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80

This came as a free sample with my Chawangshop order. The dry ball smells pungent and green, making me prepare for a bitter tea. When I brew it however, it is not as powerful as I expected. It tastes of mineral and green wood with a bit of coriander and a sugarcane sweetness. Bitterness is low-moderate, astringency is quite low. Pretty good tea, one of the better dragon balls I’ve had.

Flavors: Coriander, Green Wood, Mineral, Sugarcane

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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70

The dry leaf smells smooth and roasty. Brews a medium orange. Initial steeps taste predominantly of roast with a bit of tobacco and leather and a light sweetness. There is a bit of a rubber-like note that fades over time. With the third steep I start to get a good mineral note. I was hoping this tea would get better as I go, but it pretty much stays the same.

Flavors: Leather, Mineral, Roasted, Tobacco

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Wow, these leaves are huge. Big, unrolled leaves that aren’t even 100% oxidized, lending this tea a really wild and unpolished first impression. Cool. Dry leaves are very aromatic, as is the brew. Full and complex aroma that is flowery and fruity, in the spectrum between roses and sweet potatoes. It is the type of black tea that is on the high, aromatic side, drinking more like for example a Dan Cong oolong than like most other black teas, since it doesn’t really have that full and malty body I associate with most black teas.

Flavors: Flowers, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 120 OZ / 3548 ML

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Nice puerh. It is soft and honeyish and the brew is nicely thick. Well-rounded with not a lot of ‘younger’ stuff going on, except when you brew it pretty strong. I feel I personally would like it to have more of the ‘aged’ pu-erh aromas for complexity and body. Maybe it needs a few more years? Or perhaps this puerh is just more on the high and flowery side.

Right now I like it best when brewed pretty strong. Then it exhibits a very interesting and challenging bitterness and astringency, which builds up within every sip just almost to the point of becoming too much, only to suddenly develop into a nice sweetness after that.

Flavors: Flowers, Honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 80 OZ / 2365 ML

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89

Tea Swap Sample/Sipdown

What started out as a normal Wednesday evening of gaming and tea became just that, but with an added burst of energy after drinking this Liubao. I forgot how much energy comes from the leaf…

Anyway, this is has a nice pine/smoky note throughout the session. That’s the best way to describe it, really. It’s quite powerful and definitely packs a punch.

Flavors: Pine, Smoke

Sil

What sort of gaming?

S.G. Sanders

PS4. Currently Monster Hunter: World. I used to play WOW, Diablo, Civilization & Elder Scrolls on PC, but I’ve not had a gaming computer since college, unfortunately. I’m just back to the “enough of a gaming computer to throw on Skyrim, but good enough to be used for college and day-to-day browsing.” xD

Sil

Nice!

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I love this tea! Aroma is very similar to golden raisins. Flavor is strong and also pretty much raisins with hints of nuts at times but what really stands out is the mouthfeel and aftertaste. This tea lingers like olive oil in my mouth leaving a sweet warming flavor that lasts forever! No unpleasant flavors or negatives at all. Qi is energizing and pretty intense. I emailed Wang at Chawang Shop and he agrees that this tea is still fairly young so don’t go into this expecting anything with dark or earthy flavors like shou puerh. I am highly recommending this tea, especially at under $0.09 a gram!

Flavors: Nutty, Raisins, Sweet

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75

This is a fairly nice tea with a bittersweet start. There were some notes of mushroom and woodsy notes in the first few steeps. This slowly turned sweeter, with a bit of a fruity tang by the eighth steep. Not bad at all when you consider the price, $28 for three 250g mushroom tuos. I did not notice too much in the way of fermentation flavor to this one although that is not to say it has cleared.

I brewed this eight times in a 160ml Jian Shui teapot with 13g leaf. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 sec.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Earth, Mushrooms, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 13 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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78

This is excellent tea considering the price of $12. It had little bitterness even in the first steep with a sort of muted sweetness, just a very light sweet note without a bitter background note. There was some fermentation taste but I didn’t notice it all that much. A few steeps in a note that I would describe as dry grapes emerged that only lasted about two or three steeps. Then it was back to a muted sweetness. This tea was quite the find for the price. While certainly not as good as a $100 shou brick from someone like Hai Lang Hao it was incredible considering the price. This is one I would definitely buy again if I run out of it.

