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Smells sweet, borderline peppery, like—I don’t know, chocolate with a side of black pepper chips. The pepperyness manifests as a slightly tanic taste at first sip but then the rest settles out into that smooth sweetness I associate with a lot of Chinese blacks, and that sort of raw cocoa dryness I get with a lot of Yunnans.
Been steeping this one fast and loose in a 60ml gaiwan, ten-twenty seconds give or take.
Few steeps in the smell is more warm spice and vague citrus.
dry leaf aroma of charcoal/brown bread,
in the warm gaiwan it’s more like burnt toast, brown bread, seaweed, almond butter
After the rinse, the leaves have a very nutty aroma, somewhere between overly roastd peanuts and almonds
Brewing at 100C with 8g of leaf in 140-150ml
1: Very buttery and smooth, with a thickness that coats the throat, really nice floral notes, very nice lingering sweetness, and a cooling sensation during the swallow, woodsy notes, and some astringency, I get a lingering aftertaste that’s very candied, reminds me a bit of lychee, lots of minerality in this one
2: Stonefruits, such a nice mouthfeel, honey, butter, woods, minerals, pear, very roasty aroma
3: peanuts, peach, butter, honey, minerals, roasty aroma, lingering peachy orangey after taste.
This is really complex tea but these notes I’m getting are mostly fragments in like a very subtle flavour profile, that’s coated in minerality, it tastes like I’m using mineral water, my tongue is still tingling several minutes after finishing that steep
4: minerals, spices, orange, cooked apple, citrus
5: I seem to have brewed this steep weakly it just tastes like mineral water
6: actually it might just be losing the complexity.. I’ll try to brew the next one really strong
7: yeah well it’s stronger, sort of roasty tasting, mostly minerals, I’ll probably brew a few more but I doubt it’ll do anything new now
This was just under $1/g the lack of durability is a little unsettling but the first 4 were really good
This is the same as their house 2010 Bingdao Shou 200g cake, but in a smaller and cheaper waffle brick form.
Really good shou – super clean, sweet, date, dark chocolate, walnut, mineral, all with a really heavy thick texture. This shou still has a bit of green in the leaf too! However, this is a pretty expensive shou, it was $26 CND for this 75gram waffle brick.
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2010-puerh-mini-waffle-brick-shou-treasure-green-tea-company/
I bought this in store, without actually smelling the dry leaf, only the wet leaf (she just had like a whole bunch outside in this like basket thing, not really sure why) so when I got home and opened it, and the incredibly potent vegetal smell washed over me, I was overwhelmed. Soybean/edamame, grass, celery, and hints of lemon so delicious that I sat there stunned, just inhaling it for several minutes. It smelled similar to a laoshan green in a way. Anyways, the brewing:
lettuce, edamame, grass, it’s very creamy in both texture and taste, theres even subtle hints of florals, some roastiness and quite potent astringency, a bit bitter at first. There’s kind of a meaty texture behind the creaminess, even almost like tofu, with added notes of beats, peas, spinach, hints of soap or even.. toothpaste? It’s a bit minty; It has a significantly thicker texture than I’m used to in greens, at times it could almost be mistaken for an oolong, were it not so vegetal. It gets a bit more bitter as the session goes on, though never with any real strength.
I got 5 or 6 really nice steeps out of this, I’m glad I picked some up. It’s one of those teas I really want some of my friends to get to try (the ones who if you ask them what kind of green tea they drink, they say .. like, “the normal kind”)
Flavors: Bitter, Cream, Creamy, Floral, Lettuce, Milk, Mint, Peas, Roasted, Soap, Soybean, Spinach, Thick, Vegetal
Alright, so I’ve got this little single-serve tuo cha, this tea was under Treasure Green’s green tea section, and the pu’erh section, obviously it being xiaguan tea factory, it’s some kind of pu’erh but it’s different, I don’t really get how but .. anyways,
At first, it tastes very green, light, thick, sweet, but also very reminiscent of a young sheng in its lightness and a hint of sweet smoke, even leather-like, or wet cardboard..? With bitterness which is quite pleasant, and astringency, it has a strong kick of bitterness but there’s a sort of smoothness to it too, and lots of mintiness in the aftertaste, sweet grass, grapefruit, blood-orange, bitterness grows stronger with each successive brew. Pine needles, spearmint raspberry, dry earth.
