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86

I had a nice Huo Shan Huang Ya from Teavivre last year, and thought it would be fun to try the same tea from another vendor for comparison. Both teas were around $18 for 50 g, meaning that the quality should be similar. Since Yunnan Craft didn’t provide brewing instructions, I used the ones from Teavivre, steeping 6 g of leaf in a 120 ml porcelain pot at 185F for 50, 60, 70, 90, 120, 150, 180, and 240 seconds, plus some long, uncounted rounds.

The dry aroma is of hazelnuts, green beans, snow peas, and butter. The first steep has notes of candied hazelnuts, green beans, snow peas, grass, butter, and something fruity that’s close to melon. Asparagus appears in steep two and the tea has a starchy quality. I get corn and cornhusk in the next couple steeps, with apricot sneaking through in the aftertaste. Subsequent steeps have notes of spinach, beans, grass, apricots, and minerals.

This is a lovely yellow tea that’s perfect for spring. I think the one from Teavivre had more nutty, buttery flavours while this one is greener, though it’s hard to remember much about a tea I drank a year ago. Both are less aggressively vegetal than most green teas—a definite plus in my books!

Flavors: Apricot, Asparagus, Butter, Corn Husk, Grass, Green Beans, Hazelnut, Melon, Mineral, Snow Peas, Spinach, Sweet Corn, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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94

Lovely, lovely, lovely.

Pours goldenrod, starts so delicately with creamy tropical fruits. Pineapple, banana, apricot. Bitterness stays low in the mouth, around the tongue and low cheeks… this is maybe the clearest huigan transformation I’ve experienced yet. Plum.

I used just 3g in a baby gaiwan, so not a huge qi bomb for me. I’d like to revisit another (that is: available) vintage or two of this and see what I find.

Thank you, derk. <3

Flavors: Apricot, Banana, Bitter, Creamy, Pineapple, Plum

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drank Blind Samples by Yunnan Craft
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Last of the Blind Samples from several years ago. This is “E”, a basic sheng. Young astringency, bitter hay and stonefruit. But I feel relaxed, so there’s that.

Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Astringent, Bitter, Hay, Kiwi, Smoke, Stonefruit, Sweet, Warm Grass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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drank Blind Samples by Yunnan Craft
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Moving on to blind sample D

This sheng puerh has a meadowy, plummy date aroma to the dry leaf, strawlike with a rich fruity sweetness. Warming brings a sharp tang like dried cherries and prunes. Rinsing turns the leaf more pungent with eggplant, olive, osmanthus and marshmallow root.

Aromas and tastes are consistent throughout steeps. On the nose I get strong notes of grilled peach and grilled eggplant, wet hay. In the mouth, the tea has a deep, rich taste up front of hay, purple flowers, marshmallow with a citrusy feeling. The body is viscous and soft with a bitterness that is not so well integrated. It does linger and is a bit intrusive right now but I think it will complement the tea as it transforms with age (if it ages well – I think this might be a sheng subjected to new methods of processing as there is some visible oxidation and prominent aroma). Burps early in the session, no stomach discomfort.

This leaf has enough strength to last several infusions but I did lose interest at some point and didn’t steep it out. The way the tea presents its character and bitterness up front, along with its energy, has me thinking this is bush tea or young tree. Also, the leaf has a thin, flimsy structure, but I do see a few fat, chunky buds that look like they’re from a different pick. Processing isn’t the best – plenty of scorch marks. A difficult to describe intensity moves through my body that has me thinking Menghai region but I’m definitely not confident in that assessment.

It’s actually a decent tea but not my jam. I think I’ll brew up the remainder of the sample as iced tea.

One more blind sheng sample to go!

Flavors: Bitter, Cherry, Citrus, Dates, Eggplant, Grilled Food, Hay, Lavender, Marshmallow, Meadow, Olives, Osmanthus, Peach, Plum, Prune, Pungent, Rich, Soft, Straw, Violet, Viscous

Preparation
Boiling 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
ashmanra

Your observations blow my mind. I want to be as knowledgeable as you!

derk

Heh, thanks. The more I learn from my Puerh Armchair, the less I know.

