Crimson Lotus Tea

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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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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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92

This is an excellent tea and perhaps the first shou gushu I have tried. It was earthy in the early steeps with a fair amount of fermentation flavor. Not a huge amount but about what you would expect for a 2012 tea. There were notes of dark chocolate in the early steeps as well. I agree with the reviewer that said the later steeps had a honey like sweetness. I would even say berry notes in the eighth and ninth steeps. This is one I wish Crimson Lotus had a price for the whole 2kg brick. If the price was right I would buy the whole thing to age it. It should also be noted that I never noticed any bitterness in this tea, if it was there I wasn’t paying close enough attention. This was an excellent tea overall.

I steeped this tea nine times in a 207ml Taiwan Clay Teapot with 8.5g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 4 min, and 8 min. This tea was far from played out. Had I not been drinking so much tea already I think it would have gone for another six steeps or so. This was a strong tea. I hope this ages well. I hope I have some of this left when it is ten years old.

Flavors: Berry, Dark Chocolate, Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 7 OZ / 207 ML

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100

I have a family of these frogs, and I absolutely love them! When Crimson Lotus posted a photo of them on twitter I knew I had to have one…and then a pair…and then five. Yours truly had been hunting a perfect froggy tea pet for quite a while, but since I have limited space, I needed it to be somewhat small, and these guys are perfect. I love that each one has a stamp from the creator (one even has a tiny bit of a finger print) and holes, so if I want to take them on an adventure I can string them on a cord and wear them as a necklace.

For lots of pictures and a more in-depth rambling about tea pets: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-rambling-about-tea-pets.html

OMGsrsly

I saw “I have a family of these frogs” and squealed because I have frogs. But mine are not tea frogs. :D
http://instagram.com/p/u6h3zVx5Cz/

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89

I tried a sample of Crimson lotus Tea’s 2009 Xinghai BulangQiaomu Sheng Puerh. This is the first puerh I’ve looked at here although not my first puerh. I wanted to have a short gongfu session, but this tea lasted a lot longer than I thought it would (eighteen infusions in total). The sample I have was mostly in large chunks, each around five to eight grams a piece.

I began with three short rinses with boiling water for six seconds each. For my first infusion I steeped for ten seconds (subsequent steepings I added five seconds). For the most part my first three infusions were pretty similar; they had an earthy scent and it mostly had a woodsy taste, although there were hints of very dark chocolate and some bitterness. I didn’t really care for these three infusions; it was a little too dark for me although the liquor was a very light for the strength of the tea.

For my next three infusions I used boiling water for twenty –five seconds (plus five seconds for each subsequent infusions). This time it had a smokey aroma, although I could still smell wet earth. The taste became very smooth and dark chocolaty, there was a little bit of sweetness now, but it still had some bitterness. Normally I am not a fan of darker teas, but this was very pleasant, it reminded me a little of Mexican hot chocolate without cinnamon. Unfortunately at this point I burned my hand pretty bad so I stopped taking pictures, but I still continued on, for the most part it the liquor became darker as I went on, until the thirteenth infusion when it started to become lighter.

At the seventh steeping, it started to become really interesting. I used boiling water and steeped for forty-five seconds. The aroma was very similar to previous, earthy and smokey, but the taste had a new edge to it. While it still was very chocolaty and woodsy with a little sweetness , but there was new spiciness to it. I could taste a little chili, but I mostly was getting cinnamon and cocoa powder. I differentiate the dark chocolaty taste from before with the cocoa powder taste which was a little drier. There was still some bitterness, but it became very similar to Mexican hot chocolate now that I was getting the spicy notes. This was probably my favorite infusion even though it was still darker then my normal teas.

I am going to skip ahead to my thirteenth infusion, by now I was steeping for seventy seconds. By now the scent is mostly gone, although the leaves are starting to smell very burnt. As for taste it started to have a coffee taste, more like a French roast. Before the tea tasted bitter, but with a sweet aftertaste, this time I would say it was sweet with a bitter aftertaste. I could still taste chocolate in this, but it became very mellow and the spicy notes were still present although the cinnamon and chili started to become murky. After this infusion the brewed tea became lighter.

