244 Tasting Notes

drank Bulang Chun Xiang 2016 by Tea Urchin
244 tasting notes

This is a Tea Urchin house ripe. It is a very nice tea, though not my style as it is fairly smokey, which I do not like. It is a very smooth tea and seems like good quality. If you like Xiaguan ripes, I think you would enjoy this one.

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89

I don’t know why I bother with factory ripe pu erh, I might just stop buying it. Scott’s ripes from Yunnan Sourcing are almost always delicious, bold, high quality, tested for pesticides, and overall consistently good. Lucy is no exception. It is subtly different from their other ripes, a little more complex. I think there is a bit of camphor in the background, which is nice. It tastes of bittersweet chocolate and very slight smoke. Very smooth, and moderate caffeine. Another winner from YS.

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91

This is one of the best from YS. I can’t get enough of it. Chocolatey, rich, bold, strong and dark. And a solid price point. I may need to fill up a warehouse with this stuff. Second only to Green Miracle in my book, which is sold out.

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48

Mistakenly put this note for the wrong tea. Correcting now.

I normally love YS ripe teas, but this one was terrible. I could have had a bad batch of course, but it tasted like dirty cardboard. Yuck.

tperez

Those are 2018 right? Maybe they need some time to settle

Rich

Yes, they are. But the flavor was really bad. It was not fermentation funk, it was just plain bad.

eastkyteaguy

These were actually produced in 2015. Yunnan Sourcing also currently stocks a 2018 version.

Rich

Yes, thanks for that, very confusing with the years. This is the 2015 version so newness is not the issue. Probably just a bad batch compared to what Scott tasted, or a bad bit within the batch.

tperez

Huh, weird

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90

This was an excellent tea. Quite smooth and tasty. And extremely robust! The Tea lasted longer than I did. Much better than the Bulang nuggets I had last week.

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80

I have been curious about pu erh paste for quite a while now. It seemed like it would be bad, but hey, I’ve drank bug shit tea, so why not. It was actually interesting and not bad. The way I did it was to dissolve one tiny piece in about 50 ml of water, let it sit for a minute, stir it up, drink, then repeat since the little chunk dissolves slowly. But you can probably just let the whole thing dissolve in a larger amount of water and wait. One tiny piece can easily make 6 oz of tea.

It basically ends up tasting like a decent grandpa style shu drink. It was way smoother than I was expecting. Very easy to drink, and of course convenient. It’s akin to a high quality instant coffee – not as good as the real thing, but pretty good overall.

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88

The doctor is in! I wonder where Dr. Puer got his or her degree? This is a nice smooth easy drinking shu. It kind of tastes like Dayi and Xiaguan had a baby, and it was mellower than its parents. Some subtle smoke, changing states of dark flavors, smooth and very clear, not very complex. It is on the lighter side. If you haven’t tried the Doc, this would be a good one to start with.

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This was a good tea, though not my personal style. If you like Xiaguan ripes, I think you would really enjoy this one. It has a Smokey backdrop which I think people describe as camphor. The soup is really clear, which is unusual for a young ripe in my experience. It held up well and lasted a long time. This is old school ripe pu erh.

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89

Trying this tea again after 3 years of aging. It is really good. Still bitter in a good way, though maybe a bit less so. It is tasty. No stomach ache this time around. Sorry, but I just bought the last 2 cakes! There are still some 100g samples available.

mrmopar

Tea hoarder……

Rich

Clearly a case of the teapot calling the gaiwan full of hot water…

mrmopar

Indeed you are correct sir!

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