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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…

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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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?

Cwyn

Well yes but I have physical reasons to rule out.

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drank 2016 Chawangpu Bada by Chawangshop
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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!

tanluwils

I love when that happens—when the price of a tea doesn’t reflect its quality. The Hekai is also quite inexpensive for what it is.

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88

Yum, another great tea! I forgot to take notes, but it was very good. Nice big leaves, nice color. Not much bite.

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88

I liked this one a lot. The leaves are very nice, and the aroma is fruity and sweet. The brews are a bit on the light and crisp side, with deep yellow-gold broth, though the tea is viscous. One thing I really like about this tea is the huigan, or menthol cooling effect. It is one of my favorite qualities in a pu erh, and this one has a lot of it, though it is a bit subtle. Some bitterness emerges in later steeps, as one would hope and expect, though not too much. Another great tea from Chawangshop!

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86

Another solid 2016 production from Chawangshop. I have been impressed with the 2016 teas I have tried so far. This one is thick, with a mix of savory and sweet, with a subtle but noticeable huigan. The tea brews a pale yellow-gold. Buttery in early steeps, just slightly bitter in later ones.

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86

Another solid 2016 production from Chawangshop. I have been impressed with the 2016 teas I have tried so far. This one is thick, with a mix of savory and sweet, with a subtle but noticeable huigan. The tea brews a pale yellow-gold. Buttery in early steeps, just slightly bitter in later ones.

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88

This is a solid menghai raw pu erh from chawangshop. Typical menghai flavor profile, done very well, though none too complex. Strong in character, and powerful qi. It’s a nice tea, but expensive at $90 for a 400g cake.

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86

This is a nice quality young sheng from Chawangshop. I would put this into the category of light and crisp, with some bitterness throughout. Aroma is sweet and floral. The brews start off buttery, then turn bitter. A little grapey here and there. Overall a fine tea.

Liquid Proust

I just drank the selected of this, really good stuff.

tanluwils

That sounds tasty. I’m a fan of grape-y notes.

JC

I loved this one, it was very gentle. It is hard to think that this is Bulang area thanks to the popularity of ‘Bulang is a punchy region’ and then you find this extremely gently almost Yiwu like example.

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I was hoping this would taste like the 2015 version. Unfortunately, it is quite different. It’s not that bad, but it lacks the floral sweet nature of its 2015 brethren.

mrmopar

How long have you had this one? I still have mine stashed away.

Rich

Just got it from the group split sat week. You can’t have had yours that long, it just came out?

mrmopar

Just a few days before yours arrived is when mine came in I think.

tanluwils

The 2015 was good. I think it’s gained some depth.

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