291 Tasting Notes

I got this tea in a package from* Healthy Leaf* for review.

I set myself up some time to do this one. I was given a 10 gram sample of this to try. I heated the water and preheated the gaiwan. I tossed the sample in there after draining the water out and tossed it around. The aroma was pretty light.

Going with the vendors recommendation with a good 20 second rinse since it is a tuo and compressed tight. I let it sit an hour and came back to it.
First brew was light in color and a small amount of aroma woodsy and earthy. The brew was a bit silky and almost creamy in mouthfeel. There is just a tiny whisper of smoke in there. The brew has the wood notes and sweetness to it. I can see the jam note reference.
Second brew brought out some more notes. I can faintly get the juniper the vendor described along with some mineral and sweetness. There is an aftertaste of mint if you let this sit across your palate and breathe in a bit.
Third brew the wet leaf has started getting the whiskey barrel note to it. The brew is darker and full with the smoke coming back in but the sweetness and berry comes at the end.
I expect this one to brew a while and I will add an addendum to this. It keeps getting stronger and may outlast me on the session for today. I have no doubt that this will brew well tomorrow as well.
The thing about this tea is the aging. Not so dry as to not mature and not so wet as to get the mustiness that often accompanies it. This is right and one of the best, so far, Dali Tuos that I have had. I think if nothing else of trying this if you don’t mind the smoke touches in there. A sample if as good as the one I got will give you a great session with this tea.

Flavors: Creamy, Earth, Jam, Smoke, Sweet, Whiskey

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

lol “infected mushroom.”


When did your samples arrive? Still waiting on mine


I wonder if the name is a tribute to the band! Sounds like a fun complex tea!


I got mine in Thursday. Not sure about the band reference unless they are smooooth. I think this will go a few days as it still hasn’t fully broken up yet.

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Brewing this up tonight. I remember sampling a bit when it first came in to see where to store it.
I pulled 10 grams out to brew with. Cake is looser now that it has had time to settle a bit. I tossed the leaf in a warmed brewer and it gave an almost sweet alfalfa note. I rinsed it and got brewing.
First infusion quick steep, comes across sweet and aromatic. Light on the palate as it is still opening up. Let it sit about 30 minutes after this.
Second infusion, a bit more punch to it . Some astringency, maybe a hint of tart and metallic. Let it cool slightly and the sweetness comes back. An almost mint note to it.
Third infusion, still quick steeps. A little more bite/bitter in there. Sweetness still on the last note on the tongue. Gets thicker and has the lingering in the throat a bit. Seems to be good material. Not sure about pricing since it has climbed since I purchased it.

Flavors: Sweet

Boiling 10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

I haven’t had any of CWS’s 2016 line and am wondering what I missed out on… I hear the Hekai and manmai gushu are very good.


I have the Hekai but untried as of yet.


woul dlike to hear your opinion on the 2016 Hekai – I really liked the 2015 Hekai


@Alexander, I may have to delve sometime this week.

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Been airing this one since I got it. I grabbed about 11 grams out to brew with. I gave it a good long rinse. First three steepings are smoky, bitter and strong. I think this is one to just put away and age. Material looks decent for the price paid. There is some floral hayish lingering in the mouth a bit after drinking this one.

Flavors: Bitter, Hay, Smoke

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 11 g 150 OZ / 4436 ML

I had the 2015 Laoyu. There’s some good base material underneath the smoke – which isn’t too offensive, IMO. I haven’t decided how I feel about it yet, but I do think it’s well worth the price.


I am just hoping it will air out quickly.


Mine aired out within a few months really.


Perhaps storing the cakes in a crock or ceramic container with a non-glazed inner wall will help speed that up?


I have just had it sitting out. I may try to get it in something with some humidity to it.

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drank Da xue shan(2011) by gylxtea
291 tasting notes

Finally able to get a note up on this one.
I was provided a sample to try from the tea shop.
I used all 8 grams in the shibo. I preheated the shibo and tossed the leaf in and let some of the steam carry the aroma out. It was some flower perfume and some wisps of smoke as well. I gave the tea a quick rinse and noticed the tea is aromatic when I opened the lid. A bit different than the dry leaf tossed around the warm brewing vessel.
First brew very quick. Some color in the cup, a mix of some vegetal , grassy and a touch more of the smoke without being overpowering. Second steep, still the wisps of the smoke maybe a touch bitter and some wood in there as well. Third steep a bit longer and a little tingle on the tongue and some sweet mixing in with the wood. Smoke is dropping out faster now.
Steeps 3 to 5 were very similar to the second steep. Leaves are starting to unfurl slowly in the pot. I ended up with 10 good brews to this. The later steeps were the next day and the leaf kept giving a decent brew. Maybe not as much on the sweet as the Bangdong but an interesting one to sip on.

Flavors: Bitter, Smoke, Sweet, Vegetal, Wood

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 150 OZ / 4436 ML

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Starting this out with an 8 gram sample. The dry leaf has a nice sweet aroma to it.
Using the duanni clay pot. I warmed the pot and poured the water out and tossed in the leaves. Aroma get sweeter in the steam.
Flash rinse and the aroma intensifies with more of the sweet aroma with some honey in there. First steep very quick into the cup. The teas seems well processed as there wasn’t much char in the filter. First sips, sweet , floral , honey in there some mineral and some middle tongue notes.
Second steep, tea gets much thicker and active. Still the underlying sweetness. The bitter has crept in which means shorter steeps as I continue.
I paused a few minutes to soak in. Aftertaste is pretty nice on this one.
Third steep, still strength in this one. Sweet and bitter mixing in. A little of the mineral slips back in as well. Still clean in the filter and the leaf is slowly starting to unfurl.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Honey, Mineral, Sweet, Thick

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

Ooh interesting, still waiting for my sample to arrive!


