245 Tasting Notes

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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Breaking this one out to try tonight. I am very intrigued by this one as I like Bada’s a bit. This tea is packed cylinder style and I picked off 10 grams to try. The leaf is very nice on this one. It has a nice greenish hay aroma of the dry leaf.
I did a quick rinse in the easy gaiwan to brew this with. Very nice aroma, the green puerh aroma comes through and then an aroma that smells very sweet on this one.
The brew is a nice dark golden color in the cup. The aroma is very nice on this one, makes me want to dive in on it.
The brew is nice. It is very thick, almost syrupy thick. . The bitter is there but it goes sweet very quickly. It has just the slightest touch of the smokiness left , but just the slightest hint. The aroma on the brewed leaf is really fantastic. The aromatics of this one will hit you hard. Makes you want to toss back the whole cup at once. Really impressed by this one.
I have really enjoyed this and been glad got enough to have at a later date. Well done on the tea production and the one who found it.

Flavors: Bitter, Hay, Smoke, Sweet

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

This should read as “Bada Shan Shengtai”. The site is acting up a bit.

Cwyn

Bada Beeng.

Stephanie

LOL Cwyn

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Bought this a while back as my tastes are gravitating to the older stuff sometimes lately.
I opened the pack and got the aroma of soft hay like we used to stack in the barns in Summer.
The leaf was in good shape. Long twisty and wiry looking. i put it in the easy steeper to start out with. I gave a very quick rinse and the musty aroma of a tea of this age appeared.
I did two very quick steeps under 5 seconds each to start out. The brew gave a nice amber gold glow that spoke of it’s age. The sips gave a touch of mustiness of the old book many of these had that left quickly. The sweetness of this one came out very quick in the sips. The notes hinted at white peaches and stone fruits. I plan to steep this a while and sit back and relax a while with this one. No off notes of excess humidity or off storage. Just the hints at first that tell the story of this teas age. Nice, sweet with the fruit notes that make you keep sipping away. not an aggressive one but the nice subtle notes keep you going on this one.

Flavors: Hay, Peach, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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I am breaking this out, the third of four samples that Wymm.
I have brewed all of the samples from them in a neutral glass vessel. I think this is the best way to get a handle to the “essence” of the tea on your first tasting.
I gave a really quick rinse to this one just to wake it a bit. It has a nice green tea and musky aroma to it. The sips are warm, grassy and buttery with the honey sweetness coming through . It has a slight touch of bitter that dwells for a second goes and drifts back in as well. What has really impressed me is the sweet of this seems to dance about a while after drinking it. This has no smoke at all in it. I would say it has been processed with pride. I have had 8 good infusions so far and i will keep going as long as I can with this one. I am up to 20 second steeps and still getting some goodness.

Flavors: Bitter, Butter, Grass, Green, Honey, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Cwyn

Agreed on the glass, porcelain gaiwan for me.

Lion

I found that in later infusions (beyond 10) you could even ramp it up to 5 minutes and beyond and get really mild, sweet, flavorful infusions.

TeaBrat

I am bummed that I missed these samples!

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As it seems our dashboard is working I can finally get this one in. This came in from Wymm as a generous sample.
I dropped it in the easy steeper and gave a short 5 second wash to start out. First brew also at 5 seconds. A nice orchid/floral aroma comes off this one from the cup. The color is a light golden honey color. I get into the cup and finally a Jingmai that is strong and sweet and no overly citrus y.
I usually don’t have a pen-chance for Jingmai tea for this reason. This is one that goes in the other direction. It has a good mouth-feel to it. Very thick across the tongue. It has a nice floral note that drifts into sweetness. This is no doubt first flush Spring tea as it has vigor to it. A nice sense of calm after drinking this and it has gone a cup or two a day for three days now. Nice tea.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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This tea was gifted by Tashi and Sgrodka to myself and other Steepsters out there. A generous offer to our community and I wish to say thanks for the chance.

This tea was sent in a very nice pouch of paper that had me scrambling to identify it on the Wymm Tea site. I found out when I opened the pouch the type of tea it was. No second picks so I will go with this one.
The sample weighed in at 6 grams so I went with my small (5oz.) steeper. The tea was washed for about 5 seconds and then I started steeping. The brew was very light on the first brew as I thought since it was a very quick steep. The aroma of a faint peach smell came off the brew. First sip a bit stronger than I would have expected for a young tea. It carries a good amount of bitterness that turns into a steamed vegetable note with a touch of saltiness to it. Second steeps bring more punch from the bitterness and the color is starting to get a bit darker as well.
It is a strong drink after the initial early steeps . I pulled some leaf out and it seems to be 2 leafs and a bud on the ones with stems I pulled out. Very strong Spring tea and and complex. I would say this would be a great tea to put away for a few years years I think it will be a shining star in your cupboard.

Flavors: Bitter, Peach, Salt, Vegetables

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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I bought this on a whim after reading the description of it. Even better it was over 10 years old so the age was excellent for the price. I plunked down and got 100 grams on my latest order. Big chunks came in the bag. You could pull the tea off in layers from these chunks.
I got 10 grams out to use and quickly rinsed it.
First brew, the color is very light akin to a white tea more than a puerh. The aroma has just a whisper of a grassy note. Bracing myself as the description says not every one will like this. Very vegetal and a pine sap taste to it. Anyone ever cutting wood has had those pine chips hit you this is almost what the taste is.
Taking a sip and letting stay in the mouth before swallowing it exudes a vibrancy that is not belied by its color. I believe it amps up some more with some thickness and saltiness added to it. I believe over steeped this would become very strong and bitter. I believe it could turn out strong and turpentine akin to a Lao Mane tea.
The cake chunks were very interesting looking almost like a tea flower cake if you have ever seen one.
Interesting some sheng notes and I would say mainly puerh drinkers would find this to their liking.

Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Pine, Vegetal

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

I have been wondering about this tea, the description on the YS website “It’s a great tea, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea” was big initial turn off for me. I appreciate you sharing your experience, I enjoy wood tones in my tea so I will have to try this out.

mrmopar

bellmont it is a quite different experience for sure.

tea123

Amped up review. Thanks.

TeaBrat

I have a tea flower cake but I’ve only drank it a few times.

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This is a very amazing tea for its age. It has the strong camphor shot of a tea twice its age.It is a bit earthy but the punch on this one is really good. Sorry for the short note as I will try to add to this on an evening that I have a bit more time. Reminiscent of a 9 year old loose maocha from a different seller. Definite aged tea in a good price range for those that enjoy the earth and camphor.

Flavors: Camphor, Earth, Musty

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 19 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
bellmont

If I may ask, which 9 year maocha does it remind you of?

mrmopar

bellmont it was one from the teaurchin shop. the 2006 Yiwu.

TeaBrat

nice, where did you get this from?

mrmopar

It came as a swap from a good friend. I think you can get it from Chawang shop or Pentaxian on Ebay at this link.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/191454529585?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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