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I think this is a higher tier of leaf than I have previously tried.
Boiling water, 8 grams in “standard gaiwan,” short (maybe 7 sec) rinse. Steeps like 5s, 10s, 15s… 50s. First couple of steeps were pretty meh on flavor and aroma but with promising full mouthfeel. Starting to open up on the 3rd, and by the 4th I was like “holy shit, this is something.” Thick mouthfeel, honey sweetness, tartness of green fruit, floral incense perfume, bitterness, heavy mouth-coating astringency. I just sat back and sucked on the inside of my mouth for a while after that one, and after the 5th I had to walk away and do something else for a while.
I got it up to 10 steeps but by that point the green tart mouth pucker and astringency were so dominant that I could not keep drinking it. Well, I probably could have, but was not enjoying it. Maybe less leaf next time.
1:03 pm Sunday Indianapolis, IN
Yeah I’m going to keep doing the sunny setting at the beginning of my reviews.
Theoretically this is a good tea, right? It’s sweet and delicious. I get that. I didn’t like the smokey flavor and the burning feeling on my throat. It was a little rough. It almost felt like inhaling smoke. I would love this tea if there was a way I could filter this feeling from the tea.
There are plenty of positives though that outweigh the smidgen of negatives. Like I said it is tasty. I like the flavor. I like the qi. Good to good+ amount of qi. I’m feeling stimulated but mostly calm and relaxed. Similar to how the fade makes me feel, but a little more drunk. Several huigans, but nothing crazy. A little bitter but nothing crazy. Maybe that is why people have called it a ‘middle of the road’ puer.
It is cheap enough ($.18/gram) to consider picking up a cake or two and waiting a few years to see if it gets rid of the smokey, throat scratch/burn feeling. But since the tea is this old and still exhibits this, I probably won’t buy more to find out.
Oh, huang pian, how you flummox and befuddle me. I huangpianed twice before Fade, the first time on some Jingmai sheng from Chawangshop that tasted ok but was a bit too much with the florals, which often seems to disagree with me, gastrically speaking. Then there was Brown Sugar. Sugar? Not so much. Brown Hydrochloric Acid more like. Now, I like a deep, dark, sweet, motor-oil-like shu as much as the next person, but this stuff was like a footballer doing a slide tackle into my gallbladder, studs up. So when the Fade came I was concerned, but I went ahead and had it anyway because there was 200g of it and the wrapper just looked like it needed opening. Fade. What can I say about Fade? Well, I saved it for my 100th tasting note, so that says something.
I’m a Bosch freak, and yes I taste the Bosch in here in a big way. Funny thing is, everyone kept talking about how tea drunk they got on the stuff, and I’d had it about five times and not once was it anything more to me than a very pleasant Boschy cuppa yummy. As it happens, the arrival of the Fade brick coincided with the arrival of a new 50ml gaiwan from Teaware.house, with which I was immediately enamored and began to use almost exclusively for several weeks. Thing is, a 50ml gaiwan holds about 2g of huang pian, give or take. You see where I’m going with this. So tonight I decided to go big or go home. Well, I am home already, so big. My largest sheng pot, the one I use for aged stuff, is 80ml. The other one is 75ml. I usually brew no more than 4g of anything. So…… I’m teadrunk as shit right now, about 750ml in (that’s about 25 ounces for the metrically impaired) because I brewed up 10g in a 150ml shibo. Like, all at once.
shit damn motherfucker (oops, wrong tea?) This stuff smells so frickin good! Seriously, I would like a small Fade atomizer I can take with me to work, so that when some idiot starts dancing on my last nerve, I can give myself a little spritz and feel right as rain again, and not have to suppress the urge to choke a fool.
I feel like I’ve been writing this review for hours.
I took some photographs. Here’s what 10g of HP looks like, not even steeped out yet:
Here’s my big fatassed shibo with his enforcers from the Empire, staring down my little sheng pots:
Here’s another of Shibozilla eating a 50ml gaiwan as an appetizer while the sheng pots run away yelling “run away!”:
Best part is that my tummy is fine, so far. Or if this tea is eating a hole in my intestines, I sure can’t feel it. Now off I go; I have about another 450ml to brew up before I can say I drank a 40 of Fade and lived to tell about it.
