60 Tasting Notes
The first steep was light and ‘barely there’. On the second steep the flavor woke up, and I am enjoying it. It has a light scent of apricot and cut grass. It’s very mild with little bitterness. Still learning to taste.
Having ordered a selection of young sheng to educate my palette, I’m finding the elements I enjoy in a pu-erh changing rapidly and drastically.
The third steep turned out nastily bitter because I accidentally over steeped. The forth turned out pleasant light and sweet with little bitterness.
Gongfu style: 20s rinse, 20s first steep, 15s second, ~20+ third, ~15 forth…
Sweet mild taste, flowery perfume and a muted bitterness. This is my first tasting. It seems counterproductive to rate a young pu-erh. Since the conditions for proper aging are not easy to replicate, it’s worth hording a couple of cakes only if you can also happily drink it as it is.
It will take a couple goes and an adjustment of steep times before I can say much about this cake. My first impression is positive.
This tea was a true surprise when I first got it. The tightly compressed brick wasn’t all that pretty and, of course, its young. But it brews up a mellow sweet amber cup with a hint of bitterness that keeps to the background. It also changes considerably through multiple steeps as the teas opens.
Cooked and vintage pu-erh gets a lot of attention, but there are young greens that can be enjoyed for what they are.
Gongfu style, 9g with 2 rinses at 15s, 5 steeps at 1m, 40s, 50s, 1m …