1107 Tasting Notes
I’m not one to cuss in a review or say anything after the first few steeps… but damn
THIS IS SPECTACULAR.
I now understand why this cost what it does. Super excited that I get to pass this experience on to others too.
It’s pretty awesome that i had the 2006 Spring of Menghai a few days before this too because it just proves what I’m starting to figure out: Dayi’s aged stuff gets $$$ for a reason.
While I’m still not a fan of the 100g cakes… Verdant always get a BF-CM order from me. Great people : )
So I purchased a shou… I know right?
I drank this before bed last night around midnight to 2am… so I really don’t recall much other than I liked it enough that I set some aside to brew tonight because it wasn’t a typical cocoa shou that I like. I think the barley note Verdant put up might be rather accurate. I remember this being semi dry on the finish and also a faded fermentation. The age on this is probably right just now because I notice that when looses its punch I would much much much much rather have an aged sheng. So I think this 100g will be drank rather quickly which is nice because its got strength but I don’t that strength being there for the next 3 years; but this is my preference on shou of course…
As for 100g shou, Whispering Pines still has the most comforting taste still by itself but I realllllllly think this shou will pair well with woody aromas in the air so you better believe I’m doing sandalwood and shou tonight!!!!!!
Wonderful treat… very straight forward taste with a complex after feeling.
Notes of orchid (of course)… like a complex daffodil smothered in vanilla.
Leaves the mouth with a tingle that is very similar to menthol … but it’s more like the tickling of the tongue that happens when you eat a flower as a kid because someone dared you. The raw puerh taste is there as well but if someone didn’t know what that taste was they would probably thing it’s the stalk or vine from a flower plant.
The whole after taste/feel is what makes this one great. Easy to drink a steep and wait a good 5 to 10 minutes before having the next steep. The tingle also has a cooling effect, but it’s hard to describe… like the first touch of coolwhip in your mouth but just that initial feeling.
It’s kind of odd to review something you sell, but hey… people enjoy a few of my words every once and a while :p
Anyways, ripe tea and I have a hate&dislike relationship. Hoping to upgrade to a love/hate relationship at some point. This is somewhat helping; so is the Chen Yuan Hao ripe teas.
So these things are STRONG at first. Like I just got in the ring for the first time and someone hit me in the kidney. Wait, imagine my kidney is my taste buds as a collected group. This review is weird. I’m still stoned from the Xiaguan. Dangit, I should erase all of that. I mean delete. Next paragraph.
After a bit these ended up brewing this dark orange liquid that reminded me a musky aged raw puerh in a decent to good way. Still, not like other ripe puerhs that I have tried but I really enjoy it for what it is. Still warming up to ripe puerhs outside of the golden needle white lotus, Whispering Pines, Chen Yuan Hao, Black Gold, oh and Green Miracle.
So there’s a few I enjoy, but that’s out of probably 80 by now.
Cost a bit more than typical mini touchas, but as for now I find it to provide a solid session. Going to try porcelain next to see how it comes out.
Today has been crazy… anyways, a new friend went to Shenzhen and got some 90s Xiaguan for me to try.
Pretty sure I’m stoned. This feels great and you know when you close your eyes and gently press on them to go to another universe? Well, I am in like 4 to 5 at a single moment in time right now.
Liquid isn’t even dark, it’s just super thick. It’ got the density of a black hole.
Been awhile since I took a photo of these guys, but I will say for what they produce… fantastic tea for the price and very convenient in the way it brews and breaks apart quickly within a gaiwan.
As far as a shou that’s new but doesn’t have that funk to it, this one is good. More punch than the Black Gold, but if you like that bold taste in your mouth of ripe puerh this one works quite well.
I haven’t been reviewing as much because of my involvement regarding puerh and my tea shop… anyways, Yang Qing Hao samples is a larger project I took on (in regards to longevity) in which I hope to offer everything within the next few years.
This beast came in the mail and when I went to break it up, I forgot it was 600g! Nice looking dark leaf with an aroma that doesn’t match the others in terms of strength. This smelled lighter from the start. As I broke it up, the consistency of the leaf throughout the cake was very enjoyable to look at and break with my hands.
Upon my third session, I’m really enjoying how this tea is softer than the other YQH teas. While there is still some astringency going on, the lightness of the taste is great. Not going to remark on flavors, but in regards to strength it isn’t at strong as the others and the body isn’t as thick but the astringency makes up for that as for the mouth feel.
This provides the kind of feeling as if you don’t want to move. A little light headed with no negative signs, but dang… I feel like just sitting here looking at my tea cup. Time is still going at the same rate but I promise you that I’m experiencing it at a slower rate right now. I like this : )
Obtained a full cake of this from a friend and very glad that I did.
This is the first raw puerh I’ve ever drank that had more than just that menthol feel… it had a minty taste. It is/was so unique. The tongue seemed cool and tingled after each sip with a nice sensation for at least 20-30 seconds. Fantastic feel and a decent texture to the liquid. Good dry age to this one at this point and I look forward to drinking the heck out of it this winter : )
So last weekend I was house sitting for my parents as they were out of town and I just threw some random samples into my backpack… I pick out this one that says 97 Chawangshop red mark and I’m thinking ‘eh this will be decent I suppose’ thinking that Chawangshop doesn’t have serious bangers… well, I was wrong and it’s good to be wrong!
Tea brewed out really dark. Taste much like a Bulang with that spunk to it. Nice texture, a little speckle on the tongue/throat; you know, like the viscosity of the liquid was taking its time trickle throw/on both. Taste was very aged and dry aged at that… dry aged is MUCH easier to taste tea progression and low notes unlike humid storage; just try a 10 year XG that was humid stored vs a 10 year dry XG stored cake. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some humid stored stuff, but what a treat it is to have a dry stored cake that you can kind of taste the years pass through your taste buds.
No idea who gave me a sample, no idea if more is to be had… awesome session. Very satisfied.
I have been drinking some ripe styled dark tea from Africa this week at work : )
Been quite enjoyable to try something so unique. The best part is that it taste quite good.
I’ve been so busy and now that I look at my tasting notes and everything I’ve been doing… I almost have to give up tea so I can balance out some other things which means I am unable to drink as much : (
Hoping to get back to having time to enjoy other tea than stuff I am looking to help others enjoy. However, this is one of those because it’s not just unique it’s clean and at the end of the session there’s a clear path of dirt to leaf taste that’s like ripe puerh to luibao to old green?