198 Tasting Notes

100

Well this is one of those “special” pu erhs that lives up to its reputation. This tea brews dark as in a heavy fermented tea and exhibits the characteristics of a much older shou. It has a touch of dryness with a hint of woodiness that is followed by a sweet caramel molasses note. it has a hint of a peach taste at the very end that really works in this tea. I was really afraid to try this one and give notes on it as I was afraid it would be further than my simple notes to elaborate on it. All in all, well worth the cost. multiple flavor notes and very reminiscent of some small ultra high grade teas offered by some sellers we have in the US. If I hadn’t known it was a big factory production I would have argued adamantly that this was a small production. It will get a top rating as this one has all the things I like in a shou. I am really glad I bought 2 of these.

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Terri HarpLady

And where did you purchase it ?
:)

NofarS

Do tell

mrmopar Terri I got it sourced from a seller on Aliexpress. Here is a link to it http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/GRANDNESS-Revolution-of-1911-Anniversary-2011yr-Menghai-Dayi-RIPE-Pu-Erh-Tea-100-Genuine-Quality/215539_756620734.html. There are sellers that are cheaper than this but you have to watch as there are lots of fake Dayi products over there. Dayi is pretty consistent on the wrapping and tagging of their cakes. If you see one cheaper send me a link before you get it and I will hopefully know its real before you commit to purchasing it. The link is for a genuine cake.
Terri HarpLady

That’s because you are awesome! Of course, I’m not suppose to be buying any tea right now… :)

mrmopar

I wont tell if you get one! I had to sneak my last order in……

TeaExplorer

Can you confirm the link? When I click on it, the URL you show appears in the browser’s address bar for a brief second then I get redirected to a URL that is almost the same, except the “yr” is missing after “2011”. It’s possible the seller simply updated the page and created the redirect themselves, but I’d like to be sure before committing to buy. Thanks!

mrmopar

TeaExplorer, I just followed you also so we can message each other.

Rich

Hello folks,
mrmopar, I am tempted to purchase this based on your recommendation, and the other great reviews. I followed the link above and it looks like the cake is available. Can you confirm that this is the seller you’ve used? Looks like Grandness?

I also want to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your wonderful and detailed tea tasting notes! I find them helpful as I learn more about shu.

mrmopar

Rdeitz, I can’t take a whole lot of credit for anything. I am still learning and hope to always do so. Lots of people here helped me along when I first joined and I am trying to continue the tradition just with puerh! Just messaged you a link.

CelebriTEA

Sounds like a fabulous Pu erh :-)

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78

Brewing the “ripe” version tonight. 15 grams in the easy gaiwan. Gave a 10 second rinse and let the tea set a few minutes to open up. Brews a nice color in the cup not sure about the “secret fragrance” part of this as it has the aroma of any normal shou. First infusion almost lychee like (an oriental fruit similar to a cross between a peach and strawberry). Second steep opens up much more with hints of oak and and apple with some dryness to it. Rich and dark but not overly strong with a single taste that stands out. Pleasant without being overpowering. Scoring both the raw and ripe with the same score as both are pretty good.

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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78

The previous note on this was for the Sheng or raw cake. Having the ripe version tonight.

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78

Got this in a sample pack to try. Using a gaiwan to keep this one pure. It is called “Secret fragrance” I wish i had an aroma cup for this but I lack one. Goes on shopping list. The first infusion brewed a light pale green color and gave a small hit of tobacco. Second infusion give a deeper golden color and brings out some citrus notes to go with the hit of astringency and tobacco. Interesting on the palate, makes the tongue tingle a bit.It has a small bit of astringency but seems to coat the mouth with an aftertaste of the citrus that lingers for a while. It almost seems to have some floral between the layers of tobacco and citrus. A very interesting sheng. I brewed 13 grams of it in the pot.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
JC

Make sure the aroma cup is not insanely slick! I know it sounds weird but some porcelain cups have a bit of a ‘grip’ and that makes an aroma cup that much better at retaining that thicker bit of tea.

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88

Brewed 15 grams in the yixing for this one. I gave a 10 second wash to begin.It has the aroma of a damp forest. The brew is almost as dark as other shou of this age. It has a distinctly lighter taste than most shous I have drank. My guess would be a shorter fermentation on this one . It gives an almost cross between a peach and a near ripened plum. Avery easy tea to drink. It has a very nice flavor without being to “assertive” as some can be. This will move up my chart for these reasons. Nice , smooth and a touch of fruit.

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

Fruity is nice!

mrmopar

Yes they are! I was quite surprised on this one.

DigniTea

mrmopar – Once again you inspired me to put something on my shopping list. Thank you!

mrmopar

DigniTea, it is a pretty affordable tea cake. I messaged you with a link to the seller to save you some$.

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82

I remember not being overly impressed with this tea when I first got it after reading the vendor description of it. If I recall correctly it still had some of the fresh fermentation “funk” to it. I ran across it again in a listing and said what the heck pull it out and taste it. I brewed it in the trusty yixing reserved for Menghai shou. I gave it a 20 second rinse to re-hydrate and off I went. I did a 15 second or so step and watched the dark brew come out. It has a very small tart sensation reminiscent of a persimmon but not as pronounced. It has a little drying effect on the tongue that turns to a light sweetness almost like a fruity red wine. It still has the “earthy” underlying note at the end. It gives a touch of burnt bitter caramel about the middle of the taste session. This is hard to explain all the taste notes you can get on this one but as it has lost the fermentation flavor it is turning to be a decent tea. It has some boldness at times that would stand up well to a rich evening meal. I think it will continue to evolve. I will do later steeps on this tonight as we are expected to have fall weather in the 40s and it is rich in taste as many things are in the fall.