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drank Blind Samples by Yunnan Craft
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Sample C

Tastes like a wild sheng or a purple leaf cultivar, but from where?? Really nice touch of soft floral-woody cinnamon with some ooey gooey baked plum-peach to the warmed leaf. At first drying and very juicy, it takes a few steeps to settle into character — let’s call it “Leathery Osmanthus atop a Bed of Straw and scented with True Cinnamon”. Main vibe skews savory, kind of like roasted chicken? A little purplish bitterness that numbs. Mineral. At times coppery metallic. Autumn tea crosses my mind. The sweetness in the cooling huigan reminds me of peppermint. The aroma and aftertaste really nail down that Leathery Osmanthus association.

A good one, not that any of the blind samples so far have been bad. I was simply feeling this one today <3 Easy drinker for me, not too complex but alluring. Feels like it would age well enough.

At the end of session, very strong compulsion to listen to
Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSKrC7dGcY

Edited to add: the energy of this one is deceptively strong. I felt normal while drinking this. Hours later, I experienced levels of wackiness I haven’t felt in ages. Loaded with caffeine but somewhat tempered by other compounds. Idk, the more I think about how it made me feel, I’m not too keen on it. Like some Jingmai teas I’ve had, energy is akin to ephedrine. Jingle-jangle.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Drying, Grapes, Juicy, Lavender, Leather, Metallic, Mineral, Osmanthus, Peach, Peppermint, Plum, Roasted Chicken, Savory, Stonefruit, Straw

Preparation
Boiling 4 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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drank Blind Samples by Yunnan Craft
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Blind sample B

The color of the leaf and aromas/flavors point to this being a wild sheng. The overall vibe is the low, damp and earthy scent of forest mycelium mixed with iodine. Juicy and very tingly, metallic. Bitterness is present and grows on the tongue before giving way to a sweet and fruity-floral aftertaste that rises into the sinuses, turning into a more distinctly rich, brown sugary date. Mildly cooling in throat and chest but not in mouth. Needs longer steeps to bring out its potential.

This one didn’t grab me as much as the first sample but it was fun to taste what I think is an example of wild tea with some age and humidity attached to it, the latter of which I don’t think I’ve experienced before.

Thank you, Yunnan Craft!

Flavors: Apricot, Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Cherry, Cherry Blossom, Dates, Earthy, Floral, Forest Floor, Iodine, Juicy, Lime, Menthol, Metallic, Mushrooms, Musty, Plum, Smoke, Wet Wood

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drank Blind Samples by Yunnan Craft
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Yunnan Craft out of kindness sent 5 blind sheng puerh samples with my first order 4 years ago. They wanted to know my thoughts. Several years later (such is the life of a tea hoarder)…

I present Exhibit A.

Observe the leaf — strong and healthy, fuzzy. Colors range from almost black to to silvery fawn. A mix of leaf and needle. Further inspection of the wet leaf halfway through the session yields a mostly 2 leaves and bud picking, large leaf variety.

This is an easy drinker, mellow. At first it is sweet and oily, medium-bodied and fluid, rather mouthwatering with a pleasantly strong tingling on the sides of the tongue. This texture transitions to some easy bitterness with brassy character midway through the session and ends as a sweetwater brew.

The taste does not vary too much. It starts out fruity-sweet with apricot and a general tone that is a mix of grass-hay-yellow apple-chrysanthemum — mostly a mild brown-tinged gold affair like the color of the liquor. A hint of clove.

With the first session in a cheap-ass ‘yixing’ clay pot, I don’t seem to pull much aftertaste. However, in a tiny-ass duanni clay pot, the sweet date-brown sugar aftertaste and returning sweetness emanating from the very back of the mouth are not shy. Also, in the cheap pot, the liquor is more refreshing and I notice much more of a citrus zest tingly bitterness. Tonight with the duanni, it is more fragrant and fruity in the mouth. Interesting, since duanni is supposed to mute aromas. Neither clay seems to affect the mild expression of mouth-cooling, nor the warm spice felt in the chest.

