Master Han's 2014 Sheng Pu'er

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Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Forest Floor, Honey, Orange, Broth, Grass, Sour, Tropical, Astringent, Mushrooms, Oak wood
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Edit tea info Last updated by Terri HarpLady
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 6 oz / 174 ml

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  • “Back on this great tea again this morning. It remains a lovely, easy drinking sheng puerh. I find it to be a really lovely breakfast drink (and it went very well with my lovely apricot custard...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is one of the better Pu-Erh’s I’ve had, and honestly, it reminds me more of a green tea with the same grassy, bittersweet tang. I definitely get sour notes, and it is also fairly sweet like a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “A random Verdant sample! (I have amassed quite a little collection of Verdant samples due to my multiple purchases over the past year). Put the whole 6g sample in the 100ml gaiwan, boiling water,...” Read full tasting note
  • “Got this as a sample in my last Verdant order. I’m hoping my review is on the correct page; the package said Master Han’s 2014 Bamboo Wrapped Sheng Pu’er, I am assuming this is the same tea. ...” Read full tasting note
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Master Han picks wild tea trees in the Qianjiazhai region of the Mount Ailao National Forest Preserve, Yunnan. He takes the utmost care to “let the leaves speak,” pressing each batch of leaves differently to bring out their best, either as a looseleaf sheng, a black tea or a pressed cake or ball of tea.

He works his own land, but is the founding member of the Zhengyuan Dongsa farmers cooperative. The cooperative does not pool tea for bulk selling, but rather invests in equipment together so that each farmer can produce their own distinct products with a greater degree of ownership.

Master Han is excited to share his fresh 2014 spring harvest pu’er. This 500g brick is a unique opportunity to taste the pure, bright flavor notes of a young tea that is clean, smooth and absolutely ready to drink.

The aroma is that of grape, orchid and honey- almost more similar to an oolong than a pu’er. The first steepings are astoundingly sweet. The cakey and buttery quality of the tea evokes a red velvet cupcake with buttercream frosting. The crisp florals that come through in the aftertaste are more like Bai Mudan white tea than pu’er.

Later steepings open up immensely, with the initial sweetness transforming into a full-bodied woody brew with tingling textural notes of licorice root, and star anise. Fruity apricot flavor engages the sides of the palate, while nutty creamy amaretto flavor dominates the aftertaste.

This is a confident and commanding sheng pu’er that is clearly on the track to further development. The way this tea changes over multiple steepings reveals an intense complexity that is ready to come out further with age. Take the opportunity to invest in a 500g brick of this tea and watch it change over time.

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121 tasting notes

Back on this great tea again this morning. It remains a lovely, easy drinking sheng puerh. I find it to be a really lovely breakfast drink (and it went very well with my lovely apricot custard danish…!). It always seems to just out-last me, too, steeping on and on with loads of flavour and presence.

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This is one of the better Pu-Erh’s I’ve had, and honestly, it reminds me more of a green tea with the same grassy, bittersweet tang. I definitely get sour notes, and it is also fairly sweet like a pineapple skin. Tropical might be a way to describe it. I am glad that I sampled this and I think it deserves a fairly high rating, but I am not a huge fan of it merely put of preference. This tea might be a better introduction to Pu-Erh- it’s more grassy or even broth like than musty.

Flavors: Broth, Grass, Sour, Tropical

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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A random Verdant sample! (I have amassed quite a little collection of Verdant samples due to my multiple purchases over the past year). Put the whole 6g sample in the 100ml gaiwan, boiling water, two 10 second rinses, and so far a few steeps of about 10 seconds.

This is a nice sheng, with good balance of savoury, sweet, and bitter. The wet leaves are very aromatic, with a bit of smokiness that doesn’t translate too much to the liquor. Quite a bit of sweetness already building up in the back of my throat. Clean, fresh, zingy, with a bit of a mouth-coating quality and a bit drying in the cheeks. Lots of flavour, even with quite short steeps. I like it!

