57 Tasting Notes

85

This tea continues to integrate, becoming fuller, with more harmonized flavors of green olive, aged hay, and orange. It continues to be an interesting tea, with good pick me up.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
mrmopar

Hello old friend. Good seeing you out here.

Javan

Nice to see you too! I hope you are well and your tea is wonderful. I’m not buying much tea these days as I have collected enough to last me for 20 years, but the tea plant we planted (next to a Kwan Yin statue) is doing well, and I made some oolong tea from it this year. Amazing. Be well, Jim

mrmopar

Doing as well as we can. Yeah I’m still collecting. Glad to know that tea plant has bore fruit. I bet you got some good tea off it. Now you need to devote a tea to puerh as well. Stay safe too my friend ,John.

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88

Forest aromas, deep flavor and color mark this tea in Jan. 2022. It is quite satisfying, balanced, mellow, and has a gentle salivary reaction in me. As I said before, Lovely!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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85

I unwrapped this cake for the first time on 12/25/2021 to try. It has been in my tea cabinet for at least 8 years. It is impressive for such an inexpensive tea, so kudos to Yunnan Sourcing. Taste of molasses, a hint of cherry, and lingering sweetness. I did not detect any bitterness, but a lasting salivary reaction took place. It is an enjoyable ripe pu-erh.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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87

In December 2021 this tea (one of the first cakes I ever purchased from Yunnan Sourcing) continues to relax and unfold. The hay, olive, earth, forest floor, and citrus flavors are a bit more mellow than previously. It still engenders a strong salivary response. I look forward to trying more in a few years.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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83

Woody and earthy aromas lead to an interesting mineral taste. This is quite nice for an inexpensive tea. Recommended

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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87

June 2021… the tea is developing well, having let go of some astringency and deepening in its flavor profile. The aromatics of hay and camphor are still present, and a pleasant bitterness is here, which turns into a sweetness in my salivary reaction. This tea has depth, and will continue to integrate and deepen in my view. In my storage conditions I will try it again in three years.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
Togo

Nice to see some notes of early YS productions, I’ve been meaning to try some samples of those for a while :)

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83

June 2021, 6 years after my last note on this tea. I find that I agree with the note from Jalam on this tea. It is non-astringent, with a coppery color and nutty aftertaste. Quite pleasant. Seems ready to be drinking it.

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85

This is rich and flavorful now in June 2021. It is tasty, soothing, bright. Quite nice.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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85

This tea is integrating nicely. I’d give it two more years (from 02/21) to fully integrate. It definitely holds the typical olive flavors of Mt. Ailao and the forest floor. It generates strong salivary activity in me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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88

7 years after my last note, this tea continues to be pleasant, mellow, and slowly evolving. For me its flavors are woodsy, with a cocoa edge, with pleasant deep flavors. It just seems quite calming. I don’t believe it is available on Bana Teas website any longer, but if you have some, and could use some pleasant calming, give this a try.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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