It’s like everything I like about young shengs, the sweet pleasant bitterness, but with so much more depth and character.
I love how fruity it is in later steeps: So much orange, grapefruit, and like.. blue-raspberry, it’s very soothing and hydrating, but there’s quite a sense of power to the tea, and enough complexity to suit anyone. Verry bitter though, so if you dislike bitterness, then probably stay away from this one, also this one’s really durable, it lasts like at least 15 steeps here, and fades out really slowly, so it depends on your tastes really :)
Olivia, the tea master at Treasure green, just gave me this tuocha to “play with” after me and my best friend sat at her tea bar and tried 3 or 4 different teas over like 2 hours, (including this one) she was really generous, and it was a lot of fun. (Don’t worry, we both bought some tea), I probably wouldn’t have written a review for this, because 1) reviewing pu’erh seems incredibly difficult to me, and 2) I feel like pu’erh should be something that I have to myself, where I don’t need to worry about the analytics, but anyways, I really, really like this company and wanted to give them some exposure, however small, so if you’re ever in Vancouver, do yourself a favour and check it out! :)
Flavors: Bitter, Blood orange, Cardboard, Earth, Fruity, Grapefruit, Green, Leather, Mint, Orange, Pine, Raspberry, Smoke, Spearmint, Sweet, Thick
This sweet and savory tea, from OMGsrsly, is way too easy to drink. It’s been a while since I’ve had puerh or done short concentrated steeps with a tea all day long, but this tea never punished me for it. There was even a moment where I may have forgotten it for a bit (5 minutes), but it remained relatively delicious.
The flavour profile reminds me somewhat of Butiki’s White Rhino tea and coffee cake. Not bad.
Flavors: Coffee, Hay, Honey
I think this is what OMGsrsly gave me… It’s hard to tell. Either way, always, much love and thanks for sharing!
Rinsed twice for about 1 minute, then steeped for two. It’s quite dark, and, still not completely opened. Ugh. Not sure I’ll steep it again, as… This is weird. Wood, wet wood is what I get. Wet wood and an odd sweetness that I’m not fond of all. I can’t finish the cup. :(
Flavors: Sweet, Wet Wood
Another OMGsrsly sample, wheeeeee!
I wasn’t super huge on this one…it tasted kind of like a typical young sheng, but with the flavours on mute? If that makes any sense? Like, the most pronounced characteristic of this tea for me was its bitterness, which is kind of weird to say because it wasn’t actually overwhelmingly bitter, especially compared to other shengs. I just didn’t really find much of anything to balance that bitterness out or otherwise add interest…
This totally could have been user error on my part, but I’m happy with the shot I gave it (thank you again for the sample!) and this isn’t something I feel the need to buy or try again.
ooooooh tea from omgsrsly I think i’m going to be drinking this one for the rest of the day. I pulled this one out for a hope at something a little more exciting. this is sweet, haylike, with a hint of bitterness should you steep it for too long. i am quite enjoying this one and i’m curious as to how it will fare for the rest of the day. Plus, the leaves are really pretty! more to come later i hope.
omgsrsly sent this one my way. I’ve never tried anything from this company so it’s nice to branch out. i’m sort of with dex on this one. It seemed much to fussy. When i was able to get the right balance of time and temp it was pleasant enough but then i’d have random steepings that just didn’t taste all that wonderful. even with essentially flash steepings. I’m ok with this though, because i know i have lots of other puerh that i adore :)
As Dex mentioned ages in the review, my bag is marked sheng, but this is DEFINITELY the shou.
This is a lot easier on the nose than the last one I tried today. And I also went through my shou bag and opened all the ziplock baggies so they’re upright and exposed to the air a bit. So hopefully that’ll help out some of the stronger shou mellow out.
As this is a tuo, and it’s tightly packed, I’ve done 2 pretty long rinses. The liquor is dark amber, but not black. And it’s still not completely unfurled. Oh wait I lied. It’s almost completely black now.
But the flavours here are a lot more bearable. It still has that forest compost flavour, and isn’t sweet and gentle like the shou I tried from Sil last night. But it’s a lot more mild. I was just reading the description on the website. Earthy. Yes, indeed it is. Also very woody. As I steep it, it’s turning into that fresh hewn lumber taste.
Not bad, but again, not really flavours I’m into right now. I’ll share what I have around and keep a couple tuo’s for further tasting.
Yay! I put my computer back together, and set my kettle up on my desk again.