I tried Brown Sugar multiple times and each time, it’s carries too much of a punch. This tea is smooth, but I think it still has a while to go. There’s light notes of sweetness that I think will continue to come out over time.
I did like the quality of leaves this tea had tho.
You can read a full review on my blog – http://coolcodyc.wix.com/theoolongdrunk#!Dont-Get-Cavities-on-Brown-Sugar/c21kp/5721092c0cf269c350f1bc68
Flavors: Bitter, Moss, Sweet, Wood
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Flavors: Dried Fruit, Medicinal, Mineral, Pine, Plums, Raisins, Tobacco, Wet Wood, Wood
Thought i’d start the day out with a puerh since otherwise i won’t make time for it. This gives me a chance to take a few moments to wake up, and settle my mind before another day of tearing apart the house. These came to me from christina and were on my wishlist to try, so thank you for that!
initial steepings of this are quite nice. Smooth, a little reminiscent of “special dark” but not quite…some sweetness here as well, richness to the taste. It’ll be interesting to see how this develops.
Bought a cake of this with my first W2T order. It’s a solid daily drinker. Tasty and simple. I prefer it with boiling water and 3g in my 60mL gaiwan, as it makes the texture a little nicer and is still almost completely without bitterness. Liquor is a nice and vibrant yellow color.
I get little hints of stonefruit in the first 1-2 steeps sometimes, but mostly this tea is sweet hay/grass flavors. At times I also notice some soft floral notes. It has a nice creamy/viscous texture as well. Finish has a bit of a nice tang to it at times as well.
I’ve been using this tea as a baseline to play around with different waters. I got a Brita filter pitcher because the filter on my fridge is old, hasn’t been changed in forever, and is no longer produced (though it dispenses water I find to be quite tasty for tea). Water from the sinks in my house have a distinct, almost bitter flavor to them, which the brita filter cuts slightly, but doesn’t get rid of. They’ve been pretty bad for making tea. Spring water from the grocery store (in a gallon bottle) was a bit better, but I still tasted the water too much. Interestingly, other than my fridge water, the best I’ve had so far is water from the hose spigot outside the house run through the Brita. I’ve still got some other sources to try out, and I’m thinking Little Walk will continue to be my faithful and reliable companion.
Flavors: Floral, Grass, Hay, Tangy
From the Puerh TTB #4
This may have to be the first shou that I’ve bought in nearly a year. After a quick rinse, I did a 10 s steep. I was distracted when I started to drink and for a moment thought I was drinking sheng. Despite the young age I don’t taste any fermentation flavor (after my review I went to the web site and discovered the tea is from the 2012 harvest and was pressed in 2015, so that makes more sense). It tasted a lot like a sheng that has a few years of age on it. Slightly grassy flavor with some earthiness. 2nd steep: Color more red than orange, and more of a shou aroma. This sheng-like flavor may be because the leaves hadn’t separated in the first two steeps.
The 3rd steep was the next day: Dark red color; really looks like shou now. Smells and tastes like one too. Fair amount of fermentation flavor, some cherry fruit, and some bitterness. The bitterness dominates the finish. The different components work together pretty well, so it isn’t unpleasant. Much stronger than the first two steeps. By the 5th steep it was much more pleasant. No fermentation flavor and only a hint of bitterness. Flavor is a mix of wood and stone fruit. Finish is still bitter. I’m still drinking (up to about the 7th or 8th steep) and still enjoying the tea. It’s milder and less complex but has no negatives. Just a really nice taste.
I’m pretty much an exclusively sheng drinker, but every once in a while try shou. This tea could make me keep coming back.
