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drank Yi Mei Ren by Yunnan Sourcing
243 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! (114)

Taking a short break from TTB teas to settle my stomach a bit. So I figured I’d work on some sipdowns in the process! :P

This tea is quite different from what I would consider the “typical” Yunnan tea at this point. I wonder if it’s because this is apparently grown on a mountain? And it’s wilted/fermented longer according to Yunnan Sourcing’s website. Very interesting! This tea has an interesting herbaceous flavor that definitely reminds me of dill. It has some of the malt and breadiness that I would associate with other Yunnan teas as well. There’s also something there that I can’t quite place, maybe a floral? If so, it’s definitely a heady floral like rose or something similar.

This tea is quite tasty and I may consider getting some when I (finally) make a YS order!

Flavors: Dill, Rose

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

I tried only a sample of this tea and adored it!

Cameron B.

I’ve liked every tea I’ve tried from Yunnan Sourcing. This one’s not a favorite, but I like it a lot, especially that little herbaceous quality. :)

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This is a very nice sheng. At $17/ for a 250g cake, it is fairly priced for wild arbor YiWu leaf. Quite young for a sheng but amazingly smooth and sweet.

The cake has light compression making it very easy to pick off the dark dry leaf. A fairly high number of stem pieces found. The tea soup is a very light gold color and appears very clear in the cup. Sweet fruit aroma from the wet leaf. The taste is smooth with only the slightest bite of astringency. There is definitely the sweetness of raisins and stone fruit. Smooth mouth feel and a nice Qi. In later steeps there are the beginning notes of tobacco.

Frankly, if I had tasted this one blind, I would assume that it was at least five years old (not two). I’ll drink this cake now and I picked up another one for aging because I am really curious to try it in 5-7 years. I’m a big fan!!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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drank Yi Mei Ren by Yunnan Sourcing
348 tasting notes

Today I tried the spring harvest of this tea using short steeps and boiling water, covering the bottom of my 150ml Gaiwan with leaves. My timings were 15,20,40,65,100,120s.

This is the spring harvest of this tea and I am not sure whether the differences I found in flavour are the result of using different techniques or a different season.

I found that this time the cocoa notes were intensified over my previous tasting. The fruit notes found were longan and blackcurrant. Cashew butter and cream notes were also present. The caramel notes were present but not as distinct and I did not find the grainy notes of the last steeping. I’ll have to try my longer steeps and lower temperatures to do a true comparison with the previous season, but I did really enjoy it this way.

JC

Seasons definitely affect the teas. I like doing side-by-side comparison for some teas and sometimes from different years if I have them. Great note!

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drank Yi Mei Ren by Yunnan Sourcing
348 tasting notes

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This lovely tea came from Nicole. I’m almost all the way through her first package but I have since gotten a second. Lol… The dry leaves look quite “wild” to me, meaning they’re very spindly and rough. Almost like tiny tree roots! The color is mostly dark with a few golden buds mixed in. I’m not really getting a smell from the dry leaves, there’s a little bit of sweetness maybe?

The first thing I notice from the aroma is that there are very strong raisin notes. Yum! I also get other dark flavors, like malt, tobacco, and molasses. The flavor is definitely very deep and developed. I wouldn’t call it a super strong tea, but the flavors in here are all quite “dark” and intense. There’s dark, toasted bread with some honey over the top, but then there’s also a definite syrupy dried fruit note. I’m thinking raisins and dried cherries, maybe some fig in there too. Yum!

