after having all of my stuff, including tea, in storage for 4 months its nice to get back into things... after ordering a ton of new liu bao and waiting for it to arrive its been heavy shou time. its been quite cold, grey and raining almost every day for almost a month so good weather for it.
recently went through another orange of the Golden Horse pu-erh, the ones from Jay at TeaLifeHK. I love these for rainy days. Not having had others I can't compare how big a difference the storage makes other than I really like these. The orange is there, but not too overpowering, and later steeps get a hint of some salty seawater like flavors that I really like and make it not just a boring fruit tea like you would get blended at a shop. I'm curious to try the other ones, not sure if they are different orange breeds, blends, or what.
Menghai 7562 from Kunst Des Tees. 2008 cake that was stored in HK until 2015. To me its a really nice value for money and its very nice for me that orders from KDS show up at my door in about 24-48 hours
. Very clean and with a richer more pleasing taste than other shou I have had in similar or higher price ranges.
V93 from 2016. First time finally getting to try one of these! The jury is still out, but I'm underwhelmed in some ways... not particularly long lasting, but some steeps do get this roasty coffee like bitterness that I actually quite like, though I suspect that diminishes over time. I guess the whole point of this blend is to be a value shou anyway. I need to try some older tuos I think to see if it goes in a direction I might find more interesting later.
next up to try are the Ming Sheng Hao Gu Shu Yan cake and a Nan Jian 2010 iron cake...