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Brewed in Yixing, Zhuni 125ml / 5g tea with spring water.
I read previous tasting notes (from 6 years ago) stating that this tea was incredibly smoky and bitter (no surprise, that’s exactly what I’d expect). That’s largely disappeared now.
The cake looks to be well produced, with large leaves and little brittleness. That usual ‘aged’ smell is present on the dry leaf. I put it into a steaming hot pot and I’m getting a slightly acidic ‘guava’ note off it along with the usual ‘sheng’ notes (and a barely detectable smoke).
I was able to easily loosen a chunk from the side of the cake with minimal breakage (didn’t have to use a pick at all). So the compression isn’t overly tight which (I imagine) helped speed up the ageing process a bit.
The wet leaves are aromatic and I get that spruce scent with a tropicality and a hint of forest floor.
A clean, vibrant and golden hued brew proved consistent across all of the steeps I did.
Nice and fruity first glass, I mean… it still tastes of a well mellowed sheng. Mouthfeel is good too. Very smooth now, with absolutely no bitterness and very little astringency. It makes you salivate and has a good hui-gan. There’s smoke in the distance, but it serves to accentuate the sweet/savoury barley-water mouthfeel.
The second steep I’m getting a bit more ‘sweet rock’ minerality in the roof of my mouth. Also a bit of ‘clover flower’ sweetness on the after taste.
Third steep, still performing well, but I understeeped a bit – silky mouthfeel is still there, but a bit thinner. The energy is good, fairly strong at this point. Very warming.
Fourth steep – left for longer – still similar, but I’m getting more sweetness ( the clover has moved toward sugar-cane). Excellent body, like a thick wine or barley-water. Quite a bit of oil visible on the surface and it coats the tongue
Revisiting the leaf gives an intensely bright metallic and sweet scent.
I’ll stop here, but this could definitely go on. Overall this hits the balance of savoury and sweet dead-on and has an extremely pleasant complexity worthy of many revisits.
A solid and well produced tea that has aged well (11 years old atm). If you’re familiar with a decent middle-aged (dry stored) 7542 you will have a close idea to how this feels and tastes. Energy is great.
Allowing for ‘value’ (an 11 year old Dali production is currently just under $500, this is $22).
This is 5 star tea. It’s been well stored, tastes excellent and the taste ‘lasts’. Very enjoyable. I would highly recommend it.
Flavors: Dry Grass, Roasted Barley, Sugarcane
Small leaves. Really sweet and fruity for a shu. It is a solid cup. Received as a free sample in a recent order. I was really afraid of my tea having :shelf fatigue" or being too dry being that it is shipped from Troy, Michigan. No dry storage issue flavors detected. Just really inky dark punchy shu.
Flavors: Cherry, Cherry Wood, Raspberry, Wet Earth, Wet Rocks
I’m learning that with Puerhshop tea, one must take their time in getting the brewing methods right. It took me a bit of time to get it down with this one, but I’ve got it down, now.
Best water temperature is 205F/96C.
Flash steep, flash steep, flash steep!
Now, with that said, I enjoyed that this being dry storage, hasn’t made the tea awfully bitter (actually, it can be bitter, but if you follow the instructions above, you’l survive it). There are few notes of astringency that follows with each sip, but never bitter. I noted a ‘sweet-slightly sour note that remains in the back of the mouth, and a bit of smoke, but not too much smoke.’ It definitely brews up odd, at first, although, after the eighth steep I noted, ‘a sweet apricot finish, with a touch of lightly smoked floral notes.’ Again, a little strange, but never terrible.
I’m trying to get better with nothing stuff, since I’ve been away for two years. :P
Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Floral, Smoke, Sweet
Hello! It has been a long time since I’ve posted a review…Over two years, to be exact. I was without the modern means—beyond a cell phone—to post anything on Steepster.
Anyway, I’ve been drinking this one as a daily drinker. Had two bricks, but I’m nearly down to 100g of the second. I like that this has a nice longevity and it isn’t too harsh, if you know how to brew it (195-205 F, 30 second steeps through the first five or six infusions; increase the time to one-two minutes after the first few infusions). I brew an average 8g/120 ML; or when I get a little giddy, I use approximately 15g/120 ML. Hehe. Depends on if I want to push out those bitter notes at the beginning, or rely on the smooth notes throughout the entire session.
