221 Tasting Notes

Breaking into this one a day after getting it? Yes indeed. I usually let these sit a few weeks in the pumidor to open up a bit. The dry aroma on this said “drink me now”. so I will. I rinsed this last night to prepare for this evening. The leaves are an olive color and look really nice in the Yixing. When hit with the hot water the aromatics of hay and flowers come to mind. I did 3 short steeps into one 10 oz. cup.There is a nice golden amber color to this one in the cup.
First sips say mang Fei for sure. Strong kick on this one. Very strong for an Autumn tea. It hits full on. Very thick active mouthfeel on this one. Fantastic tingle on the tongue with a bit of drying after sipping. The bitterness of this progresses from a sharp bite to a bit of drying a few seconds after to a semi-sweet floral grassy note. In terms of strength steep this one very quick. It is a very potent Autumn tea and has that kick butt attitude when you drink it. Very nice . They say the strongest teas age well, I think I am going to be really interested in this one in a few years. A truly wonderful Autumn tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Drying, Flowers, Hay, Thick

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

I love this note man. You can clearly read the passion for good tea!

juliebeth

srsly, someone should pay you. :)

mrmopar

This was really nice. My words fall short of a good description though.

Kirkoneill1988

awesome! i may try it one day. hey i think the parcel will be here round mid feb (I HOPE) i wish it was here today :’( but whenever it gets here ill be sure to fulfill my side of the swap i promise :)

Kirkoneill1988

“sample size” added to wishlist just now :)

mrmopar

I am in the same “boat” Kirk, waiting for mine to get here as well. Actually two on the way…Did I say two? Everyone just forget I said any such thing….

JC

mrmopar We need to talk about your Puerh buying and consumption habits…. BUY MORE! That stuff is delicious! lol I’ve been trying to behave myself… but if Scott makes another Raw Puerh discount I will crumble… hint hint YS hint hint.

mrmopar

Yah I have a cart full of some of those 2011’s you and DigniTea talked about….Now how do I sneak them in and where to put them….

Kirkoneill1988

I have too much tea lmao

JC

There’s a few more I can tell you about guys, how much enabling do you need today? :P

boychik

Do tell :)))

mrmopar

Awwwh Go ahead Jc…..

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This is actually a “second” tasting of this one I forgot to put a note up on the first time.
I prepared this tea last night the same time I got an XiaGuan ready to drink today as well.
This cake has some nice features, not too tightly compressed and nice looking leaf on the cake.
I did the usual 10 grams and gave a rinse and let it sit in the yixing. The aroma when I opened the lid was very nice. Sweet , citrus,floral. and pine. I brewed it up with 3 steeps put in a 10 oz. cup. I love big cups of puerh.
Nice vibrant floral punch to this one. Good bitterness, fruity and definitely sweetness at the end. This is a thick mouth and tongue coating tea. Nice yellow color a bit darker than most puerh this age. I am really enjoying this one again.
I have the “ripe” version of this on the way and I am looking forward to trying it as well.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Floral, Pine, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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Getting this one out as it interested me when I re-read about it.
I think the easy Gaiwan will be the trick for this one. I forgot how tight these XiaGuans can be. I chipped off 10 grams to use, hard to get whole leaf from these. I actually rinsed this last night and I am getting to the brewing today. I noticed when I chipped this off the leaf had a little Huangpin (yellow) leaf if I got that right. The other leaves looked really rolled from what I could tell from the bits I had.
It brews with that XG smoke, almost forgot that aspect. It is smoky with a good hit of the bitter to go with it. The smoke really is the most dominant flavor on this one.
It has a bit thicker mouthfeel than the other XG’s I remember. I gives a bit of broth and smoked meat and bitter but not any sweet or any other notes that stand out. Almost like a beef jerky in a cup. I don’t really turn from smoky teas but you will have to like smoke to enjoy this one. I looked in the filter and sure enough some of those dark burnt bits from the wok cooking on this one.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Meat, Smoke

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

Nice tea note but the tea itself does not sound very appealing.:-)

tea123

The first raw pu erh I ordered was a Xiaguan tuocha and I remember it had dominant smoke. Unfortunately I never took any notes on it, so I may have to re-order it, especially seeing that it’s one you have reviewed.

Roughage

That actually sounds like just my cup of tea.

Kirkoneill1988

this one confuses me is it ripe or raw? im thinking raw

Cwyn

I think these tuos are meant for incredibly humid climates where the tight compression regulates the effect of the humidity, mold can just brush off. The smoke actually integrates very well eventually but it really must have that humidity to get there. I have a 2005 and also a 2013 someone sent me. I think buying them already aged in Asia is a good idea unless people live in Florida or some such. ;)

mrmopar

Kirk it’s a raw although some of the leaf looks pretty dark.
Cwyn, I hear ya. I think I may move these to a closed container and pump the humidity up for a while and re-taste them.
DigniTea, I will redo this one in about 6 months you will have to remind me.
Roughage, it was an almost very bitter smokiness. I usually can handle a bit but today may have been a un berserker like day for me. Alas I may have to watch the battle from the rear area ;P

TeaBrat

yeah they can be harsh for sure

Cwyn

Let me know what happens, I’m pushing my 2013 right now literally to the edge of mold, already crossed over the line once. I’m using a vintage enamel cup with a lid for the tuo, since I don’t have anything in ceramic or stoneware to fit it. I have to open it daily to air out. This is one smoky son of a gun tea though, I want to see if I can push it.

Roughage

It’s not watching the battle from the rear area, mrmopar, it’s regrouping in preparation for a counter-attack (in 6 months after trying the alternative storage)! :) Anyway, I’ve added this one to the list of teas to buy when I eventually have some spare money now. I do like a tea that gives you a kick in the seat of the pants, and this sounds suitably challenging. :)

mrmopar

Got ya R!

