256 Tasting Notes
Got this one out for brewing tonight. I picked 9 grams off for the gaiwan. I gave a quick rinse and then 3 quick steeps as fast as I could pour.
The liquid is a very light yellow color. It has an almost tropical aroma as some one mentioned. Vaguely like an aroma of pineapple.
The tea is mineral and vegetal in the first cup. There is some light citrus and it has a medium body mouth feel to it.
Second steep(s), The tea opens up a bit more. It has a bitter punch that goes sweet and back to a faint bitterness. It starts to give a little tongue buzz on the tip and sides. Just a wisp of smokiness in there as well. Very nice leaf opening up in the gawain.
Flavors: Bitter, Mineral, Pineapple, Smoke, Sweet, Vegetal
I guess I’m the first review on this one. I had a friend mention it in a blog and another had it in their cupboard and another post on how good this shop was. I agree.
I got 10 grams out and gave a quick rinse. I did 3 steepings and put them in a big western mug. I read the sellers description and started sipping.
The brew is light golden in the cup. First sip gave a touch of bitterness that faded quickly a wisp of smoke and the closest note I can find is cotton candy on the taste buds. It gives a bit of tingle on the tongue as well. The 3-6 steeps were as far as I got today but the bitterness is increasing in the later steeps.
This is a very interesting tea for sure.
Flavors: Bitter, Cotton Candy, Smoke
This one kind of fell out of the pumidor so I guess it’s up tonight.
I pulled about 11 grams off and went with the easy steeper as my other brewing implements are currently occupied. Love me some vacation tea drinking time. It rained about all day here so I am sipping away waiting for a busy outside work day tomorrow.
I remember trying this when I first got it. I don;t recall thinking a lot about it as I wanted to more or less age this one. I have bad habit of picking off some leaf from each new cake and leaving it in the wrapper to see how the aging will progress, much like storing loose maocha I suppose.
I gave a quick rinse and let it sit a while.
First brew yields a nice deep gold amber. This has become thick and buttery with a medium range of bitterness for me. The aroma is a bit musty and sweet. Hard to put a note on. The tea has good strength to it. My storage may have speeded up the changes but this one is getting better by far. It is complex and mouth filling . The sweetness creeps in as the bitter slowly fades away.
Probably shouldn’t be drinking this one as late a night but I am already 4 steeps fro 2 big cups into it already. Simple musings and I will drink away. The empty cup still has the lingering floral musty aroma of this making me want another cup.
Flavors: Bitter, Butter, Floral, Musty, Sweet, Thick
Breaking this out of the pumi. I think it’s ready now.
I picked 8 grams off to brew in the Gaiwan. I gave a quick rinse and inhaled the aroma. Vegetal and sweet comes up from the Gaiwan.
I did 3 short steeps to start with. The tea is a pale yellow color when poured. It started a bit light and I increased the steep time to about 7 seconds and did three more for the big cup. The increased steep time amped it up. The tea has much more to it. It has a touch of bitter and then the sweetness arrives fast. I got notes of pineapple in this one. It does get a bit more of a bite as the brew cools a bit. It gives a little buzz on the tip of the tongue. It is a very subtle drink that seems to mellow me out a bit. The leaf hasn’t fully unrolled all the way after six steeps and I think there is more goodness to come.
Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Pineapple, Sweet
Been drinking a few times on this lately. Hard to find the words for it. I started with about 8 grams to brew in the Gaiwan. I gave a rinse and let it sit about thirty minutes before getting to it.
The brew is a light golden color. It has the warm grassy aroma to it. The drink itself is a bit pungent , viscous with notes of grass, bitter and sweetness with some nuttiness in there as well .
The thing I like is this one seems to really make me relax a bit. I feel nice and calm after having a cup of this. It seems to linger a while in the mouth and the state of relaxation. The leaf quality is really nice as I think this is a loose stored maocha. I guess the Bulang stuff has fascinated me for a while and this is another in that category.
Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Nutty, Sweet
I got this out to brew tonight. Time to get after things again. It has been a hiatus but time to brew again. I got 10 grams of this out. The leaf is very full, not many broken pieces just good looking dry leaf. Dry leaf has a musky, and damp grass scent to it. I gave a quick rinse and let it sit a bit to open up. I brewed in the Gaiwan for this one short steeps to start. The brew is a light golden. Taste is much thicker than the brew. It seems to be an almost cross between Lao Man ’e and Mang fei. It has a great punch to it. Some bitterness can be expected as it is still young. It takes a few sips to get the full effect. The bitter and bite seems to go and lingers with evergreen and wood notes in the background. Very clear brew on this and the strength of this makes me enjoy it much.
Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Wood
I got this as a sample provided by Wymm tea. I hate to be so late getting to it but family matters weighed heavy on me the last week.
I got this sample out and weighed it , 7 grams so I got out the gaiwan for it. I gave a quick rinse and let it set for about 15 mins.
Upon opening the gaiwan the aroma was really good. It had the aroma of wet grass and honey mixed. I gave a quick 5 second steep and started away to drink. It gave a nice light yellow color in the cup. I picked through the leaves letting it cool a bit. The leaf in this is really nice .Whole leaves with a couple on a stem with 2 leaves attached.
I got into the cup and the aroma was still hanging around. I sipped it and just an instant of tobacco bitter and then it went sweet really fast. No astringency or biting notes just soft, sweet and nice. No hints smoke or anything. Just a nice one. The sweet lasts a while on this and I can see why others noted apricots , they are in there with some nutty notes as well.
Nice well done.
Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Honey, Nutty, Sweet
Breaking this one out tonight. Got this about 4 days ago and finally getting to it.
I got 8 grams out and warmed the gaiwan for this one. After a quick rinse I let this sit a couple of hours. The aroma after the rinse was a nice vegetal type.
I went back after resting a few hours to brew. The leaf is very green in this almost like a TGY leaf in color , very vibrant green. I hit it with some hot water and a nice honey aroma is coming off this one. The brew is a very pale yellow. Almost the color of a white tea. It has the lovely pine sap and a little tobacco with some bitter and a nice sweet at the end.
This is nice and active with a vibrant mouth feel to it. It will rattle around the teeth a bit. The really nice aspect to this one with the mouth feel is the fantastic sweetness it brings. I gave my better half some to try and she liked it as well. (I am trying to butter her up for my inbound stuff.) I have noticed a touch of the bitter mixing with the sweet at the end.
Nice enjoyable, well sourced and produced.
I feel so lucky that I found this site about three years ago. I have met wonderful people and have gotten to know these guys that work so hard to get this stuff to us.
Hats off to them all, Glen, Paul, Scott, Garret and all you guys that find all these hidden gems in all these tea shops. Lets not forget the newcomers giving us good tea as well. I found a couple of new ones you may know them. Wymm, Nannuoshan, What-cha and Tribute teas. All contributing to our site.
Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Honey, Pine, Sweet
Go this on my last order to try as Jinggu teas can be quite good.
I broke out 10 grams and went with the gaiwan to brew with. I gave it a quick rinse and let it sit a few minutes to open up. I saw a recent post someone else had reflected on their way of letting the tea breathe before brewing fully. It is said to akin to opening a bottle of wine to breathe before you pour it. I think it works for puerh as well.
The tea, it brew up nicely aromatic with a nice golden yellow hue to it. Very clear in the cup. It is semi-thick with some bitterness at first. Just a whisp of the smoke is left in this and not really noticeable till after the swallow. It gives some buttery, salty creamy notes and seems to be active and stimulating. The notes of wet hay and floral are in there as well.
An interesting one and not bad for the price it is offered at. The leaf material can be seen opening up after a few infusions. Nice size some displaying a leaf and a bud on a stem in there. Nice pungent and pretty tasty. A nice sweetness in here as well.
Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Floral, Smoke, Sweet