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I’m really loving this… boychik sent me this to try, and I can not thank her enough.
I remember reading in one of her reviews that she was getting a plum pudding sort of thing from her pu-erh—not this one, another one (if that never happened, boychik, and it’s just a dream of mine, please forgive me…ha!), and I’ve gotta say, that’s what this is to me. It’s like I just unwrapped my pud after cooking it for hours on the stovetop….I even get walnuts here (I know, I’m probably crazy…)… It’s absolutely delicious.
Doughy sweetness, with hints of fruit and chocolate….
I could drink this all day (and I have….) :)
I bought a few things from puerhshop.com, mainly to have a couple things I could definitely include in teaboxes (most of my teas are samples at this point with 1-2 teaspoons left). This one sounded good! The leaves are very long and wirey, half gold and half black. I used two teaspoons.
Steep #1 // 8 min after boiling // 3 min
Uh oh, the brew color is very light, but I figure it will just be like Verdant’s Golden Fleece. It does taste similar, but since the leaves are half black and not entirely gold, it does lack a bit of that honey flavor that Golden Fleece has but that tea is a high standard. This one isn’t terrible though! Still plenty of honey. I wonder where the black tea leaf flavor is though. If the leaves were all gold, there might have been more honey flavor. I should have tried using two teaspoons and a hotter temp though.. next time.
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
Oh, this cup is really nice too. More honey and hints of that yunnan flavor… tiny bit of chocolate. I like this. No astringency or overbrewed leaf flavor at all. I just need to use more leaves next time. This would be lovely if you want a light tea. It will fill a niche for that honey tea in my collection.
Before I get into it, I want to give the biggest thanks to boychik for sending me this. THANK YOU!!! :)
I’m completely new to pu erh, so forgive me, as I lack the experience to properly assess this tea…
The first steep smelled like chocolate quick bread—warm and doughy, with that baking powder tang in the back of my throat on the inhale (which is a weird thing I love about some baked goods—that tang)….smooth and batter-like.
On tasting, there’s a slight tang, like from pancake batter—that same tang I could detect in the scent before sipping… I could get addicted to this.
2nd steep: The liquor is much darker, almost coffee coloured. The tea smells like yeasted waffles….and it TASTES like yeasted waffles… Oh, nom, nom, nom!! There’s a note of raisins with a sweetness that starts at the middle and lingers until long after I swallow… still buttery and smooth.
3rd steep: Still getting the baked good/yeasted waffle scent, but now I’m picking up a bit of creaminess along with it… like I’ve thrown a dollop of fresh whipped cream on top of my baked treat. Hello yummy! Yeasted waffle dusted with powdered sugar, topped with whipped cream…now throw in a bit of spiced raisin. This tea is unreal; I’ve never had anything like it before…
I’ll stop now, since I could go on forever…. This is fantastic.
I ordered a 357g cake of this, and boy am I impressed.
It’s actually a rather subtle and complex mouthfull, with hints of flowers, peach skin, and an ever so slight grassiness. Of course, being a young pu-erh, there’s plenty of astringency too. However, it’s far from overwhelming and is balanced by a faint smokiness.
The leaves were very loose around the edge of the cake, so I was able to use nothing but my hands for the first taste.
The spent leaves are full and luscious.
Worth the money and then some.
Flavors: Astringent, Flowers, Peach, Pleasantly Sour, Smoke
Thank you for sending this one a while back, CharlotteZero! Oh man this is the type of pu-erh I love. I love pu-erh just for being pu-erh, it’s really different than anything else. Black tea sometimes tastes like chocolate but pu-erh is just pu-erh. If I’m making sense. This one is a standard delicious ripened pu-erh. It’s super dark even at the first cup. It’s sweet and dusky. The second cup is just the same. The third cup was a little spicier. The forth cup with a much higher temp and steep time is much more muted, so I don’t think I would go for a fourth cup again. But some pu-erhs are still going strong by the fourth cup. Not this one! But the cup was still enjoyable. The color of the cup is even much lighter. It’s tough to describe pu-erh more than any other teas, you just have to drink it! I’d buy these! I’m thinking of buying a couple things from puerhshop.com just to add things to MzPriss’s teabox (and other teaboxes, I guess!)
