I read somewhere that someone really liked this tea from YS so I decided to buy a cake from them. If you look, it is $53 which is high for a ripe since they are cheaper than raw. I really liked seeing that this was an authentic cake though; all those little things make it more fun to open up. My view on ripe tea is kind of negative because while I enjoy it, I believe they are about all the same while sheng varies much more. Of course someone can point out the difference in a WP ripe versus a $5 full size cake; but something about cakes that cost a bit more seem to all taste the same to me. This cake was highly compacted and pressed well which took my pick to get a chunk off. Upon steeping it I noticed the aroma that ripe has but with no funk to it which was a positive already. The taste throughout the 8 steepings that I drank were very fine and smooth. While there may not be a unique taste associated with this tea for me, it is the smoothness that runs through the steeps with this tea that appeals to me. A sample of this would come up with the same tasting notes and I wouldn’t have purchased it. I’m not regretting my purchase, but I may be realizing that ripe just isn’t my type of tea. However ripe tea will be my great friend when winter rolls around :)

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