What HeiCha are you drinking

Puerh and other heicha
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Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:35 pm

Rui wrote:
Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:08 am
debunix wrote:
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:22 pm
I couldn't be happy only drinking one type of tea, so I'm glad to go from this morning's sencha to this afternoon's SeaDyke TKY to this evening's Red Alishan....and now you've made me want some Hei Cha but I have none with me at the moment. When I'm next reunited with it I'll have some as a break from some of the more strongly flavored teas, to give my palate a rest.
Early spring I order pre rains Dragon Well which my wife and I drink until mid summer. Than my wife moves to her white and oolong teas while I move to raw pu'er. During winter my wife drinks the more roasted oolongs and she also shares with me ripe pu'er.

In the past I have bought some SeaDyke heavily roasted TKY which we enjoyed as well.

I found the heicha tea very mild and lightly sweet specially when I compare to young raw pu'er.
Danged traitor! :mrgreen:
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Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:15 am

mrmopu wrote:
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:35 pm
Danged traitor! :mrgreen:
:D I had to justify getting more tea. It has become quite embarrassing to acquire more pu'er... :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:13 pm

I'm drinking Bitterleaf "Gold Dust", my first fu brick experience.
I really enjoyed the first 4 steeps, honey filled, balanced with an almost immediate cha qi... Nice.
I also enjoyed the next steeps, although I was a bit less impressed - maybe I don't brew it properly.

I don't have any reference and my favourite seller seems out of stock, so any seller recommandation for me to try more ?
I read previous comments and tea8hk seems out, Chawang Shop too, only YS carries some.
I stumbled upon Exquisite Leaves who has 1 young brick that looks really yellow :mrgreen: , anyone tried ?
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Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:13 pm

... and today's lesson : they can't all be winners. I buy 90% of my liu bao from probably 3 or 4 vendors who I really trust. that said I'm still always on the look out for new or interesting things to try that they might not have just to learn and try more teas. and I suppose part of that is that you can't tell a good tea without having had a bad example of it. I had seen the Heng Xian liu bao baskets come up here and there occasionally but even if they were cheap didn't want to go for a whole basket without trying a sample first, which I recently found from a vendor who I have to say was marking it up quite considerably. but I took a chance since it wouldn't be a big expense if it didn't work out.

I gotta say this tea is TRASH. I will give it one or two more tries at a later date just to confirm it wasn't my palette at the given moment, but this was truly gross tea. I feel bad for anyone who tries this as their first liu bao and thinks that is what it is supposed to taste like. super watery with an unpleasant mouthfeel, it felt like just drinking hot water that had cardboard soaking in it for hours. woody in a pulpy unpleasant way and not much more to it than that. I couldn't get through more than a cup of it.

but I suppose there is something that can still be learned... the dry leaves didn't smell great like when you open a bag of Three Cranes, but there wasn't any sort of really off fermentation smell. leaf size was a bit on the larger side for liu bao, first rinse was cloudy but not abnormally dirty, second quick rinse looked fine. so while the storage on this might not have been amazing, or if it was bad at any point that has all gone away, which makes me wonder what is it that makes the tea so bad? was it junk material to start with, or the fermentation process that was no good?
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