41 Tasting Notes

84

This is a young sheng at this point (8/2015), and has fairly typical flavors, and although light, it is complex at the same time. It has a touch of bitterness which coexists with a hint of sweetness, and has an astringent mouthfeel that I think will mellow with time. I like this tea and will be interested in tracking it over time.

Flavors: Grass, Hay, Olive Oil, Tobacco

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 6 OZ / 165 ML

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88

This is not a powerhouse tea, but one of subtlety and presence. It has a gentle fruitiness I associate with Yiwu, lovely large leaves, and is relaxing and contemplative. I am enjoying it.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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87

Reasonably loosely compressed, attractive dark purple leaves, the tea brews a bit more copper colored than typical young shengs, and has an enjoyable smooth quality (in comparison to other purple leaf sheng I’ve had). Quite flavorful and an enjoyable cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 6 OZ / 180 ML
mrmopar

Well hello stranger!

Javan

Hello there mrmopar. I’ve been in lurker mode, while awaiting some of these young shengs to age awhile. There seems to be lots of puerh activity on the threads!

mrmopar

I understand, I have been through a few rough days that has gotten me behind. I need to get back after it when all stuff is over around here.

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90

Quite a lovely sheng. It brews a light orange color at this point (Jan. 2015), and has quite a fruity overtone of apricots/peaches. Later steeping reveal a touch of bitterness which turns to sweetness and a nice salivating effect. I like the tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 6 OZ / 185 ML

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82

This is an interesting tea! It has some camphor aromas that cleared up my nose, some black tea elements in the flavors, a touch of green bitterness which gives me an awakening sensation, and a touch of tannin to pucker my mouth. I can’t say it is delightful, but it certainly is interesting.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 6 OZ / 180 ML
Tealizzy

I’m drinking this tea right now. Definitely interesting!

mrmopar

I want to do this club so badddd…….Oh well after tax time.

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90

A really lovely ripe pu-erh. Nothing is out of place, the flavors are deep and clean, and the impression for me is of a cake that was well made from good materials. Very pleasant tea.

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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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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