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Sipdown Boo :( While I’m definitely happy to get a sipdown in, this one will be missed. I really do want to buy a full cake because it’s just a complete delight. But 357g seems like so much tea. I can’t help but wonder if I’m still going to love it 6 months from now, as taste seems to change quite rapidly. I’ll have to try the other two moonlight whites puerhshop has available and see if this is worth the purchase. Maybe I can make do with samples here and there.
I had to take a picture of the gorgeous leaves that drew me toward it in the first place http://instagram.com/p/wzblQzRWE7/
Oh man this is goooood! In all honestly I was sure I wasn’t going to like it as I’m not fond of whites or greener oolongs which the description said it could be considered either. I only picked up a sample because the leaves looked so pretty. But Lord, am I happy I did. It tastes like liquid honey.
I wasn’t sure how to go about brewing this one so I did two rinses and brewed at a low temp (175º) for 20 seconds. Beautiful. Just pure honey. Crisp light colored liquor and mild scent.
Second infusion – same temp. Accidentally forgot about it and brewed for 45 seconds. Liquor looks like light amber maple syrup. A bit greener tasting with lots of honey. Omg.
Third infusion – Tried it at a higher temp probably around 185º or so for 45 seconds again. Beautiful. Going to have to pick up a full cake of this for sure.
Fourth Infusion – Almost boiling 45 seconds again. Much deeper color. Honey is still there but I can taste more tea at this temp/this infusion. A little fruity and green. Kind of like a Gui Fei. Still zero bitterness even with the high temp.
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Flavors: Dried Fruit, Sweet
Sarsonator posted a review of a not-yet-available mushroom pu-erh from WP and ever since I’ve have been salivating over it. How perfect is that marriage?
Well, as I can’t yet get my hands on any I settled for this one since I remember it to have delightful mushroom notes. It’s more savory than the shous I’ve had of the same flavor. Quite brothy with cooked brown rice and mushrooms being the most pervasive notes.
Being young and having the chopped leaves common in mini tuos I steep this one very short and not too hot to avoid too much bitterness, but it’s still there. More prevalent in some steeps than others. Overall a warming and lovely tea, especially for its $0.25 price tag.
Flavors: Broth, Celery, Mushrooms, Rice
Teas using material from Hekai are not too easy to find so I was delighted to discover this one at Puerh Shop. Compressed lightly enough to pick apart easily. Nice dark whole leaves with only a small number of pieces. The dry leaves offer a light hint of stonefruit in the aroma. The fruit of these leaves comes through in the tea soup where there is a crisp, butter base with a touch of that good bitterness (kuwei) we grow to enjoy particularly when it balances the sweetness (as it does in this case). I enjoyed the tea’s long finish in the throat. Later infusions revealed a bit of spice working in harmony with the sweetness in the sips. Rich and potent. Overall, clean and sweet character with nice mouthfeel and appreciated as I continue to explore different tea growing regions.
Well, I guess I’m experiencing somewhat of a return to earth after yesterday’s Tea Urchin sample, not because this MGH is offensive or anything—quite the contrary. It’s smooth with a light miso/sweet corn/brussel sprouts flavor and a nice grapefruit aftertaste. It’s just that it’s like going to a Springsteen concert one night and going to see Backstreets, the Springsteen cover band, on the following night.
This was a tasty tea. It had a moderate amount of fermentation flavor left. I would say the fermentation flavor began to dissipate after the second steep. By the fifth steep it was gone. It was fairly fruity in nature. Can’t say I noticed fruit loops like Rich’s review, but that is not far off. The write up on puerhshop.com specifies dark cherry, dried plum, and raspberry. That is also a reasonable interpretation of the fruity notes. I didn’t notice the mushroom notes that Rich mentioned but I wasn’t looking and could have missed them. Overall, I liked this tea. Not incredible, but really good for the price, I think $14.95 or so.
I steeped this eight times in a 207ml Taiwan Clay Teapot with 8g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, and 5 min. There was a noticible fall off in strength and flavor both around the sixth steeping. I would say that this tea had about two or three more steeps in it had I wanted to push it. This was a good tea to try and I hope it ages well.
