1113 Tasting Notes


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I drank this tea all morning. Thanks for the sample Marzipan!

I found it to have smooth mildness like an aged sheng, but with a little bitter punchiness like a younger sheng. Perplexing! Best of both worlds? Perhaps :)

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Aww. :(

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Tealizzy was kind enough to send me a sample of this tea! I have been curious about it for a while :)

And it lives up to the hype! Very complex, super sweet and apricotty, silky, a little floral and just enough tart/bitter notes to keep it interesting. Damnit, now I really want to order a cake! :D

I took some pics of my session-

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Drank a to go mug of this yesterday while I was waiting for my car’s oil change to be completed. I hadn’t had this one in a while and forgot how good it is! Predominantly sweet potato notes with a hint of toasty malt. YUM!

Special thanks to Sarsonator who gave me her tea cash before it expired and made this tea happen :D


Love this one too

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This is definitely a winner from Damann Freres! Lots of dried fig and raisiny goodness. MMmmmm!

Cameron B.

I love this one, too! I was so happy that it doesn’t taste like lavender.

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Thanks to a special tea friend for a sample of this one!

This is going on my YS shopping list! Really good rich creamy soft milk chocolatey shou…I like it very much :)


Sounds great, i’m adding it too :-)

Cameron B.

Ooooooh sounds delicious. :o


let’s all get it :)


Sounds TEArific! Pesticide-free?


Gosh! I hope you guys end up liking it as much as I did :D

Thanks for the pesticide info LooseTman


You’re welcome.


That pesticide testing is only for yunnan sourcing’s own brand puerh productions (made since fall 2013), not third party brands they sell. Teas that YS tested will list that fact on the tea page at the bottom of the description ( like this: http://yunnansourcing.com/en/2014/3064-2014-yunnan-sourcing-year-of-the-horse-menghai-ripe-pu-erh-tea-cake.html ). And given that Dayi is one of the largest factory producers of plantation grown puerh, it’s pretty likely to have at least a little pesticide residue, though probably not too dangerous levels.

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It’s funny how different this sheng is from the one I drank yesterday. So mellow and smooth and sweet. I am enjoying it!

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drank Nahan 2014 Spring by Tea Urchin
1113 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample Marzipan!

I really enjoyed drinking this tea all day at work. It is definitely my kind of young sheng. Bold, punchy, strong cha qi and nice pleasant bitterness to sweetness balance. Creamy and floral too. The only thing that would have made it more perfect is if it had some fruity notes and a little bit more sweetness. I enjoyed the heck out of it though and would happily drink it again some day!

I had a crazy busy day at work and I’m serious, the tea definitely helped me! I get like a calm energy from sheng sometimes that is super perfect for stressful days at work where I need to be energized but not jittery or overwhelmed. Very centering/balancing :)


This cake is made from high quality material and was probably produced with hope for aging potential. Even as you describe your experience with the tea, it speaks of promise and will likely be a great tea one day. Meanwhile, it sounds as though you had a very interesting session with it. I have a sample myself but I’ll wait 6 months or so before I try it.

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drank Praline Horizon by Butiki Teas
1113 tasting notes

This is exactly what I was expecting and just as delicous as I had hoped :)



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Graphic artist, printmaker, lover of tea.

I love pretty much every type of tea camellia sinensis can produce. I like herbal teas sometimes but I can’t stand rooibos. I’m recently becoming a puerh addict.


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