I continue to be impressed by Yunnan Sourcing, even their “lower-grade” Yunnan teas are delicious! Must order soon! :)

Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Toast, Dried Fruit, Honey, Malt, Raisins

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Today started off with quite a bad stomach ache and of course… I knew just where to turn: Sheng cha!
I have been waiting to try this special pu for a while now. Unfortunately, I was recently very, very spoiled by having the SMOOTHEST young sheng I have ever had in my entire life, thus my experience with this mellow sheng left a bit to be desired.
It is a very easy going tea. I would recommend it to those who do not have a lot of experience with sheng as during my infusions it has been very forgiving. It kind of reminds me of a young honest horse; the type that even if you didn’t line up a jump correctly, they will still give it their all and make the jump anyway. Those were always my favorite horses and always got the most treats. :) Funnily enough, that is not where the horse resemblance stops with this tea, either. It has some lovely notes of clean horse hair (in the throat of the tea), hay, and the dusty dirt of a pristine barn. To me, these are all very good things. Aside from that, it has notes of orchid, camphor, some nuttiness, and a nice caramel sweetness that is faint.
I have a feeling that this will age nicely, however, I am not sure if I want to invest in a full cake yet. We will see… Right now, I am just so grateful for a good cuppa and a quiet morning before work.

boychik

Nice review!

apt

well, did it help your stomach?

Tea Pet

Thank you, boychik!
@apt – Yes, it did. Sheng always does!

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95

A beautiful woman awakes from slumber
Slowly rubbing her eyes she looks up
She smiled, stretched out her legs and thought
Starting over again is enough

I kept this tea overnight and drank it again this morning. Still good!

Stephanie

sounds interesting. Semi-aged, huh?

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #19
Oh this is the perfecttt Yunnan. Mostly golden twisty leaves here, but enough hints of darker leaves to give it some character. I know teas like Verdant’s Golden Fleece are all gold. And most Yunnan is mostly dark with hints of gold. The flavors: honeyed squash, sweet potatoes, yams with drizzles of dark chocolate… with some hints of tomato soup. The color of the cup is an orangeish amber. SO so so good. The second cup might have been steeped a little long (three min would be better), but no astringency just tangy for some reason, but it is deeper with more character. It seems all the flavors I previously mentioned have combined instead of being able to pick them out. The first cup is GOLD though… the second needed less steep time. I’d love three pounds of this in my cupboard!
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // few minutes after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

Cameron B.

I agree, this tea is AMAZING! :D

Nicole

Isn’t this a great one??!!

MzPriss

I hope there is some of this left when the box gets back to me

Tea Sipper

A couple teaspoons left… I am tempted to take the rest out, but because you mentioned, I won’t. I NEED to take a couple things out because I won’t be able to fit anything. It seems like many pouches with only one teaspoon left. I’m specifically focusing on the teas you added, MzPriss because I don’t want you to get a bunch of your teas back.

MzPriss

No, please go ahead and take it Tea Sipper – it’s the “way of the box” I can always get some

MzPriss

And seriously, just get what you want – it will go around again probably and it doesn’t matter. I like everything I put in there.

Tea Sipper

No, I will leave it in, no problem. Like I said, I want three pounds of it anyway. :D

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88

Quite pleased with this tea. The leaf brews a smooth soup and returns a thick mouth-feel with a quick sweet, earthy aftertaste. Overall, this tea offers a tasty, sweet, dark brew with a little spiciness and is a solid choice for everyday enjoyment.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 125 ML
awilsondc

I’m a big fan of this one as well!

DigniTea

Yes I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Not sure what I was expecting but I found it to be a very tasty shou!

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An excellent dian hong – chocolatey, deep and sweet. I’m still not 100% OK, so I was looking for a delicious “comfort tea”. I usually go for white teas as my “comfort teas”, but as I haven’t been getting enough sleep in the past two days, this golden bud was called for. The leaves are gorgeous and smell magnificently of dark chocolate and caramel goodness. Highly recommended, especially for the price.

Flavors: Caramel, Dark Chocolate

boychik

Great every time. I love YS blacks

Terri HarpLady

Thinking of you, Nofar, & the sad things going on in your region. I hope you stay safe, & am envisioning safety for you, your family, and all people in the region of all faiths who desire peace. Namaste :)

NofarS

Thank you very much, Terri. It is becoming increasing difficult to voice wishes for peace or concern for the civilians under fire on both sides. I pray for peace for the region, and that the innocent may be spared more suffering. It is very hard to be hopeful these days, but giving up means leaving extremists to do as they wish, unchecked by reason or compassion. So I am trying very hard to keep calm and carry on.

mrmopar

Be safe my friend!

