41 Tasting Notes
The 2016 brick of Brown Sugar I received is less compressed than the 2015.
Breaking it up produced small bits which feel dry and brittle, one has to be careful not to create dust.
The soup is dark and very earthy with a little cloudiness which should clear with longer storage. I enjoyed the sweet notes.
I enjoyed the cake in 2016 but it didn’t leave any notable impression other than it was a mellow balanced daily drinker at a great price.
The Y.S description says the Nan Jian Tulin is similar to Xiaguan productions in their choice of raw materials, blending and processing techniques.I have a different Nan Jian Tulin on my wish list and also a Xiaguan production. Two ripes to compare.
I’d hesitated to try smokey tea again after a Lapsang souchong smoke bomb I’d bought on a trip; but after reading the description of Red Star 7542 I got a sample along with a tea ware order.
I gave the tea a rest and when the bag was opened was happy to find the leaf was pleasantly smokey and not overwhelming for my taste.
The brewed leaf with water off the boil had a semi sweetness which lasted many steeps. I think if I bought a cake it would be an interesting tea for aging.
I had a sample of this tea when I became interested in Shue but didn’t care for it at the time, I forget why.
Since then my tastes have changed so I thought I’d give it another go.
When W2T had a free shipping sale I put a brick of Brown Sugar into the cart. Sure enough this time around I have a different take on this tea. I find it creamy and smooth leaving a sweet mouth feel.
Each day I have filled a houhin teapot and added water off the boil until all flavor is gone. I don’t think about it very much, for me it isn’t that type of tea but it’s very easy to brew and enjoy.
When this brick is gone I have the 2016 to try.