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Man this guy gets some amazing gushu! The Rareness is remarkable with its jasmine and almond notes with stellar qi and was the best young sheng I’ve had until I tried this Rareness 3. I could spend an hour listing all the herbal, wild floral , evergreen camphor and citrus peel notes I get. I could talk about how there is a lingering sweetness that clings to the throat for hours reminiscent of mango sticky rice. I could wax poetic about how this stuff made my whole kitchen smell like the Olympic rain forest in Washington. I could explain that during the 4th steep my face went entirely numb and I was grinning like Jimmy Carter and by the 10th steep I was so tea drunk I could have listened to Fleetwood Mac without my eyes bugging out my hair standing on end and breaking out into a rash which is usually the case. Yes, I could go on about this tea for hours but no words could do it justice. Best to try for yourself. One thing though. It is touchy. Brew to light and it’s thin and you miss a lot. Pushed too hard it gets bitter quickly. Brewed slightly hot for a little longer than micro steeps seemed to work best for me…
I initially made the mistake of sampling this tea alongside more bombastic young gushu. At the time, I was like “yeah it’s smooth and warming but meh…” A few weeks later I sampled 8g by itself and the beauty of its subtlety hit me. Again, I make a beer comparison-Irish cream stout. Dark nutty, herbal, vegetal and forest flavors that hide amid the creaminess and oily texture. This tea is quite generous and generates warm fuzzy blanket body feel. The perfect thing to have with a bowl of French onion soup on a rainy day. The price is a little salty but this stuff really strikes a chord with me.
This tea is huge! A while back (before I started this habit of reviewing tea online) I ordered a bunch of 2016 samples and Peter kindly included a ton of samples of 2017 gushu. I believe there was ManNuo, LaoManE, BangPen, Naka and a few others. All of these teas are beautifully processed and have outstanding material. In fact unless tasted side by side , I had trouble telling many of them apart. They have a great consistency. The GeDeng is the one tea of this bunch that knocked me out and the one I purchased a cake of (although I considered the Naka as well). Glad I did as it appears to already be gone. This tea has a big bold herbal kick and smooth bitterness and a nice oily texture. There is a wild, woodsy flavor follows by mild stone fruit and spice. The qi is bold, euphoric and energizing. Just the thing to drink before a long hike or paddling excursion.
Best Yiwu I ever had. From about 1991 til last year I was a second flush Darjeeling fanatic, Singbulli,Jungpana, Castleton, Thurbo etc. Then I discovered Yiwu sheng last winter and realized it gave me everything that a good Darjeeling could and more. My Darjeeling collection is probably going stale. Anyhow, this tea transports one to another place. It’s loaded with notes of jasmine and what I liken to the smell of the evergreen rainforests of the Olympic peninsula in Washington. In later steeps, notes of honey and almond seep in. The qi is outstanding and takes one to a land where it’s always afternoon. Can’t wait to try rareness 2 and 3. As for Yiwu in this price range I also really liked Hai Langs . It was more aggressive with more wild jungle taste…but I found it’s qi to be unremarkable. Of course qi is rather personal. Anyhow, you need to try a sample of this. Wish I could afford a tong!
Very smoky and sweet like caramell!
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Flavors: Caramel, Smoke, Sweet
Heavy sweetness, thick and woody note.
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Flavors: Sweet, Thick, Wood
Not knowing, if this is version 2 or 3 but both are one of the best teas ever! Cooling, bitter and nutty taste with a very strong Qi.
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Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Heavy, Nutty, Thick
Floral, cooling with a heavy spicyness and strong Qi.
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Flavors: Floral, Heavy, Nutty, Spicy, Sweet
Very spicy and unbelievable sweet!
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Flavors: Spicy, Sweet
Complex and multifaceted with a light bitterness.
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Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Honey, Nutty, Sweet, Vegetal
Long-lasting and strong bitterness with a earthy-nutty tone and characterisitcs of wild tea. Strong Qi!
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Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Nutty
Slightly spicy and bitter with a subtile fruity sweetnes. Very good price!
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Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Spicy, Sweet
Very strong and spicy. First slightly bitter but getting sweeter all along. Intense and heavy with a strong Qi.
