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this is an awesome tea!
when i smell the leaves dry, they smell toasty and like onions
when i smell the leaves wet, they smell toasty, like onions and like dill pickles.
when i smell the brewed tea, it smells like the wet leaves
when i taste the brewed tea, it tastes toasty and like onions! MMMMM
thankyou scott wilson and yunnan sourcing for selling me this yummy tea
Flavors: Dill, Toast, Toasty
Received a very generous sample of this shou in a recent YS order. 2007 raw material used to form this brick. Easier to pick apart than many I’ve had. Clear dark burgundy tea soup which gives off a mushroom sweet aroma. Very smooth from the very first sip with a flavor profile mixing creamy mushroom and brown sugar. No off-putting fermentation smells or tastes to distract from the rich tea flavors. Decent longevity which provided me with eight enjoyable infusions. Currently $27 which seems like a decent price for a brick of this age and quality. Seems to be a solid shou for everyday drinking.
Yum, I love Golden Monkey teas so I was happy to see a 50g bag of this show up with my Yunnan Sourcing dark tea of the month.
I am still trying to wake up after having a deep dish pizza and wine with a friend last night, I think I was in a carbohydrate coma all night and morning. It was so good but I haven’t eaten deep dish in years and what a calorie load.
So on to the tea… I tried steeping this two ways already, both in clay teapots. The first try was Western style in a large pit for 3 minutes. The second try is via gong fu method in a small pot for 45-60 seconds.
Both were good, but I am preferring the shorter steeps as the longer one took on a slight bitterness. This is a great tea to sip on straight as it is not at all tannic or astringent. Very smooth and sweet with the shorter steeps. To me this takes on notes of chocolate and has a slight dark grain note, like that of pumpernickel bread. Honestly I am not getting much fruity or floral from this unless you steep it for a short time, like 10 seconds. Then it begins to take on a bit of a peachy quality. Anyway, this tea seems to be great any steeping time as long as it isn’t oversteeped. I would say do not exceed 2 minutes and you are good to go. ;)
Glad to have this one in my stash. Hoping it will revive me enough that I make it to the gym later today!
Bought this yesterday at Puerh Brooklyn. He buys nearly all of his teas from Yunnan Sourcing. I can expect he has the 2014 version as his store is brand new. This tea is excellent. Brewed this one gongfu style in a large 220ml gaiwan and gave it four steeps. There is a noticeable note of malt and another of astringency. I also seem to detect a little smoke in there and some chocolate notes, but on the back burner.
I brewed this four times in a 220ml gaiwan with 8.1g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, and 15 sec.
Flavors: Astringent, Chocolate, Malt, Smoke
Holy. Freakin’. Shanghai.
I love this tea.
This is the second time I’m having it since Terri sent me such a generous sample!
The first time I could taste bread, honey, sweet potatoes, and malt. Today I taste mostly malt with lot of honey and a touch of sweet potatoes in the background.
It is seriously just soo good! Oh goodness, I really should order more of this one!
Thank you sooo much for the sample, Terri!!!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Malt, Smooth, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes
I’m back inside my comfort zone, but still having a great tea day – I seem to have randomly picked out great ones today. Thank you so much for sharing Sil
I LOVE this. Onto the wish list – I need to get more of this.
Mmmmm everything a Chinese black tea should be and then a little more. What makes this one interesting for me is the burned sugar/molasses notes that are mingled with the malty, cocoa, caramel. Not a yam in sight.
I’m just going to hug my mug with this one for a bit…..
OK – I’m just having a morning of surprises – this one too is not at all what I was expecting.
I’ve had flowering cones before and none of them were anything like these.
First sip – wow caramel – second sip – fruity. If I didn’t know better I would almost think this was a flavored tea. Not malty at all, zero sweet potato (there is sweet but no starchiness). It’s not at all like any straight black tea I’ve had – it’s missing the “blackness”. Almost a little salty – I really want to say salted caramel with a hint of apricot (stone fruit anyway). These are really good – strange, but I like it.
Thank you so much Sil for another interesting experience. :)
This tea is quite tasty but somewhat bitter. It was strong even until the tenth steep. I was at my caffeine limit so I stopped. This tea has given me quite the tea buzz, something I almost never get. Perhaps it is its pure character, perhaps it is high in caffeine. Wouldn’t want to drink this one at night. It was bitter in the early steeps. The bitterness largely went away by the fifth infusion. It has a nice bitter/fruity aftertaste to it. It was quite good overall. I am glad for having bought this sample and if I hadn’t just ordered from Yunnan Sourcing I would probably order a bing. As it is it will have to wait.
I steeped this ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9g leaf and 200 degree water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min.
After seeing all the positive ratings, I gave this one another couple of runthroughs to see if I was missing something. I don’t think I am, though. While it’s not offensive in any way, and has a pleasant sweetness and a little huigan, this is just not a great tea at the moment. There’s very little in the way of distinctive flavor, very little lasting mouthfeel, and almost no bitterness at all. Slightly sour. Nice and relaxing at least, but I think I’ll drink through the rest of this when I want to conserve samples.
W2T ruyao gaiwan, boiling water, flash brews. First and second tries were 5g leaf, third was 7.5g.
