114 Tasting Notes

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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70

Good leaf quality, initially slight bitterness, otherwise mainly rather indefinable sweetness. Good but without an independent character or recognizable qi.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2016-han-gu-di-ys

Flavors: Bitter, Sweet

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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50

Rather soft with a noticeable moist note, but its origin dates back several years. The most prominent aspect of this tea is an astringent-leathery-acid fungal note, which is very long-lasting and increases as the infusions progress. Unusual but not bad, but the tea has a relatively light body.

Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2004-cha-ma-gu-dao

Flavors: Astringent, Leather, Medicinal, Mushrooms, Sour

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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85

Strong, heavy body with a very smooth texture and complex composition of bitter, astringent, woody, sweet, discreetly moist and a subtle acidity, all in all a very nice spicy flavour, which remindes me of the 2008 Bulang Ancient by EoT. In addition, there is an intensely relaxing Qi and surprisingly good leaves for a Factory Sheng. However, the storage was anything but “clean” and in spite of the age, the tea is still a little aggressive, which together gives some deduction regarding the rating.

Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2006-pasha-mountain-gu-shu

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Heavy, Smooth, Sour, Spicy, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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70

Very strong leather note with present bitterness and a medically woody note. The rather humid storage is clearly noticeable, but is not at all musty but the good type of humid storage. Surprisingly intense, mainly awakening Qi and a very long lasting tea. Leaves range from very beautiful to catastrophic, though.
Images and more at: https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2006-changtai-tian-xia-tong-an

Flavors: Leather, Limestone, Medicinal, Wood

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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66
drank 2016 Bulang Gushu by Teamania
114 tasting notes

For a Bulang tame in bitterness but with an intense velvety texture and nice Qi.

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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70
drank Jing Mai Arbor by Teamania
114 tasting notes

Compared to the Bulang and the Mansa surprisingly strong, similar to the Lucky Bee with a pleasant “coarse” note. surprisingly reminiscent of these slightly sour gummi bears with the coarse sugar outside.

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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75

At the beginning ultra-green, but then undergoes an exciting transformation. altogether very fresh and light, depending on the stage slightly bitter and with a discreet, pleasant "coarse"character.

Flavors: Bitter, Green, Sweet

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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63
drank Yiwu Lucky Bee 2017 by Teamania
114 tasting notes

Slightly mineral and floral with a subtle bitterness and sweet, vegetable note, surprisingly intense body and beautiful “stable character”. The first two infusions have a slightly unpleasant, hard to describe note (soapy-oolong-like?), but from the third infusion on, the actual character of the tea comes forth. In the 2016 version, however, this note is not (any more?) present, so maybe only a temporary phenomenon.

Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2017-yiwu-lucky-bee

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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85
drank 2017 lao ban zhang by Chadao.de
114 tasting notes

Beautiful full-bodied with a very silky texture and from the first sip on intensely fresh-floral, slightly bitter notes as well as a discreetly invigorating Qi. Undoubtedly a very good tea, but for my taste a little too “clean”.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2017-lao-ban-zhang

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Flowers, Round , Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
8 tsp 3 OZ / 80 ML

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