287 Tasting Notes

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I bought some Xinghai tea factory teas with my latest YS order. I had never tried this brand before. Anyone know its reputation? This tea is pretty good. Nice big leaves, thick dark broth. Bold flavor, a little bit of burnt coffee and a slight perfume. Reminds me of the ripe tuos from W2T and pu-erh.sk. Seems like a good middle of the road tea. I’ll review the others shortly to see how they compare to this one, and if there is any distinctive flavors that come through.

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I received my box of ripe pu erh goodies today from the recent YS sale. One thing I purchased was this mini cake. It was well sealed in its own little envelope, so I immediately tried it even though it did not get a chance to rest and air out. This ripe pu erh is made with jiangulan, an herb I had never heard of. I think it’s kind of like ginseng, at least that’s how it tastes (Yang-chu, help me out here!). This is a really good tea for what it is. The ripe tea is of solid quality, and the herb makes it minty fresh, like ginseng. It’s quite unusual, and worth a try if you are adventurous. And it has a great little wrapper…

tea123

Just looked up the price. You must have had a heavy discount on that $6.

Rich

Hah! Saved me a bundle….of nickels…

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This tea now sells for a whopping $150. Did you who now own this pay that much? I am only tasting a sample. Anyway, this tea is certainly very good, though not nearly good enough to justify its current price. It is on the lighter side, with that signature ripe Dayi taste in the background, rather than upfront like it usually is. Quite smooth, and definitely different than your run of the mill Dayi. Tastes like gushu. I get cocoa, a little burnt coffee, and mostly a clean shu flavor.

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I got a sample of this tea with a recent order. It is a very clean mid aged tea. No off flavors. It starts off with a little smoke, but that fades quickly. Then it turns into sort of a bland tobacco flavor, with just a hint of fruit and sweet, and a mild huigan. Seems like a pretty good tea, though I’m not sure how much I like (factory) teas of this age. I don’t have much experience with them.

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Tried a sample of this today. It is a pretty good standard Dayi ripe. The flavors are a bit more complex and subtle than some other offerings. A very safe bet if you’re looking for a good product for aging.

tea123

Not easy to find, but here it is:
http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/2015-TAE-TEA-DaYi-ChuanQi-or-Legend-Bing-Cake-Beeng-357g-YunNan-Organic-Pu-er-Ripe/1220054_32463514793.html

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drank BaDa 2013 by pu-erh.sk
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Very good tea from pu-erh.sk. A nice golden amber colored broth, citrusy and bold. A good bitterness. Clean tasting and bright, moderate qi. A durable fine tasting find!

tea123

Succinct.

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drank Qilan Trees by white2tea
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This is a really lovely tea. I found it to be fruity and somewhat floral. I agree with the other reviews, enough said. Great stuff.

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drank YiWu Wangong 2014 - ECO by pu-erh.sk
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This is an organic plantation tea from pu-erh.sk. I found it to be very good. The first steep was like liquid beef jerky, smoky and sweet. As I got further into it, some fruitiness came through. The smoke lasted several steps, but it was well integrated into the flavor. It is a durable eye-opening drink, and I get the feeling it will age well. Kind of like a premium Dayi sheng, only organic.

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drank 2015 Gushu Rareness by pu-erh.sk
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This is an excellent tea with a high price tag from pu-erh.sk. I got a sample of ot with their 2015 sample pack (which I wish other vendors would offer!). The first couple of steps were slightly smoky and savory. Then it got buttery, a little floral, a little bitter, and somewhat fruity. Very powerful, thick, and hearty. It has some of that burnt bitterness similar to Slumbering Dragon, possibly because this tea also is made in part from giant old wild trees. The pictures on the website are cool.

Anyway, very good tea which I would buy in a heartbeat if it weren’t over the top in price. Currently this sells for 309 euros for a 250g cake.

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This was a very interesting and quite enjoyable aged pu erh. It was quite different than what one might expect, it really didn’t fit the expected profile of an aged pu erh. The broth was amber colored and clear. The taste was very fruity, with upfront flavors of raisins or plums, almost like an aged oolong. But underneath the dried fruit was a light shu type flavor, or maybe even something like a straight black tea; very smooth. It also had a bit of sharp bitterness, but it was an unusual bitterness, not astringent. Almost like burnt. In many ways, it reminded me of Slumbering Dragon from Crimson Lotus, particularly in terms of what the bitterness was like, though that tea doesn’t have much fruit upfront (at least right now). High qi! I was flyin’. The leaves were large (but often in pieces). I found this to be a very unusual tea, and I really like it a lot. Unfortunately, only samples are available, and it is $25 for a 25g sample. I found an old review on the internet from 2011, when this tea first became available, and a 400g cake went for around $30 back then. Man, those must have been good times for pu erh collectors!!

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