281 Tasting Notes

89

A solid little cake. Nice full body, deep fermented taste. A touch of bitterness disappears after a few infusions. I have the 2009 and 2010 versions as well, only tried the 2009 so far and it is at least as good. It seems like these are pretty dependable cakes for a good price. Lots of infusions so it is a good deal. I got mine from tuocha.com.

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25

Tried this one since it was just 4 bucks on sale. I guess you get what you pay for. The tea smelled nice. But the leaves are kind of chopped up, leading to a bitter drinking experience. And not in the good way. The flavor was not very pleasant. I would not recommend it even for the low price.

mrmopar

You need to put this one up for a while. Any new “Raw” sheng can be very bitter and very astringent, It makes my stomach hurt sometimes also. This will be a “different” tea in 5 to 10 years. I always buy new sheng to put up and age a while.

Rich

Perhaps, I guess we shall see! But I’ve tried young sheng before, and this just tasted bad to me.

mrmopar

I got ya. I may have to get one out and get into it this weekend.

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88

I very much enjoyed this tea.
First steep, very slightly fishy, but nice. Hints of cherry. Second steep, cleaner. Beautiful color. Not as damp and musty as some Dayi ripes. Further steeps were also quite good, though with a hint of bitterness. Nice depth, somewhat rich. I would say it is in the middle of the road in terms of body. This is a very solid little cake, I will have to get a couple more! Very drinkable, with no need to age in my opinion.

mrmopar

Oh but they do deepen with age.

looseTman

That’s good to know – Thanks!

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82

This is a lighter, sharper, crisper shu than the typical dayi ripe. It is definitely pleasant, clean tasting, and easy to drink. I tend to like the heavier ones, but this is a respectable tea, and a good bargain since it is a 500g cake.

mrmopar

This one has opened up a bit hopefully.

Rich

Yes, the first tasting was quite bad. A week of airing out did the trick!

mrmopar

Yeah packed without good air for a couple of weeks and we would be like this too! ;) !

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90
drank Autumn Laoshan Green by Verdant Tea
281 tasting notes

Very nice rounded green tea, reminiscent of greens like long Jin. It’s clearly an autumn harvest, as the flavor is only mildly strong. The price is great for the quality of this tea. I usually get about 3 steeping a before it turns bitter.

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87

A nice little shu. It has good thick body, and a nice basic ripe pu-erh flavor. Not a very complicated flavor profile, but a very respectable everyday tea.

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90

I really enjoyed this tea. It has a lot of power in it. A good amount of bitterness and moderate complexity. Not terribly thick, but strong and tasty. I’m going to try the 2013 version next.

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98

This is my favorite black tea, even though it is classified as an oolong. Super chocolatey! Even more so to my palate than Laoshan black. A must try for any black tea lover!

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