Overall, this is a very easy tea. It is one I would recommend to anybody who enjoys sweet but not syrupy young sheng and is looking to avoid a gut bomb of astringency. There’s a certain elegance and balance to this leaf that goes somewhat unannounced. It is not a bold and brash brew.

If I am to take a guess, I’d say this is Lincang region tea 4-5 years old (could it be autumn?) and Kunming stored for a brief amount of time before it landed with me. I’m probably way off! Too bad Yunnan Craft at this point probably has no record or recollection of what was sent to me.

4 more blind samples to go :)

Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Brown Sugar, Chrysanthemum, Citrus Zest, Clove, Compost, Cotton Candy, Dates, Grass, Hay, Metallic, Mineral, Oily, Peat, Pine, Spicy, Sweet, Yogurt

gmathis

I’d enter you in a professional competitive blindfold taste test tea-off if such an event existed!

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90

Well, this is technically a sipdown as well, but since I had only 5 grams from derk (from when?), and I have used them all in one gongfu session, I won’t really count it as a sipdown.

I even preheated the gaiwan today and after I have added the leaves, a huge “cloud” of chocolate notes appeared. A rich, dark chocolate notes.

Don’t let the colour fool you. It brews very bright tea soup, but the flavour notes as well as the aromas are quite “dark”. As I have already mentioned, it has got dark chocolate taste (as well the aroma), stonefruits, but again the darker ones — or rather autumn ones, like plums, maybe almonds, and certainly nutty notes were there as well. Graham, coffee, carob are other notes that come to the mind.

It is quite forgiving in steeping time terms, becuase honestly, during studying I just can’t count the duration of steep, nor exact parameters of each steep. It is very no-fuzz tea, but with very nice and complex taste.

Thank you derk a lot for this tea. I just wonder when you sent it to me :)

Preparation
5 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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85

Wow, what a tea! I got this tea from my Yunnan Craft order, and it was my first time trying Puerh in Mandarin. Insanely unique, potent and complex aroma that reminds me of haw flakes, unique and complex taste with a nice amount of potency to it. This tea has a rich, thick texture and has a one of a kind character. This tea also does a madness to the stomach, making it one hell of a digestive with a nice buzz to boost. This tea would be a 90+ if not for its decent but just above average finish & aftertaste and average steep longevity. Wonderful tea that everyone should try, for a very very cheap price.

Flavors: Alkaline, Citrus, Creamy, Fruity, Herbal, Leather, Mandarin, Orange Zest, Pleasantly Sour, Smoke, Smooth, Tangy, Traditional Chinese Medicine

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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78

This tea left me in a drunker stupor. I got this sample from my recent Yunnan Craft order, and wow does this tea pack a punch. Beautiful leaves with a rich character, complex, refreshing finish and decent aftertaste with a cha-qi that rivals gushu. This tea could’ve done with a more potent flavour and aroma, with a thicker and more active texture and mouthfeel. This tea also only lasted 7-8 steeps, which I would’ve expected more from a Pu-erh tea.

Flavors: Alcohol, Cinnamon, Decayed Wood, Dry Grass, Floral, Herbaceous, Leather, Marine, Mineral, Spring Water

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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66

My first experience with a Ya Bao! I got this tea from my recent Yunnan Craft order, and it is one of the most delicate and fresh tasting teas I’ve ever had. Delicate flavour and aroma, along with a smooth texture and a unique character. I wish that this tea would have a more nuanced and complex flavour, with a richer aftertaste and finish, as well as some form of cha-qi. If you’re a fan of delicate teas without much action, this could be a good tea for you. However, I just find that it lacks too many things to really be something that I’d recommend.

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Hay, Mango, Pine, Smooth, Sweet, Warm Grass

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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92

Dry leaf smalls like a mix of dark, dry and sweet with cool and moist. Strong, fresh TCM, the smell of dried Chinese olive/jujube, thinned chocolate syrup, bamboo. Warmed leaf is rich, dark and sweet with cumin and leather, more of that chocolate syrup. Rinsed leaf, first impression is “this is something I really want to drink.” Hot and a hint musty like boiled leather and boiled bamboo.