I liked this tea, while I am normally not a darker teas so I generally avoid most puerhs, but I think I’ll have to reconsider a lot of teas I normally write off. And while I did enjoy the later infusions more so than the earlier ones, I’d definitely try this tea again if I can find it.

Photos at: http://rah-tea.blogspot.com/2014/11/crimson-lotus-teas-2009-xinghai-bulang.html

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85

These larger leafed shous are really starting to make an impression on me. This tea has hints of honey sweetness that is quite enjoyable. This is a mellow tea but that is not to say it lacks flavor in any way. I thought I picked up hints of vanilla and even floral notes along with some of your usual woodsy flavor that tend to be in shous. It is a really pleasant tea and I thank the folks at Crimson Lotus for including this with my recent order.

Flavors: Honey

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

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87

This is a great shou from Crimson Lotus. Early steeps are dark and thick with complexity and a good ratio of bitterness and sweetness. Eventually the tea starts to lighten up considerably and the sweetness takes over resulting in a tea you can drink for a long time while still providing plenty of flavor. This tea matched the early morning for me today, starting off nice and dark but becoming lighter and sweeter as the morning progressed and the sun became brighter. Highly enjoyable!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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85

Thank You Mr Mopar for this sample. This is excellent ripe puerh. It is very earthy and thick and sweet. It has a fair amount of fermentation flavor left. I definitely recommend it to anyone who can handle some fermentation flavor. It hasn’t developed dates notes yet but it is good. The earthy ones don’t seem to have developed those notes.

I steeped this five times in a 207ml Taiwan Clay Teapot with 9.5g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 sec. This is a strong tea and it didn’t need long steeps at all, short was good. There were earthy flavors throughout all five steeps. This is a tea I would consider buying eventually as it is available for a good price.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 7 OZ / 207 ML

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85

Thank you Mr Mopar for this sample. Overall, this tea was quite good, but not spectacular. It had a nice depth of flavor but was not as good as the best Menghai Tea Factory teas. It was up there in quality though and I might buy it when I eventually put in an order with Crimson Lotus Tea. That being said there were some sweet notes and some chocolate notes to this tea. There was no off flavor or noticeable bitterness or astringency.

I brewed this five times in a 220ml gaiwan over several hours. I used 8.6g leaf and boiling water. I gave it one short rinse. I steeped it for 15 sec, 15 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, and 30 sec. It held its strength well and would have taken at least 4 more steepings but I have to be up tomorrow and don’t want the caffeine.

Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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Bringing this one out myself as the “Chairman” is occupied elsewhere tonight. I looked over these little leaves and thought “Why would someone toss these?”. I know tea lea is sorted to look “pretty” and “Fit for the Emperor” but as to why to not include these would be beyond me.
Tea leaves are tea leaves and I will drink most of these with anticipation to see how they brew. Huang Pian, sounds a bit different but I think these leaves will prove they are worth their mettle. I “officially” tried this a while back and as Steepster was down I decided to do this again. Today is the again.
I shook out 8 grams of this to start. Wow that looks like more than 8 but the scale doesn’t lie. Nice long wiry leaves for sure. I put them in the pot and gave a quick rinse and then a sniff to inhale the aroma. Fresh peas in butter with a little sharp spice in there. I let these sit about 10 minutes to open up in the pot.
Very quick steep on this one. Results nice yellow cloudy little brew. Don’t let that fool you. Very vibrant and mouthful feeling brew. Some bitter and astringent notes up front that seem to mellow nicely at the end of the sip. A nice floral sharpness to this. It is an almost “thick” tea you could cut with a knife. I guess if processors toss out this type of tea and I am still around to drink it I will keep some of this on hand. Years ago I would never touch sheng but as I continue to grow and the buttery , vegetal touches on this one make it nice. The thickness on this is really nice. Yum and yum.
I would say to Gong Fu this but as I used a teapot I will gong fu this with the remainder in a Gaiwan at a later time.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Peas, Spices, Vegetal

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

As thick as pea soup? :)

mrmopar

Well not that thick, just give a very full taste not too subdued.

