280 Tasting Notes
Getting this one out from the 2016 Sheng Olympics Package.
I opened this up and weighed 7 grams out from it. Saving the other half for a later session. Kudos to LP on breaking this one. Much better than I do it.
The dry leaf doesn’t seem to punch you with much aroma. Maybe a little Summer hay or something. I got the Gaiwan out and gave a quick rinse. That seemed to bring the notes out. It has the young sheng notes we all know. Warm wet hay vegetal with some hints of floral to it.
I did 3 quick steeps in a big mug as it is still hard to move with the leg. The color was a light yellow. Not much of the green edge that some have.
The sips on the tongue give hints of citrus and pine and the back edge has some sweetness.This one hits the tip and middle of the tongue and seems a touch thin but seems to thicken up in the mouth. The brew is very clear and has a clean finish. It loses a bit of the thickness as the cup cools a bit. This one does leave you tasting it for a while and the Hui Gan is present a bit even in this young tea.
I think this is in line with the other HLH products. Most that I have had have been processed and stored well and this in no exception.
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Hay, Pine, Sweet, Vegetal
Getting this one out to try tonight. Seems to be a nice little cake. The leaf in this one when breaking of the cake are really small, almost tiny compared to most of what I drink.
I got about 10 grams off the cake and tossed it in the gaiwan. I gave it a rinse and opened it up just to inhale a bit of the steam. The steam came across as almost a steamed snow pea aroma. I let it sit for about 15 minutes before brewing.
I started with 5 second brews on this one. The color comes out golden meaning it has aged a bit. The aroma is a bit hard to pin down on the brew. Tasting it A bit tart with maybe a whisper of bitter and smoke in the background. That quickly fades out and goes slightly sweet. It has some of the tobacco in there as well. For a second or so I thought this may be a bit thin but it comes in subtle at first and washes across the tongue. I will not say oily but thickening as the sip lingers in the mouth. I would almost say a bit of grape skin in there somewhere. I thought this might have been a bit delicate but it is much stronger than that. There is aso a bit of pepper in there as well as the sip fades.
Flavors: Bitter, Grapes, Peas, Smoke, Sweet, Tobacco
Had a nice session with this over a couple of nights. I really didn’t take down notes as I just enjoyed it for what it was. A simple tea . Brewed simply and enjoyed greatly. In times of controversy about sources and ages this is still a well sourced one. Hand picked and processed in good order as testament of the spent leaves.
Breaking this out to compare to the ‘Classic Tuo’.
Got about 11 grams of this out as well. I gave a rinse and let it sit a while before brewing to absorb some of the water.
I did short steeps and compared the color of mine from the website. The one I have brews a bit darker that the picture. This one is softer and a bit silky in the mouth. There is a touch of minty cooling with this one and the sweet that lingers is more pronounced. It gives some hints of a touch of a bitter bite only briefly. The damp aroma led me to believe there was some smoke in it but it doesn’t come across the palate. There is another note I am trying to figure out. Maybe just a hint of wood in there. Solid to have and drink and I am going to be sure and save the wrapper and red ribbon inside.
Flavors: Bitter, Mint, Smoke, Sweet, Wood
Pulling this out tonight. I just remembered how hard these little tuos are compressed. I unwrapped it and put it in the breaking tray and attacked it with the big needle.
I managed to get 11 grams out, a little more than I usually brew , and got the gaiwan out.
I gave the tea a rinse that actually showed some color to it and went brewing.
I steeped about 5 seconds 3 times and went in a big cup.
The tea brews up with some hints of smoke and some greeness in the aroma. The brew is a nice surprise in the color department. It is a nice amber like a dark style honey. There may be a touch of cloudy in the brew but sometimes the tea has to settle a bit after pressing.
Sips on this give some smoke and some of the tobacco that many young shengs have.
The tea is active and getting to a thick state. It hits mainly the front tip and middle if the tongue. It has a full hit of the bitter that causes a minutes pucker and goes softer and making you salivate a bit.
Over all this is a good example of a well aged middle year sheng. Not being wet as some are with the mustiness but not super sharp like a dry stored product. Looking on the store site and this was stored loose which I am sure has helped it age a bit quicker than teas from this year.
Flavors: Bitter, Green, Smoke, Tobacco
Breaking this out today.
I picked off 10 grams and gave a wash. The leaf carries a touch of smoke in the aroma in the Gaiwan.
I let it sit a few minutes before brewing.
The brew is somewhere between dark green and light golden. I think it has aged a bit since I have had it.
The aroma of the brew almost has a mineral, wet rock note to it.
The first sips are the punchy tip of the tongue with a fair amount of bitter to it. There are some hints of mint and pine just for a second lingering around. There is a medium level of the tobacco note in there as well. The tea held in the front part of the mouth feels almost viscous. This is nice and strong without being too harsh as some young teas can be. I don’t mind the heavy bitter and tobacco up front but this isn’t a hard hitter as some.
The first three infusions have gone well and I shall continue.
Flavors: Bitter, Mineral, Pine, Thick, Tobacco
Getting this one out after having it a while. I am surprised I haven’t logged it yet.
I got out 9.9 grams to start with. I know a little off what I normally brew. I finally retired the old scale to the grand son for one that has a back-light to it.
I gave it a quick rinse and a wait of about 15 minutes to wake up a bit.
The first brew was about 5 seconds. The color is looking promising as it is getting closer to a light gold color. It has a heavy tobacco note in the initial sip. This one tends to hit the middle of the tongue. Some are at the tip or the end but this is at the middle.
Taken in small sips this tea is almost viscous. There are some subdued sweet notes in there but this is quick on the Ku Wei. I guess some would say its a bit astringent as of yet. This one is near Mang Fei which is known for bitterness. This one leaves a nice proactive finish after the sips.
I bought this along with the Wu Jia Zhai and I look forward to comparing it to this.
$30.00 a cake makes it a bargain for me.
Flavors: Bitter, Sweet, Thick, Tobacco
Finally get to pull this one out of storage.
This cake is double wrapped and compressed like crazy. I had to break out the big pick on this one.
I pulled 10 grams out and gave it a rinse to open up a bit. The first 3 steeps were about 5 seconds each and combined into my big mug. The tea has decent body to it. The tongue is alive a bit as well. There is a touch of humid and it goes very sweet at the finish.
Next 3 were about 5 seconds as well and combined. I had let the leaf sit about an hour by this time. There is a little of the smoke and some of the nice bitterness is coming out as the humid part fades away. It is an almost sharp metallic hit in there somewhere. It is still alive and keeping the tongue alive and almost numb. This is till young at 4 years and is reminiscent of the other small sourced Bulangs I have drank. I think this has a bit more hit to it and I think this will be a wow tea in 5 more years, it is quite good now.
I haven’t had the Qui effect but it is still early . It does warm you as you drink it.
Steeped in the gaiwan.
Flavors: Bitter, Metallic, Smoke, Sweet
Pulling this out after some time in the pumidor.
I remember some about this from the last time. The color seems to be about the same. The tea itself is coming along. It seems to have some more oomph in there. You can get the light notes of the camphor floating around in there along with some evergreen and the punch of the bitter is a bit more pronounced. The bitter hangs on the tip and sides of the tongue and subsides to a savory almost herbal note with just hints of sweetness to it. I have done 2 different sessions in the last 2 days of this one. It seemed I couldn’t put it down or maybe I was too full of turkey to get another out.
Good drinking none the less.