So of course I had to make some tea.
This one is pretty good. Like Dexter mentioned, it’s pretty starchy. I’m enjoying it, but it’s not a favourite. I used the whole packet so I can’t try it in my travel mug, but I tend to like the burnt/spicy notes these types of teas can get when you grandpa style steep them… or just forget them in your timolino for 6 hours…
Whoops. This one is also FROM Dexter. Thank you!
The leaves of this tea are just beautiful – really golden and fuzzy. It’s just ok for my tastes. Really sweet potatoe – pretty starchy. Those aren’t my favorite notes in Yunnan blacks.
Nce but not a necessary rebuy.
I am such an idiot……
Do you have days where you see something on the news, or you observe an incident that makes you question how you see the world, what you believe. I’m not talking about anything heavy, just something that makes you pause and question. I think of it more as emotionally challenged than upset. Anyway……I’m having one of those days…
So I come home from work and look for tea. I don’t want to make a decision so I just reach into my sample box and pull out a package from the wonderful Miss OMGsrsly. Perfect mini tou sheng….. A few minutes later I’m looking at the tea in my cup and the leaves in my teapot, this is weird. Why is sheng this color? Shrug oh well…. first sip and I’m looking at the package, and the looking it up on here…..yep I’m an idiot…. This isn’t sheng. Why did I think it was. Let’s try this again with shou steeping parameters.
Whatever this is it’s really good. Mmmmmm really earthy in a good way Smooth, yummy, sweet. I really like this. It goes perfectly with salsa, avacado, and lime tortilla chips. I don’t have specifics, but this is what like about shou…..
Now if I can just figure out why I’m watching Gone Girl…. I hated that book.
This is confusing me. Steeps 1 and 2 were really nice but mild. A little sweet, a little earthy, not bitter, not grassy. Steeps 3 and 4 were astringent and bitter, didn’t really like it. Steeps5 and 6 were still a little bitter and quite grassy.
In my experience sheng usually starts out bitter and grassy and gets milder in later steeps. Maybe user error but I was trying hard to be conservative with steep times.
This isn’t the one to convert me over to sheng. Thanks for the sample OMGsrsly. :)
This tea is beautiful – the dry leave are just amazing to look at – the wet leaves are just so pretty. I don’t think I should be drinking this one tonight. I was drinking another moonlight tea yesterday that was just spectacular. I think this is paling in the shadow of the other one rather than showing how good it really is. If I had tried this one first I would be raving about it, but IMHO it’s not as good as the other.
OMGsrsly recently wrote about this with words like savory and umami. While I’m not disagreeing with that – those aren’t the words I would choose. The problem is that I’m not quite sure what the right words are. Sheng, sweet, green. hay, lets start with those. Given a cup of this blind – there is no doubt it’s pu’erh – but it’s really mild and that mustiness goes away in later steeps. It is sweet, but later in the sip. It’s not astringent, or bitter, but these is a little sharpness to it.
I like it, I would happily drink more of it – but if I had to choose, the other one all the way.
Thank you so much OMGsrsly for sharing both these amazing teas with me. (I might need you to pick up more of these for me in the future….)
This is similar to the Moonlight cake I got from The Chinese Tea Shop, but it is also different.
The flavour is a little more savoury to begin with, less of that honey-sweet intensity. It doesn’t really need a strainer as most of the leaves are whole, but there are some small bits that come through on the steeps. Nothing really to be concerned with, though.
I really like this one as well. It starts differently and has more of an umami feel to its lingering honey aftertaste in the later steeps.
I expect about 7 steeps out of this.
Another probably old/poorly stored sample that I have! But going to have some fun with it anyways.
The leaves aren’t particularly fragrant, but I am picking up a bit of a salty, toasty aroma. Not particularly inspiring, but then again, they are old.
First steep 95C/25s
Although a deep reddish brown, the steeped liquor has very little scent. The tea tastes slightly sweet and toasty, but it’s all quite mild. The finish is mildly of oolong tea. Now that I’m thinking about it, I’m almost getting a flavour like fall leaves, you know, from the times when you were a kid and hid in a pile of dried leaves on the lawn, and if you covered your face there was this distinct dry leaf smell. Maybe it’s because tea is also a leaf, or maybe there’s some other reason, I don’t know!
