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70

Gentle and smooth tea with strong body and good Qi.
Image sand more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2007-mr-feng-fd-eot

Flavors: Leather, Smooth, Wood

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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100

Very bitter in a pleasant way. Remindes me of the CLT Slumbering Dragon, but a bit more fruity instead of floral and good Qi.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2016-kunlu-bitter-wild-eot

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Fruity

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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85

Strong and smooth, spicy with a thick body.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2014-du-quan-eot

Flavors: Smooth, Spicy, Thick

Preparation
8 g 80 OZ / 2365 ML

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100

Very calm and balanced tea tastewise, but with a strong, underlying Qi.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2008-mr-feng-selected-trees-eot

Flavors: Leather, Smooth, Thick, Wood

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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85

Fresh, slightly bitter with a instense, rustic somkiness. Recommended if you like smokey Shengs.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2014-yunyun-eot

Flavors: Bitter, Smoke

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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85

Buttery-smooth, fruity-spicy and slightly bitter-astringent.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2014-long-lan-xu-eot

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Butter, Fruity, Smooth, Spicy

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 89 ML

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85

Spicy and slightly woody. Similar to the 2000 Kai Yuan Green Stamp, but much smooth rand more tame.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2000-green-peacock-eot

Flavors: Smooth, Spicy, Wood

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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85

Warm and sweet with hints of dried fruits and relaxing Qi.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2006-da-xue-shan-eot

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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85

Thick and smooth, pleasnt spicy woodiness with a good Qi.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2012-qi-sheng-gu-eot

Flavors: Smooth, Spicy, Thick, Wood

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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70

Smooth, warm and sweet with hints of apricots.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2009-mr-feng-bwq-eot

Flavors: Apricot, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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70

Heavy and thick, tart and despite age still slightly bittern and astringtent with a fruity note.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2006-wild-peacock-eot

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Fruity, Heavy, Tart, Thick

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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70

Tastewise very light but still thick with good Qi.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2016-wuliang-b-eot

Flavors: Smooth, Thick

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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70

Bitter and spicy with a “hearty” taste.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2014-nancai-wild-eot

Flavors: Bitter, Spicy

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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100

Very strong, spicy and woody. Despite age still quite astringent and smoky.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2000-kai-yuan-green-stamp-eot

Flavors: Astringent, Heavy, Smoke, Spicy, Wood

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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100

Strong, bitter and heavy with a good Qi. This is what Bulang tastes like!
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2012-bulang-eot

Flavors: Bitter, Heavy, Spicy

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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85

Strong and balanced, remindes of the 2002 W2T White Wale but smoother.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2003-purple-peacock-eot

Flavors: Bitter, Heavy, Smoke, Smooth, Wood

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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55

Very modest, smooth and slightly woody.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/1992-da-ye

Flavors: Smooth, Wood

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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70

Heavy, buttery-smooth, slightly woody and with notes of dry plumes.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2007-qi-sheng-gu-eot

Flavors: Butter, Heavy, Plums, Smooth, Wood

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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100

Very smooth with a slightly bitter sweetnes and a great Qi.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2012-baotang-eot

Flavors: Bitter, Smooth, Sweat, Wood

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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70

Velvet smooth with a heavy sweetness.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2015-yunya-eot

Flavors: Heavy, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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Quite a bit of bitterness in this one with maybe some slight spicy notes. That’s not really the right word for the note, but I don’t know what to call it. Couldn’t find this one on the site anymore so it must be sold out. Not particularly good enough that I bothered to look up any more details about it.

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This tea, being a factory production, does not walk in beauty.
It does not go gentle into the good night.
Its flavor was perfectly adequate. Enjoyable, even. No hint of questionable storage of either the excessively damp nor murderously arid varieties. Good color, good nose, good aftertaste, acceptable huigan.

What really stood out for this tea, which is regrettably unavailable I believe, was the feeling. If I were to make totally unfounded suppositions (and when, really, do I not?), I would say that it made me feel like a beloved pet in the lap of its master, being stroked and fed treats. The sort of contentment that essentially no longer exists upon reaching adulthood, in which you feel all is right with the universe.

So would I recommend it, were such a recommendation even actionable? Of course not! I can’t even be sure I’ll get the same feelings from a second session with the same tea, much less anyone else.

But I’d recommend you give it a go, if you get a chance. Any chance to feel that pleased is well worth one’s time.

Haveteawilltravel

This is that good soul tea ;)

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This tea is amazing.
I could stop with that remark, but since it’s Easter I sat down and drank this for hours while catching up on The Flash with my dad.

The smoke is still there, but it’s almost like a overpowering camphor at this point which is quite interesting. The taste lingers for awhile and the brews are incredibly dark. At 16 years old, it’s apparent it has been living a good life becoming something that is amazing.

Depth of smoky earth that has hints of spice that stick around for awhile. Highly recommend trying a sample if you get the chance, the brew is darker than when I brew my dianhongs which impresses me and the depth follows the color of the liquid as well.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BS9GJqzgYMm/

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82

This tea has made quite the turnaround since I first tried it a few months ago. I first received it and was incredibly disappointed by the pungent and quite off-putting medicinal aroma that emanated from the sample bag, such that I was terrified that the 2012 Qi Sheng Gu cake I had bought would turn into this after a couple years. Thankfully, after giving this a second chance and placing my sample of it into a little cup in the open air for a few days to mellow whatever was left of that medicinal character from being in the sample bag, I’m almost able to drink this with an unbiased palate. This tea is a nice and pleasant semi-aged sheng It’s now nicely brothy and a little bit dry and earthy with a bit of fruit and floral character.

Preparation
4 g 2 OZ / 60 ML
tanluwils

I’m also not a fan of the medicinal notes (and aromas!). This was one of the few blind buys that resulted in disappointment. Glad it seems to be improving. The Baotang had similar issues, but has shown marked improvement – the medicinal notes morphed into complex wood and dried figs.

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