197 Tasting Notes

Broke this out during our “Fritz” on the site. Still trying to keep up.
Got 10 grams off the cake for the Yixing. Gave a 10 second wash and went with it. Semi-dark brew as I think this is a lighter fermented shou. No off flavor in this as I am finding about 6 years and the shous are coming in like the shengs do. It had a nice raisin and semi-sweet flavor and just the slightest touch of bitter/astringency.
I only did 2 brews with this over 2 days but it has been pretty nice and you get a little earthy and woody on the second day.
Enjoyable on a cool rainy night.

Flavors: Bitter, Raisins, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sarsonator

Sounds like a really good one, mrmo! I love the ones with a little sweetness!

mrmopar

I think the light fermentation in Dayi cakes are nice. I have a couple of others like this kind of a mix of shou and aged sheng.

Sarsonator

I recently heard about both things. I did not know that there were different levels of shou fermentation. I think I fall solidly on the side which prefers a lighter fermentation. And someone was telling me about pu’erh that is a mix of sheng and shou. So that’s also on my list of things to try. :)

TeaBrat

wow, Dragon Tea House has so much stuff! I don’t see this tea on their site. Maybe they sold out of it?

mrmopar

I think they are out. I just checked their site also.

Kirkoneill1988

i don’t think they have this on YS :(

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I got this from a friend to try. I have found it hard to post anything much with all the site issues but this I will.
I used 10 grams in the Gaiwan for this one with a 5 second rinse and about 10 second steeps. This isn’t as dark golden as some other shengs but that wasn’t a problem. This one brews very nice. Smoke is present in the wet leaf and the brew but not to an overly strong note in my opinion. It has a bit of astringency to it but in a nice way. It give a floral and semi-sweet note in the cup. It is a rather “meaty” tea that gives a bit of tingle and a nice mouth filling taste. not thin and weak but with some punch in there.
I looked on the site and price for experience this would be a good tea for the money in my taste profile. Thanks to the generous one that sent it and I think it will be on a future order.

Flavors: Floral, Smoke

Preparation
10 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
boychik

I’m trying it right now. It is "meaty " and I love it!

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Going back into this sample I got from Dragon Teahouse.
To be “Fair” the sample I got was from the middle round divet of the cake, so it was really compressed. I got 10 grams from it and found a surprise when separating the tea.
It still has the smoke aroma of the wet leaf. Color has darkened a bit.
1st steep. 10 seconds, very light in flavor , aroma and color.
2nd steep a bit more “golden” as an aged sheng would indicate. Flavor still a bit off.
3rd steep it opens up a bit. Some smoke a little sweet and a slight astringency to it.
Not my favorite Haiwan cake but hopefully will age a bit more as I think it is still a bit young. In a “fairness” the middle of the cake piece may not have aged as well as the edges of the cake.
Holding back rating as I intend to pass this sample on in the future for a better analysis than mine.

Flavors: Astringent, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
SimpliciTEA

What was the surprise you found when separating the tea?

mrmopar

Oh I shouldn’t say but I think it was a piece of hair in it.

SimpliciTEA

Thanks. I was thinking it was perhaps something worse.

mrmopar

Nah I have found hair and the plastic from the sacks but nothing more than that. I do hit it with boiling water so the should kill anything.

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Reviewing this tonight as the Chairman has a week off. I broke out 10 grams of this to start with. I impressed myself as the first piece weighed in a 10 grams off the bat. My measuring and judgement on weight is getting better.
I gave this a 20 second wash and have let it sit for about 20 minutes to open up a bit.
First steep 10 seconds.
Color almost Lipton like dark.
Aroma, a little left of the fermented type.
Taste, some wood, a little raisin and almost prune or date in there. Nice and warming on a cold rainy night. I have been on a lot of sheng lately and this is a decent change of pace. probably not as deeply fermented as some to allow it to progress, but with the light fermentation it should progress nicely.

Flavors: Dates, Raisins, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sarsonator

Sounds yum to me!

MzPriss

mmmmmmm

mars1

20 minutes? I usually give it a raw puerh a 5 second rinse before steeping but 20 minutes is more than I expected. Do you only do the 20 minutes for ripe puerh? Any advice to how I should my puerh to get the most out of it, based on your experience? Thanks.

mars1

(should steep my puerh) yes, I’m clumsy at typing at times.

mrmopar

Oh not a 20 minute wash . I just wash it and pour out the first steep/wash and then I leave it in the dry pot to allow the residual steam and moisture to keep opening up the chunk. I guess it is like letting a piece of grilled meat. Always let it rest before cutting. Same idea with the tea. Soak it in the pot and dump it and rest it before the first real brew.

Cwyn

I rest it a little too if it is a chunk, otherwise the first brew is like nothing. I also let the first brew rest a bit in my cup to get the heat dissipated a bit so my first sip tastes like something instead of a blast of boil.

SimpliciTEA

I appreciate the comments. I will have to keep in mind the part about letting the tea leaves rest after being rinsed; I also appreciate that you both gave reasons why you do it.

