190 Tasting Notes

85

Brews a deep deep red. There’s a fair amount of fermentation flavor left, enough that I felt the need to give four rinses. But this tea definitely has it’s redeeming qualities. It’s very thick and creamy, almost buttery except that it’s more sweet than savory. There’s a strong and definite chocolate note, almost like drinking dark chocolate hot cocoa. This is a lower fermentation shou, and it has just a hint of a vegetal pumpkin flavor. Later steeps hint at raisin and ginseng. Overall a nice tea that should get much better with age.

Flavors: Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Mineral, Pumpkin, Raisins

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
tanluwils

Very interesting notes!

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94

A thick and bittersweet young sheng. Sweet honey, grain, apricot, mushroom, and hazelnut notes with a bitterness a bit like hops. Warm, sweet aroma lasts in the cup and in the mouth. Mouthfeel is thick and lubricating/oily. Qi is pleasant and noticeable for me. This is one of Scott’s lower priced cakes and in my opinion an exceptional deal!

Flavors: Apricot, Grain, Honey, Hops, Mushrooms, Nuts

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
JC

This sounds interesting! I need to try it.

tperez

It is! It was definitely a favorite out a bunch of low-ish priced YS sheng samples

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80

Brews a medium brown-orange. Flavors of wet wood, rocks, leather, and “old book smell.” Very thick and oily in the mouth with light bitterness. Later steeps are cleaner tasting with slight cocoa and red wine notes. Overall it’s ok. I’m not super wild about it, but I may buy a cake just because it’s hard to find a tea with so much aged character for so cheap. A good"daily drinker" aged cake.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Cocoa, Leather, Paper, Red Wine, Wet Rocks, Wet wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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98
drank 2014 New Amerykah 2 by White 2 Tea
190 tasting notes

From the Pu TTB:

Starts off super clean and refreshing. Moderate bitterness and florals. Notes of honey, rock sugar, and clorophyll. Actually more than moderate bitterness. Later steeps reveal hints of dry white wine and sandalwood. I enjoyed this one a lot, definitely among my top young sheng.

Flavors: Floral, Green, Honey, Mineral, White Wine

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

I drank this one prepared to find it super-bitter, and later realized I’d been reading notes about a previous year’s version. I thought this was pretty sweet.

tperez

Yeah definitely not as super bitter as I was expecting, but still more than average I think

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96

From the Pu TTB:

Very clean for its age. Mineral, camphor, and cocoa notes. Slight apricot fruityness, fall leaves. I felt that this had a strong cha qi that I could feel as tingling across my forehead

Flavors: Apricot, Camphor, Cocoa, Dry Grass, Mineral

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

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90

Can’t believe I never reviewed this one, maybe Steepster ate my note? Anyways I’ve had this one since 2012, and while I have to say I think it was better fresh, it’s still a very enjoyable brew. Four years of Florida storage has turned the broth a nice yellow-orange. The most prominent feature of the taste is a strong, vegetal sugarcane sweetness. There’s some apricot, mushroom, and spice notes with just a little bitterness. Very thick mouthfeel and good lasting sweetness in the mouth.

Flavors: Apricot, Mushrooms, Spices, Sugarcane, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
aardvarkcheeselog

> Four years of Florida storage

Where in FL?

> I have to say I think it was better fresh

I have heard a theory that young sheng that is tasty goes stale after a few years and gets boring, because the fresh flowery stuff is gone but the mature tastes haven’t started to appear. This seems plausible to me: maybe that’s what’s going on with your tea?

tperez

Clearwater, near Tampa

That sounds plausible, it’s lost some of the desirable “fresh” traits but not yet gained much of an aged taste

aardvarkcheeselog

Do you store your tea under A/C?

I have about convinced myself that my garage should be about perfect.

tperez

I store in A/C, but I take my tea boxes outside every once in a while. Are you in Florida too? I’m afraid that my garage would be too hot and humid

aardvarkcheeselog

I’m over on the right coast, about halfway between Boca and West Palm. I was afraid the garage would bee too hot but have convinced myself otherwise. I’ve got it stacked on a shelf against a wall opposite the big door… it’s cooler there.

mrmopar

Tea hoarders….. ;P

tperez

I try Mr. M :P

mrmopar

You have had a good er, maybe not so good teacher….

Wocket

Such modesty! I think you’re a silent force behind the North American pu revolution! We may be few, but we’re growing. :)

mrmopar

We are growing for sure, as well as our stash/ collections…

Cwyn

I thought the Qiu Yun was 2013, did Scott make this more than one year?

tperez

I think it was just 2012 but I’m not sure

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90

Broad, course leaves loosely compressed. Strongly mineral and earthy taste with raisin, cocoa, and petrichor notes. No noticeable fermentation flavor left. The taste is thin and clean, not a thick and creamy sort of shou. Slight sweet/tart ginseng/dried cherry note. A really nice pu for the price!

Flavors: Cherry, Cocoa, Mineral, petrichor, Raisins

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
92
drank Amber Oolong by Mountain Tea
190 tasting notes

Tightly rolled medium brown leaves. Brews and amber color. Has a fruity pineapple note as well as hints of roasted barley, pistachio, brown sugar, cannabis, cream, and cinnamon. A nice medium roasted oolong.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cannabis, Cinnamon, Cream, Nuts, Pineapple, Roasted Barley

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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88

Creamy texture. Buttery, sweet, wet earth. Indistinct fruityness, brown sugar and wood. Very slightly smoky finish

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Creamy, Dark Wood, Wet Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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87

A classic dry stored cake, brews yellow-orange. Still slightly bitter with notes of kale, honey, and coriander. Slightly floral and citric.

Flavors: Coriander, Floral, Herbaceous, Honey, Kale, Lemon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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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.

Other than tea I’m a nature lover, guitar picker, and unabashed nerd.

My Rating Scale:
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90-94 Pretty darn good
80-89 Nice
70-79 Decent
50-69 Potable
0-50: Blech.

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