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

Looks like we are all drinking puerh tonight!

JC

That sounds nice! I’m drinking a Lancang Ripe. I love ripes that have fruity undertones, especially when they are ‘playful’ rather than in your face taste.

Bonnie

Me too, made me a puerh blend with cinnamon chips and cocoa hulls and a pinch of laoshan black with cream and splenda. Puerh lovers night tonight!

mrmopar

Agreed indeed! Puerh night tonight.

Bonnie

You are the best John! We’d be lost without you!

Terri HarpLady

I was seasoning my 2 yixings yesterday evening, one for sheng & one for shu. I’ll post about them later :)

JC

I bet ripes are going to be my usual thing from now on. I love them, especially when it is starting to get cold out.

Jason

I need to explore puerhs more. This might be a good place to start…

Bonnie

Mrmopar needs his own blog with a catchy downhome country title, something unique and not stuffy, approachable and well-informed just like he is! Down with snobs, up with community!

Sil

YES!

JC

You should do a blog! Especially with your experience with Puerh. Honestly, Since you’ve stored and aged yourself your experience can benefit others!

Terri HarpLady

That would be awesome!

Bonnie

Get sponsors and advertising so you can do it full time or go on the Food Network now Paula Deen is gone…that’s a joke to scare you mrmopar! The blog is a great idea though!

mrmopar

I don’t know if I would have the time for a blog. I seem to blog this site a lot though. I am still learning and hope to keep learning. I need to find a page or source to be able to translate the Chinese symbols and numbers to what I can comprehend.

Bonnie

Send a note to Lily Duckler asking her if she knows of a resource. Tell her it was my idea to ask her. Use the Contact feature on Verdants website.

mrmopar

Thanks Bonnie!I will ,I have been trying to find a resource about this. There are so many characters that I need to learn. I am pretty good on Dayi , Haiwan and Xiaguan but the Cnnp and Kunming still confuse me. I am learning about the Boyou factory also. I need to learn learn.

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76

This tea seems to have “aged” a bit on the outside but still shows very green on the inside when breaking it apart. It brews a dark yellow almost orange color with an almost honey sweet aroma. It still maintains a lot of the bitterness associated with a young sheng(much more than the 8582 I tried earlier). this tea gives a good mouth-feel with a touch of dryness after drinking. It still has the tobacco punch with the camphor many people talk about numbing the sides of the tongue. It gives some hint of “metallic” and then turns to a touch of lemon. Not a bad sheng but not the best so far. We shall see how it continues to age. With the hit of camphor I think it holds promise. I prepared this in the gaiwan and hope to give it the yixing treatment tomorrow.

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

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84

Called the “Rhyme Aroma” tea or in an English translation as better with age. I think this one is a lighter fermented Dayi cake. It has a similar taste to the other ones but it has a light oak, caramel and an almost salty savory after taste. It is almost a “broth” taste similar to a soup stock. It really darkens on the second steep with wood and spiciness coming on a little stronger. Very nice and interesting so far. What I would call a “savory” shou cha. On note I have been brewing all the Dayi shou cha in the great mosaic teapot I got from (Joey) from the Tea Merchant. I really like this little pot for its great pouring (shameless plug I guess). Its a great little pot for a pretty good tea.

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

I’m glad you like the yixing clay pot.

JC

Nice! How do you feel towards ‘savory’ Shou? I’ve only had a few that fit this and I have to admit that at first it was between ‘meh’ and plain off putting.

Later, I was able to enjoy them more. I had a Ban Zhang ripe that was savory up front and I sort of kept it on the side, now I find that I sort of crave it from time to time.

mrmopar

loosetman, it’s a great pot! jc, I kind of liked the savory flavor. There was that hint of the broth but overall a pretty good tea. I think I might crave this on from time to time also.

JC

Cool! I think the issue is more of a ’I’m not used to this’ situation rather than it being bad. The same happened to me with a savory black tea, I was just there tasting it thinking was wrong with the tea.. it was just the tea was different than most teas I had tried.

mrmopar

It got really good and sweet on the second day.

JC

I felt like it got sweeter as well. Both the Puerh and black tea got sweeter after the second steep or so. Initially my problem was getting past that second steep. Now, sometimes miss it and go back to it.

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76
drank 2007 cnnp 6581 brick by CNNP
198 tasting notes

Did this one with short steeps water at boiling. I have had this one for a while in the pumidor. It has an almost flowery tart aroma to it. It was a very tightly compressed brick so I may have under leafed the cup. It tuned out pretty mellow with just a hint of orange color to it attesting that the aging is working ever so slowly since this is a brick. It has a light metallic taste to it with a sweet aftertaste to it. It is almost a slight flower aftertaste. Not the best but very drinkable sheng. For the money I paid I think it is an excellent performer in that category. I was kind of hesitant to try this after seeing it since it does have stems and rough looking leaves in it but I think it turned out pretty good.

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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