Autumn 2013 Yiwu Mountain 200g cake

Sometimes you read these descriptions of wines, cigars, and of course tea. “Oak, vanilla, blackberry, cocoa,” etc. Then you go to try it and it’s like, ummm, yeah, not really.

Well, let me tell you this. PEACHES PEACHES PEACHES. Honestly, if I was blindfolded and someone put the wet leaves to my nose, I would swear on my life it was freshly sliced peaches with a slight hint of apricot as it cools down. And if I proceeded to taste, still blindfolded, I would swear i was drinking mashed up peaches with hot water.

This is just fabulous sheng. No bitterness. No astringency. No smoke. Pure sweet nectar.

The only thing that prevents me going higher is maybe a lack of complexity or 2nd or 3rd wave of flavors. But what’s there is absolutely delicious.

Make sure you brew at a lower temp than most shengs. My first brew was too hot, and it tasted flat. You need to be in the 180 range. 10-15 seconds in the gaiwan.

The leaves are gorgeous. You can tell this is artisan craftmanship and made with passion.

Flavors: Apricot, Peach

180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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My Rating Scale:

95-100 Nirvana. Reserving this for once I try many more teas. This is sort of like your last meal (tea) before the electric chair kind of category.

90-94 Just awesome. I’d be happy if I had nothing but this to drink for the rest of my life.

85-89 Excellent. Very top notch stuff. Solid anchor in the cupboard and a staple in the rotation of what I drink.

80-84 Very good. Glad I drank it, probably will drink it again.

75-79 Good. Has something “good” about it making it interesting, but maybe isn’t as well rounded or is missing something to make it better. Something I wouldn’t be disappointed to drink, but nothing I’d go back to if I have something better.

70-74 OK. I’m not spitting it out or dumping the pot, but kind of unhappy about spending some of my limited daily caffeine intake on this and would prefer something else.

Not rating anything below 70. At that point, it’s not worth drinking and definitely not worth taking the time to describe it.


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