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Ok, so my late night puerh drinking experiment took a sour turn.
I found myself staring at the clock, feeling like electricity was flying through my limbs, at 3:30am (I headed up to bed around 1am)… haha!
BUT… This puerh was SO good! I kind of don’t regret drinking it last night…
I wonder if you can build up a resistance to caffeine, because I would like to do that if it meant I could keep drinking teas like this at night and not just during the day.
The sweet rice scent, the warm smoothness…. aw, it’s just awesome. :D
Elegant, sweet, complex, deep, versatile, and easy to brew. This can be treated like a puerh, white tea, or oolong. The dried leaves are highly fragrant, mostly intact and beautifully shaped. The leaves can be steeped at least 8 times without loosing flavor. The brewed liquor is champagne-like with excellent clarity. Good for aging or current consumption.
Flavors: Blood orange, Camphor, Champagne, Cranberry, Dates, Forest Floor, Medicinal, Summer
I brewed this last night and am just getting around to this now. This was really good tea. This was one where I wish I had not been so tired because it was easily worth twelve steeps. I thought it that good. I added a small amount of sugar to this tea. It brought out a discernible note of what I would either describe as peaches or plums, not sure which. This was a tasty, sweet puerh. It had little fermentation flavor, I would say only a little. I really didn’t notice it.
I brewed this four times in a 170ml Yixing teapot with 10.2g leaf and 200 degree water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 sec. If I had not been so tired last night I would have steeped this at least four more times and I am guessing this would have easily lasted 12 steeps or more.
This is a tasty and inexpensive puerh from Puerhshop. I only drank this once, western style so I did not get the full gamut of flavors but it is good. It is sweet and somewhat earthy. I am not sure specifically how to describe the sweet flavors but they are there.
B brewed this twice in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 30 sec each infusion. I put the second infusion in a thermos to bring with me to appointments.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet
I really wanted to try some Bulang so I decided to place a small order with puershop to pick up a few samples to try. They arrived this afternoon and I randomly chose this one as my first. One thing I noticed was that all of the samples had such pretty looking leaves. Long and twisty with some fuzzy tips. The kind that I love watching grow in my glass teapot.
Steeped about 5.5g in 120mL. Overall quite nice. The first two steeps give the lightest bit of stone fruit at the end of the sip, mainly tasting of generic vegetal sheng flavor, with a touch of bitterness. Much less than I’d expect from a 2013 though. Generally I steep my sheng with boiling water, but for the next steeps I let it cool off a bit and was rewarded with a much smoother tea. Definitely the way to go with this one.
The qi is surprisingly nice. Earlier I actually thought I was lightheaded from not eating but… no. I’ve eaten since then and after drinking another steep I’ve gotten the same feeling. Interesting.
Great price as well. It’s not the tastiest tea I’ve ever had. But it’s an easy one to sip, and considering the price and lovely qi I’ll definitely consider a full cake of this somewhere down the line.
Steeps – rinse, 10s, 10s, 15, 15s,
This is a relatively good puerh. It’s not amazing but good. It is sweet with a fair amount of fermentation flavor. It has a slight taste of what has been called wet wood, just barely there. It has some other notes to it that I don’t know how to identify. It was a good value from Puerhshop. It was not expensive.
I brewed this tea once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 30 sec.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet, Wet Wood
This tea is sweet, earthy and fairly tasty. I don’t know that it is real LBZ material. The Puerhshop web page says that the market went bust in 2008 and it was possible to make a reasonably priced ripe tea from LBZ. They could be telling the truth, they could be lying. In any case I wanted to try this tea. It’s good, just not incredible. I also think that all LBZ materials are not of equal quality. This is definitely not of the very highest quality. There are a variety of sweet notes to this tea but I am having difficulty identifying them.
I brewed this tea four times in a 207ml Taiwan Clay Teapot with 9.8g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, and 15 sec. I don’t know if I will go back to this tea or make something else later.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet
I got one of these for Christmas in the cutest, tiniest box imaginable! Isn’t it adorable? http://instagram.com/p/w-Q8STRh4u/?modal=true
So yesterday afternoon I had a lovely session with this tea http://instagram.com/p/xPipVdRhz1/?modal=true
The leaves were dark and glossy http://instagram.com/p/xPiz0kxh0L/?modal=true
For a somewhat woody tasting shou I had a really nice time drinking this. It was clean with some sweetness and no funk. Very nice :)
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.