What Pu'er Are You Drinking

Puerh and other heicha
oolongfan
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Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:41 pm

Debunix - I would love to have tried Norbu's 2007 white bud sheng,...I did missed that, not having discovered Norbu yet...and when I did, I was mostly drinking oloong. I am intrigued by your tasting notes, especially as the 2007 ages. I have not got any smokiness in the 2014 so I am curious if that was unique to the 2007 pressing. I have ebeen struggling with levated cortisol over 6 months..and have kidney disease, so I tend to not stock up too much tea because I am limited to drining 2 times a week for now. Having said that, the 2014 is an absolute steal and quite unique...so I probably should buy a few more cakes.

The 2004 Ye Sheng Wild Tea Log citrus note becomes more mild during sucessive steeps...but it is still strong to me. I have a love hate relationship with herbal teas, so I am probably more ambivelant about the cirtus note in the first place. My favorite teapot to brew it in is a lovely med-high fired Duan Ni pot....the clay mellows the citrus not enough for me to taste the other flavors...but again that is just me :)

Thank you for sharing your impressions on two unique teas. They are not on everyone's radar so it is great to hear from someone who has tasted them over the years :)
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debunix
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Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:53 pm

Not ready for the Ye Sheng tea yet, because I'm now enjoying some 2015 Gao Jia Shan "Cha Duo Tang" Wild Harvested Hunan Fu Brick Tea/Shou Puerh from Yunnan Sourcing. It just arrived this week after a lengthy trip from China. I was intrigued by the description of the flavor as 'malty', and it sounded like something that would be terrific for the bulk-infusing in the thermos. And it is delicious.

It is full of coarse stems, as advertised--not a pretty tea at all--but after a quick rinse, it proved mellow, with indeed sweet malty notes, not the least harsh or bitter. I am very pleased, as a 2 kg brick is a lot of tea. I think it would be interesting to do a tasting vs the Menghai Golden Needle White Lotus, which has similar notes but a more woodsy/earthy base.
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Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:08 am

https://crimsonlotustea.com/products/20 ... -100-grams
I always thought this was the Xiao Fa Tuo, but it doesn't have the huge bird on it. Can anyone identify?
It's got a nice dry straightforward ripe taste.
EDIT: it's a xiao fa tuo. https://teadb.org/puproject/teas/xiao-fa-tuo/1793 thank you teadb.
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iGo
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Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:40 am

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Mandarin’s tearoom shuiping in action
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Origin Tea’s 1980’s Wild Arbor Loose Puerh brewed in 45ml shuiping from Mandarin’s Tea Room. Cup by Mukuhara Kashun.

Scent of damp forest floor. Taste something like old and vegetal. Body feel relaxing.

@oolongfan I have considerably more of this than the OT oolong, so when you’re in Bkln.......
oolongfan
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Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:20 pm

@iGo - THANK YOU!!!! I loved seeing (and coveting) your beautiful Mandarin's Tea Room shui ping - thank you for such a beautiful photo. Is the tray from Essence of Tea? I have been thinking about getting one of those, so feel free to share your experience. The cup is also lovely...I am inspired to upgrade my paltry tea cups.

Thank for the lovely notes on Origin Tea’s 1980’s Wild Arbor Loose Puerh ..it sounds right up my alley. Beyond words in gratitude for the offer to share some of this lovely and rare tea. Thank you.
braden87
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Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:14 pm

My TWL shipment arrived very quickly from Taiwan. I was eager to taste what I ordered, so these haven't been given much time to acclimate (they made it into my pumidor last night and had ~30-40gs removed a couple of hours later).

2003 Hong Kong Henry Co Conscientious Prescription - Now I understand that name, the leaflet included with each cake uses this phrase - it's an interesting read. This stuff is DELICIOUS, I should have ordered a few. Aged taste is front and centre even though it's only ~15 years old. Second and third infusions had deliciously strong puer earthy taste, a bit medicinal. I did notice a (relatively, for puer) quick drop off of aroma and flavor after 5 infusions (not to say the tea was spent, just a sharp drop off). I'm terrible at tasting notes, but I really recommend this tea. Nice relaxing cha qi.

2015 Biyun Hao Lishan Gongcha - Yum. I've read this tea was produced/formulated with quality after aging being the primary objective. If that's the case this thing will be a rockstar in 10 or 15 years, because it's tasty now. There's definitely a solid bitterness on the tongue for ~5 seconds after a sip but it transitions to the sweet hui gan in the throat to the same degree as the bitterness. The cha qi on this one seems a little more in your face and speedy than the HKH I had earlier (or perhaps I've just had a solid amount of tea today, who knows). I purchased these to age, but it'll be hard to leave them alone.


2008 8582 801 - TBD if this BYH runs out of steam while it's still tea drinking hours I'll sample today :)

Based on this experience (my first) I'm quite disappointed most of the other offerings from TWL are sold out :( Many thanks to the curators over there - a great first experience.


Side note: One of the teas I tore into last night (leaning towards the 8582, can't remember) recommends 1:50 tea to water ratio, and 3-5 mins infusion time on the insert. This sounds like western or grandpa style. What's up with them recommending that over a gong fu-esque method (1:15 for seconds not minutes) ?
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iGo
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Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:46 pm

@oolongfan

Both the pot and cup were purchased through Tea Swap on teachat. Glad you like them.

The EOT pewter tea tray is very good for a small pot and a small cup or two.
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