In the early steeps this tea was thick and rich with a lot of fermentation flavor. It was somewhat bitter in the first steep. Luckily, this began to clear up by the second steep. The main note for the first three steeps was earth, but not in a bad way, but potent. Starting around the fourth steep the tea broth began to clear and lose this earthy character. It began to take on chocolate or cocoa notes. I added a little bit of sugar which accentuated these notes. Overall I think Rich’s review was accurate as well. I didn’t buy this because of his review. I already had it but thought to try it because of his review. Overall I thought this tea a solid performer that might age well.
I brewed this seven times in a 220ml Gaiwan with 8.2g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, and 1 min. I would say that this tea had about three more steeps in it. It was fairly played out by the seventh steep. I was very light tea by that time.
There are some ripe teas that I find have a very special texture. I think of it as kind of velvety. This is one of those teas. It’s flavor is not terribly deep, but the quality of the broth is really nice. It is a semi-fermented ripe, meaning the fermentation process was stopped about midway through. It is a high quality tea for sure. There is some bitterness, but it is integrated well, with a smooth base underneath. Not the most potent of flavors, but I liked it nonetheless.
Another tasty nugget from Puershop. This little tuo is cheap but pretty good. It is a little sweet with a fruity date like note, kind of light. A good one to try if you want to sample this kind of flavor profile. For those of you like me who like it strong, you will have to add lots of leaves. This one doesn’t give a whole lot, but it is nice.
Another ripe tea today from Puershop. This is a very light ripe. The first steeping was really tasty, with perfume notes. However, it went downhill from there. It lost most of its flavor. It is almost like a light black tea. Interesting to try, but I’m not digging it. It’s one of those ripes I will put away and taste in 10 years to see if it gets any depth to it.
This is a really interesting tea, and quite different from your typical ripe pu erh. It is fairly light and bubbly, if that makes sense, not very earthy. Burgundy colored. First steeping was really different, very fruity with a touch of woodsy mushroom. Second steep was much more mushroomy with fruit in the background. The fruity flavor is not like dates, but rather like Fruit Loops. Later steeps continued to be more fungi tasting. Overall, this is an interesting tea, though not my favorite.
This is another uniquely flavored tea, no apricots or smoke. It has no bitterness either, really. Some sweetness and a very mild, relaxing feel. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon. I lost count of how many steeps I got… at least 10. It’s unusual for me to drink that many consecutively without getting bored and switching to something else (even if I switch back later). Short attention span!
I admit that I went ahead and ordered a cake. It’s not expensive, tastes good, and made me happy.
It brews up to a lovely golden color. Goldie loved it and it has the Sarsonator Seal of Approval, too!
This is an excellent puerh with a fair amount of fermentation flavor left. The first few steeps were thick with earthy goodness. This began to dissipate by the fourth steep and was gone by the fifth steep. Around the fifth steep I began noticing a sweet dates note or two. I didn’t really detect much in the way of chocolate notes but I may not have been paying close enough attention. There were a lot of sweet notes throughout all eight steeps. Earthy sweet notes first, thick and sweet, and the later cleared sweet notes. The one thing I will say about this brick is that it had more fermentation flavor than a 2005 brick should have. The 2010 Hong Yun Brick from Menghai Tea Factory had much less fermentation flavor than this brick.
I steeped this eight times in a 207ml Taiwan Clay Teapot with 9.1g leaf and boiling water. I brewed it for 10 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, and 2 min. I would say there were about four steeps left to this tea had I wanted to save the leaves.
Flavors: Dates, Earth
This tea is excellent, not as good as something like the 2008 Song of Chi Tse, but excellent none the less. It is a step below a top Menghai Tea Factory production but is quite good. It had a moderate amount of fermentation flavor left but not too much. There were some complex notes to it including chocolate and sweet notes like plums or dates. I added a small amount of sugar to it which I am sure added to the sweet notes but they were there none the less. Considering the price of only $18 this tea is a great value. I will see how it ages. CNNP makes an excellent puerh and this is no exception.
I brewed this 4 times in a 200ml glass teapot with 7.5g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 sec. The tea had many more steepings in it but I have to wake up tomorrow morning.
Flavors: Chocolate, Plums