Very light taste with little astringency and almost no bitterness. Cha qi is definitely present after one cup (3rd infusion). Dry-ish mouth feel and a lingering in the throat of grass. Not the most exciting tea, but it has character.
“Very light taste with little astringency and almost no bitterness. Cha qi is definitely present after one cup (3rd infusion). Dry-ish mouth feel and a lingering in the throat of grass. Not the most...” Read full tasting note
“This is my kind of sheng. Nice bold punchy flavor. Nice balance between sweet and bitter. Faint hint of floral. I like a little astringency sometimes. Good stuff.” Read full tasting note
“I’m starting to think that I need to start using two numbers to rate pu-erh tea. The first would be the flavor rating that I use for all other teas, and the second would be the psycho-active...” Read full tasting note
“This is a lovely sample from my TeaFF, MzPriss! Thanks, honeybelle! Method: 8 g, 6 oz, 200 degrees, rinse-10-15, sheng yixing, Goldie Aroma: sweet and fruity Flavor: Well the...” Read full tasting note
2010 Yunnan Sourcing “Big Snow Mountain” Raw 250g
Big Snow Mountain (大雪山) is one of two Big Snow mountains in Lincang prefecture. One is in Mengku county and the other is in Yong De county. Our material is entirely First Flush of Spring 2010 material from Yong De’s Big Snow Mountain. The environment from which this tea comes from is a natural un-managed tea garden filled with trees and tea bushes between 60 and 150 years old at an altitude of about 1800 meters on the south-western slope the mountain.
The tea itself is full of intense cha qi and is somewhat bitter and astringent. The mouth-feel is strong and fills and stimulates the mouth long after it has been drunk. There is a slight flower aroma that will become more obvious with aging. This is a tea to be aged for sure, with the needed strong and intense character to become a well-rounded and textured tea with each step of aging.
Stone-Pressed in the Month of May 2010.
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I’m starting to think that I need to start using two numbers to rate pu-erh tea. The first would be the flavor rating that I use for all other teas, and the second would be the psycho-active rating, or cha qi.
This tea is a great example. I don’t really like the taste, which is still pretty bitter at the 6th steep. However, halfway through this 6th cup (first cup this morning) I have this relaxing “buzz” going on that is probably what people talk about as “tea drunk”. I’m not going to provide a rating on steepster (or seriously propose a two-point system) but my internal rating system for pu-erh become based upon a combination of flavor with qi, but it would be better to use two numbers. This is not the only tea that I enjoyed for qi but didn’t care for in flavor. Of course, a few special teas have both.
So, on to this tea: It starts with a grassy flavor, which is my preference in a green-style tea, but with a little more veggie than I like to see. Very soon into a sip, a very powerful bitterness starts to build and it dominates the taste to the point where very little else is noticeable. I steeped at 185, which I would think would produce less bitterness than at boiling, or my ususal black tea temperature of 200. I’ll try at 175 degrees next time just to see if that makes a difference.
This is a lovely sample from my TeaFF, MzPriss! Thanks, honeybelle!
Method: 8 g, 6 oz, 200 degrees, rinse-10-15, sheng yixing, Goldie
Aroma: sweet and fruity
Flavor: Well the first two steeps are kicking my ass a bit. This is an interesting mix of very pleasant flavors with a sharp bitterness. It has a nice astringent finish. Some sips taste quite mild, and some are like a kick in the shin.
Steeps 3 and 4 are calmer. I have a little sheng glow going and the apricot notes are coming through nicely. I’m starting to feel a little tea woozy. Yay!
This one is definitely a keeper and I think it will age nicely and the initial bitterness will soften up.
I am fond of the teas from Big Snow Mountain (Da Xue Shan in Lincang) and have picked up a few different cakes over the past six months. My interest actually developed through the Mengku side of the mountain but this particular cake is made using Yong De leaf – dark almost black leaf with just a few brown buds mixed in. Very light and clear tea soup with an enticing aroma – a light flowery aroma. The mouth-feel is strong and fills and stimulates the mouth long after it has been drunk. The taste is very welcoming – smooth, a little green tea like, only the lightest touch of bitterness, just on the edge of sweetness, a nice lingering aftertaste. Bottom line: the tea offers a very nice fragrance with a smooth sip and solid Qi. This one is a keeper for sure and I’ve just ordered a cake since YS has a 15% off sale today.
Another sample from Scott at Yunnan Sourcing. The soup is a light gold in color with a nice floral smell. The taste has everything I like about a young Sheng: kuwei, astringency and an earthy/grassy taste with a hint of smoke. Unlike the 2012 Yunnan Sourcing “Impression” Raw Pu-erh tea cake that I sampled, this Sheng is very bold and I really like that. After two steepings I really wished that the astringency would back off a bit and the kuwei would step up a bit more. By steeping four I got what I asked for and the smoke flavor had also become more pronounced. If steepings one thru three had tasted like steepings four plus, this tea would have rated higher. An excellent Sheng that is at the top of my order list!!!!!!