My study aid for the afternoon. Deeeelicous!
See previous notes for details. Angel food cake anyone?
“My study aid for the afternoon. Deeeelicous! See previous notes for details. Angel food cake anyone?” Read full tasting note
“The fifth and sadly last sample from Jerry. This is the most densely packed of the samples. Pulling enough tea off the cake took some effort. The dry leaf is dark and is the most shredded of all...” Read full tasting note
“This tea surprised me a little. I found it to have sweet taste and after taste. I did not find the flavor very strong. But I did get some astringency. I am intrigued-more than anything. I am glad...” Read full tasting note
“First steep: a bit earthily floral, if that makes sense. With a green factor. Second steep: a Very roasted taste Third steep: very earthy with slight fish to it Fourth steep: a bit bitter with...” Read full tasting note
2011 Douji “Hong Shang Dou” Raw Puerh Tea Cake
Material: Spring Tea from Meng Zhuan, Youle & Mengsong area
Aroma – Thick & Mellow
Flavor – Very smooth and sweet at start, bitterness gets strong on the 3rd & 4th brew when drinking, than slowly fade away back to sweetness! Superb!
Soup – Thick and Soft when drinking
Recommend tea, a really good price and quality tea!
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The fifth and sadly last sample from Jerry. This is the most densely packed of the samples. Pulling enough tea off the cake took some effort. The dry leaf is dark and is the most shredded of all the samples. 2g of leaf and near boiling. 10s wash. 45s steep. The wet leaf is dark olive/brown and grassy as was the dry. The liquor in the cup is between a deep rich gold and a copper color.
The first cup is difficult to describe. It’s not overly earthy, grassy. It’s not fishy, bitter, or syrupy. The best I can do is say it is a comfortingly mellow and it makes the sides of my tongue tingle. The first cup is not as complex as most of the others, but I am ok with that on a Monday morning, as it is a warm and happy cup. Cup 2, the leaf was spinachy. The brew is still mellow, no tingle, slightly grassy, more complex, or maybe I am just awake now. 3rd cup very slight fishiness. 4th or 5th cup (lost track) developed a bit of a coppery taste. This is the first tea I have experienced the liquid feeling not syrup but thick. Will revisit this tomorrow with more steeps.
I am really excited that I wrote the above before reading any of the comments or descriptions of this tea. It tells me my tasting skills are progressing.
First steep: a bit earthily floral, if that makes sense. With a green factor.
Second steep: a Very roasted taste
Third steep: very earthy with slight fish to it
Fourth steep: a bit bitter with earthy finish
Fifth steep: eathiness is much lighter. a tiny bit astringent.
And so on.
This is a good pu-erh and much lighter than most I’ve had.
Overall: This tea is not a typical Puerh tea in our opinion, we are accustomed to a much more earthy pungent tea. This tea is very gentle and gives out a faint sweet aroma. There is a hint of bitter on the tongue and it initially brings a floral flavor. We recommend a longer than shorter steep (approximately 9 minutes). 1st steep was the best in our opinion but keep in mind we are fans of earthy strong tea.
1st steep (one of two trials)- 9 minute steep 1.5 tsp/1 cup 96*C
-light color (coppery)
-aroma not-earthy, sweet
-after-taste is bitter and lasts a while
-initial-taste strong but disperses into a medley of flavors (algae very small hint of fish and floral )
-very good but not the Puerh that we are familiar with
1st steep (two of two trials)- 5 minute steep 1.5 tsp/1 cup 96*C
-light color (golden)
-light fresh smell (almost like green tea)
-initial taste, lightly bitter, disappears quickly
-slight almost floral after-taste
-does not taste like Puerh, however refreshing
2nd steep (two of two trials)- 15 minute steep 1.5 tsp/1 cup 96*C
-very little taste, slightly tart compared to bitter taste of first steep, more floral than first tea
-very faint after-taste (more of a gentile tea), reminiscence of what the first steep used to be
-same color as first five-minute tea (golden)
3rd steep (two of two trials)- 15 minute steep 1.5 tsp/1 cup 96*C
-very similar to the 2nd steep, lost much of it’s flavor.