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August TTB

Steam rises fragrant
I sip a full cup of joy
Warm hug down my throat

(inspired by shreapops tea haikus! :)

Honestly I don’t have much to say about this tea. I actually thought it smelled really good, and I think it’s my favorite puerh so far. I wish I could elaborate on specific flavors and “notes” but my palate is not very sophisticated :P

Flavors: Sweet

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89

This is a real keeper. Very smooth, just a touch of astringency, medium fermentation. Not earthy, more dark coffee. Delicious!

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Sipdown! (105)

Another lovely fuzzy tea from Nicole. I did the 1/2/4m method tonight, and all three steeps basically tasted the same to me, which is interesting. They all had that nice cucumber/honeydew in the beginning of every sip, and then turned into lovely light bread and pastry notes. There’s definitely a very light floral at the end somewhere, maybe a mild lilac? Overall, this is definitely a unique tea. I would absolutely consider stocking this just because it’s nice and light and refreshing. Lovely for afternoon or early evening. Thanks Nicole! :P

Flavors: Pastries

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
MzPriss

I love the fuzzy gold teas!

Cameron B.

Me too! At least I’ve loved them all so far. I still need to try your Golden Fleece, sorry! :P

Cameron B.

By the way, do you have a recommendation for gong fu parameters for that?

Sarsonator

Lilac! Wow!!!!

Cameron B.

Sarsonator this one is very interesting. I’ll be sure to send you some if/when I order from Yunnan Sourcing.

Sarsonator

Super, Cam! Update for ya: Lady Gaga should be here Saturday, according to the USPS site. The tracking info finally showed up!

Dexter

Did I order this one? (Massive YS black tea incoming – pretty sad when you don’t even know what’s included) Probably, I too LOVE Gold Yunnan teas…

Sarsonator

Uh oh… Someone needs a tea time out. :p

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Sipdown! (106)

This tea is so delicous. :3 I used water within the recommended range this time around. I’m definitely getting a fruity note that I don’t remember from before, it’s kind of like a golden raisin (sweet and syrupy, but not as intense as a regular raisin). Very lovely. I will definitely be adding this to my list of teas I must repurchase! And I would like to try this with the 1/2/4 method or as a gong fu session. Thanks so much to Nicole for introducing me to this tea and to Yunnan Sourcing in general! :D

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nicole

I’m so glad you are finding teas you like from the Yunnanapalooza box! I blame/thank boychik for Yunnan Sourcing. :)

Cameron B.

I’ve definitely loved all of the big fuzzy golden ones. I am seeing a pattern. :P

boychik

Don’t mention it;)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, this tea is wonderful!

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I brought several shu Tuocha with me to FL, so this is the Daily Tuocha, * its not bad!
It features a decent tasting shu, tasting of whole wheat bread crust, leather, & wood. The rose is noticeable in the dry aroma, but very light in the flavor.

Stephanie

tuochas are so nice for travel!

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After my folks picked me up at the airport, we went to lunch at a place called TooJays.
Now I’m chillin’ out with my Parental Units, & having my first cup of tea here.
Halleluia! They got a new water purifier on the kitchen sink! Yay!!
No sulphur, no horrible water. I’ll enjoy drinking teas during my visit, Yay!
And it’s a good thing, because I brought a bunch of teas. I thought about bringing my fancy teas, but instead I brought teas that I need to polish off, so my visit with my folks might be a mini ship down extravaganza.

This one is not a sip down, at least not yet, but I’m getting close. It’s not one of my favorites from YS, but it’s not bad. The main flavor features, at least today, are leather & malt.

TheTeaFairy

Yay for good water, your folks rock!

