1577 Tasting Notes

100

Drinking this one again. I guess the question now is how is it doing in my storage. I don’t feel the teat has degraded in what is fairly low humidity. I don’t know exactly what it is but it cannot be higher than 50% or so if that much. It seems to me that shou is not as susceptible to low humidity as sheng. This one tastes really good with a bittersweet note at the start and a fair amount of fermentation flavor. Neither of these notes lasted too long and were replaced by a sweet note. Sort of a dry fruit note. I am noticing a little bit of astringency, just a very small amount. This is good tea and for the price I paid it had better be.

I brewed this twelve times in a 160ml solid silver teapot with 14.6g 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, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 minutes. I could have gotten a few more steeps out of these leaves.

Preparation
Boiling 14 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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85

This is a fairly nice tasting semi aged sheng. It had not developed the notes of leather and tobacco although there was a very, very faint trace of that. It had what I would have to call a sweet note but I am not sure how to characterize it. Not sweet in the sense of sugar mind you. Overall I liked this tea more than a lot of other ten year old sheng I have tried.

I steeped this tea ten times in a 150ml gaiwan with 9.2g 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, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 minute. I could have gotten a few more steeps out of this but ten steeps was enough for me.

Preparation
Boiling 9 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
S.G. Sanders

I’ll have to look this one up. Bulang is a tea that is often sought out by myself. There are many instances where I’ve found Bulang to be on the top of my list. And this one seems complex, which i like in a tea, too.

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85

This is a very nice ripe from Puerhshop. It was sweet with little bitterness. There was a fair amount of fermentation taste but it wasn’t overpowering or funky tasting. It was dark and rich in the early infusions. One might even say notes of chocolate but I am not completely sure on that note as I wasn’t paying attention to the specifics but was just enjoying the tea. This tea while I wouldn’t call it phenomenal was quite good. And a bargain for the price I think of just $21 for a bing.

I steeped the tea twelve times in a 150ml gaiwan with 10.2g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped if for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 minutes.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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65

This tea started off with a very herbal and grassy taste. Couldn’t pin it down to a particular herb and it was not all together positive. This lasted well into the sixth steep. After that it was a little bit better. It did not develop a taste of apricots or that sort of thing. I guess I could say it got sweeter. But overall this tea was not as good as the Bing Dao I reviewed from Meimei Fine Teas the other day.

I brewed this ten times in a 150ml gaiwan with 9.7g leaf and 190degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min.

Flavors: Grass, Herbaceous

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 9 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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99

Drinking this again to see if I still like it as much as before. This is a truly phenomenal tea in my opinion. It had no real bitterness. It had a sweet note from the beginning. I was not paying close attention but I thinnk you could say there were some chocolate notes in this. There were no negative notes of any kind. That is somewhat rare for a 10 year old tea. This is a very expensive tea. It is perhaps the most expensive bing in my collection gram for gram. He does sell sample sizes on this and i definitely recommend one. I gave this fourteen steeps in a 100ml teapot with 8g leaf and I am doubtful that I would have gotten any more steeps. But fourteen good steeps is pretty respectable.

I steeped this tea fourteen times in a 100ml teapot with 8g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steepedit for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 mini, 1.5 min, 2 min, 2.5 min,and 3 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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85

This was a very tasty ripe tea by Puerhshop. It started out with a sweet note and no real bitterness. It did have a fair amount of fermentation flavor but that flavor was not the unpleasant sort and it certainly was not fishy. It was dark and rich in the early steeps. By the twelfth steep it had thinned out a bit but there was still a nice color to it. I suspect I would have gotten between two and four more steeps out of it. It was very good but not spectacular.

I brewed this in a 150ml gaiwan with 11g 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, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 minutes.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 11 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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93

This is an excellent tea from Meimei Fine Teas. It was very sweet from the first steep with little bitterness and just a bit of astringency. There was a bit of a sour not probably indicating dry storage but it wasn’t strong and didn’t last more than two steeps. Overall I think this an excellent young raw to drink now. I have no idea how it will age. As it is a Bing Dao tea it was somewhat expensive but I decided to take a chance on it. I think you could use the words apricot and stonefruit to describe the sweet notes. This is the sort of raw I really like. I have no idea how it will age.

I brewed this tea ten times in a 150ml gaiwan with 8.7g leaf and 190 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 minute.

Flavors: Apricot, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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94

This is an excellent but pricy tea from Meimei Fine Teas. I wouldn’t have bought this at the tea festival the other day but the woman sampled it for me and I thought it fantastic. There is no mustiness, no fermentation taste at all. I underleafed the leaf a bit because I think that is how she brewed it at the tea festival. It was very good with little bitterness and a nice sweet note from the beginning until the end.

After the way I was treated at the tea festival this will be my last time attending. The owner of the festival doesn’t hire professional security but big black street toughs. When I was done with my purchases I went in to use the bathroom. I was in the bathroom five minutes when security came banging on the door demanding I get out. I told them to go away but they persisted and continued threatening me. A couple of minutes later I got out and these thugs had called the owner of the fair over. I asked him if it was his policy to harass people for using the bathroom and he said yes. At this point I called him an asshole. Despite the fact that he could see I had made hundreds of dollars in purchases he proceded to throw me out of the convention. And his thugs followed me around until I left. I will be posting later asking for people on Steepster to Boycott this convention until I receive a public apology from the owner of the convention.

I brewed this tea ten times in a 160ml silver teapot with 10.1g 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, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 minute.

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 10 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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87

This is overall a very nice tea. It was bittersweet in the start. The bitterness was not too strong or too long lasting. There was a fair amount of fermentation flavor. There may have been some chocolate notes but I wasn’t paying close attention to the specifics. Just the fact that it evolved into a nice sweet tea. I think I can say that by the twelfth steep it had developed a bit of a fruity taste although I could not pin it down to a specific fruit. Overall I really liked this tea. It has been so long since I have drank the loose of this tea that I couldn’t tell you how they compare. This one is definitely worth picking up a cake.

I steeped this twelve times in a 150ml Ru Kiln Shui Ping teapot with 13g leaf. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 minutes. There were maybe three or four steeps left in the tea but twelve was enough for me.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 13 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Kirkoneill1988

added to my wishlist

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Bought this a while ago from Yunnan Sourcing. Just getting around to trying it. I suppose some people would really like this tea. Those who like the aged flavors generally described as leather and tobacco would really like this one. However what it is doing for me is reminding me that I almost never like a semi aged sheng. I have never had an authentic aged sheng meaning something over 25 years old so I don’t know if I would like that. Started brewing this at boiling. Then four steeps in I switched to 190 degrees hoping the negative flavors would dissipate. They did not. I am finding that I like young sheng, not semi aged sheng. I keep buying ten year old sheng hoping to come across one I really like but I haven’t found one yet that I liked for the taste. The Yang QIng Hao teas I did like but more for their strong cha qi than their taste.

I brewed this ten times in a 150ml gaiwan with 10g leaf and starting with boiling water, then switching to 190 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 minute.

Flavors: Leather, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Kirkoneill1988

look up on ys: 2003 cnnp mengsong iron cake (i forget the full name)

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I am Allan. I live and work in Long Island, New York. I have been amassing a tea collection for nearly two years and have spent way too much money. I now try to buy mostly Puerh as I like it most and it lasts nearly forever. Black tea has a habit of going bad. If anyone is interested in tea swaps I am open to ideas and have quite a cupboard.

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