Another sample from the Beginners puerh box. The first three steps were lovely, smooth tobacco smoke flavor, no bitterness. If Lapsong is like campfire smoke, this is your grandfathers soothing pipe smoke. Subsequent steeps had too much bitterness that overwhelmed the dwindling smoky taste. I’ve added this to my wish list because I am wondering how it will age in the next 5-10 years.
Flavors: Bitter, Smoke, Smooth, Tobacco
this is a generous sample I got from my teafriend – thanks so much
I’ve got a lot of shou. I love it. while drinking a lot of it i developed some preferences. im more picky than before, just clean taste is not not enough.
i really liked this Brown Sugar. It is so rich, dark, bittersweet. The fermentation flavor was present in the first 2-3 steeps maybe ( i rinse my shou once only) and then faded away. it went thru many steeps. later steeps had some creaminess.
Very enjoyable cup. thank you teafriend for sharing. i should definitely get this brick with my next order
Second session with the sample from the w2t monthly club. 5g in a 70 ml gaiwan, yielding about 40-50ml per brew. This is a solid example of a mid+ quality yiwu after its first step in the maturity cycle. Sweetness of youth with the profile of a bit of age. Top notes that hint at berries and citrus fruit with a hint of vanilla/baking spice. A solid mid-palate of wood/ sandalwood incense and wildflowers, and a base that falls just shy of tobacco. Smooth and complex.
The brew softly embraces the palate before a huge wave of aftertaste brings on lots of salivation, massive and persistent cooling, and never ending honey sweetness. Throat characteristics were okay, mouthfeel was on fleek. Qi is grounding and heady. Lasted about 11 brews before switching to long brews. This one is out of my price range unfortunately, but I think it is appropriately priced for the quality. Def yiwu. Def delicious.
I had a small session of this last night with 5g/60ml, today I’m upping the ante at 10g/125ml
So far I’m really enjoying this tea. The smell I get from the dry (and a bit in the wet) leaf is one I really like but can’t quite put my finger on. Maybe an odd mix of minty licorice? That doesn’t sound right.. I hope the smell stays with time.
Anyways this tea only has a tiny bit of bitterness and has a lingering sweetness. I have to admit I needed a food break after the first 3 steeps, and I discovered that this isn’t a pleasant one to drink cold. So far I haven’t found it to have much in terms of what some people might call cha qi. The tea soup is a nice amber color.
I’m enjoying it and I’m glad I got a cake. I think it will be a nice borderline daily drinker tea.
Had this one for awhile – time to break into it. Interesting tea with nice complexity. The dry leaves are quite nice – lots of whole leaves; medium brown color; and they smell interesting. Hints of smoke and storage found in the first 2 cups but this drops off quickly. Tea soup is clear with a gold color in early steeps and then shifts to a dark copper color with orange highlights later in the session. The flavor profile shifts throughout the session – wet wood, vegetal, floral, spice. Nice enough finish. I began to feel a relaxing qi hit after the third cup and it continued to build during the session. Great value found in this 10+ year aged Yiwu area cake – only $0.22 per gram. I enjoy this tea!
Drinking this sample I got with my W2T order. I’ve had it twice, both with 3.4g in a 60mL gaiwan. First with boiling water, second with 200 degree. I think I preferred it with 200 degree, but both were good and it merits further experimentation. With boiling, the tea got bitter pretty quickly and that bitterness was intense and pronounced for about 4 steeps. With cooler water, the bitterness crept up more slowly, but lasted longer – almost the entire session – but at a level I found pleasant. It kind of made my lips/tongue feel tingly. I think this bitterness might be accompanying a bit of a tobacco flavor. Towards the end of each session, but more with the lower temp (possibly just because I drank more steeps), the tea started to get a bit of a mouth-drying effect going, but I don’t think it was intolerable or anything. The taste made up for it.
In both sessions, the tea had a sweet and fruity finish. The cooler temperature session lasted longer before the tea died. It yielded many mildly bitter steeps with good sweetness and a pretty creamy body. The boiling session finished with some mostly sweet steeps, but not as many.
I may pick up a cake of this with my next W2T order, mainly because it’s relatively inexpensive and quite tasty.
Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Sweet, Tobacco
I really like White 2. I like their marketing, I like their owner, and I like their teas. This one is no different, I absolutely loved this.
The early steeps, starting at 10s (+5s each steep), had a lot of sweet earth and baked goodies in the nose, and the tea itself was, as advertised, smooth as heck, with no jagged edges. It was very sweet, with a comforting touch of bitter, and a cooling sensation in the mouth after sipping. Later steeps got a little jammy, with some brown sugar notes, of course. I messed up the fifth steep, but pushed the six and seventh to one and two minutes. The tea did very well, and could probably have been pushed a lot sooner, maybe going up by 10s instead. It got nicely complex with a hint of spice/herb notes.
Longer review with pictures! http://writing.drab-makyo.com/posts/tasting/2016/04/14/white2-brown-sugar/
Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Dried Fruit, Earth
A crowd pleaser of a middle-aged sheng. I find this tea has less smoke than W2T “Often”. However, I feel that the “Classic Mushroom” has better chaqi. I do a 5sec rinse and increase each steep by steeps out of this. An affordable daily drinker.
This is a fantastic tea. I wanted a big cup of this so I brewed it in a 250ml glass teapot, but brewed it more gongfu style than western. I brewed 8.2g in 250ml of water. This tea is among the best black teas I have ever had. It is slightly malty but not to strong. It is somewhat chocolaty. It is just really good. The flavor of it is amazing. It is not cheap. I figure this brewing session cost me roughly $6 as the tea was $35 for 50g. Definitely not a tea I want to brew in my standard Western style for black teas in a 16oz Teapot for 3 minutes. I would buy this again if they still have it when I run out. It’s just too expensive to stock up on when I still have most of a tin of it.
I brewed this five times in a 250ml glass teapot with 8.2g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 20 sec, 30 sec, 40 sec, 1 min, and 1.5 min. I think I could get a lot more out of this and may yet go back for a few more steeps.
This was a somewhat bitter but tasty raw puerh. I know this tea has some of the Bosch in it but it was not quite as sweet as I remember the Bosch to be. This tea did lose it’s bitterness over the course of eleven steeps that I gave it. I went a bit heavy on the leaf so that may have made it a little more bitter. I used 9.9g leaf and the teapot was only 150ml or maybe 160ml, not sure exactly how big the pot is. I think the seller called it 150ml. The teta does seem to have some qi to it. I am feeling energized right now in a manner that caffeine does not do to me. Not a massive qi but some. Overall I liked this tea. Not sure how many infusions the leaves would go but I stopped at eleven because of the caffeine factor. Could definitely have gotten a few more steeps out of this.
I steeped this eleven times in a 150ml Ru Kiln Teapot with 9.9g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, and 1.5 min.
one rinse, let the leaves rest some minutes, flash steeps at the start.
first few steeps of this made me feel relaxed, warm, cozy, soft. very, very nice. gaiwan lid smelled delicious — warm spiced baking type smells, well rounded out with some deeper notes. stood around sniffing the lid for quite some time. the tea itself had a nice feel in the mouth while tasting fairly light, but still warm and soft, with some sweetness and maybe fruit. after a handful of steeps it started to taper into a more astringent tea that wasn’t bad, just not as exciting as the start. pretty sure i’m going to pick up more of this if i get the chance.
Flavors: Fruity, Spices, Vanilla
I went a little light on this one, using 5.8g in a 100mL gaiwan. This tea wasn’t totally enjoyable, but I’m fairly certain it will get better. The first 3 steeps had pretty distinct sour notes, which slowly faded from steeps 4-5. Other than this acidic sourness, I tasted some sweet vegetal flavors, and an almost creamy texture/taste. I also detected some fruity and floral notes, perhaps of a citrus nature. The tea was pleasantly thick from steeps 3-7 or so. I liked this one, but will probably wait for a while to try it again to see if the sourness goes down. Once it does, this will probably be a pretty great tea.
Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Sour, Sweet, Thick, Vegetal