I steeped this tea eight times in a 207ml Taiwan Clay Teapot with 17.5g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 seconds. Going to go back and steep it a few more times for some photos.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet, White Grapes

Preparation
Boiling 17 g 7 OZ / 207 ML

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Another TTB sample I believe – just got 4 grams of this one, enough to do a sesh with my 60mL gaiwan. I was pleasantly surprised by this one – I expected these Laotian border teas to be a little bit rougher, but this one didn’t have much of anything unpleasant going on.

There was a relatively unfamiliar and slightly unusual herbal note in the first couple steeps – I can’t describe it any more certainly than that. The rest of the session was pretty pleasant – creamy texture with a good amount of bitterness as one might expect in young sheng. Again, didn’t really take notes or anything, just remembered that it was better than I thought it might’ve been going in, but that it didn’t strike me as anything too special.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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78

This is a relatively nice tea from Chawangshop. It was not terribly expensive but as I recall not dirt cheap either. It was fairly bittersweet at the start with a fair amount of fermentation flavor. Both the bitter note and the fermentation took four or five steeps to steep out, leaving a fairly nice, semi sweet ripe puerh. I tried the same ratio of leaf to water that worked so well for the LBZ ripe tea from the other day, 1g to 10ml. It was too much tea for this one. This one would have been better with at least a 1g to 15ml ratio. Still there was a good taste to this by the eighth steep. I think if I took this to twelve steeps it would develop a fruity character, or if I had used less leaf probably by the eighth steep.

I steeped this eight times in a 160ml Yixing teapot with 16g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 7 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, and 10 sec.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 16 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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80

Tea Swap
Sipdown

I brewed this last night (10g/200 ml) after work. I’ve not been able to sleep anymore, so I have started working out and drinking a variety of sheng (which helps me relax) to slow my mind down.

At first, it was a bit bitter, but from my experiences with Naka, that’s how it goes with most of them…After a few steeps in, the bitterness vanished and there was a nice smooth ‘sheng’ (leathery) note….However, I hadn’t realized that the tea was taking hold of me, and allowing my mind/body soar in the state of relaxation/sleepiness. Upon drinking more and stopping momentarily to allow the kettle to boil back to the temperature needed, I was asleep.

So, in conclusion….this is pretty good stuff.

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drank 2016 Chawangpu Bada by Chawangshop
455 tasting notes

I have been trying to get to my remaining Chawang samples the past couple weeks, and this was the next in line. I was surprised by how nice this was, especially after the Bada Laoyu was a good deal smokier than I would prefer. The dry leaves had a sweet apricot aroma with a bit of something light and vegetal behind em. After a rinse, the fruity note came out strongly, along with a bit of a sourness and a light floral aspect.

The flavor was really nice as well – apricot and a bit of buttery vegetal flavor. The finish was floral – I couldn’t tell you what flower it really was, but the first thing that came to mind for me was orange blossoms. During a couple early steeps, I picked up a quick licorice note on the very front of the sip. As the session went on, some astringency built up, but not all that much. As I increased steep times, the brightness of the apricot fruitiness faded some, into a deeper/more syrupy flavor and mouthfeel. I didn’t really pick up much energy off this one or anything. Nonetheless, quite tasty, easy to drink, and complex enough to make for an engaging session.

Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Fruity, Licorice, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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This is probably my favorite from Chawang’s Puerh line so far. Thick and creamy texture to the liquid. The flavors start off rather soft and sweet in the early steeps, but as the session goes, it picks up some astringency and bitterness – never overwhelming, but certainly noticeable. Fruity flavors and aromas are present in most steeps – sometimes tropical in nature. The tea also showed a good amount of energy, mostly in the early steeps.

This one is quite good – I might actually end up picking up a cake or two of it. Based on how it tastes now combined with the few aged Manzhuans I’ve tasted, I think this would do pretty well with some age.

Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Thick, Tropical

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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So last weekend I was house sitting for my parents as they were out of town and I just threw some random samples into my backpack… I pick out this one that says 97 Chawangshop red mark and I’m thinking ‘eh this will be decent I suppose’ thinking that Chawangshop doesn’t have serious bangers… well, I was wrong and it’s good to be wrong!

Tea brewed out really dark. Taste much like a Bulang with that spunk to it. Nice texture, a little speckle on the tongue/throat; you know, like the viscosity of the liquid was taking its time trickle throw/on both. Taste was very aged and dry aged at that… dry aged is MUCH easier to taste tea progression and low notes unlike humid storage; just try a 10 year XG that was humid stored vs a 10 year dry XG stored cake. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some humid stored stuff, but what a treat it is to have a dry stored cake that you can kind of taste the years pass through your taste buds.

No idea who gave me a sample, no idea if more is to be had… awesome session. Very satisfied.

gmathis

Have GOT to adjust to these new glasses—I thought the tea name was Big Red Paw Mark :)

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I got a sample of this one in the Chawang Group buy I participated in earlier this year. I found this to be a pretty powerful tea. Flavors I noted were floral and slightly piney; this tea absolutely possesses a good amount of astringency and bitterness (more bitter than astringent though). This can be mitigated by brewing with a very light hand (or likely by using cooler water, though I did all my sessions at a boil).

The tea’s texture was quite thick in my mouth and as it went down my throat. I perceived a slight bit of energy, at points during the session, but only when I was really focused on it. This one seems like it would take well to aging. From what I’ve heard, Chawang selects more for teas which will be good with age rather than ones which are good young. While this one is tasty at this age, I think it would benefit from aging for sure.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Pine, Thick

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
tanluwils

I was hoping someone would share tasting notes on this one. It sounds right up my ally.

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Not much I can say that the reviews from Rich and Liquid Proust before me haven’t already said. I echo their sentiments exactly. Good tea…actually a steal of a tea. Don’t buy it all before I get around to placing another order :)

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This tea has girth… like an enlarging depth of flavor that takes up your mouth through a shrinking via bitter notes.

From the first steep I knew this was quality. This is some good stuff and I expected to see something more than $50 for a cake and that was true after I looked it up. Still, $45/200g is less than what the average silly 200g pressing is going for when it comes to something that has serious potential such as this cake.

It has some nice plucks to it, but dang this tea is solid and I look forward to having someone remind me to revisit a year down the road.

Mainly tannic vegetables with a hint of ‘stuff’

Cwyn

I’ve been eyeing this one.

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80

This is a very good tea for the price Chawangshop gets for it, I believe for $5 a 100g bing. Yunnan Sourcing has the same tea which I also bought before I saw it at Chawangshop. While I would not call this tea phenomenal, it was very good, a nice solid ripe. It had a fair amount of fermentation flavor left, that flavor was a little unpleasant at first but not fishy. There were some notes of dark bittersweet chocolate in there. After a few steeps the bittersweet notes left and a sweet note was there. Not sure as to how to describe this note. This tea is definitely worth buying at Chawangshop’s price if you put in an order.

I steeped this tea twelve times in a 220ml Yixing Teapot with 15.1g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 minutes. It waspretty much finished at twelve steepings. If I had used more leaf I am sure it would have gone a little further.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 15 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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85

This is a fairly tasty ripe brick from Chawangshop. It had a fair amount of fermentation flavor. Neither unpleasant nor fishy tasting. There was no bitterness, just a sweet note from the start.

I steeped this ten times in a 160ml Silver Teapot with 12.2g leaf and 190 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec,7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 minute.

Preparation
Boiling 12 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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85

First weet and eathy with slight bitterness, later the eathy tones subsite and the tea gets more sweet.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2005-bulang-shan-old-tree-chawangpu

Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Sweet, Wet Earth

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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70

Fresh and strong, pleasant fruity bitterness and good Qi.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2015-bada-old-tree-chawangpu

Flavors: Bitter, Fruity

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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55

Very sweet as brown sugar with a herbal note.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2014-laos-ban-komaen-blue

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Herbaceous, Sweet

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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