Misty Peak Teas

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87

I like this tea a lot. It’s smooth and easy drinking. Almost sweet. Tasty.

Word of warning: do not oversteep as it become a bitter mess. UGH.

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Stephanie

sounds delish, sorry you keeled it at the end :(

TeaBrat

that is a definite danger with raw puerh…

boychik

Nice pics, gorgeous cup ;)

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87

another tea from boychik

This one is goooooood.

Smooth.

Easy drinking.

And it gave me a really good calm that went a very long way today.

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This is my other puerh that i’ve been drinking for the other half of today. I’m not sure if i’ll have time for a third one tomorrow but we’ll see :) I’m still working my way through this one, hoping that i don’t crash heh. This was one i picked up the other day when misty pines was offering 2 for the price of one..so i nabbed it, so that i could have an extra for my tea sister terri!

Initial impressions are that this is similar to my favourite puerh from mandala but without the smoke. instead this is on the sweeter side of things. More to come later as i have more of this over the course of the afternoon.

boychik

I got this one but didn’t try yet. Glad you enjoyed it

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86

I’ve been drinking this tea most of the day. I’m trying to get down to 100 this weekend but i’m trying to get through at least a couple of my puerh samples since i’m always super neglectful about drinking them. I’ve got an overnight tonight, so i figured i was safe to drink a few puerhs since if they kept me up, it wasn’t a bad thing haha

This was a sample sent to my by misty peaks and i’m grateful for the chance to try it out. I don’t have much to say about this, beyond the fact that i’d consider buying a cake of this. :) It was a really enjoyable experience and just tied the day together. there was a sweetness… just.yum.

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95

This tea was phenomenally good. It came as close to a 100% as any raw puerh I have ever drank. From the first steep it was smooth and a little sweet (not meaning sugar sweet) tasting. There was none of that bitterness often associated with sheng puerh, It only got better with each steeping. There were a lot of complex notes to this tea but I failed to pin them down exactly because I was concentrating on a game of Runequest at the time. They were sweet notes but I don’t know just how to describe them. There was just a hint of bitterness in the second steeping. By the third steeping this bitterness was nearly gone. By the fourth steeping the bitterness was a faint memory. By the sixth steeping this tea was just smooth, no other word is necesary.

I steeped this six times over a period of hours. The tea had more steepings to it but I have to get up tomorrow and I was steeping 6 oz each steeping. I steeped it in a 200ml Yixing teapot with 200 degree water and one puerh ball, about 7g of leaf. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 30 sec, 30 sec, and 1 min. This is right up there with the 2014 Wild MOnk from Mandala in taste and quality.

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 7 OZ / 200 ML
AllanK

Steeped it in this teapot from Taobao.
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87

Dry – Mellow honey sweetness, creamy, faint floral/fruity notes.
Wet- Honey sweet, floral and fruity notes, some vegetal notes that faintly reminds me of artichoke, cream.
Liquor – Yellow to light amber

The first few steeps are very mellow and gentle in most notes, mostly honeyed sweetness with a very pleasant creamy/buttery body and even taste, it has some vegetal notes in the middle and slowly develops mellow floral and fruity notes that linger.

Following steeps are more apparent in floral and fruity notes, the body keeps being buttery and has some savory notes that are very pleasant and even relaxing. It starts to be less subtle in the vegetal notes and has some astringency, the sweetness stays in the broth, but takes a backseat to the vegetal and very mellow tobacco notes.

Overall a very pleasant and mellow Yiwu Sheng. I forgot to rate this tea a while a go and I found the samples again. This is a great tea if you like Yiwu teas in general or if you enjoy teas with smooth/buttery mouth feel.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Vegetal

Sammerz314

This is my everyday puerh. Very nice stuff.

JC

It is! I have to get me at least one or two of these. Very pleasant and balanced Sheng.

DigniTea

I agree but isn’t the 2013 spring gone now?

JC

:’( What?

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90

Autumn 2013 Sample
I’ve only ever had one raw puerh before, from Teavivre, so getting an opportunity to try this is a treat. Something I noticed, is that while to me ripe puerhs smell like pond water, this wet leaf smells like a fish tank, a little cleaner and greener and fresher than pond water.

6g, ~5oz water, 180F, 10 sec rinse, and then 15,15,18,18,20 sec steeps. I then switch it up, and do 1,2,3 minute steeps.