AllanK

Chairman Meow was derelict of his duty, huh?

looseTman

mrmopar, Congrats on your 200th tasting note!

Crimson Lotus Tea

ooh, I haven’t tried this in a pot. I’ve only done gongfu. :-) I’ve found that all the leaf we got from Kunlu this year had a noticeable thickness and palpable body.

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Thank you so very much, Glen and Dawa, for including this in my order. The experience is so similar to a shou that I had a week ago and enjoyed thoroughly…(No strong sweetness, good earthy notes, strong, medium body, pleasant throat) I’m considering buying a brick of this. It is just an all around pleasant shou to drink . It could definitely be a daily drinker.

Crimson Lotus Tea

I drink it nearly every day. :-D That was the first shou we found in China where I sat up and said oh this is nice! Glad you like it too!

mrmopar

I got something from them that may be in the cup tonight.

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89

I started a session with this last night at a friends house. Making a tea at a non-tea-drinkers house just isn’t the same. But I really wanted to try my sample of this so I improvised.

6g, 8oz water, boiling water. Two 8 second rinses. 15,30,40 second steeps.

The first two steeps I drank at the friends house. I was distracted while drinking, but I do recall it being a more wet earthy, almost smokey, puerh. Not as sweet and chocolatey as the 2012 puerh I had from them the other day. I also noticed some leather-like notes. This is an almost manly tea.

Third and forth steeps were at home, today, after work. Ahh, so much better making to at home. These steeps are much like the last, but less smokey and leathery, and with an almost fruity note.

The next six steeps, the tea becomes more sweet and fruity and almost molasses like, while still staying true to the manliness of the first steeps. The tea reminds me of a bad boy, all leather and smoke and manly at first, but as you get to know him, he becomes sweeter and softer.

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So even though we have take home boxes from both of my birthday dinners (one with my boyfriend and then one with my family), my boyfriend decided he wanted to get subs for lunch. I dot know if it’s all the bread or what, but subs always seem so heavy to me. Nursing a full belly, I decided I wanted shou, and remembered that I had these leaves in the fridge. I had started a session with it on my birthday, but then my boyfriend wanted to go to an early dinner and my session got cut short after only 2 steeps.

6g, 8oz water, boiling, two 10 sec rinses, 10,10,15,15,15

The first two steeps, I remember them being smooth and silky, dark cocoa, which seemed to fill my mouth and make me think of it as more like a good cocoa powder, a little earthy, and a touch of something spicy. I had a sip of the second steep several hours later, after it had gone cold, and there was a sort of smokey note to it.

Third-fifth steeps were less cocoa powder, and more dark chocolate. Along with some dark sweetness, a little lighter than molasses, almost like dark brown sugar.

Sixth-ninth steep continue to get sweeter and the chocolate gets more creamy and milky. I just got back from Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, where it rained all night, and it was opening night and a really busy for September. Now I’m winding down with one last steep of this, and but the leaves in the fridge for later.

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Revisiting this one. A very engaging ripe tea which never fails. High quality leaf, flavorful tea soup and strong endurance allow me stretch out the tea session over a 2-3 day period. Purchased loose leaf and I would love the opportunity to pick up more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Cwyn

I thought this tasted sour when I first got it. Revisited it after about 6 months, now it tastes quite good. Needs airing probably.

DigniTea

Cwyn – I agree with you. I was not very excited when I first received it which is why I have only a small bag with little remaining in it. Now I really enjoy it and I wish that I had more.

Cwyn

I have the 2008 and 2012 in sample sizes and just put both together into a porous clay storage jar for the airing.

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