1111 Tasting Notes


I’m not actually drinking this tea currently as I only have one serving left and I am HOARDING IT! On that note I would like to ask if anyone has tried any teas that are NOT sold out that taste similar to this one :)



The following tea from Yunnan Sourcing is very good. Not sure how it compares but it’s good.


Cool Alan I think I have some of that one on the way!

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This one is still extremely unique and tasty!

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This is so good…why do I keep falling in love with samples of $100+ cakes I can’t afford :(

Terri HarpLady

That is our way :)


+1 for expensive tastes :P


One day you will afford it, though, right?? :D


If it happens like last time KiwiDelight, they will sell out before I save up. The Guafengzai I was in love with is out of stock weeps for GFZ


it is just learning experience. i cannot drink only pu i can afford.


Hmmm, Christmas bonus?

Maybe I shouldn’t try to rationalize.


This is a very fine tea!




Agreed, love the $$$ stuff as well!


I can find cheap shou that is delicious, but I oh do I love expensive young sheng!


Let’s buy this cake! =D


I DO think I want to put together a group order!


I’ve not yet had the pleasure of tasting Tea Urchin pu’erh. What about this sheng made you fall in love with it?


LooseTman they will make you a set of samples for $30 if you shoot them an email! That’s how I got addicted :) This particular one I really like for its complexity and pleasant bitterness. It also has a wonderful energy. I just feel good when I drink it! My favorite cake from them that is not sold out is the Miles Birthday blend, I’d really really like to get a couple of people to go in on a cake of THAT one with me! :D


Yeah, I HAVE to get more of that Miles cake before it sells out…I need at least one other person to go in on it with me though :(


If you really liked their 2012 Guafengzhai, they’re supposedly pressing a Guafengzhai cake this year again.. Should be 200g. Maybe more affordable?

Doug F

This was one of my favorites too, along with the Lao Man E


Thanks for the tip jschergen!

Doug F I have a sample of that, too, I should revisit it soon :)

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I got a sample of this in a swap with Liquid Proust. As with other Lao Cang minis I am very impressed! This makes me want to just throw away the jasmine sheng minis I got from Teavivre…they are so tempermental and can get bitter. This one is not! SO SWEET!

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I finished my sample of this Ost sent me AGES ago this afternoon. It is still quite tasty! Really hit the spot today :)

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Yum! Rich and earthy shou! Very creamy and clean tasting too. Slightly sweet. This is a shou anyone could enjoy I think.

Thanks again to the good folks Crimson Lotus for letting me taste your teas! They were all extremely enjoyable.



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I was SO happy to finally get to try this tea yesterday! I was shocked at how tightly packed and dense this little planet is.

I took many photos on Instagram https://instagram.com/p/3TyUHvRh1S/

This is what it looked like after the first rinse https://instagram.com/p/3TzRuZRh3r/

This was the first steep I actually drank https://instagram.com/p/3T2Lj3Rh-I/ And it was so delicious! Soup was very thick. Pleasantly bitter in early steeps but never astringent. Super creamy. The honey scent and flavor built with each steep…glorious stuff!

https://instagram.com/p/3T-S—xh_5/ This tea gave me such a great sheng buzz all afternoon yesterday. Really good sheng puts me in a GREAT mood! These planets might seem pricey but they are definitely worth it as a special treat. I’m putting more in my shopping cart for sure! Thanks again Glen and Lamu :)


I have a gaiwan very similar to yours, actually the same, that I got from Amazon long ago. I was wondering does your lid not quite fit snugly onto the inner rim?

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Thank you for the sample Glenn and Lamu!

I don’t think I have ever had a sheng this fresh before. The dry leaf scent reminds me of a fresh green with just a hint of that fruity vibe shengs can have.

Early steeps are like a cross between a fresh green and a sheng. Nice and sweet and vegetal with a shengy tanginess. It leaves a long lingering taste in the back of my throat. Definitely tastes like spring!

I might be imagining it but I got the FAINTEST hint of smoke from an early steep. Really enjoyable and gave me lots of energy today :)

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My last WymmTea sheng sample :)

This is another winner in my book. First steeps were gloriously floral and became sweeter as they went along. Definitely my kind of sheng!

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Thank you for the sample WymmTea

I had a lot of trouble with this one. The first few steeps were dominated by a sour note that just didn’t agree with me. I noticed others noted a sour cherry note so I guess that must be it? I finally found a later steep when it had sweetened up I could actually enjoy, but all in all I would say that this is not a sheng for me!

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Graphic artist, printmaker, lover of tea.

I love pretty much every type of tea camellia sinensis can produce. I like herbal teas sometimes but I can’t stand rooibos. I’m recently becoming a puerh addict.

Butiki, Verdant, Mandala, TeaVivre, Yunnan Sourcing, TeaUrchin, White2Tea and Den’s are my favorite online retailers so far.


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