Steep #1 // rinse // couple mins after boiling // 1 min steep
Steep #2 // couple mins after boiling // 1 1/2 – 2 min steep
Steep #3 // couple mins after boiling // 2 min
Steep #4 // just boiled // 3 min
Pulled this out today also to try. It is way less compressed than the previous one I tried today. It broke off easily with some decent looking full leaf in it. I put 10 grams in the Gaiwan for brewing.This one has a slight grassy metallic aroma to it. It gave decent color in the cup and as I pulled some leaf out you could tell it was barely processed. It has a pretty thick mouthfeel to it with some hints peas and asparagus. It really seemed to be missing something so I put a little honey in the cup. This really made the flavors come up. it does carry some tannin bite to it but I think this will be one to mature over the years.
Pulling this one out to see if it will make the grade for “pumidor” occupation. I broke off about 10 grams of this cake. It was highly compressed more so than other cakes I have. The leaf still has a touch of color and a hay like aroma dry. I gave it a 5 second rinse to open up the leaf. i did a 10 second steep of this to start with. The aroma is orchid and honey mixed in. It still retains much of the young bitterness with some drying astringency on the tongue. It carries a lemon on the lips and some woodiness in the cup. It carries a medium strength with some camphor to it. Still a little young so I will use the space it once occupied for a different cake.
This is a very easy and cost effective way to enjoy aged ripe puerh. I usually overleaf on nuggets because they are so tight and it takes awhile for these to loosen and allow steeping of all the leaves. The tea broth is a clear dark brown. Smooth, woody taste with a very pleasant aftertaste. I’m usually able to get 6-7 nice infusions out of this one.
I’m nearly halfway through this cake now, so I think it’s probably time to get around to writing something about it. It’s pretty good for the price, smooth and easy with just a light honey flavor, and decent but not crazy caffeine/energy. Good looking whole leaves and medium compression. Supposedly a Yiwu+Bulang blend but i don’t really taste any characteristic Yiwu flavors or scents, It’s mostly just a light balanced honey-ish profile. Although in late brews it does tend to go bitter (instead of gently fading off into sweetness like better sheng) betraying its cheap plantation origins, but you can hardly blame it too much at this price, what other remotely drinkable 5 year old shengs go for $15/cake still? Overall, ok tea on the cheap, won’t get it again, but I don’t regret the one cake of it.
I had a cuppa this today and it was delish, thank you TeaBrat!!
Very light and refreshing for a puerh, or any tea really. Vibrant. I know what you mean about the camphor! Yum. I was interrupted by a family matter so wasn’t able to pay close attention to the particular notes, but overall I was rather impressed. Quite lovely :)
For anyone who enjoys fruity shengs, this is definitely one. The cake itself is 200 grams. This small bing has a rather tight compression. Upon a wash, one can immediately see that this tea is comprised primarily of chopped up material. Despite its poor appearance, the wet leaves do produces a heavenly fruity aroma… a “smoother” fruitiness than found in, say, a Jingmai. Very nice aroma. The liquor is smooth (to a unique degree) with a suble sweetness… notes of berry and citrus intertwined, again, something I find unique to this tea. The soup is thick with a fair share of astringency in the mouth. The hui gan is there but a little light. Overall, I do enjoy this tea despite the leaf appearance and cloudiness. An 80/100 is a fair assessment.
First, thanks for expanding my tea world, boychik. :)
As to the tea, it’s okay. I did multiple infusions for an increasing 15 seconds per. At about the 1 minute mark was where it was a tea in which I could taste distinct flavor. It seemed pretty mineral. And holy cow, after about 3 minutes it’s as dark as pitch!
I think maybe my palate just needs more expansion before I can properly appreciate pu-erh. This wouldn’t be anything I searched out.
boychik provided me with so many nice teas to try! This week is going to be such a treat :)
I was very intrigued by the notes on this puerh, so I was super pleased it showed up in my samples box. I drank it all day and found it to be extremely clean tasting. So very mild and pleasant. I bet I could trick a non-puerh drinker into liking this one. I don’t even really get an earthy vibe from it. It got sweeter an sweeter as the steeps continued.
backlog from yesterday. This one was sent to me by terri and she got it from teaexplorer. I have to say, this is a really nice tea. I love that the smoek isn’t super intense and, as with all my smokey teas, i tried it with maple syrup. The result was a delicious tasty cup that i gulped down and was finished before long.
Final Count Yesterday: 193 (thanks to Cavocorax and VariaTEA)