The first few steeps are sweet, alkaline and tangy, TCM, jujube; an impression of dry and hard dark earth and ash. I love the tongue-numbing bitterness. It stays there, on the tongue, presenting nowhere else. Third steep on, it transforms into something more spicy, woody, complex dry root beer. I don’t feel the liquor going down my throat, it must be numb, but I do feel a great warmth there. Camphor whisper turns more to menthol. Rather drying, astringency is felt strongly mostly in the salivary glands under the tongue. Mouth remains closed and I sit. Aftertaste is sweet, dry, and woody-bitter.

I’d like to see this heicha 5-10 years down the road and with a touch more humid storage. Regardless, it’s a lovely tea already. It’s what I always hope to get from shou pu’er but rarely do.

Flavors: Alkaline, Ash, Astringent, Bamboo, Bitter, Camphor, Chocolate, Cumin, Dates, Drying, Earth, Leather, Menthol, Nutty, Olives, Root Beer, Spicy, Sweet, Tangy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Woody

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 85 ML
Leafhopper

I was recently looking at this company’s black and oolong teas. Have you tried any of them? Prices seem really good.

derk

I haven’t but will consider them when I place another order.

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95

This is going to be a very micro note. I’ve had these little rocks sitting around for about a year and finally got around to breaking into one (too many teas to try).

Jeez is the compression tight. You end up with masticated leaf and powder largely, but that’s to be expected.

Flavours are sharply bitter but fall off fast to a pleasant sugarcane huigan. The scent of the leaf is powerful and fruity (like a good sharp tart cherry or jam/preserve).

The energy is instantly felt and lasting flavour lingers. There’s good sheng-jing like a sharp Riesling. The mouthfeel is smooth and it coats the throat nicely. The lid on my zhuni pot is sticky.

Strongly recommended young sheng as long as you’re okay with masticated leaf.

For the price, if you’re a fan of the DaXueShan character, this exhibits it well. Yummy stuff that’ll definitely get your caffeine spiking.

A great warm up and energiser in the cold winter mornings.

Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Cherry, Jam, Sugarcane

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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drank 2017 Hua Zhu Liang Zi by Yunnan Craft
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Lazy copypaste from puer of the day thread. A Meng Song area tea.

2017 Hua Zhu Liang Zi from Yunnan Craft, who describes the tea as having ‘aggressive ba qi.’

Right now, several steeps in and I feel so… heavy… that lumbering klutzy giant feeling, like I’ve not yet developed fine motor skills. This is a strong tea with lots of licorice root overtone to the leaf and liquor aroma. Easy to drink with barnyard taste, aftertaste that’s vaguely fruity-licorice root, throat feels bitey then full and slightly cool. The bitterness and astringency present at first as feelings in the body then transition to effects in the mouth. I like the tea, but the power tells me it’s best left to age.

Hit me like a brick. Too young to drink now.

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100

Can’t remember why I picked this specific one from others from same farmer. Probably a wrapper. Their design was kind of similar to all mr. Xie offerings, so probably the way name sounded as well was a factor. Nearly sure it was the only tea from that specific sub-area. I am less into taste and more into body feel. That was oily and perfect for alkaline acidity balance. Meaning I could eat any junk food and this piece of marvel would sort everything out. I had to go away for like 10 days without it and my gut flora was still holding that layer. I tried other teas from this farmer, not the same. The only unique thing I stumbled while randomly attacking Google with my queries was they found fossils of magnolia there. Apparently it is ancestor of tea and one of those plants that had different way of propagating since prehistoric times. So it is a kind of dinosaur of plants. But I gave away half of it, can’t remember exactly why, probably got heavier into heichas and saw opportunity to shift to someone who just started switching from cancerogenic medication to humble tea. But anytime I see word “wen” in a name of tea, I always check in case there is some intuitive lead being presented to me by the universe.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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Having had this tea a few times now, I’m getting a better sense of it. It’s youthful and loud yet subtle and deep. Complex fruity and astringent herbal flavors with balanced bitterness. Within that complexity, I get peeks of other tastes like clean, white fish meat and crackers. A mouth-filling, oily body and my throat feels full. Very cooling and with a moderate returning sweetness by the time later steeps come around. I really like the energy of this one — it’s centering and focusing with a feeling of oneness experienced in conjunction with the forceful outwardness of teas from the Menghai region. I was as comfortable standing erect as I was in a motherly position on the ground brushing mats out of the dog’s fur for an hour. I guess you could call the balanced effects of this tea ‘adaptive.’

