Silver Grade
The dry Cha gao (茶膏/tea paste) has a faint dark chocolate aroma. After a flash rinse I get a similar smoky, almost coffee like aroma as the Bronze grade.

Pic: https://www.instagram.com/p/BOBFRm5A5dM/

Steep/Time: Notes
1/5s: Very rich, pronounced coffee taste to me. A bit more of the crip finish I’d expect with a sheng puer. Nice mellow sweetness throughout.

2/18s: A tad bit lighter. More Yiwu flavor with a hint of chocolate or cacao in the background.

3/35s: More astringency in the aftertaste. Not bad, just a more crisp finish. Note of coffee are the most noticeable in this steep.

4/45s: What I’m noticing with this silver grade is that is much more consistent in that blend of Yiwu sheng and coffee/cacao taste. SUPER cha qi brewing this way! going to try a heavy steep next.

5/240s: This was a bit absurd in terms of steep length, but I wanted to see if I could bring out any bitterness. There really isn’t much to speak of. The coffee note so often mentioned above is now more clearly a bit of smokiness. Higher astringency, but again this is only noted as a much more dry, crisp mouth feel once the tea is swallowed. Much more cacao/dark chocolate in the aftertaste as well. The light, honey-like sweetness persists throughout the tasting experience.

6/??s: Steeped until the last of the paste dissolved. Not sure what is is but the last steep of the Cha gao always has massive huigan that wasn’t as apparent in the previous steepings. More chocolate in the aftertaste too.

This was fun, but didn’t have the novelty of the previous session. The higher grade dissolves bit more easily and is much more consistent in taste. Got a super caffine buzz after steep 5, LOL, but that’s expected! I’ll probably recommend this to my peeps in San Francisco given how easy it is get a good cup of tea out of this Cha gao. _

Flavors: Cacao, Coffee, Smoke, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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Massive tea junkie with a love for yixing tea pots, teapets and vintage puerh teas. Software engineer by trade, all code fueled by tea and EDM (usually deep house or liquid dnb). _

Mostly for my own reference (My teapot details):
Pot: Blue Peony
Mat: Porcelain
Tea: White/Green
Vol: 250cc

Pot: Zhulang (By Liang Shoukun)
Mat: Yixing – Di Cao Quig
Tea: Black
Vol: 270cc

Pot: GuanYin Relief
Mat: Yixing – Golden Duan ni
Tea: Shou Pu’erh
Vol: 290cc

Pot: Purchased in Korea
Mat: Zisha ShuiNi (Zhuni)
Tea: Sheng Pu’erh
Vol: 200cc

Pot: Decal Xishi (By Sun Haiyan 孙海燕)
Mat: Yixing – Hei Liao
Tea: Oolong
Vol: 250cc

Pot: Cranes Ascend to Heaven
Mat: Pure Silver 999
Tea: ?
Vol: 220cc

Pot: Hario Chacha Kyusu Maru
Mat: Glass
Tea: Flavored/Tisanes/Other
Vol: 300cc

Pot: Kingso
Mat: High borosilicate glass
Tea: (needs repair)
Vol: 250cc


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