Haiwan Tea Factory ( Yunnan Sourcing)

Recent Tasting Notes

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TEA DRUNK PARTAY TIME YEAH

I bought this ripe pu’er for a fantastic price – $20 for 500 grams at Yunnan Sourcing. I was hoping this would be a great daily pu’er. Turns out, first infusion are really rich – tobacco, bitter cocoa and nut shelly. Middle infusions lighten to a pine, fruity sweet and sap – getting sweeter and sweeter with each infusion – very delicious. The texture is my favorite part of this pu’er as it’s slick and creamy, so feels amazing to drink!

Around the 9th infusion – MEGA TEA DRUNK. Woweee – this tea packs a punch – that deep breath, heart tightening, manic, I feel fantastic tea drunk feeling.

In the end, not a daily tea – the tea drunk is too strong in this one.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2010-haiwan-peerless-ripe-puer/

Preparation
Boiling
AllanK

One day soon I will have to brew this tea nine times and see if I can replicate your experience. I never got tea drunk off of this. Did you drink it with or without sugar? Its my opinion that that effects the effect.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

No sugar, just gong fu brewing – 2 rinses, 10 seconds to start, adding 10 seconds to each infusion. Next time I’m going to try 5 seconds as it’s pretty rough to start.

AllanK

I thought this tea pretty good too. I picked up a tong about a year and a half ago when it was still $18 a cake or so.

AllanK

Very interesting report on your blog about this. I thought Yunnan Sourcing had raised the price on the China site as well as the US, maybe not.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I bought the cake in late September and the pricing is the same, though appears to be sold out on the US site. I’d like to say they could charge more for this one, but I won’t as the price is nice, haha!

mrmopar

A bang up shou for shoure…tea pun intended!

boychik

I love it. It makes me sleepy Allan. 1rinse/Short steeps and no sugar. I have it instead of Sleepytime.

Cwyn

O.o tea drunk time yay! I think mine just wore off.

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Mmm, another awesome sheng sample!

This is tongue tingly stuff. Kind of sweet with pleasant bitterness/astringeny, too. When I exhale after sipping it is like spicy flowers. Very enjoyable and complex!

boychik

Love this one

Stephanie

cha-qi FTW!

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This tea is a sample from very generous Steepsterite. Thank you so much.
I really really like it. It’s maybe hard to pinpoint all the flavors but its smooth sweet creamy some nice spice. It also aging well and has some orangish tint . I spent whole afternoon drinking it. And it’s a must in my exploded cupboard. I should pick it up on US site before it vanishes.

Gongfu
5g 100 ml gaiwan 200F
Rinse/ pause/3/5/5/7/7/10sec etc

Thank you so much for letting me try this gem.

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Cwyn

O my gosh, on my list this one goes! A 2005 won’t be there forever, that is for sure! Thanks for the heads up!

boychik

I just hope you like it. We all have different buds.

Cwyn

At my age, I don’t have buds anymore.

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I’m kind of upset that I just placed an order with YS, otherwise I would be buying this tea. It is great. I decided to just enjoy it rather than write detailed notes.

It started out grassy, with a fair degree of astringency and wonderful cha qi. I spent all day drinking it, gradually adding water and steeping time until I was at 6 oz and about 4 minutes. It became softer and fruitier in subsequent steeps, losing the cha qi along with the astringency. What remained constant was the deep rich mouth-filling flavor and the interesting flavors. This is a tea to savor.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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How could I resist a cake with a blend of good quality NanNuo, BuLang and BaDa tea leaves and a bit of age on it? I could not and I am delighted that I made the purchase!

Nice clean cake with moderate compression and whole leaves. Pleasant scent from the dry leaf and easy to pick apart. Clear light yellow tea soup with a sweet aroma. Smooth sip from the first cup with a nice mouthfeel. Very, very light astringency in the first two cups but not in an unpleasant way and this was gone by the third. Nicely pleasant blend from the three sets of leaves which provide a bit of complexity.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 125 ML
Cwyn

Wow, the cake shows a real good mix of leaves. Sounds like this one is still only 9 years yellow soup young and will get even better over the years. This seems like a good buy and will be hard to find before long.

DigniTea

Agreed. I think it’s already pretty difficult to find. Now that I’ve tried it, I’m feeling pretty fortunate to have stumbled upon it.

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