pu-erh of the day. Sheng or Shou

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Roughage said

I’m going through my samples once more and chose the 2012 Yunnan Sourcing “Autumn Mu Shu Cha” Raw Puerh. I have tried this a couple of times with different steeping parameters but am not getting the intense cha qi filled experience that Yunnan Sourcing proclaim on the website. This tea is quiet and very drinkable. It is more like an ordinary green tea than a sheng, but that could be its youth. I do wonder how it will age though. Could be an interesting one to try in a few years’ time.

Peter said

The pictures on their site look great. Quite a mix of different colored leaves. A bit too young, to get the intense cha qi experience, I think.

Roughage said

Yes, that was what I was thinking, but the text on the site claims it is present now.

One thing I have noticed since writing my notes on this tea is that the astringency goes on a long time after drinking and also develops a citrusy tang. Also, the tea will not take many re-steepings yet. I am very tempted to add a beeng to my shopping basket to try over the next ten years or so.

Peter said

As you cannot prove it, you cannot send it back and say, hey, there’s no intense cha qi in your tea!

Roughage said

Send it back? I’ve drunk most of the sample experimenting with it! :)

JC said

This happened to me with a smaller 100gm cake a while ago. I can’t even recall the name(I’ll see if I can find it). Very young, it was advertised as having strong Cha Qi, but it tasted like a green. Not bad, but not specially good. I think the tea was too young and was set for sale instead of letting it sit for a bit to develop Sheng characteristics.

Roughage said

I think that may be the case with this one too. That’s why I am tempted to get a beeng and see if it ages well. It’s not too expensive yet, so worth a try.

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Sammerz314 said

I decided to go with a 2004 Haiwan Old Mountain sheng this morning. The tea brews a dark amber colour that is rather clean. No cloudiness whatsoever. The soup yields a delightful sweetness, which leaves lasting impression on the throat. Despite the sweetness and long finish, I do find a slight lack in body. That being said, it is a fine tea!

Roughage said

Sounds like a pleasant tea to spend the day with.

Peter said

Nice one, I’m having a Bada Mountain 2008, from the same region.

Sammerz314 said

It is indeed pleasant. What are you drinking Roughage? How are you enjoying it Peter? Come across any new aged puerhs?

Roughage said

I’m just finishing up the pot of 2012 Yunnan Sourcing “Autumn Mu Shu Cha” Raw Puerh that I posted about earlier today. I think I need to use hotter water and a lot more leaf to get the best out of this one.

Peter said

In fact, I’m having it in my cupboard, but I’m drinking a Menghai Tuo Cha 200?, which I like very much, it’s a dark, mysterious and complex brew. New year’s eve, we drank a 100 year old Tieguanyin, how about that for aged? :-)

Sammerz314 said

100 year old tieguanyin?! where do you find these teas? LOL I have a 10 year old tieguanyin which I do not like very much.. I think I remember it having a “dusty” taste LOL.

Peter said

Source de lumière in Brussels, best tea house in Europe :)

Sammerz314 said

Do you know how many times it has been roasted? They usually roast tieguanyin that has been aging before consumption.. sometimes once.. sometimes multiple times. The one I have was roasted once when taken out of the storage container.

Peter said

I don’t know, sorry. I do know that it was very good.

Roughage said

Late to the expressions of shock and awe, but 100 YEARS OLD?!!! Blimey, that sounds awesome.

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Having my beloved, relaxing Yunnan Aged Qizi from Yezi Tea this morning in anticipation of the new My Little Pony episode. This tea will always hold a special place in my heart. Words are failing me right now, as I only got about two hours of sleep, but, needless to say, I love this shu.

Roughage said

Sounds like a nice relaxing day. If you’ve only had two hours’ sleep then you deserve it.

It definitely was relaxing. A very nicely mellowed out 2002. :)

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Sammerz314 said
mrmopar said

toujours le étudiant.

Roughage said

Every day is a school day. :)

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Sammerz314 said

Bracing this mild weather with a 2013 Yiwu sheng. I am enjoying this tea very much. It coats my mouth with a thick layer and leaves a wonderful dryness.. the perfect amount of astringency (I personally enjoy some dryness.. like a fine barolo fine) It is, of course, sweet in the finish. I will definitely put this tea on my shopping list. 7.9/10

“The liquid of tea is like the sweetest dew from heaven” – Lu Yu (733-804)

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mrmopar said

Having a 2008 Yi Heng Xiang Pigtails sheng. This tea is very similar to the “Handmade Plait” tea I possess. This whole cake is made the same way just pressed into a beeng. It chips off in whole plait peices if you break it carefully. It seems more like a light green tea when brewing. It is not strong but very light in brew strength and color. It has the familiar grassy and tobacco of many young shengs. I think the manufacture style on this would deem aging longer than most others as these “plaits” really take about 5 or 6 infusions to fully unfurl. Personal note is you could take a strand or two to work drop into a cup of hot water and instant tea. It does hold together well and I found almost no need to run this through a strainer.

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Had some wonderful shu pu-erh (or, I should probably say, po lei) today while at Dim Sum with loved ones. There is nothing quite like drinking delicious shu, chatting with those your care about, and taking in the ambiance of a early Sunday afternoon in China Town right before New Years. :)

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JC said

I’m drinking 2003 Golden Melon “Jin Ya Jin Gua”. I wanted to go for a bread/baked good tasting Shou today. It is very warming this one, makes an amazing 4-5 steeps, but after it weakens greatly but it still holds some sweetness.

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Sammerz314 said

I heard a shou calling my name this morning. It was a 1996 shou I purchased many years ago, a tea still advertised as Zhong Cha. I believe it was my first cake. I measure out 5 grams into my Gaiwan, which holds about 100 ml of water. I pour the water into the Gaiwan, witnessing the leaves dance gracefully. Due to its age and questionable quality, I decided to wash this tea three times. After the wash, it produces a red soup which leads me to think that this tea is lightly-medium fermented. The colour is nice in my opinion. The soup produces a sweet woody taste with, what I detect as, a slight fishy note to it. Overall, not bad I suppose. I’d be really interested in what a more experience shou drinker thought about this tea.

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DigniTea said

Enjoying a 2010 Menghai Yun Ding Impression / Clouds shou. I quite enjoy this now but I am very anxious to see how it develops after another year or two of aging.

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