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Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

Posted: Fri Jan 07, 2022 9:25 am
by wave_code
drinking some Phoenix tuo today, the 2003 from @YeeOnTeaCo. after being away for a couple weeks its been a long time since I was able to sit down with my usual set up, so this felt a real treat. the kind of tea that is delicious but also super easy drinking and puts you in such a relaxed mood that after a couple brews you stop paying attention in the best way possible and it just does its thing. looking forward to digging in to the other cakes I got.

aside from liking everything I've tried from Yee On's warehouse it was really nice to try some Tulin tea that felt like it had some more character to it. always having heard how Tulin was sort of like toned-down Xiaguan given the factory connections I kept trying their teas from different sources and always found it pretty un-interesting regardless of age and feel like I usually see it sold as budget Pu. It seems kind of a shame because for the price it can be quite nice tea, but any of their teas I have had that came from Kunming were totally flat. given time in some better storage though its very different tea.

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

Posted: Sun Jan 09, 2022 5:29 pm
by DailyTX
My Pu erh consumption has slowed down in the last 2-3 months due to the tea tasted different from summer time. Currently, my home is about 55-65 degree and 50-62 humidity depended on the time of day. Summer time, the temperature would increase to 80-100 degree with humidity hovering around 45-55. I started to notice my Sheng tasted more flat once the temperature dropped. I have been sampling one sheng session per week. I suspect that once we hit March, the tea will come back to life again. Today, I am drinking the CNNP 8891, a cake I opened during Summer 2021. The full spectrum of notes are not there yet. Anyone has this issue? Anyone know of a good method to wake up puerh?

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2022 5:36 am
by teatray
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2005 Hónghéyuán (shēng) by Nánzhào Tea Factory from YS.

Second session with this tea. Still at the very beginning of my "dark journey" (mwahahaha). Tried 6 shú, 5 shēng pǔ'ěr (1999-2019), and one other hēi chá (tiān jiān) so far, and I like this one best. Apparently a pretty modest tea; the seller himself calls it "not refined". I tasted blind to price & seller notes (insofar as I had forgotten any I might've read) so, perhaps, a testament to my as of yet unrefined tastes.

It starts with a hearty frankincense smokiness that very pleasantly transforms into apple and cherry plum as you resteep. This is also the first shēng (or any tea, TBH) I actually managed to get 10 steeps from. The other shēng mostly got weird after 6 or 7 steeps, and, so far, I'm finding I'm not that much into shú (with one exception, hopefully more to come).

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2022 12:05 pm
by Balthazar
DailyTX wrote:
Sun Jan 09, 2022 5:29 pm
Anyone has this issue?
Yup. No other cure than playing the waiting game for me. On the upside it makes me appreciate the "sheng months" more.

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2022 10:32 pm
by DailyTX
Balthazar wrote:
Tue Jan 11, 2022 12:05 pm
DailyTX wrote:
Sun Jan 09, 2022 5:29 pm
Anyone has this issue?
Yup. No other cure than playing the waiting game for me. On the upside it makes me appreciate the "sheng months" more.
@Balthazar
It seems the only way to wake the puerh is by maintaining high enough temperature and humidity. I wonder if a dough proofing machine would do the job? I don’t have one at home, it’s definitely worth a try. :lol:

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2022 10:48 pm
by yinyautong
@DailyTX
I heard that breaking the tea cake into pieces (醒茶) can fasten the waking process too. And thus I had broken few cakes into pieces and stored them into different tea jars. But to be honest, I haven't done any comparison between them so I don't know if it really works.

Going back to the forum topic. I have tried three types of Pu'er tea this week including:

1. 2011 Dayi 100th Anniversary Tea of the 1911 Revolution – Towering Zhongsha (2011 大益辛亥革命100週年紀念茶 – 巍峨中山)

It tasted very fresh, no bitterness and astringent. The body is very thick gummy texture. There was a little aroma of sugar cane. Aftertaste was long and very comfortable and made me feel warm. It felt like some faint tea fragrance would slowly seeped out from the throat to my mouth. The body of the tea soup had become a lighter and lighter from the 5th brews. Since then, though the tea was still delicious and round liked honey water, but the tea rhyme had been weakened.