The first couple if steeps are dark vegetables with lemon zest and the barest font of apricots. I can’t quite put my finger on the exact veggie this tastes like, I know it, it’s on the tip of my tongue, but I can’t remember. Darker than spinach, sort of meatier or fleshier than kale, more complex than green beans.

Third steep is my favorite. The veggies are very muted and the peach and apricot come out to play. By the forth steep, though, the fruit tones down, the veggies crank up and they meet with the veggies just slightly powering over the fruit. And there’s also a tough of a mineral note.

Sixth steep, I decided to start experimenting. One minute seems to pull the fruit back out and mellow the veggies, and the result is soothing and calming. It just continues to get sweeter through the 9th steep. The mineral note sticks around, sort of grounding the tea, and adding a depth and complexity that might not be there otherwise. But mostly it apricot and peaches. Maybe some pear.

Tealizzy

Broccoli? Asparagus? :)

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20

Meh, just not my thing I guess. I did my first gong fu styled brewing with my new tiny teapot and my new teacups. I tried three steepings of it and every one tasted the same… vegetal, almost flavorless. Maybe my pallet is just too unrefined but it tasted like grass-water.

Flavors: Grass, Mineral, Vegetal

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sarsonator

What a shame! Do you like shengs in general?

madametj

maybe ripe puerh is more for you

Arshness

I don’t know the difference between sheng and shou. :D
And I don’t know which is ripe or which is raw.
I’m newb. :D

madametj

Sheng = raw. Aged pu’erh.
Shou = ripe. Feremented pu’erh.

I’m a newb too, Sarsonator can correct me if I’m wrong! :P

Sarsonator

You’re correct, but I’m a noob, too! I am reading a book on pu’erh now. Really interesting stuff. I’m liking shengs better so far. They taste fresh and fruity for the most part.

Shous don’t taste bad, but they tend to taste more earthy to me and sometimes thats all I can taste! I’m hoping they grow on me.

madametj

I haven’t tried any sheng yet. Really want to though!

Arshness

I will try it again and see how I like it next time.

Do you guys usually sweeten these?

Sarsonator

I’ve only tried a handful of shengs, mostly Mandala. I’ve personally found them to be a little sweet and fruity on their own, so I didn’t add anything.

Shous, on the other hand… well they tend to be more earthy, so I have added maple syrup to a couple. Much better! In fact, there were a few I tried that didn’t make me jump for joy, so I think I’ll go back and try them again with a little maple. Thanks for reminding me, even though you may not have meant to! :)

madametj

I sweeten everything but that’s just me

boychik

What was your temp and how long steeps? I start with 200F then increase to off boil
Very short steeps, 5/10/15 sec. No sugar for me
I still like shou a little more( my first love). It taste more like coffee. You may like it more

Green Tea Guru

I started on Shou and got hooked, young Sheng compared is like night and day. I love both.

mrmopar

Green Tea Guru I can echo the same thing.

madametj

I’ve only had one sheng. Didn’t like it :(

Green Tea Guru

Madametj , don’t give up, there is a wide variety in Sheng, try a selection of samples from different areas.

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85

With the heavenly sounds of the Guzheng playing in the background, I decided to write a review for this tea. It truly looks beautiful as a soft compression brings out the beauty in each and every tea leaf. Truly, a piece of art to look at. The soft compression allows me to break off 6 grams while maintaining the integrity of the leaves – always a good sign. I briefly wash the tea and pour 100 mL (+/- 5 mL or so) of water into the gaiwan and watch the two mediums intertwine. I feel a great tranquility during the steeping as the beautiful tea leaves work their magic along with the sounds of the guzheng. The wet leaves have a soft delightful aroma that I cannot describe, but have found it common among yiwus. The soup has a bright golden colour and exhibits no cloudiness whatsoever. The processing was, clearly, very well done and in a clean environment. The soup is thick in the mouth with a charming mouthfeel. Vegetal, citrus notes and a slight smokiness seem to come to mind when drinking the soup, but perhaps what I find most enjoyable is the teas softness. I find that this tea is very enjoyable and is comparable to some gushus out there that cost 2-3 times more. I stand behind this tea. 85/100

P.S I will definitely be drying one of the leaves and adding it to my scrapbook!

