233 Tasting Notes
Though I am a Dayi Ripe lover, I hadn’t tried a V93 until today! I just ordered a tong of the 2010 version from King Tea Mall since it has been reviewed so well. Then I was going through my stash this weekend, and lo and behold, I found a 2008 tuo! It was probably acquired from Mandala or Yunnan Sourcing several years ago. So I was excited to try it. However, I was disappointed. I might just have a bad tuo, but it tastes very astringent and lacks good flavor, and maybe has a bad aftertaste as well. Has anyone had this happen, where a very well-reviewed tea tastes off? I assume this happens sometimes, particularly in large batch factory teas. I know it has happened to me in the past (even though I have good storage, I use a closet pumidor). I am still looking forward to trying the 2010 tuo, hopefully it will better represent this recipe.
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.