Hi-Tech Raw Puerh Tea Dragon Ball Rolled Puerh

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Pu Erh Tea
Flavors
Bitter, Grass, Green Melons, Hay, Pepper, Stonefruits, Sweet, Apricot
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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 oz / 110 ml

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  • Sheng Olympiad 2017 I’m happy to be able to participate in the Sheng Olympiad this year. Last year, as I started involving myself in the tea community via Steepster, I have also...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I bought three of these to see how the differed, and I never posted the review. If ya care enough for a long read, go ahead!: Ball 1: The balls are super tightly compressed, so I can’t get...” Read full tasting note
    Haveteawilltravel 453 tasting notes
  • “I believe each one of these are different… Anyways, this smelled good even before the brew which made me happy. The result came in as a nice semi sweet brew over and over. Not as delicate as...” Read full tasting note
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Knowing the nature of these balls, came into this session with no expectations. Poured boiling water from high above to rinse, let the leaves sit for awhile and then did one more short rinse. First steep was pretty weak in flavor, but once the ball opened up I got a nice balance of sweet and very, very light bitterness. Nothing super distinct, but still good! I have a couple more of these so I look forward to seeing how they differ.

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Sheng Olympiad 2017

I’m happy to be able to participate in the Sheng Olympiad this year. Last year, as I started involving myself in the tea community via Steepster, I have also learned about LP and his group buys. Fortunately, I was able to participate in this one, so I’m quite excited to get start digging into these samples. :)

This is the first tea from the Sheng Olympiad to be had. I must say that I’ve been considering whether or not to purchase a Hi-Tech ball from YS eventually; however, I was happy to see that LP had included it in the Sheng Olympiad.

Notes: The tea started out quite sweet, with notes of apricot, honey, and stone fruits. After a few steeps in, I had noticed that the tea had subtle astringent floral notes in the back of the throat. The flavor lingered for a bit, but it was the kind of this is good feeling.

Side note: My three-year-old nephew wanted to try some tea, but I think he mainly wanted to play with the tea pets. When I told him to tell me what he thought about the tea, he took a sip, said, “Mmmm. Another cup please.” So, I think even children can give this tea a thumbs up, so to speak.

It’s great having a good cup of tea with others; especially one with a child who is completely new to tea, and yet can start out drinking the good stuff. My sister believes that tea is an obscure thing, and that there is no such thing as “relationships built on tea;” however, with the simple cup that her son had shared with me, had proven that people can and do bond together over tea. There is such a wonderful place in this community, and I’m utterly grateful to have had the opportunity to grow in such a wonderful community, with great people to share tea, stories, and experiences with. And maybe as my nephew grows up, he can start sharing tea with me more often, and realize that there’s no better way to bond than over a cup—or perhaps playing with tea pets as normal tea people do. :)

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Roswell Strange

Your nephew is adorable.

Gotta get ’em hooked early, too ;)

S.G. Sanders

Yeah, by age five, I’ll have him mastering the gaiwan. :P

Indigobloom

Too cute!!

Super Starling!

People can bond over ANYTHING. I knew people who enjoyed “mailboxing” together, which is the activity of driving around with a baseball bat and destroying people’s mailboxes. For fun, apparently. Bonding.

Tea is approximately one million times better than that, or nearly anything a five-year-old might get up to. Hopefully your bonding with him will give him positive experiences with an adult that will lead him to not grow up into the type of adult that, for example, mailboxes.

Nattie

Ah, the pillars of society.

S.G. Sanders

Super Starling,

I think having tea with my nephew can and is a good way for us to bond. He himself lives in an area where there’s a lot of violence, drug trafficking, etc. I think allowing him the opportunity to have a cup of tea, in an environment that is safe, would be best for him.As my sister believes there is no such thing as a community that surrounds itself on tea, I am here as proof to prove her wrong. And by that simple gift of tea, I’d like to give my nephew the essence of hope. At three, he may see it as an opportunity to play with tea pets, or to drink tea because his uncle drinks tea; whatever the reason may be, I’m attempting to take him away from the chaos that surrounds his neighborhood/community, and shed some light into his life. He and my sister come into our area quite often, for despite it not being rich, it’s safe for her and my nephew. And community through tea can be that little bridge that brings the light into his life. :)

Super Starling!

I see it as not so much about the tea, per se, but about having a positive experience with a loving adult.

And tea pets. I’m willing to bet that the tea pets are totally a draw.

I’m still on the lookout for the perfect tea pet for myself, and I’m 32.

mrmopar

I think you are doing a fantastic thing. I am hoping my grandson will take to the same principles. Part it trying to spend more time with him than I got with my boys growing up. Long hours and usually 6 days a week back then.

S.G. Sanders

I hope you’ll get that opportunity to bond and share with your grandson, mrmopar. I’m sure it’d be nice for you both to have the time together. :)

I think I might give him his own tea pet, Super Starling. Crimson Lotus has a tiny toad tea pet, and my nephew loves frogs/toads. However, I might hang onto it until he’s old enough to further season it himself. haha.

mrmopar

He already knows the factories and shapes of puerh. He is getting pretty good at gong fu.