@Sqt I think the tea will be to your liking. I used Spring water and my little clay pot to brew.


Thanks, will likely do the same :)


A comment on minerality. Many times I have hard time determining if a mineral taste belongs to the tea or the water. Specially when it appears after few steeps, when the tea taste itself starts to fade out. Any thoughts on that?


It may have been the water. We have a spring close to us that I use to brew my tea with. In my case it show up in the late steeps.

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Breaking this out as I love some BuLang teas.
I grabbed 10 grams off the cake. Easy to do as the cake was loose pressed for a Dayi. The leaves are a mix of chopped and some full leaf in there. I gave it a wash and let it sit a few minutes. There is some color in the wash so that is promising.
First brew 5 seconds. Golden color. Tastes , a bit smoky with typical shot of BuLang bitterness. It hits with smoke and mineral on the middle part of the tongue.
Second steep, 5 secs, more color getting golden now. A bit stronger on the bitterness with some hints of sweet coming through. Cooling down give some tongue tingle.
Third steep, 5 seconds, color dropping a bit. Still has a good punch some drying at first. Mint and cooling on the breathe intake now. Some more sweetness. Leaves unrolling now and able to see some color variance in them.
I did this tea nine times two days ago and didn’t do many notes. It finally tailed off for my tastes at nine. You may be able to steep it a bit more.

Flavors: Bitter, Mineral, Mint, Smoke, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I just updated this one after some research. It has older tea leaf in this cake. Stored as MaoCha and then they were pressed into cakes.

I pulled 9 grams off the cake to start with and gave a 5 second rinse. There is color in the rinse that would support the older material.
I started steeping at 5 second increments. The color on th e brews is a nice golden. The aroma has the camphor humid type note to it. This is confirmed upon drinking the tea. You can taste the humidity and the camphor notes along with some mineral in there. The leaf was pretty tightly pressed and there is some bitterness in there as well. This thing is very similar in profile to EoT’s Baotang. It has good storage without being too wet. It gives some tongue tingle and it exudes mintiness breathing it in and out for a minute or so. This thing feels almost like a supercharged ‘7542’ hits all the good notes for me.
This was loads better than the Menghai ’Old Tree Round" I had a while back. Maybe Menghai is something that can be drank without a 5 year or so aging process. I have a couple of more in this same style production to try as well from Menghai.

Flavors: Camphor, Mineral, Mint

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 200 OZ / 5914 ML

There are something like four versions of this in the catalog.


I like the comparison to the EoT tea, although I’ve not tried it. It shows you have pinned it down to something specific.


@tea123 it is very close. I think an initial tasting would be close. The Baotang has a touch more depth to it.


It’s a yearly series? Tried your 2011? It’s smoky and chop but not the worst I’ve had.


@Cwyn, I think this has had some emphasis put on it. It is very much different from the 2012 that I have. It is still chop and goes maybe 9 steeps before I tossed it but the age of the leaf is evident with the taste and color.


That Baotang is superb. I’ll have to look into this.


^I second Haveteawilltravel’s comment. mrmopar thank you for directing me onto Baotang a few months ago, so I’ll have to look into this tea too.


Is “Baotang” an alternative spelling of Bo He Tang? “Bohe” is mandarin for peppermint. Stuff from this terrior is extremely rare and pricey.


its two separate locations. Baotang 保塘 is in the Mengsong region of Menghai, and BoheTang 薄荷塘 is in Wangong region of Mengla


@mrmopar where did you buy this? King Tea?


Sqt, I did in fact get it from King Tea. I bought it on a whim for historical aspect but it turned out well so I grabbed another.


@mrmopar thank you, threw in a cake with my last order :)

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Brewing this up as I have been retasting a lot of stuff in storage .
I brought this one out and picked 10 grams off to start with. I warmed my Shiboridash and let the water out I tossed the dry leaf in and swirled it around. The aroma was a bit of the heavy tobacco to the nose. I gave it a rinse and let it sit a bit before brewing. The aroma is woody and sweetish in the cup.
First infusion, it has some of that thick almost bitter that belies its BuLang source. The color is a nice light amber in the cup. I sit back and let the tea rest in the mouth . The thickness and tobacco come to the front. A little mineral and a whisper of some smoke.
I have had some BuLangs that will smack you in the chops. This one is a bit more tame. It may even be one you could introduce a newer drinker to the BuLang area.
Later steeps carry through. I let this one cool a bit and it became almost sugarcane sweet.

Flavors: Bitter, Mineral, Smoke, Sweet, Thick, Wood

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

I’m on the hunt for a shibo at the moment. They seem a lot less cumbersome than regular gaiwans. Is yours glazed?


@tanluwils it is. I got it from Greenwood Studio on Etsy.

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drank Bulang 2010 Spring by Tea Urchin
291 tasting notes

I got this out after giving a little time to acclimate to its new home. I got 10 grams off this and it seemed to be loosely compressed and easy to get into. I put this in the gaiwan and rinsed it and allowed it to rest for about 15 minutes.
The wet leaf gave some hints of humid storage but not in an excessive way. I brewed it very quickly as Bu Lang tea is known for strength and bitterness. The brew turned out a nice golden color in the cup.
This is a strong Bu Lang! It seems to be oily and thick in the mouth. There is a pronounced bitter bite in this one. A bit of smoke that disappears very quickly. A hint of the old book and leather as well. I think the bitter and the old ’ horse tack leather’ as my friend KS says come through in this one. This is almost as strong and possessing the bite of a Lao Man E tea. For lovers of strong in your face teas this is one.

Flavors: Bitter, Leather, Smoke, Thick

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Lizz Moore

Will you be interested in swapping tea with me

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