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this smells like smoked cedar or red wood or something. this is most prevalent in the smell. then there is sweetness that comes in after. i brewed this western style for about 5min right after a rolling boil. the color of the brew is not really dark and not really light.. i would call it golden. It is slightly bitter and slightly sweet (apricot is probably the best description of the sweetness,) and the two mix. astringent mouth feel on the sides of my tongue.
its another hot day and it is completely crazy to be drinking boiled water- but you know, im in a tea coma if not high on coffee and vice versa. I knew this tea from the past and fully expected for it to light me up and make me sweat like a fish (is that a saying?) im taking my shirt off to wipe tea off my computer screen, plus its bloody hot.. funny how things work out.
im on my second cup (100ml maybe) and its much more astringent (even though the basket is out.) this is actually a very tiring tea for me, since my limit for bitter is lower than this, though i could see this tea working well with a “heavy” type of meal, in which it can cut straight through and add dimension to a meal.
i never particularly liked this tea, but i thought id sipdown on some of this and contribute a lazy afternoon review.
I’ve wanted to try this since I’m developing a fondness for small cakes and can’t help but want to acquire more. Can’t seem to find my tasting notes though, but from what I remember it started out strong with apricot notes. The tea was thick and full bodied, but I never got any bitterness out of this. Easy drinking but full flavored, resteeped a long time. No smoke.
ok… i really like this tea. this is my second session; first was right out of the mail, so i didn’t really trust it. it’s been resting a couple of weeks now, which may be better?
4g:60ml. first time was porcelain gaiwan; second time in jianshui pot. drank the (~10s) rinse both times. started with flash steeps and increased slowly.
first few steeps vegetal, light astringency. thick liquid. seems to be a lot of flavour here! aftertaste is dry-mouth-throat and sweet, then floral.
kind of lost track after that, because it’s a work day. but i am enjoying it very much. seems like a nice rounded flavour, with moderate astringency, lots of sweet aftertaste.
From the Pu TTB round 5
Brews up a light yellow with notes of fresh grass and citrus. Slight mineral and incense sort of tastes and slightly dank side of wet dog. Bitterness and astringency are low, mouthfeel is fairly average. While this is a perfectly fine tea, nothing particularly stands out. I would be quicker to reach for the Milk, Cream, and Alcohol as a daily drinker.
Flavors: Citrus, Grass, Mineral, Wet Moss
Taste test #1 for the exclusive TAF balls from W2T to be part of the 2017 Sheng Olympiad. Out of all the blends W2T puts together I chose this one because it had everything wanted; looks, taste, and feels. The2015 material blew me away so I was glad to get to use the 2016 for this event : )
I was sent a few extra so I will do a tasting now and then come November to make sure all is well.
Starting off I realized the balls were quite new as they were firm and the color looks like it needs a bit of air to show its true hue. I went ahead and washed it twice and began my session outside with my best friend. The first six steeps were a bit tart, as in astringent to the mouth. I suspect this is due to how frickin’ early I drank this. I am not worried about that aspect actually because I know it’ll go away with some time. The taste once the astringent mouth feel went away was just like last year to which I really like. The leaf expands out and you see the beautiful two leaf and sometimes three with some buds; a rare occurrence for a puerh. The color goes from a medium to a lighter color as it steeps out. Overall I ended up getting 30 steeps out of this and don’t recall much of the taste because I was just enjoying the outdoors with my friend. Turns out I was pretty smashed by this tea because three hours passed by and we sat in the rain without realizing we were wet until we got in my car and the air turned on.
Truly a great choice that I believe will become even better as this “I was just born” tart will go away by January and be a beautiful gem to unfurl in each brewing vessel it meets while making people feel as if tea could be illegal if it always makes them feel this way.
This tea is an interesting one. My first real foray into any of W2T’s higher tiers. It took a couple sessions with this one for me to really figure it out at all. After the first session, I was slightly underwhelmed. The flavor seemed a little bit lighter than I expected and it was rather unremarkable. I think I just didn’t pay it enough attention the first time, as the second session was much better. To me, this tea was a bit more about feeling and texture than overt flavor. I think I was more homed in on this fact the second session, which helped me get more out of it.
I didn’t find this tea particularly bitter, as some people have mentioned. There certainly is some bitterness to it, but was rather tame to me. Flavors were vegetal, normally with a slightly fruity finish. In later steeps, it was more like wet hay in the front instead. If I had to characterize the fruity notes more specifically, I would say like dried pineapple, but nowhere near as sweet. In early steeps, I also got an interesting sweetness I would say is reminiscent of baking spices…like I was drinking a snickerdoodle.
As I said above, I think this tea was more about the feeling and texture than the taste. It was thick, but not oily. In some steeps it seemed to be an almost buttery texture. Made my mouth feel tingly and numb for most of the session. In some of the middle steeps, I could also feel it more in my belly – not tingling, but like a warmth (separate from the actual warmth of the liquid) dropping down there. It was a relaxing tea, not making me feel hyper, like some teas do.
