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I’ve been drinking this exclusively for the past 3 days as I await my YS order that I placed in a panic earlier this week after realizing that I was completely out of sheng. I can’t tell if this is really a fantastic tea or I just haven’t had enough shou to know any better. Either way it doesn’t really matter, I guess, because I’m enjoying this tea a lot. It’s cheap enough that I can brew 10g at a time in my 180ml clay and not feel guilty about it. It’s not particularly complex and doesn’t really evolve much across steepings but that’s not what I really need out of this tea. What I need is some consistent, forgiving, soupy, rich shou and this is it. I suspect it’s good grandpa style as well.
Got a bit nervous right away because the fishy smell was strong enough to be sitting on the dry leaf. The fishiness did not show up in the flavor at all though. Nice easy cake to break up, beautiful little nugs just sort of fall off once they get loosened. My only gripe is that the wrapper is glued shut so you need to rip the paper to get at the tea. I really wanted to keep it intact and be able to fold it back shut. Not a big deal.
Has some beautiful flavors: mushroom, rice, root veggies. Perfect level of sweetness for me. Very very light astringency. Lots of steeps (I’m on 9 now, I think, and it’s got a lot more to give).
At 6.6 cents/g this is a great value. Glad I added this brick to my order.
Update: got 12 or 13 steeps I think, wasn’t really counting. Last one was about 2 minutes and it was still nice and smooth and sweet.
I think I pulled this sample out of the Puerh TTB. I wasn’t a huge fan of it. The leaves had a relatively light hay aroma to them. Once I brewed it up, the main flavor I got was hay with a touch of bitterness. The bitterness grew as the session continued, though I never found it particularly unpleasant. The unpleasant part of this tea for me was the finish which developed by about steep number three and lasted the whole rest of the time I spent with it. It was something funky – maybe mushroom or wet bark. I don’t mind some of these foresty flavors generally, but they were off in this tea. Maybe it’s at an awkward age or something, but this one just wasn’t for me.
Flavors: Bitter, Hay
Initial nose off the hot wet leaves is burly, with aromatic wood and a more subtle smoked character that fades directly into a very subtle and not-ouf-of-place cologne-like perfume. As the leaves cool, this settles into a musky sweetness with hints of the initial aroma. There aren’t any sour notes to this tea, which I often find and dislike in a lot of early-middle-aged teas around 2009/2010. I also feel like the way this tea is going to age is apparent, as if its on the cusp of going somewhere really nice. The current enjoyability of this tea, and the pleasantness of the early aged character made me excited enough to purchase a cake of this for some aging. Should be a nice show over the next few years.
PS Thanks to mrmopar for this sample. Learned a lot through a trade we made.
I actually did this two days ago so I am doing it again tonight.
I am pretty sure I grabbed this from Jasetea after roaming their website. A Yunnan Sourcing tea from 2009 and sold out on the YS sites.
I got all the shake and little pieces from inside the wrapper to brew with. I think it was about 12 grams and in the gaiwan to steep.
I rinsed it and let it sit about an hour before brewing to open the leaf up a bit.
This one is just about to get into the darker gold/copper color.
The brew was done in 3/3/3 sec brews. It sips light and goes quickly into a full thick almost oily coating with a nice good bitter punch to it. It gives some sweet but it is a while after sipping and the bitter subsides before this comes to front.
This one is turning into a good strong tea in its middle age. I will be interested into seeing how this ages in the future.
Flavors: Bitter, Hay, Sweet, Thick