23 Tasting Notes
On to my third batch of this. Thought I’d give Dante another try to see if I could get the same tea high as the first batch. Success ! Maybe not as relaxing, definitely more energy though. Perhaps a little psychoactive. Basically, cha qi that trumps everything I’ve had except for first Dante. Which says a lot since I’ve had a lot of puer since my first Dante. Ordered a ton more…won’t be running out of this for years :)
My first jade oolong. Very unique flavors and nice relaxing, happy qi.
I love smelling the wet leaf after a quick rinse. There’s the usual floral notes but with something behind that I can’t pin down, maybe caramel or nougat ? Really sweet on the first 3 steeps (but not sickly sweet), a little floral and then watermelon. Very unique.
Also loved being able to read all about the processing in the 3 part post on the website !
Flavors: Floral, Melon
Pretty amazing tea. If you are new to sheng puer (like me) and want to try what 15 years of storage can do to the taste of sheng I can’t think of a better starting example.
Goes forever (15-20 steeps). Peach (maybe plum as others have noted) aftertaste but the really interesting one is that of baking spices…maybe cinnamon and nutmeg. There is a lot of cooling that persists even after 10-15 steeps. Great mouth feel.
Qi was relaxing with decent energy but nothing amazing. It’s really about the taste, cooling and texture. I’ve never really had anything else like it.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Spices, Stonefruits
I don’t like shou and I’ve tried a bunch. Actually I find it to taste boring and one dimensional but the best cha qi I ever got was from the first shou I had. Well, this is fantastic.
Dry leaf smell is leather and dirt. Wet smell is compost, wood and something alluring but faint (I think melon). I just know it smells great. I don’t have a problem with the “dirtiness” of shou but this one is so dang clean.
Taste is clean, creamy, dates, melon with a very noticeable lasting cooling.
Energy is strong but very relaxing at the same time. Perfect for nature and meditation.
I really can’t express enough how fantastic this is…I rush back to the gaiwan
Flavors: Compost, Dates, Dirt, Melon
My second try of this tea was very different. I definitely came to my first one with too much expectation….basically “this tea is gonna mess me up!”. And it didn’t. Second time around, I just did my usual routine of drinking on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. There still isn’t a lot going on here with taste but there are other things. It has a TON of cooling (at least thru the first 8 steeps), it reminds me of a light cooked puer but after 5 steeps a slight peachy/apricoty note starts coming thru and there’s a generalized vague but pleasant and lasting aftertaste ( a little like W2T’s 2009 Yiwu). I wouldn’t say it is massive but I def feel relaxed and there’s a psychoactive element to this one. Music sounds very nice.
Anybody who is into puer should have a sample of this, now that I’ve drunk a lot of puer in the last year I can appreciate how unique this one is even though it doesn’t blow me away with tea stoner-ness. A nice one to share with other puer drinkers over a relaxed few hours.
Flavors: Apricot, Wood
Exactly what Scott describes it as…Kind Spirited. Put me in such a great mood, made me appreciate nature and I had an awesome meditation.
Flavor: Taste is more to sweet slightly smoky side with mango peachy fruity notes rather than usual bitter astringent young sheng. There is substantial and lasting cooling.
Qi: Relaxing and mood elevating (quite substantially)
Flavors: Sweet, fruity, mango
Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Sweet
When I added this to my cart I doubted myself. I’ve never drunk black tea.
Well I can’t tell if I’m feeling the qi or just super excited about this tea’s smell and flavor. I love it when I just can’t wrap my head around a tea. I don’t understand how this can smell and taste soooo good. Scott is spot on with the sweet potato description but there’s a roasted sweetness behind it and oh my god the smell of the wet leaf has this tropical fruit/flower (maybe passion fruit ?) note that drives me crazy.
Wow, what an amazing tea. I think it’s got good qi too. I’m sitting here with sun on my feet, listening the birds tweet and need nothing more in life. I remember why I gravitated to this, the sweet potato description. I had read gaba tasted like that and I wanted to try that. Yep I’m relaxed. Off to buy more.
Flavors: Fruity, Roasted, Sweet Potatoes, Tropical