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94

This tea is lovely. Sweet, smooth and very fragrant. Floral, with some butteriness as well. The cinnamon spice aroma is there, but incredibly subtle. The leaves are gorgeous, and the little dragon balls are a joy to behold. I fared better with shorter infusions, I don’t think I went over 20 or 25 seconds even towards the end (Gong Fu Cha style). I shared this tea with my mother, who is quite picky, and she enjoyed it too! It was an added bonus.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Earth, Floral, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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85

The dry leaves are small and wiry with lots of golden fur floating about, I think the furriest tea I’ve ever seen. It has a slight woodsmoke aroma. Malt, sweet potato, peat, lightly fruity and moderately smoky. Very mild with an excellent silky texture

Flavors: Cocoa, Peat, Smoke, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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95

Pulling lightly compressed chunks of Tian Jian out of a 5 kilogram hand woven basket is a pleasure that few will experience in their short time on earth! Incredible to imagine the skill involved in just making the basket, much less the tea itself.

There are wisps of pine smoke… barely there, but there. Sweet tobacco with notes of dried longan in a mushroom broth. There is a cannabis aroma and at moments I feel I am drinking a lightly roasted aged Da Hong Pao oolong. Very special experience!

Flavors: Mushrooms, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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76

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Flavors: Umami

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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92

This tea is rich and smokey. Sweet for a second then pleasantly bitter, with an astringency that coats the mouth without feeling to dry. It tasted earthy, damp and woody. Very smooth. It is a lovely autumn orange color when brewed. Brewed gong fu style, 5 grams in a 60ml gaiwan. Ten second wash, 1st infusion 20 seconds, 2nd infusion 35-30 seconds, etc. Lost track of how many infusions I did because the flavor continued to intrigue me after many steepings!

Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Decayed wood, Moss, Mushrooms, Smooth, Sweet, Wet Earth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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Drank the autumn all day at work today; lasted a solid 7 hours at four steeps an hour, I drink a TON at work.

This stuff is great. I tell new pu’ heads to try Bang Dong or Jingmai because they are light and easily understood while being tasty. Simple brew with some floral undertones. This leaf withstands those long spa treatments that we drink the bath water from quite well. Interested in seeing how the spring taste now, but this is solid… did someone say Bang Dong is coming to the 2017 Sheng Olympics?

Rui A.

Last week I ordered samples of this one and the Autumn version. Thanks for the review and now I am looking forward to receive the samples even more.

JWhisk

How’s the autumn compare to the summer? If I remember correctly there’s a big price difference between the two

ccr

The spring is fantastic. Unfortunately, I can’t speak to the autumn, as I haven’t tried it, but the Bang Dong was up there for me next to the much higher priced spring cakes (Mu Shu, Da Qing Gu Shu)

Kirkoneill1988

i think i tried a previous years version

Liquid Proust

edit and correction I had drank the 2015 Spring for this review. Just pulled out the other Bang Dong’s I have and realized that 2015 Autumn has not been tried yet so I pulled it out and tried it. The difference is as follows: The 2015 Autumn doesn’t have the light floral notes as the spring does and is somewhat astringent with a mouth feel while the spring is more delicate and smooth. To me, the autumn would be best aged and the spring would be best drank now and shortly after because of the light vegetable notes with some floral in there. It might be how I look at tea in general, but it seems the first plucks have the softest and most natural taste to them as they are (what I would say) fresher. I see this with Darjeeling, Sencha, and with seasonal oolong (which in the winter has smaller and stronger notes). I will probably include both in the 2017 Sheng Olympics so people can taste the difference themselves. Personally I am not a fan of the darker and astringent autumn stuff (which will change with time)

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75

Drinking this tea I couldn’t help but exclaim “Tastes like chicken!” Not as in it actually tastes like chicken, but as in it’s an excellent example of what a “very ok” sheng tastes like. It’s fairly bitter with a flavor thats slightly vegetal and green like parsley. Theres some honeyed sweetness, and the alcohol/gasoline scent that you get from a lot of fresh factory sheng. Theres a touch of apricot and tobacco, and just a hint of smoke. Brewing reveals chopped and shredded leaves. It’s a very ok tea.

