2014 Yunnan Sourcing Red Horse Gongting Ripe Puerh Tea Cake

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Pu Erh Tea
Flavors
Creamy, Earth, Sweet, Autumn Leaf Pile, Camphor
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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 8 g 8 oz / 233 ml

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  • “A pretty simple tasting Puerh, but definitely worth it. It has a very full bodied, creamy taste that immediately hits your palate. The earth flavor that one usually finds in a puerh is barely...” Read full tasting note
    100
  • “I recently bought a tong of these mini cakes so It’s good that I liked it. It was sweet with a fair amount of fermentation flavor. The fermentation taste was the dominant note for the first four or...” Read full tasting note
    80
  • “Ru Yao dragon teapot gongfucha. Dry leaf: musty https://www.instagram.com/p/BEOdI8cJ45h/ Wet leaf: like wine. (New to me) https://www.instagram.com/p/BEOdLuuJ45n/ Light steep: I taste/smell;...” Read full tasting note
    100
  • “As I stated in my review on the site: “When you’re tired and in need of a full blast of energy, this is the tea to have! Need to wake up early in the morning? Red Horse Gongting. Need an afternoon...” Read full tasting note
    100

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21 tasting notes

A pretty simple tasting Puerh, but definitely worth it. It has a very full bodied, creamy taste that immediately hits your palate. The earth flavor that one usually finds in a puerh is barely detectable; not the overwhelming. The flavor itself ends abruptly and is not complex but I’m happy with this tea. Not all teas have to be a life story, and this one will be a nice morning puerh. I will order again.

Flavors: Creamy, Earth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1619 tasting notes

I recently bought a tong of these mini cakes so It’s good that I liked it. It was sweet with a fair amount of fermentation flavor. The fermentation taste was the dominant note for the first four or five steeps. It definitely needs a little while longer to clear. It was think and dark in the early infusions. There may have been some notes of chocolate in there but I wasn’t really paying attention. I was too busy watching a movie while drinking. It was quite good however. There was very little bitterness to this tea.

I steeped this tea twelve times in a 150ml gaiwan with 12g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min. I could have gotten a couple more steeps out of the tea had I wanted to.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 12 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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606 tasting notes

Ru Yao dragon teapot gongfucha.

Dry leaf: musty
https://www.instagram.com/p/BEOdI8cJ45h/

Wet leaf: like wine. (New to me)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BEOdLuuJ45n/

Light steep: I taste/smell;
Little to no —→ earth, autumn leaves, fermentation taste. Medium sweetness.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BEOeAmXp47e/

Medium steep: I taste/smell;
Slight—→ earth, autumn leaves. Little to no fermentation taste. Medium sweetness.

Heavy steep: I taste/smell; light —→
Earth, fermentation, camphor, autumn leaves. Strong sweetness

All in all, this is is one of the best teas I have ever tried. I rate this tea a 100 because of the taste and aromas. Just lovely! I plan on ordering a cake or two someday! This is now my third most favourite shou! Love at first tea session.

Many thanks to R.F Hill for this amazing tea sample!

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Camphor, Earth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 g 6 OZ / 165 ML
S.G. Sanders

It’s a great tea! I’m going to buy 4 cakes at once next time. 2 for aging longer, 2 for consumption while I wait. Ha-ha. I’m glad that you enjoyed this! :)

Kirkoneill1988

Awesome! I plan on buying at least two for Christmas.

Kirkoneill1988

R.F hill, I plan on ordering from puerh junky by mid September.

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241 tasting notes

As I stated in my review on the site: “When you’re tired and in need of a full blast of energy, this is the tea to have! Need to wake up early in the morning? Red Horse Gongting. Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Red Horse Gongting. A very nice thick tea that is smooth, dark, and sweet.”

I’m fully energized and ready to go. My students are going to question as to why I’m more energized than they’ll be today; however, it may be that I’m both tea drunk and pumped up. Ha-ha. Seriously, though, this is a nice feeling. Great tea, too!

Xxxxx

Ride that Red Horse! :-D

S.G. Sanders

I titled the review: Power of the Horse. It’s quite potent.

Xxxxx

It sounds like the ideal Monday morning drink. Great review; I am going to seek this one out.

Tea and Cheese Lover

Haha, you’re making it sound like contraband!

