123 Tasting Notes

100
drank Hekai 2013 by pu-erh.sk
123 tasting notes

A very very strong tea! An intense, Hekai-typical bitterness (i.e. in contrast to the velvety bitterness of a Lao Man E or an aggresive-focused bitterness of a Bulang, this is rather a citrus-like bitterness) which, despite 5 years, still has a certain freshness, to which now, however, woody notes are added and the tea is heavier compared to a young Hekai. Only very late does the tea show its sweet, slightly lighter side. Altogether a quite coarse tea, which also has the “stable character”, which is very much appreciated by me.

Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2013-hekai-prsk

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Citrus, Leather, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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60

Clear and warm with slightly bitter astringent and above all woody notes. A nice semi-aged sheng, but surprisingly weak for a Naka, no comparison to the 2015 Naka by prSK.

Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2012-naka-tdc

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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60
drank 1999 Cangmi by Yang Qing Hao
123 tasting notes

All in all a rather light tea, which shines through ts typical yang-storage note and a nice camphor note, despite the subsequent pressing fortunately not too “dry” and with a calm, warm character. However, as far as body and Qi are concerned, there is hardly anything that can be tickled out of the tea – with a proper dosage and a longer brewing time one only strengthens the astringency.

Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/1999-cangmi-yqh

Flavors: Camphor, Leather, Wood

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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70

I’m a little torn over that tea: At the beginning very nice velvety texture and overall quite soft and balanced with floral notes, but quickly a rather dominant astringency comes to the surface, which I do not like so well.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2017-san-ceng-yun-ys

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Sweet

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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55

Very green and dominated by a bitter-astringent taste, but which at least gives the tea a nice texture.

Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2017-mengku-huang-shan-ys

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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85

Very well balanced mixture of spicy, discreet floral, bitter and astringent notes with pleasant stable character and great body. Reminds a bit of the 2012 EoT Baotang, albeit finer, more subtle and with less intensive Qi.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2012-luo-shui-dong-tu

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Heavy, Smooth, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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55

Quite spicy but unfortunately also very astringent. Mainly bitter, floral and vegetable notes. Note: The sample seems to be from the middle of the Bing, therefore not necessarily representative.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2013-san-ke-shu-ys

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Vegetal

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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70

Good bitterness and good body, however, also a certain degree of astringency without particularly noticeable Qi. Good endurance and good quality but nothing special, what would set this tea apart from others.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2016-shan-hou-ys

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Heavy, Sweet

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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85

Warm and soft with an intense woody note, beautiful sweetness and subtle bitterness and a slight sourness, which even gives the tea a slight aggressiveness with increasing infusions. Lots of endurance and very beautiful, large leafes – a perfect example of good Bangwei!
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2007-bang-wei-tu

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Sour, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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70

Significantly stronger and with more bitterness than the 2016 Han Gu Di with also very nice leafes, but also no very unique character, which would make this tea stand out.

Image sand more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2015-bang-dong-village-ys

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Fruity, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML
tanluwils

The 2016 HGD seemed a lot stronger and bitter last year than it does this year. Not sure what’s happened, but it now seems quite balanced.

Alexander

thanks for letting me know! gonna have to try the 2016 then – the 2015 is absolutely not a bad tea, just doesn’t have something special.

tanluwils

I’ve read mixed reviews for the 2016 Han Gu Di. I think proper storage and good water will help it shine. I agree that the 2015 Bang Dong is a consistently high performer. I’m kicking myself for having not purchased a whole cake when it was less than $60.

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