338 Tasting Notes
Not on the website yet, but its the same as last years, a blend of different sized trees from Jingmai, same trees as the 2008 maocha.
Perfect example of puerh je ne sais quois. It has young floral character but balanced with a depth of flavour helping keep it in the neutral zone. Soft and welcoming, lacking the sweet juice of the 2008 but I can taste some of the elements of the fruitiness that the older sheng has.
Really quite nice, I love it when tea has that something you cant put your finger on, but like.
Also i noticed different flavours being extracted when brewing at different temps, the joy of drinking blended tea. It is less forgiving than the 2008 though, as to be expected from the younger leaf.
edit* Warning – creates earworms of a well known 80s midnight star track
its back in stock. I am so happy.
This is, for me, the kind of time when the puerh gods are at peace & the flavour planets align. The huigan combines in my throat, mouth & head to form a wondrous taste. I mean seriously, this stuff has returning fruit game.
This is a perfect example of how sheng can taste once in the mouth, and then transform into something else a few minutes later. It is really soft & juicy, forgiving, even a hint of smoke or tobacco (and I hate that profile usually) but balanced in such a way it makes them all work.
I am grateful to a bad pasty for sharing a sample with me in the first place, and I would also like to thank the fact it was out of stock when I went to buy some after said sample, which caused a great low that made this high even higher -
I emailed Glen a couple of weeks ago saying how much I liked it and he informed me they have bought more and its in stock again.
Taste wise, it has that lovely freshness I associate with the premium YS anxi’s. It really tastes clean, lovely & green. There is a slight citrus-y brightness as well as the perfumed guan yin, but both of these are melded into a variant taste, it has a nice balance with the freshness, which seems its almost trying for high-mountain style, like an anxi but standing on its tip-toes. :)
Really nice tea, but not sure if it deserves the ‘imperial AAA grade’ as there is varying sized balls, lots of broken hacked small pieces. The picture on the website & here is true to how it comes, which is a complete difference to the solid, same-sized imperial TGY, for example.
I would still recommend though, its a really nice brew.
Second review because I am not merry this time & I can really taste the ginger flower.
The brew is thick, with stem ginger sweet hints, but leaning towards the nice sour. I do like this one, a bit dessert-y, cloudy & slightly spicy. Dry sour apricots behind the ginger-bitter-leaf. There is a leaf taste but it isnt as forward as other teas, nice balance if you like snappy astringent sheng with strong energy on the tongue, which lingers as a sour.
Also if you like it a bit different, like ginger desserts, sour or astringent as it has that vibe. It sometimes seems thin, when in fact its thick (that be the ginger I think)
Nice and different, ginger spicy on the stomach. An interesting tea, floral & grassy without being vegetal at all.