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Breaking out a sample of this I got a while back. I read over the site to give a bit of “feel” to this one.
I got out about 9 grams of this to be brewed in the small Yixing yellow pot I was gifted with.
Leaf on this seems to be medium sized with a good bit of green color to it. I had expected
much darker with the age. Read a bit more on the site and Kunming storage. lots drier
than Malaysia or Hong Kong. A good point as I seem to like dry aged better.
I gave a quick rinse and went to steeping.
This tea is punchy in the first sip. A nice tingle with a touch of astringency to it.
The body of this is nice. Not overpowering but it has a strong presence.
Bitterness, a bit of ashiness are players in this but the almost metallic creeps up and turns very nice into sweetness. Floral notes are also in this one as well.
I think this is a tea to wrap around and set back and relax with.
A nice and engaging cup.
Gongfu in the Clay Pot.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Metallic, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
tea123

Sounds like a 75/100 to me.

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Breaking this out after storing a few years. Time to see if the “hype” is up to par.
Double wrapper as stated in the vendor description, phase one pass.
Got 10 grams , easy gaiwan brewing for this one.
Leaf looks a bit “chopped” not the full leaf teas that I have drank lately.
Gave a quick rinse to wake things up. Quick steeps of about 5 seconds each. Poured into my 10 oz. mug. Nice color to be as young as it is.
Still a bit strong, a fair bit of smoke in it. Nice hit of tobacco and camphor. Gives a bit of a tongue buzz to it.
Still “burly” and young but quite a bit more stout and powerful than most other Dayi products of this age . Not for the faint of heart but for those punch me in the chops type of tea. Some light fruit notes and a touch of an in between bitter to sweet note.

Flavors: Bitter, Camphor, Smoke, Sweet, Tobacco

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

heh nothing wrong with a little face punching puerh! :) sounds delightful haha

mrmopar

Yah I have enjoyed the “Smack to the choppers”.

JC

Sometimes you crave some the strong ones!

Cwyn

5 more years should start to be a good tuo, still smoky but will have that color of scotch. I have a tong of 2005 Menghai tuos and they are pretty good now.

mrmopar

Cwyn you are a lucky one to have that tong. One day I will have some good aged stuff as well, I hope…

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Breaking this one out for tonight. Comparing with a “sample” from finepuerh. A good seller from Malaysia with seemingly good storage.
I got 10 grams off the cake (sorry grand-daughter I will get you another) into the “new” yixing I was gifted with from a great teafriend.
I gave a quick rinse and started brewing. This is a bit textured and complex. Notes are smoky, tannic, camphor,bitter and a touch salty. It has a nice full feeling in the mouth. A bit of sweetness rolls around the back of the tongue.
I am for sure a fan of Bada and Menghai mountain teas but I think my love of Mengsong is coming along. I have had some good Mengsong teas lately and am trying to expand into new territory. A nice golden hue on this one. It may be a bit too “smoky” for some but I think it has developed nicely. I look forward to trying this a bit down the road.
Merry Christmas everyone!

Flavors: Bitter, Camphor, Salt, Smoke, Tannic

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

Sounds fantastic! Merry Christmas to you and your family !

mrmopar

Thanks and I wish that as well for you!

TeaBrat

Happy holidays :)

AllanK

Sounds good although for some reason I associate camphor flavor with ripe tea, Merry Christmas everyone.

AllanK

Aren’t there several teas in that series, it seems to me that I have a “Peacock of something” tea.

MzPriss

Merry Christmas mrmo!

mrmopar

@AllanK there are 5 in this series. Bada,Mengsong, Nannuo,Menghai and Bulang if I remember correctly.
Merry Christmas to you all!

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This after some time in the “pumidor” has mellowed out a bit. Honey notes are more pronounced. any hit of harsh astringency is subdued quite a bit. Aging nicely and getting more enjoyable.

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

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I got this out with the “Chairman’s” . She seemed to really like this one a lot.
I got out 8 grams to start with. I gave 2 very quick rinses and let this one sit for about an hour. This is one of the oldest ones that I have had a chance to drink.
First cup. Brewed very quick. Color is a nice amber.
First sip, hit with flavors of earthiness, peat moss, a bit of sharp tannic notes and a hint of camphor.
This would be one a connoisseur would appreciate. I don’t think an inexperienced drinker would appreciate this. it packs a good kick. The Huigan is very noticeable and it really give a good “oily” coating in the mouth.
The Cha Qui may have to wait till tomorrow as the work schedule is only going to let me have one session tonight.
Yixing pot for brewing.

Flavors: Camphor, Earth, Peat, Tannic, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
boychik

Chairman knows her job well !

mrmopar

Agreed as you saw on the pics. She was really “into” this one literally!

boychik

I would be too ;)

caile

That pic was so cute! She seems like a great helper for picking out teas! :)

TeaBrat

Does she try to eat the tea?

mrmopar

She just likes the aroma. I don’t think she tries to eat it.

Kirkoneill1988

Sounds tasty

JC

Nice, I’ll put it in the list for the next order!

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I brought this one out as the Chairman has been sleeping tonight.
I got out a big chunk, about 15 grams or so as I plan to brew this heavy and for a few days.
I gave a 10 second wash and then a 5 second one and let it set a good hour.
This one has the dark chocolate notes as well as some light fruity notes. Some bitterness but it is a bit early for that to fully come out if that happens.
This one coats the mouth well. The back of the tongue gives a bit of drying a little salty light taste note.
Overall nice not too complex but good with the tastes that come through.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Salt

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

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