This one is pretty damn good, sweet and smooth, dark and rich, earthy with some cocoa and vanilla notes, it just Awesome, thats all.
I’ve had this one for a while,I’ve been going back and re-tasting some puerhs that ive had for years, I think i’ll keep this one out and drink it up since its so good And I see it is still available so I can get more if I need to.
At 12$ this is a Really Good puerh to buy and drink often I think, I’m totally gonna drink this up now.
This one looks kinda funky…
kind of a earthy slightly sweet aroma and not funky at all but it’s kinda smells like some earthy old leafes.
I did 2 rinses and let it rest in the pot with the lid off for a few minutes and started with a 30second steep as usual, its kinda weak I honestly taste mostly hot water and slight earthiness.
I was going to go steep by steep but that was about it with this one, it stayed pretty weak the whole time, nothing at all wrong with the taste there’s just not very much of it.
I did get some earthy maybe kinda woody, slightly sweet flavors and even a bit of camphor notes when I abused it and steeped too long but still just weak, like the flavors have faded or something, I dunno.
See photos of it here on my blog :)
Flavors: Camphor, Earth, Sweet
This was an amazing value from Puershop. Where can you find a good quality shu for under $20 for a full sized cake these days? It is a solid tea – fairly smooth, robust, and straightforward. A little chocolate, a little bitterness, long lasting. It is supposedly wild arbor, but who knows. A great daily drinker.
Overall this is a nice tea and a good value. The entire brick was thrown in my last order as a free sample. Yunnan Sourcing may no longer give out free samples but Puerhshop still does. The brick was tightly compressed and took a couple of steeps to loosen up and open up. There was some fermentation taste to this but not as much as expected, and the flavor was more sweet than other things. Certainly no fishy taste. The fermentation taste lasted only a few steeps and I was left with a nice semi sweet ripe puerh tea. Not sweet like sugar but it was there. I would also say that there was a bit of a fruity taste in the latter steeps but cannot pin it down to a specific fruit. Overall I liked this tea.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet
This is a relatively nice tea. It has clearly been dry stored judging by the color of the tea which was a dark yellow except for the third steep which was darker. It is fairly mellow and a little bit sweet with no bitterness to speak of. It is a good puerh but by no means spectacular.
I steeped this nine times in a 70ml teapot with 4.2g leaf and 200 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, and 45 sec.
This tea was quite good. It had what I would call a muted sweetness from the start, no fermentation flavor to speak of, and very little bitterness. It had a flavor profile that I am not sure how to identify. My thoughts were dried fruits but not something real sweet like a pineapple. A dried fruit with more fiber than sugar I suppose might be a way to describe the main flavor note. As I am drinking the last couple of steeps now they have gotten a bit cold as I was concentrating on photographing my tea session. I have now upped my game by having a good table top background and a second flash on a light stand with a soft box linked to my on camera flash. At least for one of my cameras.
Iin any case I steeped this tea eleven times in a 120ml teapot with 9.6g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, and 1.5 minutes.
This is a very nice ripe from Puerhshop. While it doesn’t qualify as spectacular it was quite tasty. I brewed this in a big teapot for an excuse to photograph the teapot both for Instagram and to make prints of. I am using a professional color printer to make enlargements of up to 13 × 19 in size and some of them are amazing. Of course I am shooting with a real camera and not a phone. Phones may have more megapixels today but they can never match the image processing engine of a good DSLR.
I wasn’t paying close attention to the notes on this one so I won’t speculate much. It did develop a bit of a fruity flavor in later steeps but I didn’t pick up oon any chocolate notes even though they could have been there. Overall it was quite good and I drank a lot of it. Nine steeps with a 250ml teapot is enough tea for me for the day.
I steeped this nine times in a 250ml teapot with boiling water and 16.8g leaf. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, and 45 sec.
This is a nice ripe that was bittersweet at the start with the bitter being stronger than the sweet. There was a fair amount of fermentation flavor to it that lasted four or five steeps. The fermentation flavor was a little unpleasant but not fishy. This tea gradually turned into a nice sweet ripe puerh. In the end it developed a distinct fruity note although I am not sure if I could pin it down to a specific fruit. This was a highly enjoyable puerh tea.