Flavors: Citrus, Smoke, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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90

Autumn 2013 Yiwu Mountain 200g cake

Sometimes you read these descriptions of wines, cigars, and of course tea. “Oak, vanilla, blackberry, cocoa,” etc. Then you go to try it and it’s like, ummm, yeah, not really.

Well, let me tell you this. PEACHES PEACHES PEACHES. Honestly, if I was blindfolded and someone put the wet leaves to my nose, I would swear on my life it was freshly sliced peaches with a slight hint of apricot as it cools down. And if I proceeded to taste, still blindfolded, I would swear i was drinking mashed up peaches with hot water.

This is just fabulous sheng. No bitterness. No astringency. No smoke. Pure sweet nectar.

The only thing that prevents me going higher is maybe a lack of complexity or 2nd or 3rd wave of flavors. But what’s there is absolutely delicious.

Make sure you brew at a lower temp than most shengs. My first brew was too hot, and it tasted flat. You need to be in the 180 range. 10-15 seconds in the gaiwan.

The leaves are gorgeous. You can tell this is artisan craftmanship and made with passion.

Flavors: Apricot, Peach

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I’ve been drinking this one for a couple of hours now. It is a very mild Sheng, starting out with a creamy vanilla texture, then gradually taking on a sweetness, a light floral, & then giving way to more of a mineral quality.
It also has great Chaqi, very restorative, & uplifting! I’m in a great headspace!
Much thanks to Nicholas for the sample!
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50

I’m writing this in May (late Spring) 2014. Without the aid of time travel, I’m not sure how this 2014 Autumn puerh could possibly exist yet.

Lion

The tea is from last autumn’s harvest in 2013, but is pressed in January 2014. Many puer are categorized by the year they are completed and begin to be sold, not by the year of the harvest. :)

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90

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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84

Note : I’ve been drinking this tea more and more often as my daily tea. I’ve decided to increase its score to an 84 as it seems to be growing on me.

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84

This is my fourth sit down (by sit down, I mean formal sit down) with this tea and I find myself gravitating more and more towards it as my everyday tea. I begin with 5.0 grams of leaf. The wet leaves have a pleasant subtle fruity (berry-like or apricots?) aroma accompanied by a slight vegetal aroma… a pleasant nose. At 5 grams/100 mL, the soup is wonderfully balanced. There is nice pure sweetness with a little citrus note that sneaks upon your taste buds. The hui gan is a little light but I do sense an abundance of cha qi. I have begun sweating within the first 3 steeps. I’ve become fond of this tea… an 81/100.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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90

Very good sheng pu’er! Tough would be on whether I like this 2014/2013 autumn or Misty Peak Teas’ 2012 autumn. Both are good, though very different.
This 2014 autumn is quite complex, yet consistent through each cup and infusion. 15 infusion I got great flavor contrast between a dry, earthy forest and hazelnut flavor, with a tangy citrus peach/persimmon notes, all with a very good thick texture of cream. I found at the 3rd steeping the flavor got very crisp and delicious, with the 9th steeping being fantastic as well.

This sheng also has a power of getting you to sip slowly, enjoying the cup and the lingering aftertaste.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/autumn-2014-sheng-yiwu-mountain-puer-misty-peak-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Hmm, I got 15 infusions, but I’m sure I can squeak out a few more later in the day!

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93

This autumn 2013 pressing is delightful. From a cake, citrus aromatics arise, with beautiful clear orange color when brewed, and gentle but deep flavors. Absolutely stellar sheng with just a touch of bitterness on the finish which leads to a salivating sweetness. Really good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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93

Regarding the Jan. 2014 pressing of this tea: From a sample, this is a lovely, sweet tasting, slightly astringent, citrus tinged, loosely pressed tea of subtlety and grace. Should age well. I ordered more after this taste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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93

This autumn 2013 pressing is delightful. From a cake, citrus aromatics arise, with beautiful clear orange color when brewed, and gentle but deep flavors. Absolutely stellar sheng with just a touch of bitterness on the finish which leads to a salivating sweetness. Really good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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93

From a sample, this is a lovely, sweet tasting, slightly astringent, citrus tinged, loosely pressed tea of subtlety and grace. Should age well. I ordered more after this taste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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90

Oops I posted this review in the wrong spot originally…

Thanks to Nicholas at Misty Peak Teas for providing a sample of this tea!

This is an extremely SMOOTH and SWEET sheng! Yet still very lively and bright tasting. Extremely yummy. I wish I could afford a whole cake :)

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