14 Tasting Notes
Interesting floral/fruit notes and a pleasingly creamy mouthfeel. This is a nice tea definitely past the young sheng stage but with enough strength to go a while more in storage. Not particularly my style but certainly worth a sample or cake for something different every now and then.
Bitter and astringent with nothing very interesting to compensate. Leaves appear entirely unaged and green despite the 13 years on this now. Not really objectionable but there are plenty of better dry aged teas out there for the price Interesting scent of Kaffir lime when grandpa brewing the leftover leaves.
The first infusion has an almost buttery taste to it (reminds me of green oolong), lingering a little in the next few. Lovely mouthfeel and no bitterness at all in the early steeps. Not much sign of age but very smooth and certainly not rough young sheng anymore. Bitterness at a nice level, balanced with a good sweetness, in the middle steeps, though with quite a bit of astringency that leaves the mouth a bit dry.
Nice enough sheng, but a bit boring. Bitterness is at a nice level, but the astringency is crazy! Mouth is dry for hours afterwards. The aroma displays hints of what could develop into a nice aged flavour, but I feel the storage might have been a little too dry here. Would not buy this myself, but it might be to other peoples taste.
Still extremely bitter in the early steeps (have to throw the first few as they are just way too much). Develops a very nice sweetness and hints of bamboo in the later steeps, as well as when grandpa’d. Too strong to drink now but hopefully will calm down with time and turn into something very nice.
Flavors: Bamboo, Sweet
Great smoky flavour with a good level of bitterness. The most bang on description of a tea I think I’ve ever read. Does well in both gongfu and grandpa brewing. I hope the smoke doesn’t fade too soon, I love this one.
Flavors: Smoke, Tobacco
Oddly this seems to have suddenly started to develop a note of age (maybe even wet storage). I’ve been keep it in a well sealed container in a quite dry room so I’m a bit mystified by this. Might have to open up one of the bricks I’ve got in more humidified storage and see what is happening with them.
Strong bitterness if over brewed or with too much leaf (found that out the hard way). With a lighter ratio and short steep times the bitterness is tamed to a good level. Subtle hints of aged flavour like liu bao or traditionally stored 7542. An underlying dustiness that continues throughout the steeps. Seems like a good candidate for further ageing.