53 Tasting Notes
sampletea seems to be dead, website won’t even load. but this tea can be found elsewhere (although it may have different storage).
This tea reminded me a lot of Hojo’s 2012 lao cha tou shu…same flavor, aroma, everything…except I prefered Hojo’s shu to this aged sheng, everything in Hojo’s tea seemed to be enhanced where this tea was lacking.
what I enjoyed most about this tea was the delicious vanilla aroma when I first put the dried leaves into the warmed teapot
rich and prominent dark ripe fruit, raisins, dates, very clean, no storage aromas/flavors, chi is lacking, no bitterness. the body is the same as regular water…nothing to note here. light aftertaste which was more of an astringent feeling, this tea was overall kind of average and uneventful. it wasn’t bad, just not exciting
very good flavor, decent huigan, aftertaste left me wanting…it fell off pretty early. no qi. except someone mentioned feeling “happy” – I read this review during my session and thought to myself “am I feeling happy?” if I was any happier because of this tea it was most likely placebo, otherwise it wasn’t apparent.
It was VERY easy to drink, chuggable, I couldn’t steep it fast enough to keep up with my drinking. Went down smooth, no throat catch. Not so much oily, just smooth.
decent longevity, around 10 steeps it faded and I didn’t feel like to pushing the session. A little astringent when pushed, but this is a good drinking tea. smooth, thick, goes down easy. Not sure how it will develop, but I’m considering it as a “drink now” tea. Very gentle on stomach too. Just the smoothness, flavor, and drinkability are not enough, without qi or activity I have a hard time justifying price. I’ll need to spend more time to see if it changes my mind. For now, its priced me out of buying a cake, which I regret, since I like it a lot.
WHOA dirt! or is that ‘earth’…Either way, not much sweetness.
95ml F1 shuiping yixing, 6gis not sweet, but totally earthy, nearly dirt. A bit of wet wood, wet leather. The leaves are very brown when dry, but the spent wet leaves still some green to them. Kind of slimy too. This tea got a little astringent/tannic on the palate when pushed, and I can tell this could benefit from both additional aging and some airing out. Storage is definitely present, but not foul.
It started to make me tea drunk so I backed off. But otherwise, not much kuwei or chaqi, and the taste I just couldn’t get past. all-in-all this wasn’t my cup of tea. I just didn’t enjoy it. But if earth is your profile this is a decent tea…but its sold out…so this review is kind of useless and I could say blah blah blah here and it wouldn’t matter anyway. I guess I’ll hang onto the remaining sample as a good reference tea of HK storage.
very densely compressed cake, reminds me of xiaguan iron cakes
multiple sessions in a gaiwan, jian shui, hongni…nothing affected this tea.
Dried leaves had the classic aroma of young sheng, but not necessarily fresh…but its a 2011. strong clean ripe apricot smell.
Liquor was fairly lighter than I expected a 2011 tea to be. It was also fairly cloudy, but mostly from the tiny hairs. I got goosebumps from the first taste, but then this tea kind of faded on me. Liquor is smokey, almost cigarette-like. The ashy/umami smoke was prominent at the beginning, then faded into background mid-session (or was overpowered by the bitter and huigans), then smokiness became present again at end of session. cooling huigan was nice, but no sweetness really, just ash and bitterness.
Mild bitterness, pleasant, not dominating. This tea is not 1-dimensional, its just not complex in a way I enjoy. I’m really confused if this will ever develop sweetness, the smokiness and bitterness overwhelm the flavors and chi seems to be very weak if even existent. I think this sample needs some time, like decades. But given the lack of ‘activity’, even though its cheap ($35/200g), I don’t think I want to sit on it for half my life.
I’ve been sitting on this sample for nearly two years…pulling out from the depths of my stash
-wodui aroma, no wodui in flavor
-clean, no fishy
-chocolate, rich, full flavor, creamy cocoa
-no bitter, very smooth
-enjoyable, but not earth shattering
-chaqi is negligible but this was a relaxing session
-lingering smooth aftertaste, more feeling than taste
-decently priced at $46/357g, if I remember I’ll get a cake next order, if I forget, its not something I’ll miss. its worth getting a sample if you like shu
-astringent and bitter when pushed
-tasted kinda similar to a white tea – in the malty sweet kind of way
-not getting kuwei, qi, or huigan
-maybe a daily drinker because its inexpensive currently at $.16/g
- I didn’t get much out of it. I’ll finish the sample but don’t see myself getting a cake
6g, 95ml F1 shuiping yixing, very dark leaves, made me think it was purple tea at first. Fairly clean storage, but you get some of that wetness in there, its not unpleasant but noticeable.
dry leaves smell richly/sweet but that doesn’t translate to flavors.
liquor is clear orange-amber, thick body/mouthfeel, very woody/sour/tannic leather-like flavor, not sweet at all don’t know why everyone else says it is, medium longevity (about 10+ steeps), medium cooling huigan that is very noticeable – don’t have to look for it, lingering tannic/sour/bitter kuwei and aftertaste, chaqi is very nice – massaging and gentle pressure in middle forehead and upper sinuses, makes you sit back and enjoy it.
needs a bit more time to air out and mellow.
2x rinse, 5g in 85mL F1 shuiping yixing
2x rinse, 7g in 100mL jian shui dragon egg
(plus a few other sessions too)
-very dark dry leaves
-sweet and rich, clean honey and honeysuckle flavors
-no aftertaste, but kept mouth wet/moist for a while
-no huigan, no chaqi, no kuwei…
Edit: this tea tastes good, but that’s all it has going for it, flavor. I got no body feels, no chi, no aftertaste, no kuwei…etc…so for $.94/g I think its just a good tasting, but boring, and expensive tea. For that price, I’d expect to at least get a little something, but nope…nothing.
very clean, no storage notes (being its humid stored), dark amber color. the aromas are wow! really great aromas, unfortunately those don’t translate into flavors. wet leaves are mostly chop with a few half-leaves mixed in.
-leathery, wet wood, gentle but boring
-mouth drying aftertaste and gentle astringent kuwei
-gentle tannic bitter when pushed
-medium/thick mouthfeel, mouth coating
-slightly chalky in beginning, and again at the very end
-really good longevity, just never ended, I stopped drinking because I got bored with it. its not active enough to keep me going after 10 steeps. I pushed to about 16, then gave up.
I did get binghole’d with my sample…take it for what it is. I’ll pass on the $99/cake . its not bad, but its not exactly wow’ing either. one of those teas you really want to like but it just didn’t come through and convince me
Flavors: Leather, Wet Wood