2006 CNNP 7542 Green Pu-erh Tea #1602
5.4g, 100 mL gaiwan, Brita filtered water, 200-212f, increased for later steepings
1x 5s rinse
dry: woody and slight medicinal.
wet leaves smell very smoky.
5s: a shou-like smell: grainy, mushroomy, dank. tastes lightly sweet and medicinal.
continued steepings of various times brought little progression. This tea was rather linear. The lightly sweet notes become more noticeable at the end as the medicinal woody notes fade. I’ve never had a sheng older than a couple years, so this was a sample I bought to see how it evolves, so to speak, and it tasted like a light shou, which I didn’t like before, but am growing to appreciate more (not enough to buy a cake, but I don’t dislike them in the same way I used to). Not much in common with shengs I’ve tried so far. Wouldn’t purchase a cake, but this was okay. Will probably drink through the rest of mine on lazy days where I just toss things in a mug to steep. Also perhaps of note is that I’ve never tried a CNNP tea before, so maybe this is expected?
One thing I didn’t expect was how thin the mouthfeel was. I read Jay’s review from his HK stored one, so I went in expecting a thickness to the brew, and that never happened. I know storage makes a difference through what I’ve read, but it’s not something I’ve experienced yet. We’ll see how the rest of the samples I bought turn out! Cautiously excited. Maybe some gems, or perhaps just tuition. :)
Flavors: Grain, Medicinal, Mushrooms, Sweet, Wood