1253 Tasting Notes

This puer has notes of honeysuckle, unripe apricots, wheat barley, and later steeps a little tart. Steep this tea for awhile and it does get bitter, but it gives you plenty energy to not care. It also packs quite a strong taste. The texture is quite nice with a thick body, later on developing an interesting cooling effect in the mouth, and then getting a bubbly sensation.

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML

Very interesting combination of flavours.

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This is a pretty vegetal yiwu. I got notes of vegetal, fruits, mellow vibes and a floral aftertaste with a texture of melted butter. It does get crushingly bitter on the final steeps, but the first 6 were very good. I got 10 infusions.

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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML

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drank UNTITLED 02 by White 2 Tea
1253 tasting notes

Def not one for the bitter haters and new to pu. This young sheng has a savory profile, Vegetal, grassy, spinach. The best part of this tea is the long lasting squeaky spinach and floral aftertaste. Later steeps get dry and bitter, but then the longer it goes the more face melter it gets. I got 17 infusions with 200f. I found this tea did best at 200 than boil.

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML

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I found this ripe puer very clean in taste. The notes are earthy, woodsy, cherry, and sweet. No funk, dry, fish, or anything weird. It is also a ripe puer that doesn’t have wet storage, library book, rotting leaves, and compost flavors that some prefer.

It is a good new to puer tea or for someone who wants super clean taste.

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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML

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I’ve had this sample kicking around for a while, I made it grandpa style.

This is pretty good jin xuan. It is milky, a bit buttery, sweet, and lingering floral aftertaste. The texture is lip balmy slick. It grandpas quite well and it didn’t get bitter on me. Gorgeous big leaf too!

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I’m spending the weekend going through tea samples I got from the Steepster puer TTB many trips to my house. I am not sure what round this tea was in.

This tastes old, musty, rotting forest floor, super stank pu. It is good and I know people here who love dat musty old rot pu would love this tea! The age has done this tea well.


Goodness, that is an old tea. I am new to puerh, and I thought 2004/2005 was pretty old!

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Cheap old tea! This 1982 tastes like a liubao and not Sun Moon Lakey anymore. It is musty old water logged books, ash, charcoal, wet stones and more must. Ride this tea a long time and it cleans up to sweet, mineral and camphor.

I really didn’t like the thin body on this one and I was really unimpressed my tea was very twiggy and had a rock in it. But hey, it’s $5 and 1982, what did you expect?

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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 0 OZ / 10 ML

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From the Dark matter group buy, steeped during a google hang out with other steepsters.

First steeps were quite weak, but mineral and wet pile. I went crazy and did an aggressive long steep and got one excellent cup of rich, thick, earthy, and smooth. The next infusion however was horrific as it was so bitter it was rising up my nose. It is really impressive to get bitter out of a shou, hahhaa! So yeah, maybe take a more moderate approach to this tea and insane like I did.

Overall not bad, if I had some more I’d experiment again.

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From one of the Puer TTB

This one is sold out now, but was a pretty decent price for age. The notes are pretty nice, a good chugging. Nice mineral notes, bit of camphor, with a nice apricot fragrance. Slightly dry feeling.

I got quite a few infusions, say 12 or 15.

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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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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML
Cathy Baratheon

Man I love their wrappers

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I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

BTW, my Steepster cupboard is not even close to accurate and I track my teas on a spreadsheet. Last update 573 Teas – August 2015.


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