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So I am opening this tea sample as I have been explaining chaqi to my friend and we want to see if this sheng will show us some! This is also my first sheng, so I am pretty excited to taste this!

The dry smell is pleasantly of wood, a nice musty smell. The leaves are in beautifully pried off sheets, very nice job! I did two rinses, the first at 25 s and the next at 15. Then I poured boiling water into my gongfu pot and poured it out as quick as I could, probably around 6-7 seconds. The steeped smell is woody, with some kind of creaminess that I associated with scotch! A very pleasant smell, and no fishiness at all, I wonder if it is because it is a sheng, either way, I am very pleased with the scent!

The taste is very nice and mild, a woody musty taste with a bready mouthfeel, thick and satisfying. I am picturing a cellar stuffed with aged meats and fresh loaves, and barrels of wine. My friend says it reminds her of smoked meat, which I definitely can get from the smell and taste as well. There is a nice sparkling aftertaste as well, which I am enjoying. And yes, I feel a bit of the chaqi, maybe because I haven’t eaten dinner, but it’s an interesting feeling. Might also be that it’s a new tea and I’m excited about it!

Overall, I am very impressed with this tea. Maybe sheng pu’erh is the tea for me rather than shu. I will resteep this after I eat lol. Happy this was a success!!

ETA – This tea is really tasty and I have been enjoying a few more steeps today! Added rating as this has been my favorite pu’erh so far :)

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Terri HarpLady

I also enjoyed this one!

MissLena

It was very good, a nice start for shengs :) i think i will have a few more steeps tomorrow, didn’t get in as many as I wanted tonight lol

Kittenna

I’ve noticed that shengs aren’t really fishy, which definitely makes them more appealing to me!

MissLena

Yes this one had zero fishiness, very happy with that! I will have to try to find the sweet spot with my shu, I have a lot more shu than sheng currently haha

Kittenna

Me too. I stopped buying shu from Verdant for the most part, and have recently focused on sheng. I have a lot of both though… luckily my mom likes pu’erh!

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Terri HarpLady

I also enjoyed this one!

MissLena

It was very good, a nice start for shengs :) i think i will have a few more steeps tomorrow, didn’t get in as many as I wanted tonight lol

Kittenna

I’ve noticed that shengs aren’t really fishy, which definitely makes them more appealing to me!

MissLena

Yes this one had zero fishiness, very happy with that! I will have to try to find the sweet spot with my shu, I have a lot more shu than sheng currently haha

Kittenna

Me too. I stopped buying shu from Verdant for the most part, and have recently focused on sheng. I have a lot of both though… luckily my mom likes pu’erh!

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

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