1755 Tasting Notes
Bought this to see if it was as good as the Teavana Mango Black tea. The best I can say is it is different. The Teavana tea was a lighter colored brew with more mango flavor to it. This has a stronger black tea element and a nice mango taste. I think it will be good iced too. I was curious to see if Starbucks would be selling anything from the now defunct Teavana as they still own the rights. Currently they are only selling prepared tea under the Teavana name, a few pre bottled as iced teas and a few hot that I think they make from a tea bag. I don’t think Starbucks being a coffee company ever understood tea and the tea markets around this country and abroad. I had hoped they might carry the rock sugar but so far no dice.
This is a fairly nice tea with a bittersweet start. There were some notes of mushroom and woodsy notes in the first few steeps. This slowly turned sweeter, with a bit of a fruity tang by the eighth steep. Not bad at all when you consider the price, $28 for three 250g mushroom tuos. I did not notice too much in the way of fermentation flavor to this one although that is not to say it has cleared.
I brewed this eight times in a 160ml Jian Shui teapot with 13g leaf. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 sec.
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Earth, Mushrooms, Sweet
This is excellent tea considering the price of $12. It had little bitterness even in the first steep with a sort of muted sweetness, just a very light sweet note without a bitter background note. There was some fermentation taste but I didn’t notice it all that much. A few steeps in a note that I would describe as dry grapes emerged that only lasted about two or three steeps. Then it was back to a muted sweetness. This tea was quite the find for the price. While certainly not as good as a $100 shou brick from someone like Hai Lang Hao it was incredible considering the price. This is one I would definitely buy again if I run out of it.
I steeped this tea eight times in a 207ml Taiwan Clay Teapot with 17.5g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 seconds. Going to go back and steep it a few more times for some photos.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet, White Grapes
Drinking this tea for a second time. It is still quite good. This time I didn’t get any bitter notes but sweet notes from the first steep. I felt some cha qi from the tea but not as much as last time. Thhs was a fairly complex tea with different notes emerging as I resteeped it. I still give this tea high marks. It was not quite as lasting as the LBZ ripe. This one was a blend of Xin Ban Zhang and nearby towns leaf.
I steeped this tea 24 times in a 50ml porcelain teapot with 5.4g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 7 sec, 7 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 10 sec, 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 15 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 20 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 25 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 30 sec, and 30 sec. There is no doubt that I could get another four or five steepings out of this with longer times.
Drinking one today that Moylor sent as a free gift. I didn’t realize just how inexpensive the brick was on there site, less than $3. Fot that price I would normally expect an absolutely terrible tea but this one was fairly good overall. It had a strong fermentation taste that lasted through at least five steeps. It also had a case of disappearing mold. One photo of the tea it appeared moldy to the camera. But a took another photo in better light and there was no mold. I only steeped this six times but will steep it again for some pictures of my teaware.
I steeped this six times in a 180ml Yixing Teapot with 12g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 sec.
Drinking this again, for the third time. The second time I drank it Steepster was down so I could not post a review. I overleafed it a bit today to see just how much I could get out of this tea. I used 9g in a 70ml teapot. It went 34 steeps without getting too watery. It still had a nice amber color in the 34th steep. It started of a nice dark black color and held this color for about 25 steeps. Around the 26th or 27th steep it evolved into an amber colored tea, but still nice tasting. This was one of the most complex ripe teas I have drank. It started out quite bitter. So bitter I didn’t really notice the fermentation taste. This slowly changed into a sweet note after a good amount of steeps. In the end it was a mildly sweet tea that had not lost too much of it’s flavor. I did steep it 34 times. This is the most I have taken any tea. The last three steeps I put aside to photograph my tea session. This is without a doubt the best new ripe I have drank. And as to qi, it was quite potent up until the 12th or 14th steep then it was not noticeable. I only wish I could have afforded two of these. It is definitely on my list to buy another. It is in my opinion the rarest of teas. No one generally makes LBZ material into ripe tea. BUt with Hai Lang Hao and Yunnan Sourcing I trust that it is exactly that. The fact that this tea went 34 steeps is further proof of it’s origin.
I steeped this 34 times in a 70ml teapot with 9g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 7 sec, 7 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec 15 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 20 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 25 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 30 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 45 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1 min, 1 min, 2 min, 2 min, 2min, 3 min, 3 min, and 4 min.
Flavors: Bitter, Sweet
Got this with my Black Friday order and am just getting around to it now. It was a fairly nice tea with little if any bitterness and a fair amount of fermentation flavor. That flavor was a little unpleasant but in no way fishy. In any case it didn’t last and this became a nice perhaps you would say easy drinking ripe puerh with a nice mildly sweet flavor profile. I didn’t really get the flavor notes specifically as I made a phone call in the middle of the session. Months ago I have given a gongfu set to a friend of mine and a couple of teas, some ripe puerh and some oolong. He had not tried them yet. To be honest I was calling to convince him it was worth a try. I would be a shame if all the money I spent was wasted and he didn’t use the tea set. This was a nice tea in any case.
I steeped this nine times in a 140ml Yixing Teapot with 12g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 15 sec, and 20 seconds.
This is a relatively nice tea from Chawangshop. It was not terribly expensive but as I recall not dirt cheap either. It was fairly bittersweet at the start with a fair amount of fermentation flavor. Both the bitter note and the fermentation took four or five steeps to steep out, leaving a fairly nice, semi sweet ripe puerh. I tried the same ratio of leaf to water that worked so well for the LBZ ripe tea from the other day, 1g to 10ml. It was too much tea for this one. This one would have been better with at least a 1g to 15ml ratio. Still there was a good taste to this by the eighth steep. I think if I took this to twelve steeps it would develop a fruity character, or if I had used less leaf probably by the eighth steep.
I steeped this eight times in a 160ml Yixing teapot with 16g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 7 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, and 10 sec.
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Earth, Sweet