Terri HarpLady

They really are pretty cool peeps :)

TheTeaFairy

Just like their super awesome daughter <3

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90

I’m really liking this one a lot, so good :)

mrmopar

I have heard this is really nice.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

it is pretty good, great energy and it steeps like forever :)

Kirkoneill1988

i think this is a raw pu-ehr right?

mrmopar

Yeah I think it is.

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I woke up early & immediately started getting ready for my trip. Last night I stayed up & started 2 crocks of cultured cucumbers (think “awesome garlic dills, the old sour kind”), & a crock of cultured dilly beans (same recipe, using green beans instead of cucumbers).

Today I have a lot to do, & so far I’ve lined up my clothes for packing, watered all of the houseplants, & enjoyed 2 steepings of this tea! It’s time to get back to work, & to pick out another tea to drink :)

Stephanie

I love lacto-fermented pickles and kraut :)

I’m so sad, most of our cucumber harvest this year has been super bitter! Jerks!!!

Have a good trip!

Terri HarpLady

:p
I hate when that happens!

bizbee1

I want the beans recipe! it never occurred to me and I have a fair amount of beans (the ducks eat some but I got the rest) no cucumbers I think the rabbits ate those.

boychik

Recipe pls! I’ll get them from farmers market.

Terri HarpLady

First you need some kind of crock or jar. I use this one, which I like because is glass, so I can see what’s going on in there, & it holds a lot, & it’s reasonably priced, & it lets the air bubbles out, but no bugs or bad stuff can get in because there is a water lock:
https://www.cherylsherbs.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=24_29&products_id=981&zenid=bd3e44a4e3ea576f77e605a67fdbffb1

You can use a large mouthed Qt or gallon jar, if you can find a smaller jar that fits in the opening, which you would fill partially with water to hold the green beans beneath the surface. Another way to hold the beans down is with a ziplock baggie, filled with salt water & laid in the jar on top of the veggies.

So you’re going to fill your jar with green beans. You can cut them up, or leave them whole. Layered in with the green beans (preferably a tender variety) you can include any of the following:
- fresh dill seed heads and/or fronds, OR dried dill leaf or seed – I don’t really have a quantity, LOL, I just layer in seed heads from my garden.
- 2 to 3 or more heads of garlic, separated into cloves & peeled. These will be delicious!
- chili flakes if you like, peppercorns, or any other flavorings you’d like to try. You can make it asian by going with strips of ginger, small chili peppers, etc, or you can give it any flair you like: Italian, Mexican, Indian. Just include some of the spices from the region you like. Any herbs & spices can be included, as long as they don’t contain preservatives, :p
Once your crock or Jar is within a couple of inches of the top, mix up your brine.
Start with a QT/liter of water & dissolve in 3 Tb of seasalt (make sure there is no iodine or anti caking agents in it). Or if you think you’ll need more water, go with
2 liters + 6Tb salt. If you use kosher salt, you’ll need 1.5 Tb instead of 1TB.
Make sure the veggies are submerged completely!
Leave it on the counter for a month or so, checking the water level from time to time, to keep the veggies beneath the surface. Sample as desired until they taste perfect, then jar them up & put them in the frig, to enjoy as desired!

Terri HarpLady

Occasionally mold grows on the surface of the water. Just scrape it off. It won’t hurt anything.

boychik

This sounds delicious . I should try. The recipe copied, I don’t want to go nuts looking for it. Thank you so much

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It’s rather hot here today, so sheng is called for and this was the sample that came first out of the tin. This is the last of the samples I bought from Yunnan Sourcing, so I can move on to my remaining Zhi Zheng and White2tea samples next.

This tea has not been heavily compressed and is easily pulled apart by hand. The leaves are large and have a lovely silvery furriness to them.

The dry leaf has a light hay and tropical garden aroma. It is heavy without being excessively floral. By way of contrast, the wet leaf smells more of grapes or something vegetal. The liquor surprises with its caramel and chocolate aroma.

