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The third tea in my triple taste test from the GCTTB4.
I think this was my favourite of the three black teas today. It had this gorgeous dark fruit smell, like prunes or raisins or banana bread, and that translated into the taste. It had a nice thick tongue-coating gesture as well. I might consider buying some for myself in the future – the problem is there are so many teas from YS that it’s overwhelming to choose!
The second tea in my simultaneous triple tea test from the GCTTB4.
This tea was a fairly typical yunnan/dian hong for me. It had that bready note, the sweet potato note. I’m not generally a huge fan of sweet potato in my tea, I’ve found. There was also a slight pepperiness to this, that sort of thinned and sharpened out the flavour. Not bad, but not something I’d want to keep in stock. But that’s the whole purpose of these trading boxes, isn’t it?
Simultaneous taste test along with 2 other teas from the GCTTB4
I steeped 1 tsp of this at 80C for 3 minutes and got a very deep yellow liquor. And when I sipped it… it tasted nutty and vegetal, but also like honey!
I kept on getting this wash of honey over the back of my mouth! This is delicious. Thank you so much to Ubacat for providing a sample of this in the GCTTB. I don’t order from YS, but this tea is seriously making me rethink that. Mmmm.
Fast huigan. Mild astringency and vegtale flavors after fifth steeping of 5 grams in my 70ml yixing. When I would push this tea to the limits I got a corn like flavor that, when paired with the general buttery/ mouth coating nature that I get from many other Yunnan Sourcing teas from the same time period, reminds me of popcorn. When the buttery feeling was less felt (it varied some steepings it would come out, others it wouldn’t —can’t place why) I got more a roasted corn nuts flavor.
This tea presented light flavors that I know I could easily get in younger teas. With prices falling/remaining steady for younger raw (see Changwanpu for example) I know I could save a few bucks and probably get a very similar experience (have not had the 2015 Changwanpu though so this is speculation based off me reading and talking with bloggers, please utilize your ‘grains of salt’ and ‘two cents’ when considering my opinion).
Additionally, I am not satisfied that I can tell the difference between the spring version of this tea and the fall version; the fall version produced a strange mouth feeling/somatic responses for myself that in the spring version was non-existent. I think this was because the fall version came from a sample package whereas the spring version I got from a friend’s cake. I wonder about sample packages, and if that fall version of that was chilling for many years in that sealed plastic package. Check out this article from Teadb on the topic:
Have you found a difference between sample packs acquired form vendors and samples taken from fresh cakes?
Flavors: Popcorn, Vegetal
While packing up the GCTTB yesterday I found this among my black teas pretty much ignored since I’ve purchased it. The bag looked full and I haven’t left a review. Shame shame! How could I have ignored this tea? It’s so good!
Brewed it Western style . This is a delicious bready, maltly brew. It’s got chocolate notes too which I love in black teas. The chocolate is not as prominent as some Fujian blacks but it’s still good. There’s also a honey sweetness to it. What a fantastic tea. also love the golden colour of the leaves. So pretty.
I’d like to add some of this to the GCTTB but I had trouble getting it closed already.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Dark Chocolate, Honey, Malt
Thanks for this wonderful sample, boychik!
This is one of very few aged raw puerhs I’ve had a chance to try. The liquor is a beautiful amber color. The flavor is smooth, with a hint of smoke. The grilled vegetable kind of smoke that I like! There are vegetal notes and fruity notes, like dried apricot, and it also reminds me of wine somehow. It is more complex than that, and I’m sorry I can’t do this tea justice by identifying all the notes, but I noticed multiple flavors dancing around in my mouth. Yum!
It just kept going, so I decided to keep the leaf for a second session. On the second day, it was super nice, fruity, and sweet!
This tea also packs quite the punch of energy, so I definitely recommend a good snack before and during your session to calm the stomach.
Overall, this is a great value for the price…I’m going to have to consider picking up a cake of this one!
a decent tea.
when i smell the leaves dry, they smell fruity and musty.
when i smell the leaves wet, they smell fruity.
when i smell the brewed tea, it smells sweet and fruity.
when i taste the brewed tea, it tastes sweet and fruity.
many thanks to scott wilson and yunnan sourcing for this decent tea.
Flavors: Fruity, Musty, Sweet
This is a delicious ripe from Yunnan Sourcing. It has a fair amount of fermentation flavor left. The early steeps were thick with it. I’d say it had fermentation flavor until around the fifth steep or so. It had a nice natural sweetness to it and little bitterness, only a little in the first couple of steeps. To be honest I didn’t notice much bitterness at all. I’m not sure if I should describe it as having a dates flavor but it had a nice sweetness.
