37 Tasting Notes

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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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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88

Quite a treat, this beautiful 2011 silver melon raw pu-erh brews a light orange color at this writing (03/2014), with a light sweet lasting taste, with hints of oat straw, and a depth of persistent flavor that bodes well for aging. I suggested putting it away for a few years, but my partner objected saying she liked it right now. Luckily it is a 500 gram melon so we can both have it the way we would like.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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93

Regarding the Jan. 2014 pressing of this tea: From a sample, this is a lovely, sweet tasting, slightly astringent, citrus tinged, loosely pressed tea of subtlety and grace. Should age well. I ordered more after this taste.

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

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93

From a sample, this is a lovely, sweet tasting, slightly astringent, citrus tinged, loosely pressed tea of subtlety and grace. Should age well. I ordered more after this taste.

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

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88

A full flavored sheng pu-erh this sample features robust leaves with a light orange soup, pronounced, long lasting flavors (my wife says “spicy”) which I think are a bit intense at the moment, but will be interesting to follow over time. A good, interesting treat.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 6 OZ / 185 ML

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85

Quite a nice young sheng pu-erh it has a pleasant alfalfa like green taste with a hint of depth and a touch of astringency and a hint of orchid and melon smell/taste on the finish. Very pleasant to my taste for a young sheng. I look forward to watching its development.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 6 OZ / 185 ML

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90

This is a lovely ripe pu-erh still available on Amazon.com and direct from bana teas in Feb. 2014. Tea brews a beautiful dark mahogany color with hints of orange, taste is extremely mellow/gentle with a touch of woodsy and earthy taste highlighted by citrus notes. I has an overall sense of balance and is what I would consider to be “lovely”. I just ordered a cake after tasting this sample.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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81

This tea is from a sample sent by Misty Peak Teas. This tea brewed in a 185 ml yixing teapot was a light orange colored soup, had some citrus hints and a touch of orchid aroma, and was fairly smooth, but felt closed in by astringency on the back of my tongue. Hard to evaluate this young, I enjoyed the orange citric flavor and smoothness, but found its ageworthiness difficult to evaluate because of its astringent youth. Judgement reserved.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Sammerz314

Hey Javan, how do you find this tea? I have been considering their cakes for a while.. but they are somewhat pricey.

Javan

Misty Peak made an offer on Steepster requesting $1.50 for a sample of their tea. I responded and they sent the tea. I like their philosophy but need another pot of this tea in a few years to really evaluate it for ageability.

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