Second steep 95C/25s
A little bit sweeter, and again that toasty flavour. My mouth feels a bit dry afterwards. I think it was after(?) this steep that I smelled the wet leaves, and they smelled like burnt toast! Interesting.
Third steep 95C/30s
Similar to the second steep but a bit weaker, and a tiny bit of astringency in the finish.
Fourth steep 95C/30s
The liquor is starting to lighten in colour at this point, and I’m not tasting all that much anymore.
Fifth steep ~93C/~30s
… I can see why they recommend 2-3 steeps. I think this one will go down the drain.
Overall, not a great tea in my opinion, but I recognize that I may be biased due to the tea’s age and poor storage, particularly since my concern is a lack of flavour (it was very weak), and not a bad flavour – I like toasty sweetness! So, I will refrain from rating right now as it wouldn’t be a fair judgement.
Finished off the remainder of this packet today (sipdown!!); about 1.5 tsp in 8 oz. of water. A pretty tasty cup of dragon well, for sure – a fair bit of vegetal flavour, though not as much sweetness as had it been fresher, I suspect (this is like, 4-year-old tea, though it appears I only opened the packet for the first time about 4 months ago). Unluckily for me, I just accidentally choked on a big mouthful of it, and spit it all over my bed, marking the second time THIS WEEK that I’ve had to change my bed sheet due to a tea spill, and at least the third or fourth time in a couple months (although this is the first time it was due to choking). I have really got to work on this… not only am I wasting tea, I’m making messes! Thankfully I usually have spilled straight teas that are light in colour/flavour…
Ok…. the sample I have of this is clearly too old to fairly be rating, but I’ll write a tasting note anyhow. My guess as to its age is perhaps 3+ years, and although it was in an sealed, unopened packet, green teas do not have that sort of longevity. Shame on me.
Anyways, it’s worth a shot! I used 2 tsp of leaf to coax at least some flavour out (since I have a sample bag that’s maybe about 6-8 tsp worth, I can try again if that’s too little/too much). The leaf looks like that of a dragonwell, but unlike the picture here, it simply looks old and tired. Somewhat like the Rishi leaf from yesterday, although that turned out to be just fine.
Although the instructions indicated a 25-30s infusion, I gave it a whole minute because I really didn’t think that would be long enough.
The resulting brew is light in colour (darkening a bit as it sits), and the aroma is really strange. I want to call is a brothy sort of umami (I learned about umami in my cheese tasting panel, which sadly ended today, but it was a fun experience!). I haven’t really had teas with this sort of brothy aroma… it’s kind of throwing me. There is a hint of “tea” in there though, but I have to wonder if there wasn’t some contamination going on. Which brings me to a story of a different packet of tea I had that I brewed up, and it tasted like smoked salmon! My cousin informed me that it was probably stored to close to… my smoked salmon… (legit, my aunt sent smoked salmon with the tea), but I really wasn’t sure. Fast forward to now, and I think I may have been unwittingly tasting a pu’erh or lapsang souchong :D The things you learn! I still have the packet, but can’t read the writing on it quite, but you can be sure I’ll be sampling it again, although it’s another 1.5 years older now, hahahaha.
Ummm, but I digress. I’m sorry, apparently I’m “chatty” today, which is probably a procrastination technique to get out of inputting the sheets of data sitting accusingly next to me (I was supposed to do it yesterday). (See, here I go again! Shut up, girl!)
So the tea! The strangely umami/broth-y scented tea! Actually tastes better than I would have expected, given its age. I can believe that in its day, it was a fine tasting dragonwell. It actually does taste like one, just not with any particular strength. There’s a hint of the characteristic rock sugar flavour, and the crisp-cooked veggie flavour, but they aren’t terribly strong. Yet that said, it does taste like green tea, and it is enjoyable! In fact, in a pinch I could probably drink it to satisfy a craving for Verdant’s dragonwell, although I wouldn’t be nearly as satisfied.
I expect one of the places I’ll really notice a difference is in re-steeping; while I can get 3 good infusions from Verdant’s leaves, the Rishi version from yesterday gave me one for sure and a potentially good second infusion (I probably just let it sit too long), and I’m not sure these leaves have anything left in them now, although I will give it a shot for curiousity’s sake.
Anyhow, I’m glad this one wasn’t a complete failure. I decided last night that I really need to get going on my oldest tea samples, so this was a start on that :)
ETA: Er… whoops. The re-steep got 13 minutes, and tastes seaweedy and astringent. Ah well!