2008 Xinghai Grade 7 Ripe Puerh Tea Brick

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Pu Erh Tea
Flavors
Forest Floor, Smoke, Chocolate, Earth, Fruity, Sweet
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Boiling 9 g 4 oz / 110 ml

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  • “After reading reviews for this ripe I bought a brick , happily the people who wrote about it were spot on, the tea is clean and delicious. The price has increased over the years but it is still a...” Read full tasting note
  • “Gongfu Sipdown (602)! Finished this one off last weekend – and I actually took notes for the session so I could remember what to write when I reviewed it! I’m very impressed with myself for doing...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Gongfu, with a gaiwan. Sample from a “puer starting pack”, courtesy of Liquid Proust. used full sample, which is quite large . I don’t have a scale, but dry leaves fill half of gaiwan. Lots of...” Read full tasting note
  • “This tea is the sort of tea lovers of ripe puerh are always looking for. It is both delicious and cheap. This was really tasty. It had partially cleared as far as fermentation flavor. There was a...” Read full tasting note
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After reading reviews for this ripe I bought a brick , happily the people who wrote about it were spot on, the tea is clean and delicious.

The price has increased over the years but it is still a good buy.

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Gongfu Sipdown (602)!

Finished this one off last weekend – and I actually took notes for the session so I could remember what to write when I reviewed it! I’m very impressed with myself for doing so. So here are my notes from the session, just typed out – but not altered from what I originally wrote down:

10 Second Rinse & Rest

Steep #1 – Earthy but clean/smooth. Sweet & fruity finish + aftertaste. Feel it in the back of the mouth/tongue, like a peach puree or that same ‘tingle sweet’ sensation as pineapple.

Steep #2 – Similar, but less of that lingering tropical note that is so pleasant but out of place feeling.

Steep #3 – Leather/saline top notes over earthy body. Fruity stonefruit/peach undertones still.

Steep #4 & #5 – Ditto to the above, but less fruity gradually. More of a lingering “dankness” in the mouth…

Steep #6 – And back to that lingering sweetness/tropically fruity note mixed w/ musky earth notes and leather. Similar vibes to sweet blackberry leaves in terms of sweetness?

Steep #7 – Brief interlude to reboil water. A little weak; need longer steep times going forward. Clean finish – 1st cup thus far to have a clean finish to the sip.

Steep #8 – Longer steeped drew out even more fruit (stonefruit) and saline. Still clean finish to cup.

Steep #9 – Weak! We’ve hit the “flavour decline zone” quite hard.

Steep #10 – More of a malted cereal sort of vibe – earthy. But also a light cup/kind of flat.

Steep #11 – Last infusion; just super soft/weak. No life left in the leaf.

Also, thank you Veck for the share! It was a WEIRD, but ultimately very good, session.

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Gongfu, with a gaiwan. Sample from a “puer starting pack”, courtesy of Liquid Proust. used full sample, which is quite large . I don’t have a scale, but dry leaves fill half of gaiwan. Lots of twigs, but this is to be expected.

Steeps: rinse, f, f, f, f, 10s, 10, 30, 1min, 1.30, 2, 4, 6, and finished grandpa style.

1&2 : faint forest floor aroma, slightly smoky. No funky smells. Lovely dark red liquor, somehow harsh in the back of the mouth. Drying feeling.
3: More viscous. Taste and mouthfeel, which were a bit flat before, are getting more complex. Slightly sweet and malty. Found a hair. At least it’s not curly (That joke has been done to death by now).
5&6: As dark as a stout. Surprisingly clean taste. Bittersweet aftertaste.
9: Bitternes is coming forward (due to longer steeps), leaving a chalky aftertaste. But maybe the insanely hard water over here has something to do with it. I would prefer a bit sweeter brew, but I don’t mind trading sweetnes for a thicker liquor.
12: It is getting thin, sweetnes is back again.

After 12 steeps I am finishing this grandpa style. Overall, I liked this tea. Hard to say anything substantial, since I haven’t had a lot of shou yet (and this is why I am not rating it). I would have liked some more depth and sweetnes, though.

Flavors: Forest Floor, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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This tea is the sort of tea lovers of ripe puerh are always looking for. It is both delicious and cheap. This was really tasty. It had partially cleared as far as fermentation flavor. There was a little I noticed in the first couple of steeps but not even much then. There was little or no bitterness to this tea. There were some notes of chocolate in there and it did develop a fruity flavor in later steeps. It was dark and rich in the early steeps. This tea is so good I am tempted to buy another brick. At $13 I think it is it is a steal. There are no off tastes or storage flavors to this tea. This tea qualifies as a find.

I steeped this tea ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 10.5g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 5 second rinse and a 15 minute rest. Gave it a longer rest than usual because I was on the phone to be honest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. Judging by the color of the leaves in the tenth steep I’d say I could certainly get a few more steeps out of it if I hadn’t hit my caffeine limit for the day.

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 10 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
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Simon Sim

I just got a brick from YS. yes, it is good for the price though I paid $21 now.

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