279 Tasting Notes
This is actually a comment, not a review. I can’t comment anymore as things seem to crash due to Steepster bugs. I am essentially leaving Steepster at this point. I will probably check back once in a blue moon, but it has gotten too frustrating not being able to chime in on discussions. I will miss you all!
This is one of the most unique teas I’ve ever tried. It’s got a weird wild zippy burnt type bitterness that goes off the charts if brewed for more than even 30 seconds. This tea requires very short steeps. Nice caffeine kick, and boy was it durable. It went as long as a pu erh. I don’t love it but it is really interesting. Some good descriptions on the YS China site by other reviewers.
This is an excellent tea, organic or not. It is really mellow and strong, somewhat sweet, and very tasty. I love that it is certified organic, which I believe is not hype given that I trust the vendor. This is my favorite of the second bunch of 2018 ripes released from Yunnan Sourcing in recent months, and much better than the other organic ripes I’ve tried from YS. I like to support organic efforts in China, so I’m going to buy a lot of cakes.
Trying this again for the first time in a few years. It has lost most of the chocolate notes and the bitter is upfront. Most fermentation flavor is gone, but of course that includes the chocolate as in my experience that is a fermentation flavor. This has aged fine, but I don’t find it all that great. The Year of the Goat ripe from YS has aged much better.