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I found some of this tea in my cupboard. I remember ordering a small package of this tea at summer, appareantly I’ve tasted it once before. I feel bad of drinking this now, as this isn’t clearly anymore at its prime.
Taste is interesting. Slightly nutty, with strong oily taste and texture, with some burnt notes. Has definantly been an interesting tea, now tasting slightly weird, little off. Leaves do look ok, although not as nice as one would expect of Shifeng Mingqian… Hard to say as I don’t remember taste of this fresh, now I tend to think that this isn’t probably what its claiming to be. Nevertheless, tastes good, longjingish and looks beautiful in a glass.
This tea is coursing through my veins at the moment which frankly may become an issue as I need to cycle to work in a bit. The coating in my mouth is generous, and appears to not have any immediate plans to dissipate. My temperature is elevated, my palms are sweaty, my head is… well, it’s really rather blissed out at the moment. I want to stay with this tea all day right now. My furry drinking companion is looking at me in the oddest fashion. She may be wondering why I look so oddly contented. :) Happy.
I posted on this tea at greater length on the EoT website, but wanted to make mention of it here as well. Oolongs were my intro to the culture of teas some years ago and will always have a special place in my heart because of that, however of recent I noted that my desire for them had begun to wane in favor of red or puerh. This tea however, changed this dramatically. I once again find myself looking for oolongs to steep.
While the aroma and taste of this tea are exceptionally complex (notes of roasted sugar cane, wood, earth…), it really is the effect of the cha qi that lingers with you at considerable length. During my first session with this tea, it sunk deep into my chest before radiating out into my limbs. It was so beautifully calming that I struggle to remember another time in my life that mirrors it. A truly outstanding tea that deserves attention.
Many of you have seen – on occasion – me posting “For the rest of the day I will be drinking” posts…well…today is one of those days!
For the rest of today…I will be drinking an assortment of Green Teas.
Sometimes the body just needs certain things and my body is saying drink more green tea today! So that is what I am going to do :)
I have also been considering a detox – just trying to figure out which one is right for me, I suppose.
So…here is the first of my green teas for today. It’s so cold I can’t seem to keep my tea warm today. Oh well. Anyhow…This is very velvety and a clean green tea. It’s a little sweet but also a little vegetal and a little floral. YUMMY. I have had this one before and added a short tasting note regarding my first experience if you want to check that out as well :)
In the words of Jason Hawes from Ghost Hunters…On to the next :)
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This tea is just incredibly pure even the leaves look it. Very smooth and lite mushroomy citrus tastes a faint pleasant bitterness. A very delicate nuanced young sheng.
Excellent The best young pu-erh by Nada That I have had the priviledge of tasting and up their on listmy best young pu-erhs I have ever tasted.
SIPDOWN! A very naturally sweet black! Delish! See other notes :)
good value everyday drinking puerh… no it isn’t as complex as a cake from the 80s would be and it is a fraction of the price! very refreshing, with real energy and a gentle bite
Real Lapsang – it is absolutely glorious and well well worth the cost… best brewed gongfu rahter than western
A nice even oolong. Slightly sweet and slightly floral. Not overly intense in anyway. More woodsy as it cools! Even a little brothy. Nice cuppa!
backlogging a cup from earlier today…it’s been a crazy one!
I’ll be sad to see this one go from my stash! It’s a goodie! Upping the rating! :)
Dry this smells like Zucchini
Post infusion it just smells FRESH!
It’s incredibly clean and slightly nutty.
Two Thumbs Up! YUM!
even sweetness and medium strength! 2 cups for today! See previous notes :)
Upon opening this bag of pu-erh it smelled gently sweet AND sour. As for the 1st infusion I found it to be mellower that I anticipated which was a nice surprise. The post-infused color was that of a white tea, almost. The texture was slightly buttery on the tongue and was a sweet-wood type taste. The after taste was also pleasant. I did notice the cooler it got at room temp the sweet it got. I will be doing multiple infusions for this one to compare but first impressions are good ones :)
Just when you think you can pin-point a pu-erh! (Say THAT 10 times fast!)
This is nice! It’s a bit mild and a little sweeter than most pu-erhs I have tried. Following those tastes it morphs into a very mild pu-erh earthy type taste…still nice tho! The flavor levels are even thru-out from the start of the sip well on to the after taste.
There is a hint of something else too…the only thing I can think of comparing it to is sweet basil or Tulsi/Holy Leaf…just a HINT of that in there…neat touch!
I truly LOVE the long and windy leaves of this tea! The color of these ‘black’ leaves are dark and stand sturdy! The flavor is hearty and partially smooth and partially sweet. There’s a hint of woodsiness to it too! This is a goodie!
Backlogging. This was a tad mellower than most LS’s I have had lately and – you know what – I like it! The pine and smoke flavors work well together and go hand-in-hand with the black tea and I appreciate that!
A Mighty-Fine Jasmine! A very soothing Jasmine! The pearls are perfect! Certainly one of the better Jasmine Dragon Pearls out there!
Backlogging a cup – I remember liking it…but I am going to review while sipping again soon!
Generally, I’m not the biggest fan of bud-heavy, super-tippy tea, preferring the complexity, roundedness, and vigor of large-leaf pu’er. The Mannuo is incredible bud-heavy and I love it. For me, this tea combines the fleeting, ephemeral lightness of say the ’11 Nannuo with the intense, alkaline power of the ’11 Bulang in a harmony that makes it both eminently drinkable and completely intriguing. And unlike my experience with the other ’11 EoTs, the qi on the Mannuo is upfront, quick, and deep in a way that’s pleasing, enveloping and enjoyable. I believe this tea lives up to both the cost and the early-sell-out hype that it garnered. And, I’m not just trying to suck up in hopes of snagging another cake.
Full blog post: http://tea.theskua.com/?p=622
This tea is the darkest chocolate I’ve ever had. It’s also the most brutally potent tea I’ve ever had. The infusion timing for 5g in 85mL employed to prevent over-brewing was as follows: 3s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s, 9s, 10s, 12s! I’ve never had a tea like this, although bulang bitterness is incredibly distinct, as it immediately reminds me of the nip of bitterness left in the 1997 Heng Li Chang Bulang. For me, the taste and texture experience on the front end of this tea is most akin to the finish on a 100% cacao super-dry, extra-dark alkaline heavy chocolate bar. Alkaline is really the absolute best word to describe this tea.
Full blog post: http://tea.theskua.com/?p=606
I just had a session with this tea.
My overall feeling is that this is nice tea, tastes like something I’d expect to pu’er from ‘90s to taste. Smooth, thick, slightly woody. Old tree deep inside of a dense forest, standing on it’s own in the middle of a forest opening.
Taste is quite simple, little too smooth for my taste. Presence of this tea is quite heavy, slightly disturbing in a way. Like that huge tree is blocking the sun, or something like that.
I’m currently looking for an affordable pu’er with at least a couple of decades of age, and this is one I am considering. I also have a sample of EoT Grand Yellow Label, waiting to be tested.
If you happen to have any suggestions of oldish sheng cakes that are around the same price category with this one, please hint me!