1235 Tasting Notes
Very true to the name, 2016 Daily Drinker is a daily drinker. Open your mouth and guzzle it kind of tea. Steep it well (200f or lower) and you’ll get something pretty mellow, unoffending, and not very bitter. There is a bit of thick body and the notes are sweet like raisins and some vegetal arugula salad. If you are new to puer, this would be a great tea. The price is great too for something that is ready to drink now.
If you are not new to puer and don’t want a daily drinker, this puer is too basic for you as there isn’t much that stands out. The wrapper is freaking sweet though.
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This is the first 2016 (not including Fade) of the White2tea line up I tried. This puer has a yiwu character of soft, sweet, apricot, bit grassy, and quite light in taste. What makes this tea good is the thick loose custard body and floral fragrance after each sip. Push it hard and you can get some delicious apricot explosions. The tea has low dryness, no bitterness, no smoke. You can chug Diving Duck as it is so easy to drink. Hard to say whether a newbie pu drinker would like this as it is pretty subtle, but yet not complex enough for a long time drinker. It would all have to go down to personal taste on what you like in a young sheng.
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Number rating this tea is hard, i keep bouncing 85 or 90. A screw it, no number rating for you duck.
My favorite out of the 2016 Floating Leaves High Mountain oolongs. This one has good balance of floral, buttery, and sweet with a thick body. The thick creamy body is what I like best about this oolong. It does well gaiwan or bowl style. I even boil this oolong and it doesn’t get too dry.
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I did a 5 oolong comparison. I found ShanLinXi was my favorite. The DaYuLing tasted better (gaiwan only, it wasn’t good in a bowl), but the ShanLinXi price is much better for me, haha!
I love this sheng, it is a puer texture junkie’s dream. The tea is super oily thick! The notes are fruity, char, browned butter, peppery, amber, and hay. It gets more savory with each steeping. I got 16 infusions. The dryness is minimal and it is complex, yet easy to drink.
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Black bean oolong, wth?
This oolong is for all the people who love that roasty smoky taste, but the black bean improved it by removing that bitter element of smoke. What you get is a sweet, roasty oolong smoke and a bombproof tea that you can grandpa or gongfu. I gongfu’d mine and it was bright, roasty, and sweet with a unique savory brothy taste. You’ll love this one especially if you like houjicha, roast barley teas and high roast oolong. I can see this tea being awesome iced!
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Giant white tea ballz! This white tea clocks in 4 to 5 grams each, rolled giant bai mu dans. I did gongfu, 200f. Early steepings are sweet, creamy, coconut, linen, hay, honeydew rind. Later steepings get musty, medicinal and tart. 11 steepings total.
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Trying to find this tea in the steepster database and I found they have a 4 to 5gram green tea version!
An excellent white! This white tea has an excellent thick body and sweet notes of green grape skin, linen, and lilac. Final steepings I got must, floral, pepper with a bit of dryness, likely from my aggressive steeping method. I got 6 resteeps, which is pretty good for a young white.
The fragrance on this tea is excellent, if you love oolong you will enjoy this white.
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Looking for a tasty puer blend? This one is up there. Not as good as Lupicia’s puer blend, but this Marmalade Puerh blend is better than Adagios and many others I’ve tried.
It is zesty, tangy citrus, just like a rindy marmalade, candied orange notes, hint of sweet licorice, with an earthy background of puer. The puer isn’t funky and the licorice is really subtle.
However, this is provided you steeped it well – this tea is fussy to brew. It weighs a lot, and if you overleaf you will get something too licorice and sludgy. Best is 6 grams, 10oz water, 3 minutes. No rinse.
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From one of the group buys (dark matter?)
Maybe it is my brewing parameters, or queued in my senses due to current life events, but when I steeped this up and the first two steeps, this tea tastes just like that weird plastic sweet scent of new black garbage bags. SERIOUSLY.
Later steepings is malty and coconutty. It did not resteep well though, I got 5 and it died. The flavor is light despite the high gongfu ratio.
I think this would of been better western or 1g / 10ml or jam as much leaf as you can in the gaiwan and flash.