61 Tasting Notes
This is a lovely tea in November 2023. The flavors are of a refined type, high toned, with forest flavors, but also a lovely fish taste that is unlike what I tend to think of as a flaw in shou teas, but rather a lovely and clean sea like fish flavor that enhances this tea. It is worth trying just to see how this differs in its flavor profile. Color has mahogany hints, quite attractive. The tea has many subtle tree and forest flavors that all in all are quite enjoyable to me. It seems quite ready to me. It is hard to tell if this tea is different from the same year’s loose leaf version since I have not tasted that, but if you have some of this cake I’d recommend you try it. Jim
This is a complex, flavorful, interesting tea from a single tree. It has a strong cooling flavor, rather green in taste, like basil, as well as a forest, piney flavor and has a strong salivary response for me. Really very interesting tea that I look forward to tasting for a few years.
This tea is progressing along nicely in Aug. 2022. This is from a 30g sample of the tea stored in a drawer of sheng puer in northern coastal California. Early steeps provide a hay like note but one that is “deeper” than young sheng, and has a dark note as well. The tea deepens as the steeps continue, and now on steep 5 in a clay pot a touch of forest and bitterness arises. It tastes good, and has good salivary activity for me. I will keep the rest of the tea and try it again in a few years, although it is quite nice at present.
I unwrapped this cake for the first time on 12/25/2021 to try. It has been in my tea cabinet for at least 8 years. It is impressive for such an inexpensive tea, so kudos to Yunnan Sourcing. Taste of molasses, a hint of cherry, and lingering sweetness. I did not detect any bitterness, but a lasting salivary reaction took place. It is an enjoyable ripe pu-erh.
In December 2021 this tea (one of the first cakes I ever purchased from Yunnan Sourcing) continues to relax and unfold. The hay, olive, earth, forest floor, and citrus flavors are a bit more mellow than previously. It still engenders a strong salivary response. I look forward to trying more in a few years.
June 2021… the tea is developing well, having let go of some astringency and deepening in its flavor profile. The aromatics of hay and camphor are still present, and a pleasant bitterness is here, which turns into a sweetness in my salivary reaction. This tea has depth, and will continue to integrate and deepen in my view. In my storage conditions I will try it again in three years.