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Bought this a few weeks ago and am just getting around to trying it. This is a bitter tasting tea that also has a somewhat interesting taste to it. It was also somewhat sour initially. The bitterness is certainly the dominant factor. I only gave this three steeps. Both because that’s all I could handle and this is a caffeinated herbal and I am at my caffeine limit. In the end this is not a tea I can recommend to others, or for that matter not recommend. It is interesting to have tried it. I had tried it before a couple of years ago. This makes a bitter sheng puerh seem sweet. That is for sure. It’s bitterness is abiding. I also can’t give this a number. I don’t know what to compare it to. Some people may like this tea and it is supposed to be very good for you. I did not use very much of the tea, only 3.7g for 120ml gaiwan. I had vaguely remembered you didn’t need much of this tea. In fact I may have used too much.
I steeped this tea three times in a 120ml gaiwan with 3.7g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 20 sec, and 30 sec.
Flavors: Bitter, Sour
Sat down with LiquidProust yesterday to try my first sheng. We tried just about every brewing time known to man, so I feel like I got the full spectrum of what this tea can be. I also got a great lesson in playing with a tea to coax different flavors out of it.
Vegetable was the overarching flavor of this tea, no matter what temperature it was brewed at—specifically zucchini. When we did a longer steep on the leaves, it was unsurprisingly bitter. We did a couple of sessions where we let the water run straight through leaves and into the pot, and that was where the jasmine notes really shone through. After letting these short steeps cool a little, I got the slightest hint of a sweetness.
Overall, the flavor was pleasant, but not the darker, roastier, fermentier, deeper flavors I am used to. I think I’m still on the fence between simply liking and loving these “greener” teas. Time and experience will tell.
A HUGE “thank you” to LiquidProust for taking the time and the tea out of his schedule to come and educate me on puerh. I look forward to trying the others.
Flavors: Jasmine, Sweet, Vegetal, Zucchini
I’ve really liked the Yabao that I’ve tried, but haven’t done much experimenting with different companies’ versions so I was excited to see one from Yunnan Sourcing in the box.
Going by dry sent alone, this smells very similar to Whispering Pines’ Yabao and that’s the one I have the most familiarity with. Taste wise, they’re similar: I get a nice silky mouthfeel, and notes of heavy cream, honey, cedar, wood, hay, and a sort of herbaceous note as well. One thing I found a little weird about this one was that along with the herbaceous flavour I also found I got a bit of a licorice/anise type flavour and I’m really note sure where that’s coming from.
But it’s tasty! Hard to compare it to the other Yabao I’ve tried though; there are so any similarities and some dissimilarities.
Incredibly smooth and drinkable for fresh ripe pu-erh tea. Notes of dark chocolate, camphor with a sweet lingering mouth-feel. Brewed leaf is a brown with some hints of green still there. Enjoying the addition of tippy material compared to the Green Miracle from last year which is similar but unique in it’s own right.
I found this tea to be very rich and floral. Sweet and highly drinkable. Smooth from the beginning, but becoming ever smoother and more mellow with later infusions. And it does do well with many infusions— the first few were much more robust, and then it tapers off and other flavors become more apparent. Brewed gong fu cha style, ten second wash then over ten infusions starting with 10 seconds and the longest being about 40 . . Yum!
Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Spices, Thick
1st tasting will be quick. I don’t think I’m tasting that well this morning, so i’ll probably update at a later time
light amber infusion
aromas of marshmallow, sweet potato and honey
medium body. very smooth and delicate with light malty tones and a lingering honey finish
highly drinkable, but don’t serve with anything too strong.
I did a short western brew to reduce caffeine content. I know this isn’t the proper method but I didn’t have time to steep it properly if I wanted to take it with me this morning.
15 second rinse in cold water, 12 second steep in hot water (boiling)
The liquid is a medium amber colour and smells very strongly like honey and light fermentation.
It does not taste super sweet like I expected, more like fermentation with a strong “tea” flavour characteristic of strong white or black teas. It does have a bit of the honey flavour (but without the sweetness) which is very nice. The odd thing I noticed is that I found the liquid “spicy” like when you taste vinegar and breath through your nose it is almost “stings” to breath through your nose. I don’t know, maybe my travel mug has soap residue on it or something. I will be trying this again in the future to see if I can get rid of that.
Flavors: Honey, Spicy, Tannin, Tea
I seem to be amassing red/black & green teas at the moment so I’m trying to sip them down. This was one of those mornings that a cold snap in the night, and lack of decent sleep had made everything cold & I was dozy. So, I broke out these wonderful soft golden furls & stuck them in my Gaiwan & had three quick steeps before stopping. I used a small pinch in my 160ml & did 10/20/45 seconds just off boiling.
This one is interesting as its a Mao Feng which has been processed into something like a Dian Hong
By the 2nd steep I had that caffeine hit that is like tinnitus in your head, and was up running around trying to tidy everything at once while showering myself :D
As for taste, I agree with CCR that there is some fruity something in the aroma, I actually have found this one quite soft. All the standard malt & chocolate hints, but also this other note which is definitely like tomatoes. Thick & soft mouth.
I always give my red/black/gold teas to my friends who as for an English breakfast blend as its the closest I have, this one is perfect for that. Great pick-me-up tea for the cold mornings
I didnt get much floral notes, probably need a different steep parameter but its a bit strong caffeine-wise for me even flash steeped like this
Flavors: Chocolate, Fruity, Malt
Dry leaf: ROAST, NUTTY, FLORAL (chocolately roast, roasted almonds and pecans, green leaves, floral, bittersweet)
Smell: NUTTY, FLORAL (is it fair to say that it smells like an oolong? Just that nice bittersweet green leaf meets nutty roast kind of smell. Some floral – orchid, I guess!)
