286 Tasting Notes
I finally found the time to properly review this after drinking it for the last 2 days.
I let this one sit a while as it had a 5 week trip to me.
I got a little over 10 grams out to start and gave a quick rinse. The initial aroma has a slight floral note to it. The tea itself brews a slight amber golden in the cup. The first sips come in full in the front part of the mouth with some slight bitterness that fades into an edamame or fresh picked snow pea note.
Sipping the tea and holding it a few seconds the thickness comes in and the tea has a stronger bitter note. A few minutes after drinking this you can still feel the pucker factor going on.
I looked through some of the spent leaves and found good full leaf with thick veins on many of them. The bitter isn’t like a young tree bitter but quite a bit softer and subdued. The tea is a softer tea that would be a good intro easing someone into a stronger more bitter tea. A starter as some would say.
I brewed this in a 230 ml shiboridashi as this has become a favorite brew vessel lately.
Flavors: Beany, Bitter, Floral, Thick
Bringing this out tonight. I have to say that I failed to open this up to breathe when I got it in. Nannuo is a bit forgiving though.
I pulled 10 grams out to start with. The pouch had a chunk at just about the right weight and in it went. I gave a 6 or 7 second wash as the chunk wasn’t broken up to let the water in. I gave it a good 10 minute rest to let it take some water in.
There are some nice looking wet leaf in there. I started the brewing in a 200ml vessel. I gave a 5 second steep twice into my cup. I pulled back the top of the brew vessel imhaled the aroma on the lid and then in the shiboridashi, (aren’t you glad I got that right boychik!) and inhaled the wet leaf . An entirely different type of aroma. More vegetal and not as sweet as the first from the lid.
The tea color is a bright yellow. It carries the citrus pine mix that I find in a lot of puerh cha. It does have a bit of thickness in the front of the mouth. It carries some bitter but in an active way it seems. The bit of tingling on the front of the gums is there for a second or two.
On the second brew the tea has a quite bit more pronounced bitter to it. The leaves are mainly whole and this is a good grade above a general factory cake.
I have a little head buzzing going on but as I am eating late I wanted to sneak this one in before dinner. A decent quality tea. One that I wish I could get a cake of but alas my buying has been cut back by she who now holds the credit card.
Flavors: Bitter, Sweet, Thick, Vegetal
Having this one from the Sheng Olympics buy. I am brewing heavy, almost 12 grams as the new tea vessel is 200ml. A bit more leaf than usual.
Starting out I gave this one a rinse and a good 30 minute wait to brew it. I did inhale the wet leaf and the honey sweet and grassy aroma was there.
Good notes on the storage as this is right. The sips bring a bit of the light tobacco to the table that goes sweet almost instantly. The liquor is think in the front part of the mouth. The feel is good and it brings the salivation in early.
Sipping and pausing between sips it still goes on. It does have a bit of the drying aspect if you pause long enough. This is likely to be the tea not stored wet. No mustiness or off flavors and one rinse got it going good. Some stone fruit notes similar to an apricot as well.
Flavors: Drying, Grass, Honey, Stonefruits, Sweet, Tobacco
I am finally getting to pull this one out after getting a few weeks ago.
I got 10 grams out and rinsed in the gaiwan to start with. The brew is a light gold and the aromatics of this is really nice. It seems to have a lot of aroma to it.
It has a semi thick viscosity to it that hits the front and middle of the tongue with hints of bitter that drifts into sweet at the back of the tongue. I can totally get the green tomato in this as others have noted. This is a big tossup of activity when you drink it. The brew seems to give some of the mouth tingle in there as well.
Another small village that we are lucky to drink from their productions.
Flavors: Bitter, Sweet, Tangy, Thick
Getting this from the Sheng Olympics box.
I pulled the whole sample out to brew this one, a tad under 10 grams.
I got out the and gave a rinse and let it sit for a few minutes. I started out with a 5 second steep and did 3 for the big cup. The brew comes out with a nice gold color. The aroma belies a bit of humidity but not overly powerful.
The sips have a little smoky, just the least bit, and a bit of sheng sharpness with a touch of mineral on the front. The front to middle part of the tongue is where this one seems to go. The mineral goes to a sweet finish. It carries through with some camphor and mintiness in there as well. A nice warming tea on a cold Winter evening.
Flavors: Camphor, Mineral, Mint, Smoke, Sweet
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.