315 Tasting Notes
Very tasty high quality ripe! Snooth and full bodied with flavors of dark wood and earth with a slight dried fruit sweetness. Very infusible and fairly clean tasting.
Flavors: Caramel, Cedar, Clay, Dates, Earth, Wood
I’ve been exploring big factory teas a bit, especially the premium productions, and this one sounded interesting and reasonable priced so I added a sample to my last YS order. Opening the sample there is a pretty big intact chunk, and compression is on the lighter side for a factory cake. There’s a good bit of smoke in the dry leaf aroma, and it carries over into the taste. The taste is moderately bitter, but also on the lower side for a factory cake. Tastes of green wood, smoke, mineral water, and slightly vegetal, I’d say artichoke. Mouthfeel is clean, but not thick or lingering. On the first two steeps I though “do I really want to waste my time drinking the rest of this?” but I kept going and it became smoother and more enjoyable. It’s an ok young sheng, but definitely doesn’t stand out to me.
Flavors: Artichoke, Green Wood, Mineral, Smoke
I was excited to find a sample of this out of the Sheng TTB. I’ve only tried one YQH tea before, and I greatly enjoyed it. This one is quite tasty too! It’s yeasty/funky in a Belgian ale kind of way, pleasantly tart, reminding me of red apples and cranberries. It’s just lightly earthy with a bit of leather and old book smells.
Flavors: Apple, Leather, Red Fruits, Tangy, Yeasty
Very clean shou, I even took a sip of the rinse and it was perfectly drinkable. Tastes of petrichor, mineral, decaying wood, and leather with a little bit of cocoa. Not super complex, but tasty and super clean. Also it got me feeling tea drunk which is unusual for a shou.
Flavors: Cocoa, Leather, Mineral, petrichor, Wet wood
I bought this tea last spring and was very unimpressed with it. It was relatively flavorless, just slightly sweet, slightly astringent red water. It’s improved quite a lot over the last year, it now tastes like a fairly standard Yunnan black, but still fairly unremarkable. Tastes of malt and yam with maybe a touch of maple or cocoa.
Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Maple, Sweet Potatoes
Drinking the loose leaf version of this. The first two steeps had a strong musty basement aroma and flavor, so I tossed them. It fades in later steeps and gives way to honey, kale, and mineral flavors with a bit of fruityness and floral aroma. This is mellow and easy drinking.
Those of you who have the cake, does it smell/taste musty at first? For me that was the biggest downside to this tea.
Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Kale, Mineral, Musty
This is a unique and very tasty Fujian black! Fruity and malty with a floral aroma similar to a jade TGY or Taiwan high mountain oolong. With the silky mouthfeel plus tastes of mango and peach it reminds me of a juice nectar.
Flavors: Carrot, Flowers, Malt, Mango, Peach