239 Tasting Notes

81

This is a nice loose compressed cake that broke apart easily. It has a slight mineral taste with a touch of bitterness on the tongue. It has a very thick mouthfeel to it that is followed by tongue tingling after drinking it. I have done 9 infusions so far and it is carrying on well. A pretty nice young sheng with a nice floral aroma.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 12 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sammerz314

Perhaps I will sample this tea =)

NofarS

Sounds like it’s a good candidate for aging :)

mrmopar

Yeah I got a sample size used about half of it. I may get some more of this and stick it away a year or two/

Sammerz314

How do you think it will age? Bulangs are among my favourite to drink and stash!

mrmopar

Not sure since this sheng thing is kind of new to me. If it has already lost some of that bitterness people associate with it. Should age well if that is any indication.

mrmopar

For got this has some nice leaf in it. Not chopped up.

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85
Been drinking lots of sheng lately time for a shou. First infusion very light and mellow no flavor really stood out. Second steep noticeably darker brew. Got semi sweet chocolate and vanilla. I think this is a lighter fermented shou as the flavor is much milder than a comparable 7572 or 7752. Very nice easy to drink.
Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 12 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
mrmopar

Forgot, I would recommend.

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75

I have found these “tribute” tuochas to be fairly nice. They seem to be made from good raw materials. Of the ones I have tried from Xiaguan they carry very little of the “smokiness” that they are usually known for. This brews a light amber in the cup. It has a little bitter bite with some citrus thrown in. It has a very good mouthfeel that you can feel all over. It gives up some sweetness on the end. It is not a terribly strong sheng as I had hoped for a little more punch from it. At least it has stayed true brewing for three days now so it does have some lasting power to it. It is a warming sheng to drink on these cold winter days. I would recommend it if you want a smooth non astringent or smoky offering from Xiaguan.

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

So…did you get in trouble yet? :)

mrmopar

Not yet as the box is still in transit!

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90

This is a very nice young sheng. It brews a light golden color and has a almost no astringency and none of the “smokiness” Xiaguans are noted for. It has a very floral aroma after the first “wash” that transfers to the cup when drinking. It has a sweetness to it that most younger shengs do not have. It is very soft on the tongue and drinks very smooth and nice. The floral and sweetness are the two most upfront flavors of this tea. Very nice and soft for a young sheng. Not recommended for an upfront punchy tea but for those who want a soft calming one to drink this is one to try. The mouth feel and easy drinking have me rating this pretty good fo a young sheng.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sammerz314

Might have to pick up a sample of this tea to try!

TeaExplorer

Added to my list :)

boychik

Did they send you invite for membership, mrmopar? They ask me now I have to shop thru their site and they give some discounts sometimes 5% more or less. Still nice

mrmopar

Oh yes, I have that membership and its on speed tab on my computer.

Terri HarpLady

You guys are gonna get me in trouble…

mrmopar

I will be in trouble in about 3 days I think. There is a ..ahem “UNNEEDED” order on the way from Yunnan Sourcing….

looseTman

mrmopar, It’s been 3 days. “Are you still among the living?” Are you in proverbial doghouse?

mrmopar

Not yet but a new box will be here soon!

looseTman

It’s good to know your still with us! Can you “soften the blow” with a thoughtful idea for Valentine’s Day?

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71

Had this one late last night. It has some age on it and the tuocha reflects this in the color of the leaf. It brews an amber golden color. Darker than I thought for its age. It still has that smoky “bite” of the Xiaguan teas and comes across with a woody leather taste. I have only done 2 steeps so far and hopefully this will evolve away from the smokiness.

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

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81

This a very soft Yiwu. It starts out whispering to you when you break the cake. It is not tightly compressed as some of these are and actually has some nice full sized leaves in it and not “chopped” as a lot are. It carries a small touch of the bitter of a young sheng but it is very light. It has a nice floral and citrusy flavor to it that gives a tingle on the sides and tip of the tongue. It holds well through about 9 infusions with the honeyish flavor coming after the third steep. Nice quality cake to be factory made. I think it is apparent that some steps were made to bring this one up a few notches as we say. It gives you that touch of calm and relaxing feeling to it. Nicely done in all categories. Prepared in the Gaiwan 9 grams leaf, 5 second wash before first infusion.

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

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73

This has a lot of full leaf in it. Not like the “chopped” leaf of some of Dayi’s arbor cakes. compression is about half of usual dayi compression. It has a pleasant bitterness that subsides on later brews. It still has a little punch to it with some light grassy notes. I will be interested to see how this is 5 years from now.

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

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It is a little thin on the body and weaker than most shou I have tried. I may have under-leafed and will try again before I rate it. Not on par with the strength of their touchas and iron cakes. Hopefully it will get some punch as I think most of the Xiaguan products are shengs. This may be a new venture into shou production for them.
Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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80

Had this over the course of the last two days. It has been a good cup to come home to after the cold weather. This tea seems to be lightly fermented. It gives an oak type note with sweetness and a touch of bitterness but not in an unpleasant way. I think the high bud count in this will make it sweeter in the future. I don’t quite get the molasses in it but this has been a good tea and it re-steeps very well. A good buy for a younger shou to age. 15 grams in the Yixing started with a 10 second steep and added 5 to each from there. Pretty solid cake.

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

Pretty label.

Sammerz314

Agreed. Very nice label! I am sure its a fine tea as well.

mrmopar

Yeah the label with the Dragon got me.

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