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80

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

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79

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.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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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.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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85

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.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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85

Beautifully sweet and nutty :)
Thanks Stephanie!

Stephanie

:D :D :D

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100

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

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

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92

Wow! I love early spring Dragonwell!

SO SWEET! Nectar of the gods for sure :D

TeaBrat

A good dragonwell is amazing :)

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90

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

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70

Medium energy with a growing astringency steep after steep. This tea is lightly bitter and tastes a lot like fresh hay. Taste isn’t very strong, but the taste is pungent as is the mouthfeel strong. Stuck in between recomending it and trying it again.

Preparation
Boiling

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86

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 :)

Stephanie

How did you get these omg! Sold out everywhere and there one of my faves :(

Liquid Proust

It was from someone… Unfortunately I have a box with over 150 samples that Steepster members have sent in swaps. While that is great because I’ll hit my 500 teas tried this year with everyone’s help, it’s really hard to keep tract of who sent what :/

tea-sipper

I sent over a cups worth (that was the last of my sample). Boychik sent it to me – Boychik mentions buying it from the Yunnan Sourcing US site. I checked Yunnansourcing.com and a search for ‘nuggets’ brings up a similar tea but not one that says 2007. (The yunnansourcing.us says the 2007 is sold out.)

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85

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

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80

This tea makes you want more after every sip. The thick mouthfeel and soft bitterness creep around the mouth and over the tongue. Earthy tones and rich soil expand ever pleasant. After just 2 steeps there’s a rush of energy that picks you up and takes you away.

Preparation
Boiling

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90

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

Preparation
Boiling 8 g 6 OZ / 190 ML

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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….

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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.

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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 :)

Dexter

Dexter tried it and I did not like it at all. IMHO this is not a good harvest. :(

Ubacat

Oh no! I was hoping this one would be awesome! I have this one coming with YS order I placed at the end of April. I gave away all my 2014 in swaps.

Sil

In all fairness – I emailed Scott to ask about it, since YS has never had a “bad” tea in my books…some that are not “MY” cup of tea, but overall their teas are good. His response: The tea is very fresh. It’s typical for black teas to hit their prime about 6 months in. You could leave the bag open for a couple of days and leave in a cool dry place. I think you’d find it will improve.

I’ll have to try that, as I have noticed in the past that some black teas have tasted better later on. Always willing to give it a shot :)

boychik

I agree. Especially with Yancha. It needs some time to mature. This tea is fr the same region. Try it in September . It will be weather appropriate too ;)

Sil

Boychik – yep! I’ll cross my fingers :)

Terri HarpLady

I didn’t buy any of the 2015 teas…not because I didn’t want to, but because I’m trying not to spend money, and because I still have plenty from 2014, & in some cases even 2013!
The benefits of being a tea hoarder :)

Sil

I wish that were the case terri! I’m doing pretty good at keeping my cupboard in a 6 month rotation ish..

boychik

I’m like Terri. Still holding 2014 teas. I don’t think they are losing any flavor.

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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.

boychik

Yay! Another winner! It is looong lasting and delicious. Glad you like it too ;D

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GCTTB

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.

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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!

boychik

I’m surprised. If the sample was crumbled it probably got bitter.

Tealizzy

Ya, it was probably crumbs of the cake, so maybe it was just my sample.

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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.

Steeping parameters
5g 100ml porcelain gaiwan 195F
rinse/flash steeps/3/5/7sec

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Doug F

I like your conclusion. I almost never drink Oolongs, but maybe this tea will get me out of my comfort zone.

boychik

Doug F, that was my case. i drink pu, yancha and hongcha. but i think its like learning curve. we cannot get stuck in the same teas. it helps appreciate and pick up notes in sheng. this oolong is so weather appropriate. its more complex than green tea and it didnt get bitter. also i really like Taiwanese oolongs i picked from their new site Taiwan Sourcing. of course i only picked dark roasted ones for now ;) Delicious

Doug F

Yes, the new Taiwan site caught my eye. I know Yunnan Sourcing is known for their pu-erhs but I find their blacks and greens to be outstanding.

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88

Awesome tea! Earthy and dirt hues. This has a deep, back of the throat, soothing sensation. Though it comes from a brick, I think this is one of my favorite teas at this point and I know my opinion will change over time but this is my first true love of raw puerh.

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75

Very light taste with little astringency and almost no bitterness. Cha qi is definitely present after one cup (3rd infusion). Dry-ish mouth feel and a lingering in the throat of grass. Not the most exciting tea, but it has character.

Preparation
Boiling

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