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This tea is very good. It is one of the best ripes I have had in a while. It is sweet with virtually no earthy flavor left. It has developed a nice flavor that I think is usually called a dates flavor. There is no smoke or camphor or off taste to this tea. It is really good. I am glad I bought the whole bing and not a sample. I steeped this a grand total of twelve times before dumping the leaves because I had had enough tea and was at my daily caffeine limit and then some. But had I wanted to continue I could have gotten a few more good steeps out of this tea. I think it might have gone twenty steeps. It definitely would have gone fifteen. The tea had gotten a little weaker at steep twelve but had not become weak tea yet.
I steeped this twelve times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9.2g leaf and boiling water. 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.
Flavors: Dates, Sweet
I had the 2012 batch of these, but I drank several and gave the rest away to friends. They were so well-loved that I will definitely order more. I miss them!
One of these little babies can be infused all day—8 or 10 times at least. It takes a while for the tightly compressed tea to break apart, but it’s delivering deep, fantastic Yunnan Black tea flavor all along. Chocolate, malt, maybe a slight but not unpleasant dryness. I haven’t had them for months but I can still remember the taste and aroma! So satisfying!
Flavors: Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Malt
Working my way through the box that Sil sent me. Thank you so much.
I think this one is a little strange. I find it a little smokey, and a little earthy. This is a lot like an aged black or a really mild pu’erh. Interesting and I like it. This is one that I would like to get my hands on more of – would like to play around with steep parameters and see what other fun nuances I could tease out of it.
This one is really fun – thanks so much Sil for sharing.
A basic raw pu-erh with an immediate fruitiness in the front of the mouth, followed by a bitter astringency which coated my entire mouth. Wet leaf aroma reminds me slightly of new gym shoes.
The sample I had was pretty chopped up too, not sure if this means that the cake is loosely compressed or I got some dreg material. I think small leaves might have also affected my steepings with this sheng, perhaps more bitter. Knowing that it’s a Bulang blend I was expecting some fight… there was no fight…I was instantly demolished by some quick pangs to my chest and stomach. I tired to recover with some shou but I found my later tea drinking experience rather unsatisfying (it still being shadowed by my session with the Cha Qi).
Still willing to try more Bulang though, I will look for a high quality one maybe try some from a higher end vendor. I can’t remember why I chose this one specifically probably price and available samples (and cakes!) (I do dislike it a when pu-erh vendor only carries cakes or samples…and not both).
Additional brewing parameters: 6g leaf, 100ml gaiwan, 1 rinse, 4 steeps: 10-30 seconds each.
Acquired sample at Yunnansourcing.com. James over at TeaDB mentioned this tea on his Bulang Tea Drinking Report: http://teadb.org/bulang-puerh-july-2014-report/
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter
Another excited to try tea for the amazing Sil box.
I’m a HUGE fan of JinJunMei – I don’t think I’ve met one that I don’t like – just some are better than others. This one falls into the good not great category for me. It has all the standard JinJunMei characteristics that I would expect, but none of them really shone. It was good, it was fine, enjoyable couple of cups of tea, but it just didn’t blow my socks off. I’m not even sure what it was lacking, it just fell a little flat to me.
Thanks you so much for sharing Sil :)
DRUNK ON RED
Just the name itself calls all the tea drunk hopefuls to purchase. For $4.50 100g cake, it is hard to resist! This compressed black tea is woodsy (cherry wood) and fruity (raspberry and currants). It is easy to drink as it’s smooth and fruity. I got 7 good infusions too.
Full review on Oolong Owl – this tea is indeed RED! http://oolongowl.com/spring-2013-drunk-on-red-sun-dried-feng-qing/
I have had some mixed sessions with this sheng. It is difficult to report to report on a flavor profile, because my earlier sessions were marked with an aggressive mouth drying effect to the point were in the days after brewing up this Yiwu my gums hurt and I had to take a break from tea drinking all together.
Later, I brewed carefully with less leaf (5g, instead of 6g) and shorter steep times. I found an improvement, with little to no adverse somatic reactions to the tea. Flavors are fruity -think ripe cantaloupe and stone fruit, with a slight grainy undertone (sweet corn or farro). At the end of my last two sessions with this tea I have transferred the leaves to a mason jar and added cold water…after storing in the fridge overnight the result is quiet pleasing…the last bits of flavor have been greatly accentuated and I am getting ripe fruit all over again.
I could see cold-brewing young shengs as useful way to extend a session out, especially come summertime when the already ‘cooling’ nature of the raw pu-erh is appreciated.
Additional brewing parameters: 5g leaf, 1 rinse, steepings 1-6: 10-30 seconds each, steepings 7-9 30 seconds – 40 seconds. Approximately 800ml of water added to mason jar with leaf for cold brew.Acquired sample at Yunnansourcing.com
Another one from the backlogs. The main reason I delayed writing about it so long is that I found it rather confusing… In the first session it was sweet and slightly citric, with good kuwei, overwhelming huigan, and a wonderfully calm and relaxing qi. Second session I could barely detect any flavor and the qi was very light as well. By the time I got to the last session, I had 7g leaf left and decided to use it all at once. The citric notes and bitterness came back, but with an almost metallic tinge to them this time. Happily, the qi was back to its original calming, sedating self. I’d like to try this tea again, but especially with the way the price has risen I don’t particularly want to gamble on a full cake. It was very interesting, but the middle brews of the sample were underwhelming and the metallic taste was a little difficult to appreciate. I honestly have no clue if I’d recommend it to anyone.
5g leaf, boiling water, 100ml white2tea ruyao gaiwan. Last steeping used 7g.
Flavors: Citrus, Honey, Metallic