289 Tasting Notes


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.


Oh but they do deepen with age.


That’s good to know – Thanks!

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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.


This one has opened up a bit hopefully.


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


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

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drank Autumn Laoshan Green by Verdant Tea
289 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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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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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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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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Very smooth and rich. Another great Menghai ripe! Not very complex, but very satisfying.

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