60 Tasting Notes

85

Very interesting. In the wet leaves, especially after the rinse, along with the fruity/cherrie smell of shai hong there is a note of semi-aged warehouse sheng, a warm basement note. It makes me believe that this tea is indeed from 2012 and might possibly have undergone some microbial fermentation. I am not sure if that is a good thing for black tea.

The brew is very red and has a thick and velvety mouthfeel. The aromas remind of cherries and dried fruits, and the fermentation note isn’t present in a bad way. I really enjoy this tea, it feels very substantial and comforting. There is a good aftertaste/huigan, without bitterness or astringency.

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85

Spring 2021 version. I have ordered this one multiple times in the past but the last time is already a few years ago. It’ s still just as great. What I like is the combination of strength and body with complexity. There are distinct high notes, especially when steeped lighter and in early steeps, but there is also great depth, with cocoa, caramel and peaty notes. The liquor is nicely thick and the visual appearance of the leaves is great.

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84

This is a smooth, sweet and deep tea. The aftertaste is inspiring. I notice hardly any bitterness or astringency and really no strong upfront flavor notes, but there is a lot of hard to define but really present ‘intensity’.

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75

2020 version. Delicious, full-bodied, very sweet. You cold say this has most of the mouthfeel, sweetness and aftertaste of a normal young sheng tea, but without the bite and higher aromatics. Nice stuff.

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77

This is a flowery, thick and surprisingly nice tea for $25 a cake. The statement that it comes from big 100-300 year old trees can’t be true, and that irritates me, but I like the tea.

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72

I couldn’t help but order a cake at a random Ebay store. It’s quite cheap, and on TaoBao it is even much lot cheaper in the Shudaizi flagship store (about 5 euro for a 200g cake… ). With around 14.000 items of it sold (and thousands of reviews for just this cake) on their TaoBao store this must be produced on a pretty large scale.

The wrapped cake smells strongly of puer, it’s a nice deep tobaccoish smell. The cake looks good with mostly fairly large dark grey leaves, not so many unopened buds.

After the rinse the smell of the leaves is very fresh, deep and citrusy and really sweet. The liquor has that nice yellow, almost greenish color of very young pu-erh. The liquor is smooth and without any bitterness or astringency, but also doesn’t have much strength in taste or aftertaste. It feels clean, but boring as well. Could be that it is still a bit subdued because it is only a few months old. The brewed leaves are quite variable, with a few that have some local oxidation and a couple that are much greener than the rest. There is a noticeable cha chi.

Not sure if I would recommend this tea to anyone. I guess it’s refreshing but I’m not sure if I will enjoy it enough as a daily drinker at work. [edit after a week: yes, I actually enjoy this as a daily drinker. It seems to have improved after its arrival.]

I have heard quite a few times that this would a malicious brand that produces ‘tuition tea’ that is not worth buying, but my general impression is still that they seem to offer a really good price/quality ratio, especially when you buy on TB.

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80

I really like it. It is sweet and there is a peaty kind of fullness to the afternaste. No bitterness, nice coating astringency that isn’t drying.

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80

Nice strong tea. Smokey and spice-like, piney actually. Good bitterness. It actually reminds me quite much of the 2006 CNNP 8891.

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