252 Tasting Notes
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
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
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
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
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
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
Got this out to celebrate with tonight. Been saving this.
I got the pack out the box even has a picture of the tea inside. Nice packaging points given.
The dry leaf has a bit of the old book aroma to it. The leaf is an almost pitch color.
I tossed it in the Gaiwan and did a quick rinse. The wash looked very dark so I will steep this quick 2 to 3 seconds. The color is a light gold and I had expected a darker brew from a tea of this age. I would think dry stored. The aroma is a bit musky with a bit of campfire in there as well. This may have been due to the makers still doing hand processing instead of machine. The taste is smoky a good sharp citrus flavor and a good hit of bitter, I have had 6 steeps and this one is still doing well holding up. The Cha Qui of this one is slowly creeping in and I am getting some of the cooling and camphor notes.
A great tea to celebrate with. The car re-build went well and the Dyno results are in.
410 horsepower at the wheel and 448 ft lbs. of torque. For the goal of 500 hp. on pump gas has been met! Come on Summer!
Flavors: Citrus, Smoke, Tannic
Got this from a tea pal a while back and figured I should get to it. I have drank more sheng here lately but time to get the shou on.
I pulled 10 grams of this and put it in the Yixing to brew.I gave 2 5 seconds washes to get it going. It brews a nice dark color from the cup. The brew is very clean without a bunch stuff caught in the strainer. The aroma has that shou scent but not overpowering. It gives hints of caramel, raisins, some chocolate/cocoa and a bit of woodiness. The mouthfeel is very nice and very smooth. Bulang tea makes some really good shou and this fits that category perfectly. No wou dei and a perfect tea for last night and I am on it again this morning.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Raisins, Wood