189 Tasting Notes

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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86

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85
drank Aged Beauty 1979 by J-TEA
189 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
189 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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91

A nice shu with medicinal, ginseng, and date notes. Very sweet and mellow

Flavors: Dates, Medicinal

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

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99

From the Pu TTB

Very mellow, thick, and sweet. The early infusions have notes of mushroom, minerals, herbs, and green wood and a slight floral touch. A well balanced tea with a strong qi that became apparent by the third steep. Great mouthfeel as well

Later infusions taste very warm and clean with a nutmeg note and nice creamyness. Under the influence I noted that it tasted like “drinking liquid candle light”

A super nice young sheng; I don’t know how it could be much better. I experienced some sticker shock upon seeing the price, but I do think this is the best young sheng I’ve had

Flavors: Green Wood, Herbaceous, Mineral, Mushrooms, Nutmeg

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

I want this one..

Rasseru

Another shop where my wallet pulls me past whenever I look at it – mostly due to me wanting to try some authentic Bei Dou Yi Hao.

mrmopar

I agree. I have had some of their other stuff. Pretty good. The exchange rate is killer to your wallet though.

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86

A nice sheng with a fair amount of bitterness. Apricot, tobacco, and mint notes with a strong mouthwatering effect and qi

Flavors: Apricot, Mint, Tobacco

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

I like these notes very much in a sheng, but it just occurred to me that outside of the context of pu’re these notes really out there…lol

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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
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50-69 Potable
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