This isn’t an oolong-y sheng despite the long list of impressions below, nor is it processed too green but I do think maybe I need to expose the rest of the sample to some humidity. If this weren’t sold out I’d probably buy a cake.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Bitter, Bread, Cacao, Caramel, Cherry, Decayed Wood, Dry Grass, Earth, Eucalyptus, Flowers, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Ginger, Herbs, Jam, Licorice, Mineral, Mint, Orange, Paper, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Plum, Raspberry, Smoke, Strawberry, Thyme, Umami, White Grapes, Wood

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86

A sample from derk again and thank you (again).

As a novice in pu-erh drinking, I never much cared about the origin of those teas. I just was thinking — I like it, or I don’t like it. So, I don’t have any idea how different are teas from Lao Wu Shan and Jinggu for example. Or This and from Jingmai. Storage is another big difference and I just can’t tell you what is different. I should start making notes somewhere down about pu-erh, as it is like wine… different regions have different tastes. And yest that’s something I notice, but that’s all and I can’t remember it myself.

But to the tea, I have used 5 grams of loose I had in the pouch from California. I had add a little from the chunk, but 4 grams seemed too little for my 85 gaiwan.

I did quick rinse, but as a morning tea I haven’t wrote this tasting note while drinking, so no single steep notes.

It is nice, smooth tea, with just little astringency, mostly coming with bitterness in last steeps. Overall taste is grassy, bit vegetal, green beans, but as well sweet and little creamy (the smooth factor). The steeps were nice and there wasn’t single steep which told me it’s bad in some way.

The brew was light green with yellow notes, if clear or not I am not able to recognize as I don’t own glass tea cup for pu-erh brewing or at least I need to get cha hai.

Flavors: Creamy, Grass, Green Beans, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

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Generous sample kindly provided by the proprietor. ~25g yields about two lengthy sessions.

Prepared in my Jian Shui gaiwan, and served in my porcelain tea cup via my glass cha hai. Filtered Santa Monica municipal water just off the boil throughout.

5 flash infusions: Butterscotch liquor; stone fruit, figs, wood, honey, and yam are all hinted at, but the aromatic sum, which amplifies the scent of the dry leaf, is something more concrete and distinctive even if I can’t name it; sweet palate entry, creamy with hints of licorice, leading into a faintly spicy/woody finish suggesting pink peppercorn; slippery, almost thick mouth-feel with low tannins and bitterness.

Well crafted, subtly unique red tea with impressive longevity (I expect to get another 5 infusions out of this session when I return to it tomorrow morning), although the nectar-like sweetness makes me prefer this as a dessert tea rather than a daily drinker.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 12 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Haha. This has to be the most forgettable sheng puerh I’ve ever had. Sandpapery young astringency fades away within several steeps. What’s left is a mostly flavorless, lightly vegetal-honey bitter cup with a whisper of cooling throatfeel.

The only aspect that stands out to me is the returning sweetness and even then it’s like “Whatever.”

Time for a lazy experiment. No control, no reproducibility. The rest of the sample I’ll leave sealed in its bag. The bag will be placed in a compartment in my truck to avoid direct sunlight. It will be exposed to higher temperatures and greater fluctuations than the relatively stable 65-70F, non-air-conditioned storage of my bedroom closet. I will forget about it all summer and probably find it when I clean out my truck sometime in November, at which point I’ll go, “Huh. I wonder how long this has been here. Let’s have a brew.” Or maybe I’ll forget about it all winter. Maybe whoever buys my truck in the future will find it.

