Chen Sheng Hao Tea

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Gongfu!

I decided to use this sheng, gifted to me by Chen Sheng Hao to break in a brand new teapot from a local ceramist who’s work I’ve just fallen in love with – Arbee Ceramics! The pot is stunning, with an unglazed black clay outer appearance, but a clear glaze inside so it can be used with any tea – and the perfect 90ml size! Quick pour, well balanced, snug fitting lid, and perfect handle for a secure and controlled grip – very happy to add this into my growing teaware collection!

The tea is a beauty too; sweet and fruity at the top of the sip but more bite in the body. Pleasant bitter vegetal and astringent finish, with lingering throat sweetness. No surprise that I enjoyed the Yiwu more, but this is a nice one too! I got quite a few resteeps, and for a very fresh pressing I thought it was quite flavourful and interesting.

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKZk3tMAQin/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvpLu96uPfE&ab_channel=VariousArtists-Topic

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Gongfu!

Just finished enjoying a session of one of the raw pu’erh that was gifted to me by this company. I started with the 2019 Yiwu Da Shu because, as many know, I have a particular love and affinity for tea from this region – especially ones with that syrupy sweet fruity liquor!! Yiwu teas are so good for lazy Sunday moods.

This is excellent; it’s quite smooth and approachable without any astringency. Very much like sinking your teeth into a just overripe pear; the kind so juicy, sweet and tender that it practically melts in your mouth. I’m also getting white peach and candied lemon peel, with just a bit of a floral undertone. It’s so soft and well rounded! I do not foresee this sample lasting me very long at all!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKKPRqkAbD7/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8CUuL_Fgr8&ab_channel=Dijon

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Easter is coming up so I’m at my parents dog sitting until they get back, but since I had a 400 word essay for my MBA application due in a week I decided to grab a tea I wanted to hit me hard because 400 words is tiny.

This tea is pretty solid but after having the 2013… Naka is something that when it has some serious humid aging, after some airing out and dropping of levels of time becomes a gem. I got all of the CSH Nakas to see which one will age the best because aged Naka is just splendid. Seems like this one is a solid choice, but they all are… the 2013 is just 3x further down the road than the others. The quality of leaf is different between all four years though. This is true by a decent amount too as I broke all the cakes. I’ll have to take the dust of each and compare that now that I’m about out.

Really enjoyable tea without anything to complain about and at around $90 for a full cake of 357g… great potential to store away

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