This is definitely a tea I had to pay more attention to than I do many of the other teas I drink. I think I’m going to find that the case with most of the higher end sheng that I’m starting to get into trying. This one kind of struck me as Milk, Cream, and Alcohol’s bigger and more complex brother. It is more subtle, but has some of the same attributes going for it. Perhaps unsurprising, as they’re both Menghai material from the same year sourced by the same person.
Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Fruity, Spices, Straw, Thick, Vegetal
I drank this one during a teafriends google hangout today :) I decided to give it a try after some recent discussions about Lincang Gut Bombs – apparently this region doesn’t agree with some people! I haven’t had any stomach problems from sheng so far, so I saw this as a challenge almost. Happy to report I had no digestional distress as a result of this session.
Having never brewed a sheng teaball before, I referred to the nice instructions that Crimson Lotus Tea has for their Planet Jingmai ball. After getting it to open up, I got about a dozen steeps from this ball.
First 3-4 steeps were sweet and creamy, with an interesting finish that I found hard to place – maybe piney, but not smokey. After that, the astringency started to pick up a little bit, but it was not overwhelming in any way. There was still a good underlying sweetness as well. Not as much of the “maybe pine” flavor anymore. The last 5-6 steeps were smooth and drinkable, still slightly astringent, with slight honey sweetness and some whispers of apricot.
The leaves of this tea were beautiful, as I have rather come to expect from White 2 Tea’s productions. It was cool seeing these big and nice leaves coming from the previously tightly compressed little ball. I’m glad to see that my gut doesn’t disagree with Lincang material as well! Sorry to those who do have that problem!
Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Creamy, Honey, Pine, Sweet
One of my samples from a big W2T order! I really enjoyed this one. I used 7g of leaf with boiling water and my 120mL gaiwan.
On my first session with this, I was a bit too rough on it, and it punched me right in the face. If you abuse this tea, it will abuse you right back. I like bitter young (gutbomb?) sheng, but when I ramped up the steep times too quickly it was too bitter for me.
I found better results keeping it low for a long time – I did steeps of 7s, 7s, 7s, 7s, 7s, 8s, 10s, 15s, 25s, 40s, 1m, 100s. My first three steeps, when the chunk was working on breaking itself up, were light and sweet straw tasting with appreciably thick texture. On the third steep, the tea started to open up and wake up – and it was a bit cranky. Bitterness grew over the next three steeps, becoming heavy in the front of the sip, maintaining the straw flavor and gaining a slight fruity flavor. I didn’t taste it as apricot, more like apple – but the rind, as it wasn’t quite as sweet as the flesh of the fruit.
By the time I started increasing the steep time, the bitterness was receding slightly. The tea was softer, less punchy, with that apple rind fruity sweetness along with hay notes. The bitterness was still omnipresent, but more in the back of the sip, reminding you of its previous bite. On the second to last steep, a new sweet flavor entered the mix, reminding me of burnt sugar. It was pretty unexpected so late in the session. I probably could have squeezed a few more long infusions out of this one, but my kettle was empty and dinner was calling.
I wouldn’t recommend this tea if you don’t like bitter sheng. If you do however, this is a great one. The bitterness can be tempered, not avoided, by quick steeping in the early session, and eventually goes mostly away, leaving just some great sweetness and a smooth brew.
Flavors: Apple Skins, Bitter, Burnt Sugar, Fruity, Straw, Sweet, Thick
I’m just about out of this tea, so really need to write a review. The thing is, my scores have been all over the map, ranging from 84 to 89. The main reason for the variation is that the dominant flavor is a meaty herbaceous taste that I sometimes really like but that often is off-putting. The flavor is strong, with slight bitterness and some smoke. Best part of the tea might be the finish, which is long and pleasant.
As you can probably judge from the above description, the flavor is quite complex, which is a major plus for me. I was going to check the recommend box, but realized that while I enjoyed the tea, I won’t buy more when the sample is gone, so perhaps that is not a very strong recommendation.
Brewed in a 100ml yixing gongfu pot with 5g of leaf. An excellent tea with strong character. Compared to real laobanzhang, the flavor is not quite as complex and doesn’t develop as much over time. However, the flavor of the tea is still very good, and is extremely reminiscent of true LBZ’s that I’ve tried in the past. I’d highly recommend this to anyone who likes teas which have a hearty kick, but aren’t lacking in depth.
Bathrooms Smell Like Angels Aught to Smell
“I have become Argblarhgfahrer destroyer of the uterus.” I screamed
as I hurtled out of my Mothers vagina into this cold world.
I did not know how quick the mist would part
revealing the others to me and I grew afraid.
It is funny to think that a significant amount of our time is spent trying to fart
and after 13, instead of reading more books I just tried to get laid.
