I almost wonder if the sample I received which prompted me to buy a cake, is different from the cake I received. I really enjoyed the subtleties of this tea when sampling, but found it lacking when I got a cake. Perhaps I need a few more sessions. It was MUCH greener and raw than a tea of this age should be, although it was fairly brown with oxidation so it looked to be the correct age as claimed. In 2019, this tea is 16 years old, but it drinks more like a 5-8 year old sheng. It was raw on the stomach, not much chaqi, no lingering aftertaste, vegetal flavor, and quite honestly not worth the cost of entry. Perhaps I need to adjust parameters a bit when brewing, but can’t figure out why sample and cake are so different. Based on what I just drank, I would NOT buy a cake of this. Many more teas that are much cheaper, that are much better. Right now this is for sale around $550/500g cake. Makes me wonder if prices are arbitrarily attached to age? This isn’t worth half that price TBH.

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I like all teas but mostly drink sheng and Taiwan oolong.

My tea notes are just thoughts that come to mind as I drink, so I jot them down. There’s no format to them, just what I want to remember from the experience.

Oh, and why isn’t there a “bacon” flavor option on steepster?


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