S.G. Sanders

If you’d like some, private message me!*

S.G. Sanders

There you are, Tea and Cheese Lover ;)

S.G. Sanders

Nothing that I didn’t already know! Ha-ha.

SilasSteep

Just had some of this one tonight. A nice dark chocolate flavor (think oreo cookie without sugar and creme center). Good Qi for sure.

S.G. Sanders

I agree with the flavor description: Chocolaty richness, with a slight creaminess (like an Oreo). I like the darkness/thickness of the soup, too.

Xxxxx

SilasSteep and R.F. Hill-you are both paving my road to ruin! :-D

Kirkoneill1988

this sounds like a tv ad :D nice review!

S.G. Sanders

Whiteantlers- it’s a good kind of ruin, I hope!

Kirkoneill1988- thank you! I was pretty hyped up whilst writing this! Ha-ha.

Xxxxx

A good kind of ruin indeed. Who wrote that the road to hell is paved with (tea and) good intentions?! :→

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26 tasting notes

Fairly good/decent cheap little cake. Not a shou that stands out as particularly memorable, but nothing negative to say about it either. I think this is a good learning cake for someone new to shou, as it’s small and has hints of several common shou flavors without anything too overwhelming. You don’t get too many steeps out of it, but at the price that’s a fair trade off.

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2217 tasting notes

This is a tea. I am drinking it.

It’s pretty tasty IMO. A little too much dirt in the first couple steeps, but it’s a fairly sweet, mild puerh. It has stronger, more complex flavour than the last weirdly memorable one I tried – http://steepster.com/teas/white2tea/63681-2003-xiaguan-crane-mark-ripe . It’s also NOT salty, which is really nice.

Definitely prefer this one. That’s kind of disappointing, as I have read a lot about the Xiaguan cakes, and had high hopes for it.

Dexter, you have to try that Xiaguan one soon (ish). I look forward to seeing what you think of it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 g 5 OZ / 140 ML
__Morgana__

Surrealistic tea note!

Dexter

OK – remind me on the weekend and I’ll spend some time with it. :))

OMGsrsly

Ceci n’est pas un pipe. ;)

OMGsrsly

WHOOPS. “UNE pipe”. Haha. French is not my best language.

OMGsrsly

THIS ONE.

Dexter

2003-xiaguan-crane-mark-ripe This one….

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38 tasting notes

So I brewed up about 7g in a 100ml gaiwan at about 210f. I rinsed twice. A nice looking dark liquor. The wet leaf gives the traditional ripe smells…no fishiness at all with the barnyard scent that we all love. This tea has a rosemary/sage smell on the wet leaf as well as in the taste. I feel this tea definitely needs some age as it needs to mellow out a bit more but hey its a young ripe and what you would expect. I think this is a decent ripe with gong ting grade leaves but doesn’t brew out too fast as you would think. It holds up well and gave a decent amount of steeps. I can’t really give my opinion of this tea as it is just a baby and hasn’t grown into a mature tea that can handle my criticism. But overall I would say this will be a good tea in a couple/few years. Cheap little cake thats worth a bit of the shelf in the storage space.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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12/22/2015 10g/20oz/212F 2 min

An easy drinking tea, with a dark dark liquor, and gentle hay/very faint rose/lavender kind of thing going on. Predominantly smooth aged hay, with just this almost not there floral hint.
Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 10 g 20 OZ / 591 ML

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21 tasting notes

infusable inshmusible… I’m on my 4th infusion of this powerful, deep, dark, delicious shou and just to prove a point I steeped my 5th on just 5 gms while writing this review.. still a sweet opaque brew. Can’t get into the flavor details since I’m recovering from sinus surgery but suffice it say that this brew is cutting right through the barriers to my tastebuds

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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48 tasting notes

For tea that doesn’t steep out very well, it steeps out very well. Very solid shou. I mostly drink sheng, so my palate isnt very discriminating for these. Certainly nice to have around, nice ammont too, 100gs is pleanty for my shou habbits, if this was sheng, it would be gone in a week.

i used to drink tons of 7562 ripe before i tried a decent sheng. This is very similar to 7562 and V93 from menghai IMO. Probably not quite as good, but if you’re like me, and dont drink a ton of this stuff, itll be hard to tell the difference

I’d reccomend this tea to anyone who likes shou but doesnt want to spend a lot of money

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