Flavors: Grass, Honey, Parsley

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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80

Dark Matter 2016

I started on this tea last night, but after the third cup, I wasn’t feeling it. I’ve been drinking it on and off today, but for whatever reason, it’s nothing that I’ll write home about. It IS good, but nothing that I’ve wanted to drink. The mouthfeel is pretty sour; with a touch of something else that I can’t think of….That’s all I’ve got.

Flavors: Sour

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This is a high end daily drinker. Looking at this as it’s $9 for 50g… not what I expected. It’s really good. The sweetness is evident with each sip though it is complex because there is a roast profile in front of it all.
Easily brewed. Cheap. Tasty.

There’s nothing more I can ask from this tea honestly, it exceeds what I had expected. I would regard this as a daily drinker and good to put a little aside for the fun, but if I were to share a cup of YS oolong with friend it would still be the Iron Arhat which has true depth to it. Probably going to look at getting more of this for work.

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86

This tea, which I believe is all buds, is pretty good. It’s got a malty note, a chocolaty note and a fruity note. Because I added a small amount of sugar the fruity note seems strongest. Tastes like ripe plums.

I brewed this tea twice in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 and 4 minutes. I put the second steeping into a thermos for work.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Plums

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Nicole

Mmm… sounds great.

AllanK

This was buy again next year good.

ccr

I’m enjoying this one as well! Works well for gongfu, too.

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87

This is an excellent roasted oolong (from the Dark Matter group buy). When I first tried oolongs I thought they were meh, but recently roasted oolongs have started to taste like the most incredible beverage ever sooo . . . I think my tastes might be changing a bit? And of course I’m getting better quality tea now so there’s that. It’s a strictly no-milk, no-sugar type of tea, but it’s still quite nice. I like the earlier steepings the best so far, but maybe I used a bit less leaf than I ought so we’ll see what happens next time.

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95

I love this tea so much. Floral and sweet, but long lasting taste. I am biased because I chose this tea to offer through my website!

Flavors: Apple Candy, Astringent, Creamy, Floral, Osmanthus

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
JC

Best type of bias if you ask me! LOL

Yunnan Sourcing

I can’t seem to fix the image associated with this tea… someone uploaded the wrong image, and even though I uploaded the correct one it’s still not the default image…. arrggh. ;-)

JC

LOL. I tried myself tool. Must be a hiccup in the system. Try later if not I can try later to see if it works for me.

mrmopar

Link me the image and I will try to update it.

mrmopar

Check and see if that is the one you wanted.

Yunnan Sourcing

@mrmopar – You rock… is there a secret to it?

mrmopar

Log enough in the data base you get learned up fast.

JC

@mrmopar Thanks man. Sorry I couldn’t reply to your message earlier.

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86

This is a tasty and interesting tea. It has a very hard to describe but sweet taste from the sticky rice herb. They don’t use actual sticky rice in this one but a herb that mimics it somehow. There was also a a fair amount of fermentation flavor to this tea. I’d say I noticed the fermentation for the first four or five steeps. It had muted a little since the was fermented last year. There was little bitterness to this tea. There were also no chocolate notes to this tea if anyone is looking for them. The sticky rice flavor pretty much takes over this tea. All the natural flavors of the puerh take a backseat to the sticky rice flavor. That flavor is quite nice actually. I think it is well done in this tea.

I steeped this tea twelve times in a 120ml gaiwan with 11.4g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min. The tea was not done at twelve steeps. I could have gotten a few more steeps out of it but I had had enough caffeine for one day.

Flavors: Earth, Rice, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 11 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
R.F. Hill

I think I know what I’m having tomorrow….Great review.

