2017 "Jinggu Bàng"

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Beany, Black Pepper, Cut grass, Dandelion, Garden Peas, Green Beans, Herbaceous, Vegetable Broth, Vegetal, Bitter, Creamy, Custard, Floral, Smoke, Thick
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Caffeine
Medium
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 oz / 96 ml

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  • “I received this as a sample at first it seems kind of light heartedly not offering up too much the first couple steeps, definitely not a fruit bomb. More vegital. Definitely more of a savory tea,...” Read full tasting note
    75
  • “Lightly smoked green beans, creamy white florals and vanilla in an aromatic gold liquor give way to a swallow much the same. Medium body transitions into something lighter with brassy vegetal...” Read full tasting note
  • “Still smells like farts for the first half dozen steeps. Was not in the right mood for this one today.” Read full tasting note
  • “I bought a sample of this tea, though I came very close to blindly caking it for the awesome wrapper. I haven’t taken detailed notes on it, but I think I’m probably going to buy a cake of it today...” Read full tasting note

From Crimson Lotus Tea

This tea is a fantastic representative of Jinggu area material. We were very pleased to find this tea this year. We were equally pleased to work with the talented Du Xi; a local Kunming artist. He created the original artwork which we adapted to the puerh cake.

Chinese mythology wouldn’t be complete without the antics of the Monkey King, “Sun Wukong”, and his magical staff the “Jīngū Bàng”. He received this mythical weapon from the Dragon King of the East Sea. In the painting the Monkey King is doing battle with the Jingu Bang against Erlang Shen and his dog Xiàotiān quǎn.

Prefecture: Simao
Elevation: 2200m +
Wood Fired
Hand Rolled
Single Varietal

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6 Tasting Notes

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I received this as a sample at first it seems kind of light heartedly not offering up too much the first couple steeps, definitely not a fruit bomb. More vegital. Definitely more of a savory tea, with a dried herb notes and some kind of dried floral notes? But drying in the mouth. Behind my lips and the sides of my tongue. All in all I think a very approachable Sheng. I see that I could get bitter or astringent if you over-steeped, but overall fairly easy to contend with. There’s some residual sweetness in the background but definitely take second fiddle to the floral, herbal, and earthy notes that it has. It sweetens as you brew through. Finishes dry with that cotton ball feeling in the mouth. Resinous at times.

I think overall a good tea definitely a daily drinker as a lighter, and approachable tea. Definitely for a sheng. It’s just easier to contend with, on your casual drinking. However, I think I’m having a problem getting past the drying from the tea. I feel like it overshadows a lot of subtle flavors that it has. Its light, and fairly light hearted, but it kind of gets ran over with this inevitable flavor and feel. The herby, peppery, earthy notes are welcome. I wish I would of got these custard notes, as some other reviews, but no joy..

I wouldn’t seek it out, but I wouldn’t turn it away. Just not a lot of bang for me from the tea ;p

Flavors: Beany, Black Pepper, Cut grass, Dandelion, Garden Peas, Green Beans, Herbaceous, Vegetable Broth, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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481 tasting notes

Lightly smoked green beans, creamy white florals and vanilla in an aromatic gold liquor give way to a swallow much the same. Medium body transitions into something lighter with brassy vegetal tones and light bitterness. Oversteeping really brings out the bitter. Good longevity.

This sheng didn’t hook me — I’m not too fond of the floral/vegetal combo in some sheng — but it does have a really nice creamy, custardy quality early on that absolutely was not there for me in the Planet Jinggu dragon ball.

Initial rating: 74. That might change as I work my way through this sample.

Flavors: Bitter, Creamy, Custard, Floral, Green Beans, Smoke, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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101 tasting notes

Still smells like farts for the first half dozen steeps. Was not in the right mood for this one today.

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486 tasting notes

I bought a sample of this tea, though I came very close to blindly caking it for the awesome wrapper. I haven’t taken detailed notes on it, but I think I’m probably going to buy a cake of it today (Black Friday). It’s got some nice spinachy vegetal notes, a bit of bitterness. Good body and a relaxing qi. One of the most notable characteristics of it is a unique huigan that reminds me more of what I’m used to from gaoshan oolongs than from sheng puerh. It is a pretty high and floral creamy finish. I’m very interested in seeing how the cake will age, so I might hang onto it for a long time if I can avoid drinking it all quickly.

Flavors: Bitter, Creamy, Floral, Thick, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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69 tasting notes

Not sure exactly what to say about this tea. I’ve had Jinggu Bang white tea but never sheng before. For starters, I thought with a tea in this price range it’d be safe to drink 10g before work…oops. Good cha qi for the buck. That’s for sure. It’s fairly sweet and thick with nice floral notes, almost locust blossomy. That said, there’s something lacking, like that bright snap one often gets in a young sheng. I just found it sorta flat, like it needed a shot of acidity or something. I was half tempted to raid my homebrewing stuff and spike the leaves with a pinch of citric acid to see if that helped but I had no time for such experiments so after 6 steeps I tossed the leaves into a thermos and did the grandpa style brew which was pretty good. This cha is a little young to make a totally accurate assessment but it does have its virtues but it also leaves me a little flat. I have about 30g that I’m gonna let sit a while longer and revisit it.

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