177 Tasting Notes

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I’ve never had a buckwheat tea before, but I certainly find this one enjoyable! Very clean and soothing with toasted grain, nut, and buttery notes and a light sweetness. The brewed kernals also make a nice snack. Since I have another sample packet left I think I’ll have to try mixing this with some green tea, maybe the Lu Shan Yun Wu

Flavors: Butter, Roasted Barley, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 6 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
TeaVivre

so curious about the taste if mixed with other teas.

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97

Tried this in the Pu TTB and ended up buying a three pack of shrooms! Starting out my birthday with a session of this nice shou. I think I have strep throat, but that’s not stopping me from enjoying some tea on my birthday.

The first steep has camphor, dark cocoa, and earthy notes with a slight fruityness. It’s really nice and clean, malty, and mineral.

Later steeps give a nice creamy texture and a prominent vanilla/spice note with hints of raisin and dense bread. There’s very little fermentation flavor.

Flavors: Creamy, Earth, Mineral, Vanilla

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

Happy birthday to you!

caile

Happy birthday!

AllanK

Saw this review and decided to buy it since Yunnan Sourcing is currently having a sale on ripe tea. Happy Birthday.

mrmopar

Happy birthday young man!

tperez

Thanks for the birthday wishes! I think you’ll like it Allan

TeaVivre

Happy birthday^^

looseTman

Hope you had a great birthday!

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90

A super interesting tea!

The dry leaves are huge! 50 grams came in the larger sized bag that normally fits 100. They’re purple and green and black and red with a musty aroma of pine and ripe fruit.

Brewing it up you get a warm yellow liquid with a floral aroma. There’s a fruity taste like peaches and white grapes, and slightly medicinal like pine and mint. It’s a soft and mellow brew that reminds me of fresh clothes out of the dryer. The taste is similar to YS’s Sundried Purple Buds but overall more enjoyable for me. The wet leaves are olive green to light brown with lots of bud sets.

Flavors: Floral, Mint, Peach, Pine, White Grapes

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
tanluwils

This has received some good reviews. Have you tried the Dehong purple raw pu’er? How would you compare the two?

tperez

I do have a purple Dehong brick! The raw puerh is much more bitter and powerful and medicinal tasting. This is more mellow and fruity, sort of like a purple Dehong sheng crossed with Bai Mudan

tanluwils

Nice! I do wish I had purchased that while it was on sale. But, I now have too much tea and am only purchasing things I’m only purchasing items I’m crazy about. This does seem like a curious tea!

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88

The dry leaves are small and wiry with lots of golden fur floating about, I think the furriest tea I’ve ever seen. It has a slight woodsmoke aroma. Malt, sweet potato, peat, lightly fruity and moderately smoky. Very mild with an excellent silky texture

Flavors: Cocoa, Peat, Smoke, Sweet Potatoes

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

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84
drank 2012 Bulang by The Essence of Tea
177 tasting notes

Brews a medium yellow-orange. Very earthy and woody definitely aged “beyond it’s years”. Thick and buttery with notes of pretzel, citrus, sandalwood, camphor, and vanilla. Slightly medicinal. Moderate honey sweetness and a fairly strong bitterness.

Part of me wants to like this tea a lot, but I get a sort of off putting note that reminds me of over-ripe oranges on a hot day. I suppose that’s a strange thing to taste, but I grew in Florida with an abandoned orange grove in the back yard. It had it’s perks; free oranges and the lovely scent of orange blossoms wafting though the air. It also had it’s downsides though; rotten fruit and rats and rattlesnakes thicker than your arm! Any way you put it the taste of this tea brings me back.

Flavors: Bitter, Camphor, Citrus, Honey, Vanilla, Wood

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

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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
177 tasting notes

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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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86

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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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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