227 Tasting Notes
A very nice Dayi raw. I’d even put this one up against some of the boutique pu erhs and I would venture to guess it would hold up well in comparison. The liquor is gold. It is fairly sweet, with some honey and Lucky Charms notes. A very easy drinker with just a touch of bitterness. King Tea sells this for $32 for a full size cake, I think this one is well worth the price and a good one to shove away for the future.
Finally, a middle-aged tea that I really enjoy! This must have been very dry-stored, I would even venture to guess this is how most of us in the U.S. will see our cakes age. Or maybe some of its character comes from the fact that it is a brick, and tightly compressed, rather than a cake. The color is deep gold-amber. There is absolutely no whiff of that mushroomy flavor that inevitably prevails in much of the aged pu erh I’ve had. It is zingy, sweet, a little fruity, with just a faint hint of leather/tobacco/smoke. Good astringency, and super charged qi. This hits the mark for me after a long time of searching and trying different aged pu’s. Hoping the brick doesn’t differ too much from this sample as I plan to order one…
Received a second set of nearly free samples from glyxtea yesterday! They will send free samples to you, too (check the discussion forums). While they send mostly pu erh, I got one sample of black tea. It is a really nice tea. Beautiful leaves. On the first sip, it is almost like a taiwanese Ruby 18 – minty! As the flavor settles, I find it to be like a cross between a Taiwan black and a Yunnan black. Some malty sweet potato mixed with minty goodness. Overall a very nice tea.
Quite the qi on this one! This is another very fine tea from glyxtea. It’s the second one I’ve tried so far. One thing that stands out is that both have had excellent broth color and clarity. This one has some super qi – I am getting hot and prickly at just the third steep, and I think my face is turning red. The tea is strong, but also light and crisp, with some high note bitterness throughout. It is also buttery, like young shengs often are, which I take to be a sign of good processing. Overall a very nice tea.
I purchased a sample of this based on the positive reviews. The leaves are huge, I could barely fit them in my pot. The tea brews a very thick broth, with excellent clarity. The buttery-ness of young sheng is present early on. The flavor is pretty good, I would say it has heavy base notes with very little top notes. In other words, it is thick and heavy and strong tasting, but light on more subtle notes, like fruit or citrus. It also has very little bitterness, just a touch. For me, that is a minus, as it is not aggressive enough for my tastes. Bottom line is that the quality of this tea is excellent, and it lasted longer than I could drink. It is very sturdy. Qi was mellow.
So I found a sample of this that I traded for with mrmopar maybe two years ago. It was stored in my pumidor in a Mylar zip lock sample bag. Interestingly, I suspect this created a mini micro climate that sped up the aging process. The brew was very dark, basically shu dark. Very strong qi.
It tastes of mushroom, hints of fruit, and other agey type flavors. I think this is a good example of a humid stored tea done on the dry side. I’m not sure how much I like it. I don’t care for the mushroom flavor that these types of aged teas have. I wonder if I can age that out of it? I suspect not. But it is a very reasonably priced semi aged semi humid stored factory tea. Good to have on your bucket list for education sake.
I also ordered a new sample of this from YS. I will see if it is any different than my sample aged at home. That should prove interesting…
This is an interesting tea. It is a border tea, produced in Myanmar, and is very cheap at $12 for a 200g cake. It is definitely good, but certainly rougher than typical young sheng we’ve all probably been tasting in recent years. It’s kind of tart, somewhat bitter throughout, and very green. It is also very strong, both in body and in qi, and was very long lived. I think those who like strong and bitter would find this tea interesting and appealing and well worth a try at this price. Chawangshop says that this kind of border tea is often used as a mixer in high end blends, like Lao Banzhang. I can see how that would work…
Tried the 2016 Yibang Mao Cha from chawangshop today. This tea was in very limited supply and is now sold out. It was quite expensive at $1 per gram. I got a 12g sample. It was an outstanding tea. Very complex; fruity, bitter, wild tasting. It gave me hot flashes, which is very unusual. Took me by surprise. Does that happen for anyone else?
Still plowing through Chawangshop’s 2016 pu erh lineup from the recent group buy. Today’s tea was the Bada, and it was very good. Possibly the best of the bunch I’ve tried so far. It’s got some good huigan, a slight bite of bitterness, a bit of fruit, and energizing qi. So after I tried this, I looked it up on the website, and despite it being one of my favorites so far, it is only $20 for a 200g cake. That’s a steal!