281 Tasting Notes

94

This tea has aged amazingly well. It has nearly completely cleared. It is somewhat sweet and quite smooth. Strong and full of flavor. I’m glad I bought 3 tongs!

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88

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.

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90

Scott’s description of this is pretty spot on. It is fermented on the lighter side, and it shows. There is a tart bitterness I associate with sheng, very tasty. The tea still brews up pretty dark. It is quite smooth, viscous, and very durable. Not terribly complex, but it is yummy. Good stuff.

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100

I’ve had this tea a few times now and it tasted very different than my first session. Now I’m finding no chocolate notes. Just really smooth and clean, sweet and nutty. Like me. Still a great tea. Where’d the chocolate go? I wonder if chocolate is a form of fermentation flavor. I’ve noticed it dissipating in other shus as well.

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91

Love this shu. Tastes like bittersweet chocolate. It is heavy, thick and burly, with a moderate caffeine boost. This is a keeper.

Sil

Ooooh

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90

This in an excellent Dayi ripe from 2018. Pressed into a rock hard disk, this mini cake packs a punch. It has great body and a thick mouthfeel. The flavor is smooth, with hints of chocolate and a hint of berry here and there. High caffeine. An all around great tea.

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87

This is a great factory ripe from Haiwan. It is quite smooth, a bit chocolatey, and packs a hefty caffeine wallop.

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82

A pretty good ripe. For a five year old tea, it is remarkably free of any wet pile flavors whatsoever. It’s not particularly complex, just a straightforward clean, if not plain, brew. The flavor fades quickly, but the body holds up.

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90

Upping my score. These are amazing nuggets. Really clean and enduring and tasty.

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