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I forgot to submit this note yesterday and it got deleted, but I didn’t get to steep the tea for too long, so I saved the leaves to continue with today.

Yesterday’s steeps mostly brought forth woody flavors with a nice, thick mouthfeel. There was some bitterness at the beginning, and every session was quite enjoyable.

Today’s steep was sweet from the start. A bit less thick, but still nice and smooth, with no bitterness or astringency. Finished up with a long steep, in which the thickness returned. Definitely enjoyed this one!

Flavors: Bitter, Sweet, Thick, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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It seems that I’ve been falling behind on reviewing tea lately. Work has been quite an adventure. There are many shipments sent out during this time of the year due to post-Thanksgiving and Christmas; therefore, my shifts have been starting at 3 P.M. and ending around 1-1:30 A.M. And to be quite frank, a cup of tea can make one unable to sleep…heh.

Anyway, this has been a daily drinker for me this week. I love the depth of flavor that arises from the liquid. It’s a dark tea, with many deep earthy/moss flavors. Fortunately, it’s fairly inexpensive, so using a lot of leaf (approx. 10g for 100 ML) for each session isn’t a problem. I must admit that I will push this tea with the temperature of water/amount used per session. This usually lasts me about 10-15 pots per session; which is a nice session before work.

I highly recommend this if you’re into the deeper earthy/mossy flavors. It’s quite nice.

Flavors: Earth, Moss

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I’m going to refrain from rating this tea because I think I may have infused it incorrectly somehow. It was overwhelmingly bitter for me from the first cup. I did enjoy the flavours beneath the bitterness, however. Perhaps my water was a little hotter than I thought, or my ability to measure time without a clock was faulty and I over-stewed the leaves. If I had more than a sample I might try with a lower temp and / or shorter time.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Brewing this up as I have been retasting a lot of stuff in storage .
I brought this one out and picked 10 grams off to start with. I warmed my Shiboridash and let the water out I tossed the dry leaf in and swirled it around. The aroma was a bit of the heavy tobacco to the nose. I gave it a rinse and let it sit a bit before brewing. The aroma is woody and sweetish in the cup.
First infusion, it has some of that thick almost bitter that belies its BuLang source. The color is a nice light amber in the cup. I sit back and let the tea rest in the mouth . The thickness and tobacco come to the front. A little mineral and a whisper of some smoke.
I have had some BuLangs that will smack you in the chops. This one is a bit more tame. It may even be one you could introduce a newer drinker to the BuLang area.
Later steeps carry through. I let this one cool a bit and it became almost sugarcane sweet.

Flavors: Bitter, Mineral, Smoke, Sweet, Thick, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
tanluwils

I’m on the hunt for a shibo at the moment. They seem a lot less cumbersome than regular gaiwans. Is yours glazed?

mrmopar

@tanluwils it is. I got it from Greenwood Studio on Etsy.

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From the Puerh Plus TTB #2

I really enjoyed this tea. The flavor is a good mix of straw and spice with hints of tropical fruit and just enough astringency. The texture is velvety in the first couple of steeps, but the growing astringency gave it more bite in later steeps.

The best feature may be the finish, which smoothly extended the taste for what seemed like several minutes. Not much cha qi, but some was noticeable.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 g 2 OZ / 59 ML
Zennenn

Agreed, this sheng is delicious.

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The wet leaves smell of moss and forest floor. Dry I can’t smell much of anything. This tea cake is very, very tightly packed. I did two 10 sec rinses. Not sure what the recommended steep times are for this tea so I treated it like a shou puerh.

Steep – Time – Notes
1st – 10s – Very pleasantly surprised! The very first thing noted is a butter smooth sweetness. Sort of a jujube taste. (I had to go look up what else this was called as I’d only heard it called jujube the many times I’ve had it in Korea. It’s also known as a Chinese/Korean/Indian date). Very soft finish. No bitterness or astringency to speak of. Packs a sneaky, but fairly gentle bit of cha qi. Mind you, I"m drinking this tea 300mL at a time (I don’t mind not sharing :P )… er maybe not so gentle, LOL! Wow, OK… I’m awake now. If I wasn’t before… I’m definitely awake now! XD Awake and looking accusingly at my cup as if it emptied itself.

2nd – 10s – Much darker brew. A bit more moss in the flavor, but the sweetness and jujube notes is still there. Near the end of that cup I’m pretty sure I started to vibrate a bit. Going to go meditate now. No chance of dozing off, Ha!

3rd – 20s – A little more wet autumn leaves over the moss. Makes me think of shou puer now. I think this tea may know a bit of kung fu. Rather impressive kick. I’ll have to see if I get this effect again. Wondering if I just didn’t have enough to eat today. Still, damn good tea! Glad I tried it.

4th – 20s – Brew even darker, but taste is more mellow, round and sweet.

5th – 30s – Light and sweet. The bold body experienced in the previous steepings is now obviously thinning out. I have a few shou puerhs that I like well enough, but this is easily as good if not better than the best of those. (I do tend to prefer sheng puerhs). Next steeping should be 45s – 60s.

6th – 90s – The jujube flavor has pretty much vanished. There’s a bit of a toffee note showing up. The color is still fairly rich, but the flavor seems about done. I could probably extend the steep to 300s, but I’ll end it here. Very happy tea tasting this one.

Flavors: Dates, Toffee

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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A 25g sample from Yunnan sourcing. Lingering flavour of hay or grass and a light bitterness that softens in later steepings. I can still taste this five minutes after a cup. This tea is very thick and coats your mouth and throat.

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec

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I haven’t had many Yunnan Blacks, but this is my favorite so far. I liked it better than the Golden Monkey I got from YS. I used 3g in a 60mL gaiwan with boiled water.

This was not complex but was pretty tasty. Malty, kind of chocolately notes for the most part. Maybe honey as well. I didn’t get any of the fruity or smoky flavors I got from Golden Monkey – which is nice, because I didn’t find the smoke in that particularly enjoyable. I was prepared for a good bit more bitterness just based on what I have heard about purple tea, but this one had basically none – in fact the taste was pretty delicate. This tea did not last for a great number of steeps, maybe 6 good ones and a few subpar ones. Good tea for the low price, especially combined with the sale that was going on when I bought it.

Flavors: Cocoa, Honey, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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Very hard to make this one bitter. Very gentle flavors, but could still feel the power of this tea.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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