I remember the first time I supped on angel
sitting on a ceramic pot( Ceramic does not stick to your butt)
the taste reminded me of the umbilical cord trying to save me from the fall
My minds 5th and 6th hand have taste receptors that can savor dreams
when and if you make it to the third door and as you walk down the subtle hall
(a wizard (I)) will come into your third ear and whisper. " All is not as it seems! All is not as it seems!"
5 years ago I decided it was time. Time to give up my insanity and my flagrant disregard for myself. That after all, it was worth it. After all it indeed was worth life and love. I began working hard like a crazy peasant. I was living in an apartment with my grandfather as he was getting old and needed assistance and someone to spend time with him. I had just left the army because I decided that after all I cannot trust those who would have controlled who I shot at. I got lost in hard work and drunkenness. I decided that we should not be paying a dang apartment bill flushing our money down the toilet. So with a credit score that read “N/A” I set my mind to the end of buying a house. I found one for 29k that the land alone was worth 60k (unfortunate foreclosure) so I manipulated the bank until they gave me a loan and bought the house. I moved with 1 months worth of mortgage payments and then started looking for a job. I ran through a few jobs until I found a good one. I worked hard and kept getting promoted.
Weird life! I still feel like I do not deserve it most of the time. I moved for work and met a wonderful women. We got married. Life is good. Even better, life is pleasant. Then I found tea as well and that was also pleasant. It also was a nice hobby for a wizard so I took it upon myself to get as much awesome tea as possible. These last few weeks after I received this cake in the mail I have been sampling it out to others probably afraid that indeed I did not deserve such a subtle pleasure. I love subtle pleasure. On my way to another city for an interview 2 kind people shared their time with me and I paid them with Storytelling and laughter and subtle spells to further their goals. Then I waited for the word on whether I had indeed been selected for a dreadful honor or not. Yesterday I was offered that dread honor and having accepted I feel it is time to tell this story that is lacking merely everything and full of empty spaces ready to be filled if you ever meet me. I cried more times in the last 3 weeks than in my entire life put together.
Which brings me to the moral of the story.
Tea is good. Storytelling is even better. If someone tells you a story just remember the old poem.
“We both read the bible day and night but you read black and I read white.”
tasting notes: Watermelon, vegetal, angel farts, the tears of happiness.
I’m sure to review this tea multiple times throughout the year. I wanted to begin my first session strong, with an added person to share with. Unfortunately, my wife isn’t much of a tea drinker unless it can be made Southern styled, or if it isn’t pu-erh. So, I invited our friend over to have some Repave; however, she’s new to pu-erh, so the session didn’t last long for her….
I must admit that I went above and beyond on this order from W2T. I have always wanted to try nearly everything on their site due to their creativity via tea and their wrappers. LP also guided me along, directing me to the teas in which I’d thoroughly enjoy. I wanted to try this first, though. Perhaps it was due to the description that “This will get you very, very tea drunk” that made me want to dig in greedily (after allowing it to breathe for a couple of days), and as soon as possible.
Now, to the tea. What can I say? Where shall start? At the beginning, of course!
I started this session with 10.6 g for 150ml. As I previously mentioned, I wanted this session to go on strong—really hit the palate hard—and last for ages. The first few sips were bitter, but thanks to the suggestion from a tea friend (oolongowl? t-ching? matu?) I was brewing it too long (15s intervals) for the leaf. Therefore, I cut back to 5s intervals throughout the night, waiting for the tea to tell me when to increase the steep time. It hadn’t told me to stop. Ever. I kept it at 5s throughout the three hours of drinking. And you know what happened? It never ever changed the color or depth of the tea! Repave kept going on, unchanging (with the exception of flavor) throughout the three hour session. I was baffled by the amount of depth remaining throughout that time.
However, the flavor did change entirely whilst the session went on. The first steep was bitter. The following two steeps remained slightly bitter, but had a honey note to it; which remained on the back of the throat/mouth. It had offered a gift to the tongue, as if breathing out from your mouth, left a sweet nectar on the tip of lips, like a kiss. And then, the tea danced upon the palate, with great satisfaction—musing about on the tip, back, and middle of the tongue—leaving such great flavors wherever it hit. I had vegetal notes, honey, sweet grass, peaches and/or pears, butterscotch (I had written it down, for whatever reason) and deep earth, but from the “lands of Narnia.”
I will note that I’m reading through the series, so my mind is ever on Narnia. Heh.
I want to drink more this morning, but I must move on to samples from friends. By which, I will enjoy those sessions too, because they are gifts of kindness. :) And joining a vast community of tea enthusiasts has really made me feel blessed to know that there are tremendous people out there…..
Anyway, I’ll leave this review here, at a good note.
The weighing of the tea.
The 5th steep
The 10th steep (I went up to 15!)
~8g off of a 25g sample. I found this really balanced with a mellow bitter note coming in by the second steeping that was balanced by a sweetness and full almost buttery body. I found flavors of hay and a floral aroma. The bitterness came in with woody notes. Overall I really enjoyed this! Not overly sweet or bitter.
Flavors: Bitter, Butter, Floral, Grass, Hay, Wood, Yogurt