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453 tasting notes

I bought three of these to see how the differed, and I never posted the review.
If ya care enough for a long read, go ahead!:

Ball 1:
The balls are super tightly compressed, so I can’t get much aroma of this one. I think I smell dry wood or hay, with a dash of spice. I warmed up my gaiwan and plopped the pebble inside. The aroma opens up to vegetal, sage, and other herbaceous scents. I washed this twice and prepped for brewing. The taste is odd but sweet, heavy, and full. The aftertaste has a pepper kuwei bitterness. I described this one as “muted”, “overpowered”, or “blocked”. The taste was sweet with some tang, and it was very vegetal and peppery. However, the leaves give off an intense fruity scent. The taste was nothing to write home about. Honestly, I had trouble differentiating between the flavors. They didn’t meld well. On the other hand, the qi was incredibly heavy! It’s a definiete stoner tea; I actually almost passed out.

Ball 2:
Same case as before, but I picked up some silky greens (?) from a sniff. I warmed the brewer up and popped this inside. The character was sweet with some smoke. The leaves are darker and have a mahogany aroma. I washed them twice and brewed away. The taste was bright and airy with bitter greens and a lot of sweet fruit. The astringency was present, but it wasn’t too overwhelming. A cooling sensation appeared and it was a nice feeling at the back of my throat, and it followed down to my chest. However, a direct lemon note appeared, and the brief citrus wiped clean all flavors. The brew went dull, and a overwhelming bad qi feeling took over. The feeling was crippling, and it hurt my stomach.

Ball 3:
Same as Ball 1, except I got cooked greens as well. Again, warm pot place ball inside. The scent is sweet like an yiwu, but it also has a few flat tones. I swooshed the ball around and gave it another sniff, and I picked up an odd plain tone; it smelled off clean plastic. Another swoosh, and I picked up some dark honey, and bitter prune. Odd. I washed the ball twice and scorched away. The taste was bittersweet with a nice huigan. I could hint at some mouth dryning, but it was otherwise smooth. The taste reminded of lincang material. The brew becomes grassy and begetal bitter. The sweetness would be comparable to a green melon. The brew fades with an oak drying bitter. I didn’t hint at any qi with this one.

All and all, I didn’t care too much for these; however, they make good travel buddies.

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Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Green Melons, Hay, Pepper, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 OZ / 100 ML
Dustin

What makes them hi-tech? Such a funny term to use for tea!

Haveteawilltravel

“Hi-Tech (aka 高科技) refers to a 2012 cake we pressed which was never for sale. Each cake was unique because it’s made up of 3 years of mao cha samples all blended together.”

Cwyn

This is something about your reviews I find puzzling, with so many flavor notes I am confused how such a complex flavor profile concludes with a negative assessment. I can understand a negative experience with something this green, but isn’t there room for aging here with base material as complex as this?

Haveteawilltravel

I use my tasting notes generously. A review saying “sweet”, “grassy”, or “woody” is of no interest of reference. I should start stating this to clarify that im really “pulling the needle from the haystack”. Also, I drink for feeling, if the tea doesn’t make my body feel good, then I don’t view it positively. Lastly, I wouldn’t see “dragon balls” as proper aging material or even worth ageing. I see these as a drink now sort of tea.

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I believe each one of these are different…

Anyways, this smelled good even before the brew which made me happy. The result came in as a nice semi sweet brew over and over. Not as delicate as CLT or even W2T Smooch (which surprised me), but it’s a solid material that has depth that comes through in the later steeps. These seems to be good as young as they are with those sweet notes and vibrancy of the raw pu’erh in there.

AllanK

I don’t think that each Dragon Ball is necessarily different but there will be differences in larger amounts. Something like this I think. They are made I believe from different sample batches. You could get two alike or two completely different.

Liquid Proust

I think they are pretty different…
“The Hi Tech Dragon Ball is the same idea as the 2012 Hi-Tech cake and is made up of all our good mao cha samples from late 2012 until 2015. We get alot of mao cha to evaluate and even the ones we absolutely love there is no way we can ever drink all that mao cha. We took the mao cha samples and blended all of them together which gave us about 13 kg of mao cha, enough to make about 1600 of these Dragon Balls. Each one will be unique since it’s impossible to harmonize/blend hundreds of samples together with equal amounts of each, especially in an 8 gram ball like this which will have many teas represented in it, but certainly not all. Don’t expect consistencty in taste and aroma, but you can expect they will be enjoyable!”

mrmopar

Each one is a different little animal waiting for the water to be poured on.

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1541 tasting notes

This tea is pretty tasty. It was weak in the first infusion because the tea needed to open up. Starting in the second infusion it was good. It was both bitter and sweet in all truth. It was fairly smooth though. This was at least as good in my opinion as Misty Peaks rolled puerh. Yunnan Sourcing says however that there will be a lot of variation in these. They are not from one single source so the next one might be better, might be worst, might be spectacular. This one was nice. It had the classic notes of young sheng, apricots and stonefruits.

I brewed one dragon ball or 8.2g leaf in a 120ml gaiwan with boiling water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. I could have gotten a couple more steeps out of the leaves if I hadn’t hit my caffeine limit.

Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
__Morgana__

What makes it Hi-Tech?

AllanK

Not really sure, that is what Yunnan Sourcing calls it.

Rasseru

there was a cake called hi tech, I think its the same tea. not sure why that was called hi tech though :)

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