55 Tasting Notes

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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85

I had a very nice cup of this tea this morning. Typical Qianjiazhai flavors for me – olives, forest floor, orange, touch of bitterness. Quite nice, mellowing out, early in the maturity phase. Wish I had more.

Flavors: Forest Floor, Olives, Orange, Orchid

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 8 g
mrmopar

Hey there, good to see you on here.

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90

It has been 9 years since I first reviewed this tea. It has gotten even better, richer, more mellow, with integrated flavors , and it is delicious. Fruity and deep, this is a lovely cuppa.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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