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Flavors: Bitter, Heavy, Spicy, Sweet
Clean, strong and astringent with a slight smokyness. Good factory Sheng but nothing compared to Peter’s own Shengs.
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Strong, bitter and adstringent with a fruity note resembling Bitter Lemon.
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Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Lemon
I got incredibly tea drunk off of this (and compared it to OxyContin). It had a deep flavor profile that reminded me of a fresh forest, and had a sweet and herb like body.
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This is a nice tea with a fair amount of fermentation flavor. It was not bitter and developed a nice sweet note. One might describe this note as dates but that is just one possible interpretation.
I steeped this ten times in a 75ml teapot with 6.4g 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, and 1 minute.
This is a very nice shou brick with a bit of fermentation flavor left. I really only noticed it in the third and fourth steep, once the leaves had opened up. But this was a remnant of the taste, not a strong flavor. The tea did have a moderate amound of wet storage taste. I noticed it up until the eighth steep but it was not strong. I suspect a year of dry storage here will clear the tea of that. Overall I really enjoyed this tea. It had a really nnice sweet finish in the last few steeps. I am not sure what to call these notes but for some reason roasted hazelnuts came to mind. This may be inaccurate however, it is just what I thought of while drinking this tea.
I steeped this tea twelve times in a 110ml teapot with 8g 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. Judging by the color of the tea I would say there were about two to three more steeps left in the leaves if I wanted to continue.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet, Wet Wood
This tea had a great price, so I decided to grab a cake to try. I am a big supporter of factory productions, and I like imitations as well, so I kept an open mind when brewing. The cake is moderately compressed with some aromas of hay, slight floral, raisin, and cherry along whit some dark wood. The leaf is a bit rustic in its appearance as well as its scent. I warmed my teapot and threw some inside. The aroma opens into a punchy scent of wet hay, wet wood, grassy, and sharp fruits. I washed the leaf once and began my brewing. The taste is very rustic as well with lots of hay and wood. I can grab at some dry floral along with a sweet aftertaste, but the brew grows thin quickly. However, the qi is good and warming along with a pleasant head space. I liked the qi, but the drink was a bit too much for me. I think this cake will spend its day in storage until it learns to calm down a bit. A perpetual time-out.
Flavors: Dark Wood, Drying, Floral, Hay, Raisins, Sweet
I’ve been searching for a decent aged puerh to stock up on, so that I can have something to sip on and relax with. However, this will not be the one. The leaf is incredibly compressed and very dark with tones of intense spiced wood, dry, tobacco, and faint antique furniture. I grabbed my zini and warmed it up and placed a few crumbly pebbles inside. The aroma opens into some dry pipe tobacco, leather, petricor, and wood. I washed the leaves once and preparred for brewing. The taste begins sweet and smooth with some dustiness and earthy tones. The brew continues in the same manner and pronounced dryness arises later on. The body is medium thick and the brew is mostly clean. The qi is present, but I wouldn’t call it particularly involved with the tea. The brew continues in this manner and it doesn’t develop any further. My problem with this tea is that I believe the high price is only due to its age; which I don’t think is fair. The brew is very dusty, the taste is bit unclear, and there is no prominent complexity, and the qi is quite lacking. If this was lower, than I think this would be a fair lil tuocha, but at just under a dollar/g plus high shipping; this is not a good buy for me.
Flavors: Drying, Dust, Earth, Leather, Tobacco, Wood
I keep recieveing samples of this with my orders, so I have a Frankenstein cake now, lol. The leaves are light silver and loosely compressed. I can pick up some nice yiwu-like scents of slight sweet, subtle, and soft florals. The grassy youngness still shows strongly. I warmed my teapot and placed some inside. The scent opens into some heady florals, with sweet and tart tones, also I can note a bit of smoke and fruitiness. The taste is grassy with just a tad of sweetness. The huigan was incredibly faint. The bitter continued in each steep and became a tongue numbing astringent. Also, I note that the smoke tone appears around steep three. The brew continues in that manner and stays consistently basic. The qi is noticeable with a fair head rush and some face warming, but that is the extent.There is no doubt that this is organic plantation tea. For the price (mine was free), it’s a fair tea I guess, but I wouldn’t seek this out.
Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Grass, Smoke