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Quite flavorfull and thick for an autumn tea. Shows just how far good terroire goes I s’pose… Creamy body, sweet, cooling, sharp kuwei, notes of stone fruits. Also notable- these are some of the biggest, most beautiful, most intact leaves I’ve ever seen in a pu-cake.
Flavors: Green Wood, Milk, Stonefruits
Happy Sunday evening Steepster….
It’s been a busy weekend and I’m at home here now relaxing and just taking care of some things. This is from the Yunnan Sourcing “dark tea of the month” club. Sorry but I can’t remember which month it arrived!
This is a very mild shu, which is good. I appreciate the light fermentation in this tea. I’ve been doing a few short steeps and picked up a coffee flavor, as well as a slight fruitiness. It has a nice mellow energy, which is good for reviving me a bit but hopefully won’t keep me up tonight! Overall this was a tasty shu but I don’t think I need to add more to the permanent collection.
I must admire cakes made with traditional stone-pressing and high quality material. This cake is built with leaves from 100-300 year old tea trees growing near Bingdao village. Clean, pure and perfect processing. Lovely whole leaves. The wet leaf releases a lovely sweet and floral aroma. The taste is predominantly fruity sweetness with the slightest, slightest bit of bitterness which serves as a nice balance. Nice Qi – this is a “good mood” tea.
This is a fairly tasty ripe puerh that has almost completely cleared. There was a slight fermentation note detected in the first steep, then nothing. I would say this brick has 99% cleared. There was a bittersweet note in the first few steeps, not an abiding bitterness, but some. It developed into a nice sweet ripe puerh. I wasn’t really paying attention to the specifics so I don’t know if I can pin down specific notes. I will say it developed into one of the smoothest ripe puerhs I have drank.
I brewed this tea eight times in a 180ml teapot with 10.5g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. Not sure if the 10 minute rest actually does anything but who knows. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. Judging by the strength of the brew in steep eight I would say that this tea had a few more good steeps in it but I was at my caffeine limit.
A very solid tea for a really good price, also quite easy to brew. It brews up nice and dark and has a pleasant sweet creamy flavor and it. Got three solid dark steeps and it was still quite enjoyable after. I would definitely recommend this one, as I am considering getting some for myself.
Flavors: Cocoa, Creamy, Earth, Malt
This is one of my very favorite teas. Incredibly complex, with notes of white grapes, fresh leather and sweet grass. It is thick, has light bitterness and an enduring fruity/flowery fragrance in the throat (which sounds weird to say). My only complaint is that the initial flavors don’t last much longer than five steepings, but then there’s plenty of grass/mineral/bitterness from six on.
Flavors: Leather, Straw, White Grapes
I had to have something strong like a ripe pu’er after test tasting today… I brewed around 3 ounces of tea to get the temperature and timing down for Liquid Proust Teas. After all of that, I needed something bold so I pulled these guys out. I only steeped them seven times though.
The aroma isn’t very appealing but the flavor is constantly good. If it wasn’t for the amazing people on here sharing samples, I wouldn’t know the difference between great and good pu’er. Thankfully to have nuggets though :)
I have to say that this tea is excellent for its price. I’ve been liking Spring/Autumn blends lately, this one particularly seems to capture some of the best of both, with the strength and energy of a Spring tea and the mellow mouth-filling sweetness of an Autumn. I’d say that it has notes of tobacco, grains, and dry fruit. Also it seems to be aging well, with its lower wood/smoke flavors becoming more pronounced each time I drink it. With plenty of complexity and staying power, and at $41 for a fat 400g cake, there’s not really anything to complain about here…
Flavors: Dried Fruit, Grain, Tobacco
a lovely tea.
little glass pitcher method (grandpa style):
when I smell the leaves dry, they smell like flowers and ground pepper.
when I smell the leaves wet, its the same but with a spicy smell.
when I smell the brewed tea, it smells like flowers and ground pepper.
when I taste the brewed tea, it tastes like flowers, ground pepper and some chalkiness.
I rate this tea a 90 because I don’t like the chalk taste
Flavors: Flowers, Pepper, Peppercorn, Spicy
Because of my disappointment with the 2015 ZSXZ I thought I should try this one and see. This is MUCH better, maybe not perfect but more what I would expect out of a Jin Jun Mei. It’s still a little flat, and has more high notes than I really want, but there is some depth and some dark chocolate notes.
It’s been suggested that these might be “too fresh” and will be better with a little age on them. I’m happy drinking this now but I think I’m going to put all the YS 2015 blacks away for a bit and see what happens….
Sad, sad face….. :((
2015 is not a good harvest for this tea. It doesn’t taste anything like a Fujian black should. It’s thin, light, almost acidic. If handed this not knowing what it was, I would have put on a puzzled look and guessed Taiwan black, but not in a good way.
It’s just so sad. 2013 was AMAZING, 2014 was really nice, and this…..well isn’t.
dexter sent me this to try and today i tried to compare it with the 2014 version. I’m glad i have a little more to try this again because this was fairly flat and tasteless today compared to the 2014 version (which imo was a little less awesome than 2013). i’m going to withhold my rating until i have a chance to try this again….plus it’ll give me time to convince dexter to try it as well :)
Thanks so much to boychik for this sample!
This is a really fabulous Shou! Thick and sweet with some bitter cocoa notes, it coats your mouth with its deliciousness! It’s also long-lasting. I definitely recommend it. I had a nice session in my jian shui pot with the entire 9g sample, and will consider getting a cake next time I order from YS.
I pulled this one out of the box and finally got around to trying it yesterday.
This brewed up really dark – a deep golden yellow. I was a little skeptical, and thought that it would be bitter and undrinkable. But I was pleasantly surprised. Nutty and vegetal. I have no issues with strong tasting green tea’s so this was really tasty to me.
From the Sheng and Shou TTB.
I didn’t really like this one, to tell you the truth. The flavors just didn’t hit me right. It’s definitely smoky, but I got a lot of bitterness, and nothing redeemable in later steeps. Good that I got to try it before buying a whole cake, because this one was on my wishlist! Now I know!
This is a free sample from my recent order.
I’m not a huge fan of Dancong. its tricky to brew even though im super careful. In addition, I do not like florals in my tea. it must be heat or something but i woke up after late late nap with cravings for Dancong.
This tea is incredible. Fresh, green and not floral. The smell is intoxicating of freshness and nuttiness.
First steeps remind me green beens and young potatoes. savory delicious.
Later on it picked some spice and floral notes, but florals werent strong which is YAY in my case.
The tea was very refreshing, deliciously sweet. Thank you so much Scott for sending this sample my way. i would never pick it on my own.To conclude, we should not drink only “comfortable teas”. we should try new ones, train our buds and perhaps discover new favorite.
5g 100ml porcelain gaiwan 195F