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Thank you Google for eating my notes and all my open tabs!
I got this one out to review as I have wanted to get into it and a couple of friends were interested also.
I pulled it out to chunk off a bit and was surprised that it broke off easily. Most XiaGuan “Iron Cakes” are tough to get into. It broke off easily and I got I got my measure of pretty easy. I guess the pumidor may be working.
I gave a 10 second rinse and let the leaf sit for about 10 minutes to start brewing. It brews a nice deep golden color. It still has some of the smoke and punch of a somewhat younger tea but a deeper color.
It carries a good bit of bitter but in a nice way for me. Some hints of smoke and astringency but not in an overpowering way. It reminds me somewhat of another cake from about 2007 that I enjoyed.
Will it give you that nice Cha Qui?
A bit but not too strong. Huigan a bit. Nice notes of subdued smoke and camphor a little pucker of citrus in there as well.
Nice and aging well I think.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Cwyn

Nice, thanks so much! What do you think of the leaves? Does it seem rather chopped or anything whole in there? I’ve never seen the actual cake of this one.

mrmopar

I think this will continue to be a good performer in the future. Second steep nice as well.

mrmopar

There are some chopped but the iron cakes are always hard to break properly.

DigniTea

Interesting comments. Thanks for taking a look at it. Sounds like I’m better holding on to mine for awhile before tackling it. For me all Xiagun are tough to pick apart with their typically tight compression.

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Breaking this out in remembrance.
Listed by the vendor as outstanding floral, sweet soft and creamy with a intense huigan.
lots like a man who passed last night. Soft and smooth, not creamy but always pleasant and a intense strong man who loved his wife and children and nieces, nephews and grand children with a soft but strong love.
The floral and pleasant notes with the good tea buzz on the tongue are very reminiscent of the man I drink in honor of. Soft and strong at the same time. Like a whisper at many times and like a storm in his strong and faithful love for his family.
A special tea that I raise a cup to for a special man.

Flavors: Floral, Sugarcane, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
ashmanra

What a friend he must have been. So sorry for your loss.

boychik

Sorry for your loss

Terri HarpLady

Sorry to hear of this person passing, but he sounds like someone special, to be worthy of this dedication.

looseTman

A truly poetic tasting note that honors a dear friend with an analogy that compares his character to that of an exceptional sold out pu’erh. Quite a tribute especially coming from “mrpu’erh”. I too am very sorry for your loss mrmopar.

yyz

What a beautiful tribute, I’m sorry for your loss.

MzPriss

This is a lovely tribute mrmopar.

mrmopar

Thanks, services are this weekend so may be off a day or so.

DigniTea

Lovely sentiment expressed my friend – classy way to pay tribute to a special loss. We’ll miss your active presence and stand ready to welcome you back.

NofarS

I’m so sorry for your loss. Your tribute to him is beautiful and touching. May the bitterness of the loss mellow out over time to memories of good times shared, just as pu’erh does.

Rich

Just drank this yesterday, during my week of hospice care for my father in law. My best to you.

Tea Pet

I’m so sorry for your loss, mrmopar

mrmopar

Thanks you all this means a lot. You are a great bunch of people I am fortunate to know.

AllanK

I too am sorry to hear about your friend.

fyrefly1981

I’m sorry for your loss. may you remember him every time you drink this tea and others like it.

mrmopar

Thanks fyrefly1981 and AllaK much appreciated. I will miss him and hope his wife will know she will se him again.

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I am cheating tonight and taking an easy way out in the cup. Long days take the toll on time. I pulled this out to try again. I didn’t put anything other than a mental note on it last time. It breaks off in about 8 gram chunks from the square brick. I gave it a good 20 second rinse and let it set about 20 minutes.
First steep of about 20 seconds, I actually do 3 steeps for my cup. It takes a while to even color the water well. It is a bit cloudy in the cup. More sweet than astringent as the last time. Pale yellow/gold color. It has aged a bit in the pumidor a tad bit darker in the brew and the brick.
Not terribly punchy or strong but more like a green tea. Small lea so definitely a plantation bush. I did see a couple of whole leafs in there although small and most were chopped to make pressing easier. A decent tea yes , not as good as the others I have drank lately but acceptable. I guess the convenience factor in the little squares you break off can make it worth it sometimes.
A little bit of fruit almost like a slight ripe banana and a semi-sweet finish.
Nice convenience factor.
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Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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As promised better late than never. I tasted this a couple of days ago after a long work day and was unable to give it the credit for it.
I went 10 grams 10oz. my preferred method, gong fu.
I gave a wash for about 5 seconds and went with it. It has good leaf size in whatI put in the gaiwan. It is somewhat darker than a newly pressed cake. It carries a nice hit of bitter and a sweetness combined. It is a bit floral tossed in there as well. Fantastic in the bit of punch it brings to the table. Six steepings later and it is still very nice. A bit stronger than the repave cake but nicely along the lines with some of the “aged” taste to it. This will give the tongue tingle and state of relaxation that slowly creeps up on you.
Very nice and solid tea.
A touch of astringency that fades quickly.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Cwyn

Good review! This one is next up for me, will be using about 1/2 that amount of water.