2. 2012 Lam Kie Yuen Puerh Tea Cake 2012 林奇苑 (群英薈) 老樹圓茶

The fragrance after rinsing had strong pure aged woody scent. The tea soup was super rich and thick in texture. My throat was so comfortable after drinking it as some sweet and minty aftertaste had lingered for a very long time. There was still some bitterness in the first three infusions. The honey and floral notes appeared in the 4th infusion. In the later infusions, there was also some caramel and honey scent maxed with the sweet taste.

3. 2006 Zhongcha Green Big Tree Yiwu Mountain Wild Tea (Classic Collection) 2006 中茶綠大樹易武正山野生茶(典藏品)

After rinsing, there was forrest scent left in the guiwan. In the first two infusions, there was some sweet and comfortable aftertaste but it tasted a bit bland. However, after the 3rd infusion, the taste and aroma of forrest and had appeared along with a slight of wheat taste. The tea body was medium and quite smooth. The sweet and some minty aftertaste made me feel quite relax. The honey and floral taste appeared in the 9th infusion and still persisted in my last 12th infusion.

Please feel free to visit my tea blog to see more details and the photos of those teas. Thanks!

https://yinyautong.wordpress.com

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2022 10:44 am
by mrmopu
yinyautong wrote:
Sat Jan 15, 2022 10:48 pm
DailyTX
I heard that breaking the tea cake into pieces (醒茶) can fasten the waking process too. And thus I had broken few cakes into pieces and stored them into different tea jars. But to be honest, I haven't done any comparison between them so I don't know if it really works.

Going back to the forum topic. I have tried three types of Pu'er tea this week including:

1. 2011 Dayi 100th Anniversary Tea of the 1911 Revolution – Towering Zhongsha (2011 大益辛亥革命100週年紀念茶 – 巍峨中山)

It tasted very fresh, no bitterness and astringent. The body is very thick gummy texture. There was a little aroma of sugar cane. Aftertaste was long and very comfortable and made me feel warm. It felt like some faint tea fragrance would slowly seeped out from the throat to my mouth. The body of the tea soup had become a lighter and lighter from the 5th brews. Since then, though the tea was still delicious and round liked honey water, but the tea rhyme had been weakened.

2. 2012 Lam Kie Yuen Puerh Tea Cake 2012 林奇苑 (群英薈) 老樹圓茶

The fragrance after rinsing had strong pure aged woody scent. The tea soup was super rich and thick in texture. My throat was so comfortable after drinking it as some sweet and minty aftertaste had lingered for a very long time. There was still some bitterness in the first three infusions. The honey and floral notes appeared in the 4th infusion. In the later infusions, there was also some caramel and honey scent maxed with the sweet taste.

3. 2006 Zhongcha Green Big Tree Yiwu Mountain Wild Tea (Classic Collection) 2006 中茶綠大樹易武正山野生茶(典藏品)

After rinsing, there was forrest scent left in the guiwan. In the first two infusions, there was some sweet and comfortable aftertaste but it tasted a bit bland. However, after the 3rd infusion, the taste and aroma of forrest and had appeared along with a slight of wheat taste. The tea body was medium and quite smooth. The sweet and some minty aftertaste made me feel quite relax. The honey and floral taste appeared in the 9th infusion and still persisted in my last 12th infusion.

Please feel free to visit my tea blog to see more details and the photos of those teas. Thanks!

https://yinyautong.wordpress.com
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Lucky dog! I have tried the Centennial sheng and shou in the 357 gram cakes. I wish I had got those cakes when I had a chance. The shou is easily the best one I have tasted. Good stuff.