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107 tasting notes

Got this as a sample in my last Verdant order. I’m hoping my review is on the correct page; the package said Master Han’s 2014 Bamboo Wrapped Sheng Pu’er, I am assuming this is the same tea. Anyway, I decided to try this during my “Rediscovering Sheng Summer Tour” now that my palate seems to have completely changed. I really, really like this sheng. It’s light, sweet, smokey, and not too bitter at all. Right in my wheelhouse. I like this so much I went to the web site to purchase some, and much to my dismay, it’s not there. How dare they send me a free sample of tea and then run out! Damn you Verdant Tea Pushers!

[Recommended? Yes. But don’t hold your breath because IT’S GONE]

Terri HarpLady

I’ve got a stash of this one :)

curlygc

I’m wondering if I shouldn’t splurge on White2Tea’s “Little Walk” – seems like that would be up my alley considering how much I liked this one.

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t tried Little Walk, so I can’t say :)
I’ve always enjoyed Master Han’s teas (I like to call him Master Han Solo, the Jedi master of tea, LOL). So I went ahead and ordered both of his 2015 shengs, otherwise my Han collection wouldn’t be complete! :)

Brian Dougher

Little Walk is so good, and a great deal. I like it better than the “If You Are Reading This It’s 2 Late” I purchased at the same time, and it’s over half the price. Can’t go wrong with it!

curlygc

Brian: I think I might add a sample to my W2T club order next month. These days I’m skittish about committing to a whole cake of anything before I know I’ll like it.

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This is the first pu’erh I have ever tried — I just received Verdant’s pu’erh sampler in the mail. On the first infusion (10 seconds) after 2 rinses, it tastes just like mushroom broth made from cremini mushrooms plus a a very small amount of shiitakes. I’m not sure how I feel about this or if I’m really interested in drinking mushroom broth, will see how it develops. It’s so mushroomy, I feel like maybe I should add salt. Is this what people mean when they say pu’erh is “earthy”? I don’t think this is at all earthy — it doesn’t taste like the bottom of a forest, just mushrooms. It’s very gentle and mellow — even smooth — not at all what I was expecting from raw pu’erh. I like tea with natural sweetness, so this is a totally new tea experience. I don’t dislike it… It’s just that at this point, it seems like it should provide the base for a soup. As it cools, I do taste a slight sweetness.

Infusions 2 and 3: Mushrooms plus a new woody, slightly nutty flavor. Ah, and there are the bitter notes. So far, I can’t really say whether or not I like or dislike this tea. I’m on the fence, so clearly I don’t love it. It also leaves my mouth very dry, more so than black teas — and I don’t like that. Maybe I should’ve eased into this with shu or a more aged sheng pu’erh.

Many more infusions: Well, I’m still kinda on the fence, but It might be growing on me a little. It’s become quite sour, and again, not quite sure how I feel about it. I find it drinkable in kinda the same way that I started eating extremely pungent plan yogurt imported from Lebanon.. And now that’s the only yogurt I think has any flavor or is worth buying. I love that yogurt now — I am not at that point with this tea. I’m just saying I’m comfortable with the sourness and pungency mainly because of that.

Flavors: Astringent, Broth, Mushrooms, Oak wood, Sour

Preparation
5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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I love the way raw puer clears my head & brings me back to life after a long day.
This one is no exception.
I actually starting sipping on this yesterday afternoon, & now I’m back for more.
The initial flavor reminded me of pineapple, and was sweet, & it’s still sweet.
I’ll keep sipping.

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1758 tasting notes

This is beyond a doubt one of the best puerhs I have ever drank. Part of me is angry at Verdant for putting this on sale today. It was on sale for only one hour and I didn’t happen to check my email during that time. Part of me is happy they made the sale so unfair, because I don’t need more tea anyway. Now I won’t rush out to buy more. I do wish I had bought more than an ounce. I will eventually have to buy more. Maybe they will read this and decide a one hour sale is very unfair. One day maybe, but one hour?

That being said I steeped this eight times. First for 10 sec, then 10 sec, 15 sec, 15 sec, 30 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min. I used 5g of leaf in a 140 ml Yixing teapot. It was basically smooth from the start and the fresh leaves had an incredible fruit like aroma. There were some bitter moments too but it was mostly sweet tasting and smooth. I didn’t notice any of the chocolate or dates notes often found in good ripe puerh. I think you need an aged raw puerh for that but this was good. I wish I had bought more than an ounce, but it is expensive.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 140 ML