my being soothe and smooth out. The last few weeks have been a mess of bushiness and activities. This was exactly what I needed to just calm down and get quiet. This session was serene. I am most grateful for this opportunity.
Flavors: Bitter, Kale, Lemon, Peppercorn, Sweet
I got 4 grams of this from the Pu’er TTB! Gah, so tiny and I wish I had another gram or two to get the ratio better for my gaiwan.
Great taste too – it’s quite peachy fruity, bit of lemongrass, hint of smoke and a bit of dryness to add some fun. The mouth feel is very oily, more slick than my recent drinking of w2t 2 late, and I love it.
I liked this until I fell asleep and oversteeped it to death. Bitter hoot of dooooom! Great cha qi too. I’m considering buying some, though I have so much 2015 cakes right now. tea problems.
First off, thanks to Glen & Lamu at Crimson Lotus for sending out this sample. It’s taken a little while for me to finally get around to it, but definitely worth the wait.
The dry leaf had a clean kind of aroma, with a hint of spice. No ammonia, or mustiness whatsoever.
The early steeps provided a smooth & sweet cup, with a slight coffee-like edge.
The tea quickly blossomed into a rich dark brew, with a thick mouth. It was delicious & robust enough that it would be great with breakfast. The aroma of the wet leaf is of whole grain bread and vanilla egg custard, very sweet & satisfying. There’s also some spicy wood in there.
I drank from these leaves all afternoon, and into the evening, all the way until it was a sweet water.
My love for mountains and cold weather draws me to high elevation teas and for no other reason than that (and the entertaining session on teadb.org with Crimson Lotus) I bought a cake of Whispering Sunshine. I’m glad I did—it’s a lovely tea to drink now with a pale pinkish yellow broth and a nutty, evergreen profile that coats the mouth and tongue with a light effervescence.
I pushed the middle steeps to about 30 seconds and was presented with a subtle smokiness that perfectly complements the rock candy sweetness on the tip of the tongue. The energy in the leaves is perfect: buoying but not overwhelming. An excellent tea at this price point and one I’ll surely reorder.
Thanks to Crimson Lotus Tea for the sample! (and sorry it took so long to review..)
This tea is quite the experience. The overwhelming bitterness presented in the first few steeps is a strange, intoxicating bitterness. I’m not a fan of bitter tea, but this is alluring, coating my mouth and throat with a sweet afternote. The bitterness slowly gives way to a lighter, sweeter tea, but the mouthfeel lingers, beckoning you to drink more. All in all, the tea is too bitter for my tastes, so I refrain from rating it; however, it was a delicious experience far beyond a standard tea. The feeling of this tea should be enjoyed and savored.