42 Tasting Notes

70

I don’t know whether this is a shu or a sheng. Is this what sheng becomes after 17 years of aging? It’s not as potent and fishy as most of the shu I drink. It seems slightly smokey, but not nearly as smokey as the young sheng I’ve had.

The flavor is subtle and a little grassy, but I enjoy it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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68
drank 2011 Dashu Bulang by White 2 Tea
42 tasting notes

Fairly smokey and a little bitter. I think I’m still not a fan of sheng.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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91

I really like this tea. It’s reminiscent of a silver needle white tea (tastes soft and fuzzy), but it’s rich like a black tea.

I brewed 4 grams in my 4 oz. gaiwan, starting at about 8 seconds for the first steeping.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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76
drank Houjicha Ichiban by Steepster
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This is my favorite Japanese tea so far. It has the roasted flavor of genmaicha but doesn’t have the grassy flavor I usually associate with Japanese green teas.

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80

This is one of my new favorite oolongs. It’s very malty, like some of my favorite black teas but with more body.

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66

Chrysanthemums helped bring out more of the flavor. I also think this tea benefits from more tea (or less water) while steeping.

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52

Smells sweet and smokey. It’s not too bland but not very bold. It’s a little too bitter for my taste. It’s not my favorite, but it’s not bad.

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76

The leaves of this one are very long. Usually I associate sheng with campfire smoke, but this one smells more like tobacco to me. From the strong smell, I expected this to taste more bitter and less sweet. It tastes smokey, but smooth and slightly fruity.

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68
drank 2011 Dashu Bulang by White 2 Tea
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81

I really like the flavor of this shu. It smells kind of nutty to me and the flavor reminds me slightly of yerba mate.

Trey

I enjoyed this most with about 8 grams of tea for a 4 ounce gaiwan. I like this one best steeped strong and without chrysanthemum.

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