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Broke this one out as directed by Chairman Meow. The Chairman “pawed” and pointed this out tonight for me to try.
I got out 10 grams and let the Chairman approve of it and in the Gaiwan it went. I gave a quick rinse before starting. The aroma was nice and very sweet an fruity. I can’t really describe which one but very nice. I did 5 second steeps on this one. The liquor is a medium yellow level of darkness. It has a nice aroma to it. The brew has a bit of bitter bite and astringency to it but not overpowering. Not a lot of discernible smoke as in the vendor’s description. It does creep up on you and give a semi-sweet and pleasant bitter to it.
Multi- faceted in terms of flavor notes. maybe a bit more complex than my taste buds. Pleasant and very reasonably priced for a 5 year old tea. I think I should have bought more than a sample.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Honey, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sarsonator

I can’t wait for my Tea Urchins to get here! I didn’t pick this one, but it does sound good!!!

JC

Sounds nice, the way you described it makes it sound calming or ‘relaxed’ enjoyment.

TeaBrat

Teaurchin looks like a great company. I wish they sold samples!

MzPriss

They do sell samples, but shipping is $20!

mrmopar

Yeah I purchased a couple of cakes and got the samples added in.

Sarsonator

MzP: if you want to try something, I can send you the list of teas I got :)

MzPriss

I <3 you so much Sarsy.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve got a few samples here from Tea Urchin that Stephanie sent me. I’m looking forward to trying them soon!

Stephanie

TeaUrchin is great! I’ve been super impressed.

Sammerz314

Sounds very good indeed hehe

TeaBrat

Ah, you’re right I see they do sell samples but $20? for shipping? wow

mrmopar

Yeah any one ordering should get a “pool” together to offset the shipping costs.

Terri HarpLady

I’d be into that :)

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Chaiman Meow picked this one 2 times in a row and the chairman knows best. I broke off 10 grams and separated what I broke off into mainly full leaves as this is compressed lightly. I used the Gaiwan also per the chairmans pick on the brewing vessel. I gave a good 5 second rinse to wake everything up. The wet leaf had a touch of ’mustiness" that most teas this age exhibit.
It gives bit of the floral and citrus along with sweetness and an almost caramel touch to it. It also gives the tongue tingle that most older quality teas give. Really nice, not too harsh astringent or bitter considering its age and origin. A really nice one done here. If this is “middle of the road” I think it does a good job.

Flavors: Caramel, Citrus, Floral, Sweet

Preparation
10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Cwyn

well said!

MzPriss

mrmopar – you have a Chairman Meow too? I think Sarsonator’s cat is also named that – and I LOVE that name for a kittie

mrmopar Sarsonator pegged my kitty as Chairman Meow. So I stole it from here.
Sarsonator

Oh my. I don’t know if the world is ready for two Chairman Meows! What if they decide the Earth isn’t big enough for the both of them!?! It could be war, people!!!! LOL

It’s funny that your Chairman picked this one, mrmopar. I’ve been thinking about placing an order with White2 and I wanted to try this! I guess if the Chairman has spoken, I really can’t refuse. All hail the kitty overlord! :)

MzPriss

I love the Kitty Scratch Method.

MzPriss

mrm – did you know that Sarsy has become a raging sheng-head?

Sarsonator

Kitty tea randomizer!!! LOL. What’s not to love? :p

It’s true, I have. I’m currently staring at the Yunnan Sourcing site trying not to click “place order”

MzPriss

I ordered a buttload of samples from them and I had to trim my list way back because it was outrageous

Sarsonator

I wish the shipping wasn’t so high. But they don’t have everything I want on the us site.

MzPriss

Yeah the China site is the one for me too. But my stuff came really quick and I only paid $2 more. And I got a purple yixing. Happy.

Sarsonator

Blah. Shipping is half the cost on the us site. Maybe I’ll just buy less.

Cwyn

Plus the package shows up faster, he uses Priority in the US. I always check there first for something before the China site. Trying not to hit Place order for 4 orders of the Wild Purple Dehong black tea.

boychik

you can “play” with shipping. the more you order the shipping kinda stops. so usually i say to myself $20 is max for the ship. and I keep adding to the cart. i think that China site is more economical overall. and better selection. but i try to wait for sales. the discount sometimes equal to free ship. and dont forget you earn loyalty vouchers

Roughage

I do the same, boychik. I keep adding until the shipping tips over my limit and then I remove enough to bring it back down. Then I will try adding samples up to the maximum weight to get best value for money from the shipping. I’m based in the UK, so I don’t worry too much about comparing China with the US site.

Sarsonator

I just made this and I adore it. Chairman Meow absolutely does know best!

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