Bamboogie 2015

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Pu Erh Tea
Flavors
Bell Pepper, Bitter, Hay, Mineral, Vegetal, Sweet, Floral, Green Pepper, Fruity, Honey, Peach, Smoke
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Caffeine
High
Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 20 oz / 595 ml

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Top of the charts with plenty of cowbell, babies! Bamboogie is our high end wild arbor tea from the Jinggu area spring picked in 2015 and pressed on August 1. Probably the most potent of our 2015 lineup, with delicious complexity and an edge of bitterness just like so many of the classic hits. We invite you to take your time and “really explore the studio space” with this one – do very fast infusions to get going, observe the aromas left in your cup, enjoy a lasting clean sweetness in your mouth long after the last sip. It draws from deep roots of 100+ year old trees growing in clean, high altitude air at “Bitter Bamboo Mountain.”

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33 tasting notes

1st (very short) steep was interesting, smelled sweet and floral/green, more like smelling a vegetable garden than say, a rose garden. The sweetness is what I tasted first, followed by bitterness.

2nd steep is where things got weird for me. Still has a little sweetness, but the bitterness is more pronounced. Couldn’t figure out how to describe it until I saw other people here saying “green pepper.” That’s it, it’s vegetables with a kick. Combined with that initial slightly-floral sweetness, it makes me think habanero minus the heat. Not sure how I feel about this as sort of flavor as tea.

With some trepidation, made a third cup. Shorter steep than I did for the second cup. Still a little bitter, but significantly less peppery. Unfortunately less sweet too, but what can you do…Just a touch of minerality in there also that I hadn’t noticed before.

I could probably make another cup, but I’m not sure I’m inclined to. Overall a very educational experience, if mostly in discovering that I do not enjoy this sort of tea. On the plus side, it’s not a one-note tea. And for a tea to wake me up to start the day, it definitely did the trick.

Flavors: Bell Pepper, Bitter, Hay, Mineral, Vegetal

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19 tasting notes

Got an aroma of honey and mainly tasted bitterness with a little bit of sweetness. Mainly bitter

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11 tasting notes

cream water like, really light color, stronger flavor at second time, vegetable taste. bitter and bitter,m but the color doesn’t change it too much

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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8 tasting notes

2015 harvest
Aroma: Green pepper
Color: light yellow green
First steep: stringent, edamame
Second steep: vegetable
Third steep: hard

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106 tasting notes

Starts off sweet, not too much bitter or astringent for a young sheng at all despite the description. Very drinkable with some nice hay, fragrant body, and a hint of capsicum of some sort. Nice way to start your day, it is a light chugger that didn’t do much amazing for me, but doesn’t do you any wrong either and has a nice, gently uplifting feeling to it. Very clean sort of taste as well, if that’s your thing.

Flavors: Floral, Green Pepper, Hay

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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486 tasting notes

Got a sample of this one from the Puer TTB!!

The leaf smelled slightly smoky when rinsed, with some fruity notes as well. The first two steeps were a tad bitter, with some subdued smoky notes and peachy fruitiness. To me, the taste started to go a little in the mineral-y direction for the next few steeps, with a peachy aftertaste. The remaining ~6 steeps had a light hay flavor with a peach and sometimes honey sweet aftertaste. This one was pretty good. I think the session was slightly muddled by the water I was using, so probably not as good as it could have been. Too bad I only had enough for one session!

Flavors: Fruity, Hay, Honey, Peach, Smoke, Sweet

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

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2887 tasting notes

Thanks JakeB! Sadly, this is another Mandala I probably shouldn’t be Western steeping. I thought this might have some kick or something to it, with the ‘bamboogie’ name (I figured the name had something to do with music, and looking at Mandala’s description, I was right)… but to me, this just tasted like raw pu-erh. I like my raw pu-erh to have a little something extra to them, so that I really want to steep them over other teas, including ripe pu-erh. But this is just raw pu-erh. Probably not steeping it ideal. At least it didn’t get bitter, and that is nice enough for a raw pu-erh to me! :D This one isn’t my jam… on to the sale list it goes.
Steep #1 // 20 minutes after boiling // rinse // 30 second steep
Steep #2 // 20 minutes after boiling // 40 second steep

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661 tasting notes

Trying to drink down my samples lately. Tried this one today. I didn’t do that many infusions but what I had was okay. There wasn’t much bitterness. It had a creamy mouth feel to it. Not much fruitiness/apricot which I like in my shengs. This is not one I would go and buy. Even though it was a decent cup of tea , it just wasn’t the best.

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1758 tasting notes

Puerh Tea TTB. This is a fairly nice raw. It was bitter at first but got sweeter. Not sure if I would call it apricoty though. It was good. Had some color to the infusions once it got started. No qi to speak of. Enjoyable to drink.

I steeped this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 7.2g 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. The tea was not finished at eight steeps but I want to drink something else.

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
mrmopar

I have had this in the pumi for a few weeks now. Just about time to pull it out.

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139 tasting notes

I have only had two samples of pu erh teas before buying this cake, and my tastebuds aren’t as experienced as many in here , but I have to review my teas. I had a sample in shop and enjoyed it. It gets 10-15 steeps. The earlier ones have a pleasant bitterness and the later ones are a bit sweeter. Overall, I like it. Excited to try more pu erh teas! Oh, and the paper covering is awesome looking on these 2015 pu erhs by mandala.

Garret

Yes! Glad you enjoyed it. I’ve been steeping this with very short times to begin with. Pouring the boiling water over it and decanting the tea almost immediately, 5 to 10 seconds. Lots and lots of tea power in this one! Thanks for writing up your thoughts!!

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