I steeped this twelve times in a 150ml teapot with 13.7g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 minutes. I would say there were two to three steeps left to the tea. But twelve was enough.
Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Sweet
This was overall a very nice brick with a moderate amount of fermentation flavor and sweet notes throughout all ten steepings. The fermentation lasted about five steepings. There was no unpleasant note or fishy note to it. I was not really paying close attention to the notes so I couldn’t say that there were chocolate notes in there but maybe. The sweet note in the end I think could be described as fruity although I can’t get specific.
I brewed this ten times in a 160ml silver teapot with 13.9g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 minute.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet
This tea was good in the end but had a poor start. There was an initial sour note to this tea. Perhaps a factor of too dry storage at Puerhshop but that is only a guess as to the origin of the sour note. The tea did improve as I resteeped it. The sour note lasted perhaps three steepings. BY the eighth steep it had a very nice sweet note. I had just had somuch tea this morning I didn’t feel like continuing. If you don’t mind the initial sour note it is a good tea.
I steeped this eight times in a 75ml teapot with 5g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec.
Got this little cake as a free sample and it was really good, sweet and good to drink now. There was very little bitterness to this tea if any at all. I didn’t find any astringency. What I did find was a sweet taste from steep one to steep twelve. I would call the note apricots and stonefruits in the end. This is definitely one I want to order more of.
Steeped this twelve times in an 85ml silver teapot with 6.1g leaf and boiling water. Gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 minutes. This tea would have gone a few more steeps.
Flavors: Apricot, Stonefruits, Sweet
This was a very nice ripe puerh tea from Puerhshop with little bitterness and a semi sweet note from the start. This semi sweet note slowly turned into a fruity note, dates come to mind but this is just an interpretation. Someone else might call it something else.
I steeped this twelve times in a 130ml teapot with 10.1g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 minutes. Judging by the color of the tea I would say there were another two or three steeps left to this tea.
Flavors: Dates, Earth, Sweet
Courtesy of a exceptionally kind Steepster friend, my wife & I were able to experience this 13-yr old shou.
Color – Chocolate brown
Fragrance – Very faint
- Warmed leaves – Damp wet leaves
- Rinsed (10s) leaf – composted top soil
- Post 20-min rest – sweet fine pipe tobacco
- Brewed – Mild pu-erh aroma
Liqueur – Amber, initally a little cloudy
Taste – As one would expect with a 13-yr old brick, there wasn’t any bitterness, acidity, fishiness or funk.
It’s likely that I got off on the wrong foot with the Old Youle Brick by following the brewing parameters that have worked so well with many varieties of Menghai Dayi shou.
My first clue should have been immediately after the 20-min rest. I normally use a cocktail fork to loosen up the warmed wet leaves. Typically, this requires very little effort. In this case it wasn’t so easy. In fact, when I broke the chunk open, it was still dry on the inside. Since this was to be our first caffeine of the morning, no red flags occurred to me.
I typically don’t read other tasting notes before tasting a new tea, so as not to potentially color my impressions. Clearly, when trying a new (non-Dayi) shou, I need to check the Steepster recommended brewing parameters first.
Initially with a 10s steep, it was thin, flat, astringent and woody. The 2nd-round was very similar but improved to medium-body. By the third round, it was more mellow, but still woodie at the end of the sip. As I remember, there was a persistent woody aftertaste. (However, I didn’t make a note about this specific point.) Since woodiness isn’t a flavor I appreciate in shou, I lost interest in going any further.
Flavor profile: wood, bark
Impression – Since the brewing parameters used apparently weren’t a good match for this shou, I don’t think I can offer an accurate impression.
17.7g / 6 oz / 205° / 60s preheat / 60s warm leaves / 10s rinse / 20 min rest / every 2 steeps combined: 5s / 5 / 5 / 5 / 15 / 30
Pretty thick texture, the front notes are quite fruity while the back end of this tea is more of what I would expect from a young sheng. Got a little bit astringent but nothing unpleasant; if anything it adds to this tea’s body and complexity. Smaller leaf puerh but has a pleasant amount of cha qi. At steep 7 this tea started to die down flavor wise but was still delicious would definitely recommend.
Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Honey, Vegetal