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spring 2015 version – more to come later but not too shabby. Going to enjoy having this one around

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84

This tea is fairly good. It’s somewhat fruity. It’s not chocolaty. It’s not malty. Perhaps plums or even peaches is a good description of the main note.

I steeped this tea two times in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 and 4 minutes. Put the second steeping into a thermos.

Flavors: Fruity, Plums

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

Given to me in a tea swap by Kirkoneill1988.

Man, I love this tea. I’m currently on my 16th pot. It has nearly lost every bit of the tobacco flavors in which it started out with, until the past two steeps, but it’s still going. There’re some astringent notes to the tea, but overall, not too overpowering. I like a little bite to my Sheng pu-erhs, though. I will be adding this to my wishlist. I’m glad that I was able to get this much (Thank you again, Kirkoneill1988).

Flavors: Tobacco

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84

This is a fairly nice tea. It has a fruity note to it. Not at all sure what fruit. It’s not a chocolaty tea at all though.

I brewed this two times in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 and 4 minutes. The second steeping I put in a thermos for work.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

Ok, I’m still very new to tea. This is my first whole compressed cake. I used about 5 grams with boiling water, so it was a bit strong in my 7oz teapot. Ok, I noticed some astringency and fruity notes on the citrus side. I think I brewed it too strong so as taboo as it is I added a splash of light agave nectar and it was yummy. this tea reminded me of the typical teas you get in a Chinese restaurant. I like it but again I don’t have much to compare it to, I’m still a tea newb. I will try again in a few months and since I have two cakes think I will try making it iced. I think it would be good iced. It’s a good tea but not uber fantastic. Smoke notes and fruit with high tannins for the most part. Brewed 30seconds then added more time with each infusion, lost it’s umph around infusion 5

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 207 ML

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90

2013 nan Jian aromatic cake 702 raw puerh review

Gongfucha ru Yao dragon teapot.

Dry leaf: musty, green
https://www.instagram.com/p/BFUnvFcp4-i/

Wet leaf: green, fruit (unknown)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BFUncWwJ495/

Light steep: I taste/smell; slight cream. Light -> honey, spices.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BFUnm0NJ4-U/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BFUnhPwp4-I/

Medium steep: I taste/smell; light
-> cream, honey, spices, smokiness.

Heavy steep: I taste/smell; medium cream. Light to medium -> honey, spices, smokiness.

maybe i should have used hotter water

All in all a nice tea. A little too plain so I rate it a 90.

http://yunnansourcing.com/en/nan-jian-tea-factory/2709-2013-nan-jian-aromatic-cake-702-raw-pu-erh-tea-cake-380-grams.html

Flavors: Cream, Fruity, Green, Honey, Musty, Smoke, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 10 g 6 OZ / 165 ML

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90

When buying this I thought it was actually made with rice, not noticing that it was in fact a sort of herb. After tasting it, I’m glad it wasn’t because the taste is better than I could imagine coming from rice. The sweetness of the herb works well with the earthy background of the puer and it somewhat reminded me of the taste of buttered popcorn. I don’t count my steeps, but I was still getting some pleasant taste while the brew was starting to become close to clear. I look forward to try the other teas in this set, because this one made a great impression.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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65

Grassy with nutty sweetness. The grass taste is a bit stronger than I would prefer, but not so dominating that it becomes distasteful. I think this will make a good daily drinker green, and I’m just about out of the sencha I’ve been drinking.

Flavors: Grass, Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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I’ve been drinking through my current stash of teas and have really missed drinking a good straight black as its seems I hoard flavors not straights… I should really take this into consideration when I order teas, it’s good insight into my preferred drinking habits… This is a touch savory and a touch sweet. A little bit of chocolate, malt and sweet potato, its darn delicious with milk! I’m glad I picked up a bit of this in my last order from Yunnan Sourcing and may have to consider another quick and sneaky order so I don’t run out.

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 120 ML

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