214 Tasting Notes

83

Knocking this up a notch. Better on second day. It is a good one!

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79

Pretty light to be a sheng on the first steep. No astringency left at all in this one. Golden color brew. Nice fruity notes on this one. Sweet at the end.

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mrmopar

Second day the sweetness and honey is more pronounced. Very smooth almost a little light but alas I drink more shou than sheng so probably my taste buds causing this. It is rather enjoyable and I see it getting some more steeping s from it.

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83

Trying this for the first time since I obtained it. I will probably never drink all of this in my lifetime since it is a 1000 gram brick meant to age. It is a very tightly compacted brick and pretty tough to break into. It has a “dryness” on the tongue and an almost apricot taste with a light coffee taste. difficult to accurately describe but pretty good overall. you all know I am kind of a "shou puerh’ head. It is nice. Not one of the best but a good affordable tea per cup considering the size of the brick. Apricot, light roast coffee and a hint of woodiness. I will retry this on a second steep tomorrow and may adjust the notes a little.

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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85

Having this one again. Has been a while since the last time, but is still delivering a nice cup.The vanilla is still there in the background maybe muted a bit in the age process.

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DigniTea

I also enjoy this one.

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76

I guess this is a milestone for me. Three years or so ago who would have known i would have taken a liking to puerh tea. This is tasting note 100 for me. I got this a few years back and have been hesitant to get into it. I find most Xiaguan toucha to have the harshness, tobacco and smoke in the tasting notes. I have been surprised on this one . It still has a small amount of tobacco but the astringency factor is way down. It brews a golden hue with none of the green of a young sheng. It has a citrus lemon note to it. It is a fairly “thick” brew almost coating your tongue and inside cheeks with a touch of dryness. It almost gives some flavor note similar to an oolong with a touch of chrysanthemum. I still think it needs to mature a little bit more to smooth out, but it is on it’s way there. it has turned out to be a nice session. I hope the progression of this continues and in about a year i should re-taste this one.

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

HOORAY FOR MRMOPAR! 100 REVIEWS!!!I remember when you didn’t like writing much and now you’re like the Shakespeare of Puerh! (SHAKE-PU).

mrmopar

Thanks Bonnie! One day I will learn to write more. Still hard to explain things but I have been trying!

Bonnie

You’re doing great!

JC

Nice description! I agree about Xiaguan being harsh. I was reading up some articles not too long ago and it appears that even though Xiaguan always had a particular smoke/tobacco recently is stronger.I want to try one of those ‘before the change’ to see if is true and compare, but I haven’t found any reliable source on when it happened exactly. If I do I’ll pass on the info :)

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73

This is a well behaved young sheng. It brews up with an amber color as opposed to the green found in most young shengs. This leads me to believe some older maocha was blended in this cake. It has very little astringency, coats the tip and sides of the tongue with an almost citrusy oily feeling. This still does not have the depth of flavor that i would have expected. It is very light and does not have that “in your face I am sheng” to it. It has the minerally taste similar to some oolongs I have sampled. Lets hope it ages well.

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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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.

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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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