25 Tasting Notes
Just gorgeous. Dry leaf smells of fruit and summertime :) Wet leaf is peachy. Beautifully processed…no smokiness.
Lovely relaxing chi. Aftertaste of lemons and peach…mostly lemon…lasts FOREVER. Also a lovely pea vegetal note. Bitterness is perfect and complements it well. I’ve never bought a whole cake but this one seems very worthy.
Flavors: Lemon, Peach, Peas
I liked everything about this tea. First time drinking a dragon ball and I loved watching the little ball expand over many steepings to fill the gaiwan. Amazing floral smell both dry and wet. Tasty. Unfortunately can’t remember much more of the flavor notes…was days ago.
Go easy on the heavy steeps…I mostly drink raw puer and this can get cloyingly astringent/bitter if pushed too hard. Shared this with my friend and we both commented on the lovely qi. We both had had a terrible night of sleep but felt fantastic and energized after it. Though that might have been to do with our usual session being 3G and this having 8G :) Really like the story about this tea from Scott on the website.
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