162 Tasting Notes

75

Drinking this tea I couldn’t help but exclaim “Tastes like chicken!” Not as in it actually tastes like chicken, but as in it’s an excellent example of what a “very ok” sheng tastes like. It’s fairly bitter with a flavor thats slightly vegetal and green like parsley. Theres some honeyed sweetness, and the alcohol/gasoline scent that you get from a lot of fresh factory sheng. Theres a touch of apricot and tobacco, and just a hint of smoke. Brewing reveals chopped and shredded leaves. It’s a very ok tea.

Flavors: Grass, Honey, Parsley

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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76
drank Osmanthus Oolong by Oolong Inc
162 tasting notes

A free sample from Oolong Inc!

A good medium-dark roast oolong with a faint osmanthus scent. Roasty notes of wood and burnt sugar balanced with tangy and floral flavors. Osmanthus has an odd flavor to me, it reminds me a lot fresh jalapeno, without the spice

A pretty nice oolong, and at a price point that’s more than reasonable

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Osmanthus, Resin, Roasted, Tangy, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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90

From the Pu TTB

A nice slightly aged sheng thats lost most of its greenness. Sweet and herbaceous with notes of sugarcane, basil, and moss. Slightly vegetal and mineral with a floral rose quality. I liked this one quite a bit and decided to pick up a cake, it’s a good price for a tea with a little age behind its back.

Flavors: Earth, Herbaceous, Mineral, Moss, Raisins

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Kirkoneill1988

never found most of those notes in a sheng

hey, try a cake that’s 10+ years old! you will not be disappointed :D

tperez

It’s a pretty unique tasting one!

I’ve tried a few over 10 years but not many. The only one I have a cake of is the 2002 Yiwu Ancient Spirit from YS, it’s nice! I’ve been thinking about adding some more aged sheng to my collection, but its hard to find a good one that isn’t too expensive :(

Rasseru

Try a Xiaguan 8673 or 8653 from ’05 or ’06. The one I have took a while to air a bit but has a lovely strong aged flavour. Ive seen them in the $40 range

tperez

Thanks for the recommendation Rasseru, who sells those?

Rasseru

I bought from an ebay seller that is no longer in business.. I have the 8673. afaik the 8653 is only smaller grade leaves, such as this http://www.ebay.com/itm/2005-Yunnan-Xiaguan-8653-Raw-Pu-er-Tea-Free-Shipping-/221867756805?var=&hash=item793fd1f534 (a bit more expensive than I thought $64)

Kirkoneill1988

@tperez, sounds yummy, can you link me?

@rasseru, sounds awesome! does YS sell it? if so, can you link me?

tperez

Thanks Rasseru! I may have to try it

Kirk, its here http://yunnansourcing.com/en/otherfactories/1994-2002-yi-wu-ancient-spirit-raw-pu-erh-tea-cake-330-grams.html its nice and kind of camphor/spicy, the price has gone up a lot since I bought it though

Rasseru

I havent seen these cakes on YS, but berryleb has a good reputation here for selling decent puerh. The ones I have bought have all been good.

Kirkoneill1988

Thanks guys

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86

From the Pu TTB

Thick and sweet with only slight wuo dui. Date sweetness, a bit of cacao, and somewhat herbaceous like dried basil. A nice damp wood sort of ripe pu.

Flavors: Cocoa, Dates, Herbaceous

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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88

Resuming notes from the Pu TTB!

Light and green with notes of sugarcane, tobacco, corn, and a slight smokey gasoline note. Later steeps get thick and sweet, slightly spicy and herbaceous. This tea was very comparable to Menghai Dayi cakes and Yunnan Sourcing’s Impressions cake; solid, quality tea for daily drinking. Comparably I’d say a 7542 is the most bitter/powerful, YS Imprressions most flavorful, while the MC&A had the best body/thickness.

Flavors: Green, Sugarcane, Tobacco

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
ashmanra

Oh my, gasoline!

tperez

Hehe, I don’t know how else to describe it, but there’s a flavor in some young sheng that reminds me of the gas station!

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85
drank Aged Beauty 1979 by J-TEA
162 tasting notes

From the aged oolong group buy

This one is really interesting. Tastes like I pulled a fresh beet out of the ground and juiced it

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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96

Nice gold-orange liquer. Bitter with tobacco, piney, and apricot notes, camphor and sugarcane. I enjoy this one a lot and may have to pick up a cake! I could use some more aged/semi aged sheng in my collection and this is a pretty nice one

Flavors: Apricot, Camphor, Pine, Sugarcane, Tobacco

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Kirkoneill1988

i notice people taste tobacco a lot. i don’t taste that… is this a raw (sheng) puerh? if so do you think it could really be campfire smoke? or bbq smoke?

tperez

This is sheng
The tobacco taste isn’t really smoke, more like smelling pipe tobacco or a case of cigars

Kirkoneill1988

hmm i never really smelled/tasted that before

Kirkoneill1988

in tea i mean

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96

The early steeps are thick and sweet with a strong honeyed flavor. Mineral and mossy notes with a floral touch that reminds me of lavender. Very nice and clean. Good infusability and strong, energizing qi feelings

Flavors: Lavender, Mineral, Moss, Sugarcane, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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90
drank 2014 Jingmai Raw by Mandala Tea
162 tasting notes

I didn’t write any notes while drinking this one, but this has got to have the strongest fruit taste of any sheng I’ve tried! To me the flavor like a mix of apricot, guava paste, and grape juice with some general floral, mineral and “sheng-y” notes. I don’t know how it would age, but it’s super mellow and enjoyable now

Flavors: Almond, Floral, Fruity, Mineral

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Kirkoneill1988

i shall try this someday

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My name is Thomas,

I’ve loved tea and coffee since I was little, but only started getting into the world of high quality teas about four years ago.

My favorites are pu’erhs, Yunnan blacks, and oolongs. I’m not much into flavored teas or jasmine/florals, but I love a good cup of chai or adding a spice or two to my teas sometimes.

Currently working on a degree in environmental sciences.

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