The tea carries the chocolate notes through to the tasting and adds nuttiness and some grassy notes. There is a hint of bitterness that develops at the end of the tasting and into the aftertaste which adds a small amount of astringency that develops slowly while the tea pops on the tongue like space dust. The mouthfeel is rounded like a boiled sweet. There seems to be a lot going on with this tea and it becomes smoother with less bitterness developing as the steeps go on. I’m on my 8th steep now and am very happy with this one. I am glad that I have tried it, but I do have to query the price. I am not certain that it provides value for money, but perhaps the tea will age in interesting ways that justify that price tag.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Hay, Nutty

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 4 OZ / 130 ML
MzPriss

Sounds yummy!

Roughage

I’ve really enjoyed this tea today. It tastes like a sheng should but with a bit more than that on top.

MzPriss

I need to spend more time with my shengs. And the ones I have coming :)

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After a disappointing session earlier today I picked this one out of the sample tin. I bought it some time back and have been very remiss in sampling it. Fortunately my current sheng binge is really getting me through the samples.

The dry leaf on this is gorgeous. It smells of warm horse and hay. That’s a homely and comforting smell that suggests a great brew ahead. The wet leaf transitions to a smoke and hay aroma, and the soup is orange. The first few steeps were smoky and sweet with raw carrot notes and a citrus sharpness that became a lovely bitterness. There was some astringency and the tea sparkled on the tongue. As I continued to steep and drink, it became smoother with less smoke, no bitterness and more sweetness. The astringency remained with a change towards a grape note by the end of the session. I steeped this over a dozen times and will return to it tomorrow, so I guess you could say its endurance is pretty good. This is more like what I want from a sheng and I am glad I had this one after this morning’s disappointment. It’s a great note to end the day on.

Flavors: Astringent, Carrot, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 4 OZ / 130 ML
TheTeaFairy

I love when I get sheng tickles on the tongue :-)

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There is something comforting about this tea, & it felt good to relax with it this afternoon.
I’m in the middle of 2 things from my to do list:
1 – start a batch of cultured green beans, loaded with garlic & dill. This is slow food at it’s finest, as it will take a month or so before they are ready to eat
2 – start a batch of cultured cucumbers, with pretty much the same flavor profile
I also need to braid a ton of garlic & hang it up in the basement to cure!
AND weed my garden…
AND And and….

Terri HarpLady

and finish doing laundry…

MzPriss

I hate laundry

MzPriss

But I love cultured veggies

mj

I love laundry! It smells so gooooood

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Another Nicole (and possibly boychik) tea! This looks quite similar to the Yi Mei Ren I had earlier today, but the leaves are thinner. Same jet black spindly texture though. Spider legs! Their dry scent is very mild, I think it’s probably because the tea has been in a clear resealable bag for a while, so most of the scent is gone. Smells lightly of honey, malt, and raisin. I brewed for 3 minutes.

The aroma is very chocolaty, which I was not expecting! There’s also quite a bit of malt along with honey, molasses, and raisin notes. As soon as I taste this, I notice that it has that fennel seed-like spice note, and quite a bit of it. It’s interesting because the other two teas I’ve had with a similar flavor are both Yunnan, while this is a Fujian tea. I wonder why that is… Anyway, the flavor is very malty and deep with molasses adding a background richness, but not sweetness. This tea is definitely quite savory. I don’t get as much cocoa as I would expect from the aroma, but it’s there a little bit. I would describe it as roasted cacao nibs.

Definitely an interesting and enjoyable tea. I find myself wanting to go eat some spices until I find out exactly what that herbaceous spice note is!

Also, no one else mentioned the spice in their notes… But I found it extremely obvious. Is that weird or what?

Flavors: Cocoa, Fennel Seed, Malt, Molasses, Roasted

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

I love this one, it is hoard worthy, LOL.
Fennel, eh? I’ll have to think about that on my next steeping…

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