What does the proposed treatment hold for such a vapid tea?

Preparation
Boiling 4 OZ / 110 ML
Martin Bednář

Better forgettable than plain bad :)

So Keta

Given a similar treatment of time, vapid people tend to mature and develop in surprising ways. To clarify though, I do not recommend locking someone in the trunk of your car all summer! HA.

tea-sipper

haha. Truck aging.

derk

So Keta, so true.
tea-sipper: that made me chuckle. I feel like my roots are showing.

Mastress Alita

I once had a sampler from one of Liquid Proust’s “introductions to puerh” hauls that simply said “cheap” on the package, with no other indications of what it was. It was the most foul tasting tea I had ever had. Now I sort of wish I had thought of something like this… instead I stuck it in a home-made advent calendar for my friend Todd and re-labeled it as “Coal”.

tea-sipper

haha. Perfect! Cheap coal.

derk

I found the pouch in my truck the other day after enduring a wicked hot summer (some days in the mid 110s F) and the winter which didn’t often get below freezing. It smells glorious. I’ll have to try it soon.

ashmanra

I can hardly wait!

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Found yet another Jinggu county tea (or is it Jingdong? I’m finding conflicting info) in my stash — 2018 Lao Wu Shan Gu Shu Cha from Yunnan Craft. I’ve not seen Lao Wu Shan puerh available at any of the other vendor sites I’ve frequented.

Dry leaf aroma is floral-raisin-wood. Warmed leaf aroma has a sharp barnyard pungency with raisins and fruit punch? Rinsed leaf brings out mellow apricot, wet wood, more florals and savoriness. Medium-bodied, a lot of saponins in the pot and cup on first pour. Savory, alkaline, dry grass; light creamed honey sweetness and butter. Overall mellow and smooth with a bright mineral finish that later turns tart and drying with growing bitterness. Returning sweetness, cooling in the chest/throat and calming all from the first steep. I’m left feeling indifferent; it’s still young.

Lighter compression, the chunk separated with the rinse so I’ve been poking around the wet leaf. Single leaves, buds, 2-3 leaf and bud sets, some longer stems. Doubt it’s gushu but other than a few char spots, it looks healthy and well enough made. Cloudy brew for many steeps, though.

I wonder how other teas from this area compare.

Flavors: Apricot, Barnyard, Bitter, Butter, Dry Grass, Drying, Flowers, Fruit Punch, Honey, Mineral, Mint, Raisins, Smooth, Tart, Wet Wood, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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93

I’m supposed to be making carnitas.

Right now, this sheng has me kicked back in my chair with my feet on the bed. I’m transported back to Akron, in the old house, winter. Living room, French doors closed, wood-burning stove roaring, tomato soup bubbling away on top, the sound of Skyward Sword in the background. Cocooned in a blanket. My ears are burning from the heat. So drowsy and comfortable, that feeling as you succumb to the fading in of sleep, reality slowly stipples away at your periphery, defocusing your gaze, the fire crackles, eyelids lower, dreamtime seamlessly folds over the diminishing edges of this moment. I think about the wrapping of a puer cake, everything points to the beenghole. A nice package.

It’s difficult to describe the actual tea when the qi is so distinctive. This is very close in profile to the 2016 Bang Wai Gu Cha I tried last night. Much less sweet, which I prefer, more balanced, spicier, brighter. Good returning sweetness and longer lasting, more distinctive fruity peach-mango-apricot aftertaste. The oiliness isn’t as pronounced but it’s felt later lining my tongue. Not yet sure about longevity. Very nice for a young one and arguably worth the tenths of a cent more per gram :P Might cake. Can’t go wrong at $0.14/g. Edit: Will cake this weekend. Please don’t buy them out.

I’m having deja vu. I’ve typed this note before.

Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Brown Sugar, Camphor, Drying, Floral, Flowers, Mango, Metallic, Peach, Plum, Raisins, Rice, Smooth, Spicy, Straw, Strawberry, Toffee, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
derk

2.5 hours later and I still haven’t made carnitas. Instead I spent that time derking around the Pu’er Woo-wooniverse, trying to type up crackpot romantic comparisons of beengs and beengholes to conceptual themes such as art and science, creation, compression, pressure and transformation. Something about dark underbellies, velvety spermatic leaf weaving over and under and in between, feeding frenzies. Holy crap I feel absolutely rejuvenated.

puerh, pu’erh, pu-erh, puer, pu’er but never pu-er
whatever

Martin Bednář

Now I want carnitas. And this pu-erh.

Nattie

Your description had me falling asleep and wishing for winter! Sounds like bliss.

ashmanra

I don’t know what a carnita is!

derk

ashmanra: falling apart Mexican braised pork

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drank 2016 Bang Wai Gu Cha by Yunnan Craft
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First sheng from Yunnan Craft.

2016 Bang Wai Gu Cha seems like a good deal for the $23 I paid for a 200g beeng (now sold out). Impressive dry and warmed leaf aroma with a heavy and tangy mixture of toffee-plum-strawberry and faint aged florals. Balanced toffee/ripe papaya like sweetness that’s sticky but not cloying. Full sip thins nicely on the swallow. Tingling, mouthwatering, oily long after swallow until the end of my session, some camphor/menthol, very light bitterness and astringency. At one point, some chili pepper heat lit up my mouth. Light fruity aftertaste. Later steeps fade into lightly sweet hay-rice porridge?

The longevity of this tea is mid-ranged; combined with some relaxing, head-clouding qi and low caffeine, this made for a pleasant evening brew. Plenty of 2 leaf and bud sets with no obvious oxidation.

Not complex in taste but what it does, it does very well. For me, it needs some acidity to brighten things up a bit. I’d direct those newer to sheng toward this sweet daily drinker.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Camphor, Flowers, Hay, Menthol, Mineral, Plum, Rice, Smooth, Spicy, Strawberry, Sweet, Toffee, Tropical

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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drank 2013 Liu An Hei Cha by Yunnan Craft
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Another new company for me, Yunnan Craft, found via a Steepster member review. I enjoy the no BS communication and approach of the vendor.

This is my first time trying a Liu An heicha, a fermented tea similar to shou puerh. I’m keeping this review short because I’m just really enjoying sipping on this and sharing it with housemate #2, not really taking notes.

Brewed gongfu in a 180mL clay teapot, 205-212F, drank the rinse because there was absolutely no fermentation aroma present in the dry leaf — pure chocolate. Already full of flavor, bright with plenty of cherry and plum, mineral, complemented by a robust backbone of nutty milk chocolate, caramel, graham cracker, nutmeg and wood, faint bamboo. Light coffee-roasted chicory aftertaste. Very aromatic, active in the mouth with tingling and light salivation, smooth and soothing, warming. Later leaves a constricting, tannic throat feel that’s a bit distracting. Housemate #2 took some CBD drops before I handed her a cup and said the flavor of the tea cut right through the CBD. She’s really impressed by it.

This reminds me of a cross between a shou puerh and a medium to heavy roast Wuyi oolong without char notes.

Flavors: Bamboo, Caramel, Cherry, Chocolate, Coffee, Graham Cracker, Mineral, Nutmeg, Nutty, Plum, Smooth, Tannin, Wood

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec 9 g 6 OZ / 180 ML
Leafhopper

I was looking at Yunnan Craft’s site a while ago and was tempted by their low prices. Did you get any blacks or oolongs from them? Also, what’s the shipping like?

derk

I haven’t yet ordered any of his black or oolong though, like you said, the prices are very tempting! My first order consisting of puerh and heicha totaled roughly 1.1kg and $115 USD. For that weight, shipping was ~$17 USD.

derk

I don’t remember through what method/carrier the parcel was shipped but it did arrive within 2 weeks I think.

Leafhopper

Thanks! That’s reasonable given the size of your order.

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