954 Tasting Notes

92

This tea smells somewhat like a dark roast, I expect it will benefit from further resting. The aromas are surely coming through though – with notes of rhubarb pie, blackberries and other forest fruits, cherry wood, and muscovado sugar.

The taste is sweet and woody with a distinct black currant flavour, and followed by a savoury and lightly sour aftertaste that also bring a bitterness akin to burnt bread crust. There is also a pleasant slick mouthfeel present throughout the whole session.

Flavors: Apple, Ash, Berries, Black Currant, Blackberry, Bread, Brown Sugar, Burnt Food, Cake, Cherry Wood, Molasses, Rhubarb, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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87

This is a complex and smooth tea that reminds me of aged, lightly oxidized white tea at times. I also like its pleasantly enveloping qi.

In the aroma I detect prunes and cherry wood, while wet leaves give off notes of port wine, fern, honey, and gardenia flowers.

The liquor has a superb oily mouthfeel and introduces a funny constrictive feeling in the back of the mouth. Its taste includes many flavours such as juniper, blue grapes, dandelion flower, burdock, prunes, fallen leaves, and acorn. The aftertaste is long, sticky and sweet with good minerality and herbaceous character.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Berry, Cherry Wood, Dandelion, Gardenias, Grapes, Herbaceous, Honey, Maple Syrup, Mineral, Oily, Plum, Prune, Red Wine, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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84
drank Bai Hao Yin Zhen 2021 by Nannuoshan
954 tasting notes

A refreshingly savoury tea with a sweet aftertaste and soft mouthfeel – that’s how I would summarize this tea. At times it has quite a buttery character, other times it has some marine umami that is similar to a sencha.

Its aroma is also quite complex, dry leaves smell of chestnut, sawdust, hay, and apple pie. On the other hand, during the session I got notes of asparagus, grass, green peas, and chicken meat.

Flavors: Apple, Asparagus, Butter, Cake, Chestnut, Grass, Hay, Marine, Peas, Roasted Chicken, Sawdust, Soft, Sweet, Umami

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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94

I had another session with this tea, one of the best aged pu-erh teas in my collection. Today it wasn’t as sweet as I remember it, but the overall experience is superb.

I found it slightly more yeasty and savoury, with notes of peat, coffee, parsnip, sweet incence and lots of fragrant woody ones. The mouthfeel is juicy and perhaps even bubblier than before – a touch grainy too. The aftertaste is very pungent and expansive, it has a numbing and astringent presence with a lasting and warming huigan.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Coffee, Incense, Parsley, Peat, Pungent, Sweet, Thick, Wood, Yeasty

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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76

A nice enough sheng that’s doesn’t stand out so much. It is quite powerful in its bitter taste and lasting juicy aftertaste.

The dry leaf aroma is sweet and floral, but also nutty. After the rinse, there are notes of fish food, apricots, and compost.

The taste reminds me of bitter melons, pineapple, phyllo pastry, hops, green beans, grains and pumpkin seeds. In contrast to the pungent profile, the liquor has quite a light and soft texture, and it turns the mouth quite slick.

Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Bitter Melon, Compost, Floral, Grain, Green Beans, Hops, Juicy, Nutty, Pastries, Pineapple

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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75

This Liu Bao has a great taste and clean liquor, but it is lacking in terms of texture I’d say.

The aroma is elegant, earthy, and nutty, slightly marine with hints of bog vegetation. The tea tastes savoury and earthy at first with a strong medicinal presence and flavours of tamarind and fish skin. The aftertaste starts off cleansing, cooling, and bitter like anise. Additional notes include soy sauce, nuts, molasses. Soon it transforms into a sweet finish that lasts for quite a long time.

Flavors: Anise, Bitter, Earthy, Fish, Marine, Medicinal, Metallic, Molasses, Nuts, Nutty, Soy Sauce, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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92

As one could expect, this is a black tea that may appeal to pu-erh drinkers. It has a smooth, oily mouthfeel; bittersweet and expansive taste of forest and dried fruits; as well as an enveloping, clarifying energy. I also detected notes of strawberries, cocoa and walnuts.

Flavors: Bitter, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Dried Fruit, Forest Floor, Strawberry, Sweet, Walnut, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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93

What a beautiful tea. It has a bright and pungent profile, a mix of floral and fruity notes with decent bitterness. I also really like its light and airy mouthfeel with a distinct presence and the grounding qi.

Aromas are pleasant and mostly range from apricots to stewed green vegetables. In the empty cup, I can also smell flowers and bubblegum.

Flavours then include apple leaves and juice, parsley, fresh grain/oats, and lemon ester. The aftertaste is expansive with a sweet and sour character. It presents more of a bright fruity sweetness rather than honey-like as is common for sheng.

Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Bitter, Bubblegum, Floral, Flowers, Grain, Green, Lemon, Oats, Parsley, Sour, Sweet, Vegetables

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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91

I really enjoyed my session with this sheng today! It ihas a thick, bubbly and colloidal texture; and a pungent taste with notes of juniper, dry earth, sage and curry leaves among others.

Flavors: Berry, Bitter, Curry Leaf, Sage, Thick, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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68
drank Wu Yi Rougui Oolong by Tea Mountain
954 tasting notes

This Rou Gui didn’t stand out to me in any way, it’s fairly standard.

Preparation
8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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I had been drinking Japanese green tea for a while before discovering the world of tea in 2017. I rarely drink blends and generally avoid artificially scented teas. Other than that I try to keep it varied.

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100 _ Unforgettable tea, an experience that changes your life.
90 – 100 _ Excellent tea.
80 – 90 _ Very enjoyable, I will buy again.
70 – 80 _ I enjoyed it, but I most likely won’t be buying it again.
60 – 70 _ Decent.
50 – 60 _ Average, forgettable.
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