35 Tasting Notes

87

For the last three days I have been having the Crimson Lotus tea’s 2007 Qiao Jun “Huang Zhi” shou pu-erh. The website states: “This puerh brews very light even with longer steepings. This will brew very smooth with a pronounced mellow sweetness. It’s moist in the throat with a pleasant aftertaste.” I completely agree with this note. The tea is simply pleasant, has a certain lightness to it, and has a hint of chocolate in its finish during early steepings. I found it grew on me over the three days it took to go through 10 steepings. Seems like a pretty good bargain for a pleasant everyday drinker at $22 for a 250 ml brick (also available in 25 gram sample size). More info available at http://crimsonlotustea.com/products/2007-qiao-jun-huang-zhi-250g-shou-ripe-puerh-brick. My tea was from a sample purchased last month.
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Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 7 OZ / 220 ML
SimpliciTEA

Thanks for the link. I just checked them out, and they look like they have a few affordable ripe pu-erh teas and offer samples of some as well.

mrmopar

I have enjoyed one of their ripes for a couple of days now. Good stuff.

SimpliciTEA

Good to know; I’ll keep them in mind.

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90

This cake is progressing nicely. Color is now mid orange, the intense alfalfa like grassiness is faded a bit and replaced with a camphor like and lighter grass flavor with hints of olive, a still slightly astringent mouthfeel, and a pronounced salivary effect. Quite a nice experience overall.

Flavors: Camphor, Grass, Olive Oil

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 10 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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88

This is an interesting tea of depth and complexity with bright, well balanced flavors and a deep sweetness. Good earthy flavor, hints of tobacco, and perhaps even a whisper of cherry and forest in the flavors, this is quite a good tasting tea. Just a hint of astringency in the long lasting flavors. Quite enjoyable (from a sample).

Flavors: Cherry, Earth, Sweet, Tobacco, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 6 OZ / 190 ML
Cwyn

Wow, nice, had a sample of this and sent to my sick sister. Wish I’d tasted it!

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70

This is truly a wild purple pu-erh. It was hard for me to evaluate because it is so young and strong at this juncture. It is strong, smoky, untamed. It will integrate over time I believe (the 2012 version tasted side by side) while still a bit wild is much more integrated. Be prepared for a wild ride.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 15 OZ / 450 ML
mrmopar

The “Wu Liang Ye Sheng” they carry is a fabulous tea no bitterness at all.

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80
It is a ‘strong’ tea, smoky and what wine people might call ‘sauvage’. It tastes untamed in a certain way, with a certain particular violet fruitiness I associate with purple pu-erh. Predominantly smoky with an undertone of fruit, I think this tea still needs another year of integration, but I can see that it will integrate and become sweeter. Compression on the cake was quite tight, and it was hard not to break up the leaves even with my trusty pick. I can’t say I liked the tea, but I do think it will age well and integrate to be something quite interesting.
Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 15 OZ / 450 ML

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85

Today this tea brewed a clear coppery color with a shy aroma but a complex flavor of citrus, sweetness, metal, and alfalfa. Not a powerhouse tea, but one of subtlety and depth.

Flavors: Citrus, Straw, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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85

I have been drinking the 2005 Six Famous Tea Mountain Jia Ji Raw Pu-erh Tuocha from Mengla in Xishuangbanna for the last three days. (Purchased here: http://www.tuochatea.com/6ftm-jia-ji-pu-erh-tuocha-p2/). It is quite interesting as it has changed each time I’ve tried it over several days. I brews to a light orange color, and at first was rich, mouthfilling, smoky, and citric. Later steepings have been “younger” tasting to me and current steep #11 is back to alfalfa, green, and mouth watering. It isn’t the most intense tuo I’ve had, but it holds my interest, and I keep coming back to it for the taste and experience. Quite nice all in all.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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85

I have been drinking the 2005 Six Famous Tea Mountain Jia Ji Raw Pu-erh Tuocha from Mengla in Xishuangbanna for the last three days. (Purchased here: http://www.tuochatea.com/6ftm-jia-ji-pu-erh-tuocha-p2/). It is quite interesting as it has changed each time I’ve tried it over several days. I brews to a light orange color, and at first was rich, mouthfilling, smoky, and citric. Later steepings have been “younger” tasting to me and current steep #11 is back to alfalfa, green, and mouth watering. It isn’t the most intense tuo I’ve had, but it holds my interest, and I keep coming back to it for the taste and experience. Quite nice all in all.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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90

This tea has really mellowed in the last two years. It brews to a light orange color, and is both gentle and flavorful. Interesting flavors of grass, oranges, and honey linger in my taste with increased salivation, and a slight touch of bitterness at the end. An altogether pleasant experience.

Flavors: Grass, Honey, Orange Zest

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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93

This autumn 2013 pressing is delightful. From a cake, citrus aromatics arise, with beautiful clear orange color when brewed, and gentle but deep flavors. Absolutely stellar sheng with just a touch of bitterness on the finish which leads to a salivating sweetness. Really good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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