253 Tasting Notes

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Crimson Lotus Tea

Now you got me wanting to give this one a try again.

Crimson Lotus Tea

Also, some of this material is in Hidden Song this year.

tea123

I want to try it for that tropical fruit.

mrmopar

You should try it again! Yum Yum..

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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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Haveteawilltravel

mmmm Bulang :)

Kirkoneill1988

a bit pungent , viscous with notes of grass, bitter and sweetness with some nuttiness

i might not try this one if its pungent

Kirkoneill1988

forgot to put "’s for the quote

tea123

I have yet to try Bulang.

mrmopar

@tea123 you should explore it for sure. LBZ has gotten so expensive and I am glad people are finding other interesting tea from other areas.

Kirkoneill1988

I shall order a cake from a shop in vancouver

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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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
mrmopar

The evergreen note was not available in the data base for flavors.

Cwyn

Glad to see you are back in the Saddle of Storage and Sheng. May the gut bombs be with you.

mrmopar

No bombs just some taste buds that have gone without a while.

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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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sil should pull this one out to try tomorrow – you’ve inspired me :)
mrmopar

Sil, you should.I liked how quickly this went sweet.I actually did 2 days of it. I got weaker the second day but really nice overall.

Sil

oh nice!

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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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Haveteawilltravel

Have you tried their slumbering dragon? It looks beyond amazing :)

tea-junkie

Can’t wait to try mine. I have to wait about a week, I have family in from out of town.

mrmopar

Haven’t had the slumbering dragon yet. I know the Bulang Shan was good. I should have bought 2 of them.

Haveteawilltravel

I’m considering getting some of the Bulang and Slumbering dragon. CLT talked of the powerful qi, and that just about sold me.

MzPriss

My cake of this JUST got here and I’m so excited. I already had a sample of the Hidden Song cake which lead me to buying a cake of that and after reading this, I threw in the Whispering Sunshine too. The Hidden Song is DELICIOUS!

mrmopar

MzP told you.

MzPriss

You did! I’m loving this shou too. I’m busting into the Sunshine one tomorrow. Did you get mail?

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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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Backlogging on this a bit.
This one jumped out at me and said open me up.
I got the usual 10 grams out and decided to put this one in the Yixing.
I gave a quick rinse and actually this one sat a few hours till I got to it.
I did 3 quick steeps to fill up my big old mug. The aroma of the steeped leaf was a bit floral. The brew is still a light gold as I haven’t stored this one as long. The taste was pretty nice. A little bitter some light peach notes and a pretty quick to give the sweetness up. Not too bold or strong but one that should age into a good drinker in time. It does have some pretty nice leaf in there and isn’t a rock hard compressed bing.

Flavors: Bitter, Peach, Sweet

Preparation
10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I pulled this from the “pumidor” to check it’s progress.
I got 10 grams out and gave a quick rinse to wake it up. Brewed in the easy gaiwan, the color looks a bit darker than the first time. The color really came after the second steep. The bitterness in this is pretty strong. It kind of overwhelms the palate a bit and goes a bit to the slightly sweet after some time. This one is still growing and needs more time to mellow out a bit.
A re-taste in a year hopefully will show a bit more progress.

Flavors: Biting, Bitter, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Cwyn

Hang in there mr. M, I just drank something from your pumidor on Sunday that by comparison topped three other storages that day.

mrmopar

Yeah this one hasn’t had a year in there yet. I can normally see the changes after about a year.

Haveteawilltravel

Your Gaiwan is 300ml??

Cwyn

Yeah he’s a REAL tea drunk. As opposed to all the pretenders out there.

mrmopar

Nah my gaiwan with 3 brews equals about 10 oz. I normally do 3 brews to my western “tea drunk” cup! I need a big shot of it when I drink it.

Haveteawilltravel

okay so 100ml Gaiwan xD So you mix the steepings?

mrmopar

Yep, mix all 3 into one cup.

Haveteawilltravel

huh, never heard of that before :)

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Breaking this out after about a year and a half in the “pumidor”. I remember this smelled nice and had a very light color to it.
I am back sometime later for a proper review.
First noticeable thing is this has become a bit more loose and easier to chip off. The color hasn’t seemed to vary that much on the dry leaf from what I remember.
I got about 10 grams off the brick to brew in the easy steeper that I have. I gave about a 10 second rinse due to the fact that bricks are more tightly pressed and take a bit longer for the water to get in there.
The rinse water actually looked a bit more amber than the green I recall. It is a 5 year old so it is still “teething and growing”.
I gave two 5 second steeps with about 5 ounces each. The brew is giving a scent of warm wet hay and a whisper of smoke. The tastes are of pine and some bitter that fades into a caramel touch of sweetness very quickly. A bit of astringency that leaves quickly. Swirling the tea in the mouth gives you that thick feel across the tongue.
A very nice brick from them and I think it is progressing along nicely.

Flavors: Bitter, Caramel, Pine, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
TeaBrat

I like Douji :)

tea123

Does this have lapsang souchong pine smoke?

mrmopar

No LS smoke, just a bit from the kill green wok roasting is my assumption.

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