I brewed this ten times in a 140ml teapot with 8.2g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and let the leaves rest for ten minutes. Not sure if this is long enough for the leaves to open up but I didn’t feel like waiting. 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. This was a fairly strong tea and it was not finished even though I was. I think the leaves would have gone anywhere from two to five more steeps.
an awesome tea!
when i smell the tuo dry, it smells sweet and green.
when i smell the leaves wet, they smell sweet, green and spicy.
when i smell the brewed tea, it smells sweet and spicy.
when i taste the brewed tea, it tastes sweet and slightly spicy
this tea did not need to rinse long and maybe not at all as i did not get the top quarter rinsed well with water but it still tasted awesome! :D
however i have one minor problem, i wish this tea tasted more spicy instead of slightly spicy. (this in no way affects the score) :)
many thanks to scott wilson and yunan sourcing for this amazing tea
Flavors: Green, Spicy, Sweet
an amazing tea!
when i smell the leaves dry, they smell like sweet grass and sweet
when i smell the leaves wet, they smell sweet and like sweet grass
when i smell the brewed tea, it smells sweet
when i taste the brewed tea, it tastes sweet and like sweet grass
many thanks to scott wilson and yunnan sourcing for this amazing tea
Flavors: Grass, Sweet
a nice tea
when i smell the leaves dry, they smell kind of musty.
when i smell the leaves wet, they smell like earth and mellowness.
when i smell the brewed tea it smells mellow and earthy.
when i taste the brewed tea, it tastes smooth and earthy
many thanks to scott wilson and yunnan sourcing for selling me this tea
Flavors: Earth, Smooth
I thought I’d written a review on this one, but apparently not, although I’m sure I’ve written something of the 2013 version. I’ve enjoyed it several different ways over the time it has been in my cupboard. The aroma is sweet honey to me, but the cup can be a tad bitter.
Some of my parameters:
1 T to standard cup (10 – 12 oz) for 3 minutes – that works for a lot of my favorite Yunnans, but for this one, it’s a little strong. Resteep at 5 minutes.
2 tsp to standard cup for 3 & 5 min works much better.
5G + 4oz X 15/30/45/60sec/2/3/4/5/min is the better way to go IMO
Given the choice, I think I prefer YS Black Gold Bi Luo, however, my taste buds are off due to allergies, so that could be temporary :)
sipdown – 314
an awesome tea!
little glass pitcher method (grandpa style)
when I smell the leaves dry, they smell kind of like grapes and veggies.
when I smell the leaves wet, I smell a veggie smell.
when I smell the brewed tea, it has a sweet and veggie smell.
when I taste the brewed tea, it tastes sweet and like veggies.
many thanks to scott Wilson and Yunnan sourcing for this amazing tea.
so this and other teas just arrived. more reviews on the way
Flavors: Grapes, Sweet, Vegetables, Vegetal
This was a tasty tea and one of the rare mornings that I had time to brew gongfu style. I gave this teat four steeps in a 220ml gaiwan. I think it would have gone six or more. There was a fair amount of bitterness in the first two steeps. It largely went away by the third steep. It was gone by the fourth. There were a fair number of complex notes to this tea that I am not sure how to describe. A bit muscatel like a Darjeeling if I am making the right comparison. I may be off the mark here. There was a certain sweetness to this tea also, not a sugar sweetness mind you but a more subtle one. In any case it was tasty and good. I highly recommend this tea.
I brewed this tea four times in a 220ml gaiwan with 9g leaf and 190 degree water. I gave it a 5 second rinse and steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 sec.
I drank one of these today, its not too bad, got a slight fishy scent but not bad.
Tastes not bad too kinda sweet much earthy, I enjoyed it.
Probably would be pretty good for morning sippings, I like drinking random little mini puers in the mornings sometimes because they are just easy to open and toss in a strainer lol
This was sent to me by Kirkoneill1988 I just asked for one to taste for the time being, he is going to send me some more soon :)
Flavors: Honey, Wet Earth
Maybe it’s all the other shengs I’ve had recently, but I’m not a huge fan of this. For a young sheng, there’s very little bitterness or astringency. The problem is that there’s not really a pronounced flavor to this tea. It’s kind of watery and boring. Maybe it’ll grow with age, but I wouldn’t recommend having this cake for another few years.
Cake is very compact and is filled with fuzzy buds that are more stout than those from other regions. The dried leaf smells very sweet and the brewed leaf has a refreshing scent that reminds me of high quality Japanese sencha. It brews a golden hue that is somewhat cloudy. The tea is gently sweet with notes of crisp spring greens, plums, flowers, rock candy, and sweet wine. It has a very pleasant, flowery, and uplifting huigan (aftertaste) that lasts for at least 5 mins.
I actually prefer this tea to its 2014 Wuliang counterpart, which I find overwhelmingly sweet without that uplifting sensation of this tea.