Taste: NUTTY, VEGETAL, SWEET, FRUITY, FLORAL, EARTHY, and MORE! (roasted walnut and almond, roasted corn, brewed dark tea, wildflower honey, light chocolate, orchid, honeysuckle, autumn leaves, light roast and woodiness, mineral, hint of orange and grapefruit rind, tart raspberries). This is a dense tea – flavors are numerous and develop on the palate and throughout individual steepings.
You know what? I like this tea because it demands respect. Upon first tasting it, you are greeted with roasted nuttiness and some bittersweet notes – nothing to write home about, really. To be honest, it only starts to taste good – really good – when you sit down and give it the attention it deserves. Do that, and you’ll have yourself a rewarding experience.
This one took me a minute to wrap my head around . . . as a relatively new tea drinker, there were no obvious flavors that I could put a finger on. However, the complexity of the flavor is what made it enjoyable and intriguing. I found shorter steeps to be better . . . There is a hint of smokiness, it is very warming and almost feels filling due to the rich flavors. Brewed gong fu cha style, I don’t think I steeped it more than 20 seconds at any point. It evolves a lot over multiple infusions. There is quite a bit of savory-sweetness lurking in this tea!
Flavors: Round , Smoke, Spices, Thick
I got this tea cake about a year ago and drank it, enjoyed it alot and then set it aside and got distracted by literally tons of other teas. Pulled it out and drank it yesterday and today! Sweet, spicy, hay and umami in this 9 years old raw pu-erh. Nice cooling mouth feeling and very infusable. I decided to purchase 2 cases and now offer on my website. Truly a bargain tea and good tea from an under-represented area.
I really didn’t like this all that much. There were notes of leather and tobacco in the beginning with this tea. They did slowly evolve into something nicer, not sure how to describe them. More and more I am coming to the conclusion that I don’t like aged sheng. It’s not that this was terrible or anything but it had too much leather and tobacco for me. I can tolerate that in an aged sheng if it’s got strong qi. On this one I got no qi at all so it didn’t have that going for it.
I steeped this tea ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9.1g 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, and 1 miin.
Flavors: Leather, Tobacco
Smooth, nutty in taste and smell, with a slight sweetness following. Very easy to drink with a pretty light green color, silky texture, and pleasantly savory taste. Has a very nice “fresh” spring feeling to the after taste as well, although I feel it needs more body/flavors to round it out, unfortunately. Not bitter at all, does have some mild to moderate astringency if you push it too long steep wise.
I tried this western-ish style to start due to a rushed morning, 5 grams per 8 oz, two minute-ish steeps. Will report back after trying other methods if they vary result wise.
Not sure what the heck I’m doing different, but my subsequent steeps have all tasted crazily heavy on the umami to the point where it tastes like dashi without the fish flavor to me. Will try cutting back on the temp and/or leaf see if that’s where I’m going wrong, but it’s kind of insanely strong and a bit unpleasant to me at this strength…
Flavors: Creamy, Freshly Cut Grass, Nuts, Umami
Totally agree with Rasseru. This is a generally over the top Dan Cong which I too have had darker roasted. The trend though has been to make lighter ones and with this tea its not an improvement IMOA. Yes all the things you love are here, but not with the pop and clarity of a darker roasted version. That being said its still a damn good tea, finicky if over-steeped and just the right temp. I played with the temp and found lower to be better than the requisite 195. The number two on my best Ba Xians
Flavors: Citrus, Malt, Orange Blossom, Orchid
this was for the Spring 2015
was impressed with its initial parfume. Floral, patchouli, cocoa, baked potato
first steep was approximately 80C. sweet milk chocolate, minerality, malt, dates. liquid velvet
increasing temperature gave a bit more body, though still quite light, and wine-like flavours and the dustiest of tannins. tingling minerality. this is elegant; everything in its right place. a long honeyed finish. The burgundy of black teas
This is an interesting tea. It does not seem to have notes of malt or chocolate. The main note is fruity in nature, not sure what fruit, maybe plums or peaches. I did add sugar to this so that note is intensified. There is no bitterness.
I steeped this one time in a Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 min.
The steeping recommendations suggested using 5g of tea but since I didn’t want to use up the entire sample, I took half and went for a bit of a longer steep time instead.
I rinsed the buds for 20 sec before steeping.
1st step at 1.5 min was rather weak and the flavour was a strange combination of mineral and mustiness and I almost gave up right there. But I decided to give it another go.
2nd steep at 3 min: The flavour was much more developed but still quite low-key. It’s sweeter and not as musty-tasting.
I’m only so-so about this tea. I’ve had other pu-erh buds that have been much nicer and more flavourful.
A super interesting tea!
The dry leaves are huge! 50 grams came in the larger sized bag that normally fits 100. They’re purple and green and black and red with a musty aroma of pine and ripe fruit.
Brewing it up you get a warm yellow liquid with a floral aroma. There’s a fruity taste like peaches and white grapes, and slightly medicinal like pine and mint. It’s a soft and mellow brew that reminds me of fresh clothes out of the dryer. The taste is similar to YS’s Sundried Purple Buds but overall more enjoyable for me. The wet leaves are olive green to light brown with lots of bud sets.
Flavors: Floral, Mint, Peach, Pine, White Grapes