284 Tasting Notes

86

Another solid 2016 production from Chawangshop. I have been impressed with the 2016 teas I have tried so far. This one is thick, with a mix of savory and sweet, with a subtle but noticeable huigan. The tea brews a pale yellow-gold. Buttery in early steeps, just slightly bitter in later ones.

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86

Another solid 2016 production from Chawangshop. I have been impressed with the 2016 teas I have tried so far. This one is thick, with a mix of savory and sweet, with a subtle but noticeable huigan. The tea brews a pale yellow-gold. Buttery in early steeps, just slightly bitter in later ones.

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88

This is a solid menghai raw pu erh from chawangshop. Typical menghai flavor profile, done very well, though none too complex. Strong in character, and powerful qi. It’s a nice tea, but expensive at $90 for a 400g cake.

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86

This is a nice quality young sheng from Chawangshop. I would put this into the category of light and crisp, with some bitterness throughout. Aroma is sweet and floral. The brews start off buttery, then turn bitter. A little grapey here and there. Overall a fine tea.

Liquid Proust

I just drank the selected of this, really good stuff.

tanluwils

That sounds tasty. I’m a fan of grape-y notes.

JC

I loved this one, it was very gentle. It is hard to think that this is Bulang area thanks to the popularity of ‘Bulang is a punchy region’ and then you find this extremely gently almost Yiwu like example.

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I was hoping this would taste like the 2015 version. Unfortunately, it is quite different. It’s not that bad, but it lacks the floral sweet nature of its 2015 brethren.

mrmopar

How long have you had this one? I still have mine stashed away.

Rich

Just got it from the group split sat week. You can’t have had yours that long, it just came out?

mrmopar

Just a few days before yours arrived is when mine came in I think.

tanluwils

The 2015 was good. I think it’s gained some depth.

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87

This is a very nice, simple, high quality young sheng. It brews up thick, and the leaf quality is very nice. The flavor is not too complex – just a nice simple buttery fruity young sheng. There is very little bitterness until later steepings, and even then, it is muted. It is a great tea, and very cheap for this quality – only $24 for a 200g cake.

JC

I’ll have to get some of this. You are the third person I see who says it is good.

mrmopar

I have been wanting to age this a bit more but……you know..

Rich

Yeah, I get the impression this may fall flat with age. But maybe after 30 years it will be a gem!

tanluwils

Based on your notes, this seems very similar to the 2015, which has improved a lot since then.. more tropical fruits and also some Menghai bitterness.

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87

A very nice Bulang ripe. Bittersweet chocolate, roasty flavor with sweet undertones. Like some other Bulang ripes I have tried, this one has a very strong qi; it would be a great coffee substitute. A solid everyday drinker, and a steal at $4.50 for a 100g cake.

looseTman

How does this shou compare to the better Menghai Tea Factory shou? Thanks!

Rich

It has a different flavor than Dayi, but is of similar, if not better, quality.

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drank Red Jade by Tea Hong
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drank Red Jade by Tea Hong
284 tasting notes

A very minty Ruby 18! Very nice quality, and quite smooth. If you like ruby 18, this is a good choice. If you’re curious about what ruby 18 is like, this is a good example.

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93

I ordered chawangshop’s Wu Yi lineup, and I must say all of them are at least very good. This one is top notch. It is the smoothest Wu Yi oolong I’ve had. It’s a deep baked handmade oolong, done exceedingly well. The roast is deep but not upfront in the flavor profile. It is spicy and zesty, with hints of fruit. The broth is silky. Great stuff. Chawangshop is an underrated gem. Don’t be put off by what appears to be high shipping costs, once you place your order and they send you an invoice, the shipping is usually much less than it first appears.

Rasseru

Did it last many steeps?

Rich

I got 2 good steeps and 2 weak ones. It pretty much fits my prior encounters with rou gui. Does that make sense?

Rasseru

Totally! I haven’t good longevity either, even from an expensive one ( only tried a few, mind)

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