This ripe from Aliexpress King Tea is insanely delicious. This is the best young ripe I have had in a long time. At least as good as anything comparable I’ve had from Menghai Tea Factory. Chen Sheng Hao is known for their raw Banzhang teas but this ripe is good. It was think and sweet in the early steeps with little or no bitterness. There were I think notes of chocolate in there as well as a fruity flavor in later steeps. I noted some notes of spice in there too, but only moderate notes. There was a fair amount of fermentation flavor in the early steeps as this is only a 2013 tea but there was no funk or fishy taste at all. I am really tempted to buy a tong of this tea. Aliexpress King Tea has this about $25 cheaper than EBay at least.
I steeped this eight times in a 180ml teapot with 12g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. It was difficult to stop drinking this tea at eight steeps but I have to limit my caffeine. I think this tea would go fifteen steeps if pushed.
Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Fruity, Spices, Sweet