286 Tasting Notes

91

Love this shu. Tastes like bittersweet chocolate. It is heavy, thick and burly, with a moderate caffeine boost. This is a keeper.

Sil

Ooooh

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90

This in an excellent Dayi ripe from 2018. Pressed into a rock hard disk, this mini cake packs a punch. It has great body and a thick mouthfeel. The flavor is smooth, with hints of chocolate and a hint of berry here and there. High caffeine. An all around great tea.

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87

This is a great factory ripe from Haiwan. It is quite smooth, a bit chocolatey, and packs a hefty caffeine wallop.

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82

A pretty good ripe. For a five year old tea, it is remarkably free of any wet pile flavors whatsoever. It’s not particularly complex, just a straightforward clean, if not plain, brew. The flavor fades quickly, but the body holds up.

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90

Upping my score. These are amazing nuggets. Really clean and enduring and tasty.

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100

This one is like a hot chocolate caffeine punch. Some of the premium Hai Lang Hao ripe teas have commanded over-the-top prices, so I don’t try them often. But this one sounded intriguing, and at $240 for a 1k brick, it was at least something I would consider purchasing if it were really outstanding. It turns out this one fit the bill. It is so good, perhaps the best ripe I’ve ever had. It is an incredibly smooth chocolate experience. It’s just really, really good if you like that style. Further, it is incredibly enduring, something I find only in very high quality pu erh. It probably went nearly twice as far as a regular ripe, so that does reduce the price per session. I’d suggest leafing less than you normally would or you might just waste some good tea! I had to stop well before the leaves did. Being from Bulang, it does have that super-charged qi, and it was just too much for me today. Buying one today with the 15% off sale at Yunnan Sourcing. If you like chocolate ripes, this one is not to be missed!

If there are any flaws in this tea, I couldn’t find any.

mrmopar

Added to the wishlist!

Rich

I hope you like it! This one is special.

mrmopar

I believe I will. We like similar teas for sure.

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88

Another winner from Dayi. If you’ve tried other years’ versions of this cake, you know what to expect. It is as good as others I’ve tried. Small plantation leaves that give a lot. It brews up dark, with hints of cocoa and bitter chocolate. Stout qi. Get some while it’s still fairly cheap at Yunnan Sourcing.

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85

Kind of a harmless light ripe. Being 10 years old, it’s pretty much completely cleared. Unidimensional but not bad. It has a killer kick, which snuck up on me. It has an interesting qi.

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86

What kind of tea can you get for $20 for a full sized cake? Turns out a pretty good one! This tea brews up thick and dark, just like I like em. A hint of coffee and bitter chocolate, followed by simple yet fairly smooth steeps. A little rough around the edges, but it is a great daily drinker, especially for those of us that go through a lot of shu. Comparable to a good middle of the road Dayi ripe.

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