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From the Puerh+ TTB box

Heeey this isn’t bad at all. Pretty standard sheng and pretty mellow. Was hoping for a little more OOMPH since it’s an older leaf, but alas. It’s a very forgiving tea. No cha qi tonight, at least not that I’m getting from it.

Not bad. Not wonderful. Good enough for gongfu.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 g 0 OZ / 0 ML

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From the Puerh TTB+ box..

I had a really hard time finding any info about this tea. The label just says “1999 Mengku – Berylleb”. I THINK this is the same one, but I’m not sure -https://www.kingteamall.com/product/1999-shuangjiang-mengku-bianxiaozhuan-brick-250g-china-yunnan-chinese-organic-puer-puerh-raw-tea-sheng-cha/

Apparently the guy “berylleb” goes by different things on ebay vs. his storefront. I found like 3 different names for him. I’m so very confused. Also, I thought “berylleb” would spell something different when it’s spelled backwards but NOPE. Now I wanna go find out how this guy got his name. Speaking of backwards words, did you know there is NO word for a word that is spelled backwards. Even Oxford Dictionary says there’s not (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/explore/what-is-the-term-for-a-word-which-is-another-word-spelled-backwards). I mean.. I guess semi-palindrome will have to do.

Anyway onto this tea. Yeahhhh I’m not feeling it. It’s way too bitter even with flash steeps and lower temps. The leaves are pretty miniscule and broken up which probably isn’t helping. I was looking forward to trying an older sheng but this is NOT it. It probably didn’t help I couldn’t find much about this tea in the first place. Ahh well. Sorry Mengku, it was not meant to be.

Liquid Proust

So I put that in there and the first picture you would think it’s leaf… Break open the cake and I promise they pressed dust.

Babble

Yeah I forgot to mention I was even using the pressed nuggets instead of the loose stuff from the sample. And yeah.. still dust.

Did I link the right product though?

mrmopar

Berylleb King Tea on eBay and King Tea on Aliexpress/King Tea Mall are two different sellers.

Bellyreb LOL!

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drank Andean Princess by Bitaco Tea Co.
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Also from the Here’s Hoping TTB

This tea is fairly unique for a black tea blend. It’s not bad iced. It’s no “Cocoa Kisses” (that one is better) but it works. It’s actually got some creamy undertones to it. This is probably a decent flavored tea if you are not a huge fan of chocolate or desert teas in general. Otherwise I’d pick Cocoa Kisses over this.

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drank Cacao Kisses by Bitaco Tea Co.
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This is from the Here’s Hoping TTB..

This is REALLY good. It’s okay hot but I really enjoy it cold. The base and flavors work really well and it totally tastes like liquid chocolate, even without any sweetener. I’m normally meh about desert teas, so surprised I like this so much. I don’t know if I’d drink this everyday but it’s definitely a NICE flavored tea.

I’m also looking on their website and I see they have a coffee flavor of this. Oh no… I’m such a sucker for coffee flavored things.

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drank 2016 Poundcake by White2Tea
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Eh, this tea is okay. Definitely not my favorite from White2Tea. It’s not quite as bitter or particular as Little Walk but it’s nothing special. I will say though that I’m doing a lot of quick steeps at 190 and I’m still getting a lot of flavor out of this tea. Was hoping for some cha qi but not really getting anything from it. Oh well.

Just for fun decided to try some longer steeps and yeah.. too astringent for me. Almost metallic.

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From the Here’s Hoping Tea Box..

I REALLY wanted to like this green base more, since I’m a big fan of flavored greens. Tried it hot, I tried in iced. This tea is pretty finicky and I found that I like it brewed hot and then iced. The trick is to not steep it for too long – I found under a minute was best for me. I know, I’m a wimp.

Also, the Bitaco website is down and has been for a while. What is up with that?

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drank 2015 Little Walk by White 2 Tea
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Even though I own this, I tried a sample from the Puerh TTB+ box to see if an older/different sample was any more mellow. I also switched up my brewing parameters from last time and used lower temperature water with shorter steeps.

Still a lot of bitterness here. And since I’ve tried nice shengs from white2tea this is just kinda meh. I think I’m actually going to toss the remainder of my stash in the “Here’s Hoping” box (yes I currently have two tea boxes).

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drank 2005 Wild xiaguan by Liquid Proust
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From the Puerh+ TTB box. This may be one of the first legitimately aged shengs I’ve had and … it tastes a lot like a shou. Fancy that. It’s not bad, but not particularly amazing. Nice and smooth. Definitely fun to try as I don’t get an opportunity to try tea this old!

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So I totally admit to buying the tea for the hype, especially given last year. I thought it was gonna sell out, but as of writing this there is still plenty in stock. I just bought a sample and let it sit for a while, but decided to finally break it out.

And WOW this actually pretty good. First, it’s not very bitter or astringent. Very smooth, which may turn some sheng drinkers off but is perfect for me as I’m kind of a wimp about bitterness. I DID use a lower brewing temperature (190), but I’m sure it could have held up at a higher temperature.

I got LOTS of steeps out of this and a little bit of a nice tea buzz too! Overall, I was quite impressed. Now, as for how old the trees REALLY are? Eh.. we don’t have to get into that. I’m just judging the tea on the tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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From the Puerh Plus TTB.

My first Farmer Leaf tea. This was a relatively mellow sheng that actually got more bitter in the later steeps. Not bad, not great. Just so-so.

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So the short story is, a few years ago I was VERY MUCH into tea. And then a lot of things happened, and I got out of tea for a while. And now, I’m back.ⁿ

To me, tea is the missing puzzle piece for my healthy lifestyle. When I drink tea I am encouraged to eat healthy and be active. I drink tea because I simply enjoy the taste, but the health aspects are just an added bonus.

I love all types of teas, although greens and oolongs tend to be my favorite. I’ll drink herbals if I’m feeling a little under the weather. And recently I’ve been getting more into young shengs (also chasing that elusive “cha qi”).

Unless otherwise stated, I drink my teas straight. I’ve been doing gongfu mostly these days, so I use a ceramic gaiwan with an electric kettle. For greens and some oolongs, I’ll do a western style with a glass mug or regular infuser. I try to specify if my brewing parameters are outside the norm.

I’m kinda strict when rating my teas. I rarely give a tea above a 95. Teas that I really like I keep in the 95-85 category. I’ve yet to give a tea 100 yet. So, if you see a tea about 95, that means I thought it was an amazing tea!

ⁿ – Note: I did step away from tea for a while.. again. But now I’m back for REALZ. Usually I have to put this interest on hold when real life takes over, so I’m hoping for no major life events these days.

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