6 Tasting Notes
Yes, a good one!
Not much to add to the other reviews here. It’s a good harmony of flavours and aromas, doesn’t have the potency of other shengs but it gives a well balanced, floral, fruity and medicinal tasting drink with hints of grass and wood. Cup melified instantly and is easy to drink, because is on the softer side.
The lingering aftertaste is quite long and it reminded me of albariño white wine.
Quite good value at $24. Moar! :)
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Grass, Spices
Sample from Farmerleaf, brewed in gaiwan.
First 2 steeps unimpressive, it felt faded. It developed much better character in the following steeps once the leaves opened up.
Feels a bit younger than the age the tag suggests but is still interesting and not too sharp. Fruity, flowery, moderate bitterness that kicks back a nice huigan aftertaste. Comforting, tonic, mild cha qi.
This one leans to the delicate and balanced side of the sheng spectrum. Though generally speaking is a good tea I don’t believe I’ll be ordering a cake. I’d like to contrast it with a further aged version and see where it goes.
Flavors: Fruity, Hay, Lime, Melon
This is an interesting and original tea. First thing you notice is it’s smokiness, but when brewed properly more complexity and nuances can be extracted. It has a thick body for a soup that is on the clear side and doesn’t suggest that at a first glance.
However, at $80 a 200g cake, it deserves some tougher scrutiny as it’s somewhat pricey. It’s not “better”, well rounded, balanced or intense than some other cheaper teas, basically you’re paying for it’s originality, an unusual palette of flavours.
I like it a lot. I’m not sure if I’d buy it again (at this price).
Flavors: Ash, Oak wood, Smoke, Tobacco, Wood
This is a very nice black from Yunnan and, for now, quite affordable. According to the website description it’ll keep the low price until the organic certification comes into place.
My tasting note would be: Very well balanced, earthy, no astringency, mild bitterness.
Flavors: Chestnut, Malt
This is my very first review in Steepster. I was impressed enough with this tea to come and start logging the experience.
It’s part of a limited batch that’s sold out, I got a 20g sample I’m splitting in 3 sessions. 125cc zisha and 95c-ish water, 20 sec first steep then adjusting as I progress.
It’s a fantastic young sheng as it is. Large, whole leaves that make for a light yellow honeyed translucid soup with noticeable viscosity.
Taste is sharp, with notes of citrus, bitter almonds, watercress, moss. Aroma is mostly orange skin. Aging should take the edge off of it and balance them, but not that I’m complaining as they are now… Controlled bitterness, a bit of astringency and a lot of body. Good huigan aftertase.
Qi: pleasantly stimulant. Drinking this one on an empty stomach may result in getting tea drunk.
Flavors: Almond, Citrus, Wet Moss