67 Tasting Notes
-astringent and bitter when pushed
-tasted kinda similar to a white tea – in the malty sweet kind of way
-not getting kuwei, qi, or huigan
-maybe a daily drinker because its inexpensive currently at $.16/g
- I didn’t get much out of it. I’ll finish the sample but don’t see myself getting a cake
6g, 95ml F1 shuiping yixing, very dark leaves, made me think it was purple tea at first. Fairly clean storage, but you get some of that wetness in there, its not unpleasant but noticeable.
dry leaves smell richly/sweet but that doesn’t translate to flavors.
liquor is clear orange-amber, thick body/mouthfeel, very woody/sour/tannic leather-like flavor, not sweet at all don’t know why everyone else says it is, medium longevity (about 10+ steeps), medium cooling huigan that is very noticeable – don’t have to look for it, lingering tannic/sour/bitter kuwei and aftertaste, chaqi is very nice – massaging and gentle pressure in middle forehead and upper sinuses, makes you sit back and enjoy it.
needs a bit more time to air out and mellow.
2x rinse, 5g in 85mL F1 shuiping yixing
2x rinse, 7g in 100mL jian shui dragon egg
(plus a few other sessions too)
-very dark dry leaves
-sweet and rich, clean honey and honeysuckle flavors
-no aftertaste, but kept mouth wet/moist for a while
-no huigan, no chaqi, no kuwei…
Edit: this tea tastes good, but that’s all it has going for it, flavor. I got no body feels, no chi, no aftertaste, no kuwei…etc…so for $.94/g I think its just a good tasting, but boring, and expensive tea. For that price, I’d expect to at least get a little something, but nope…nothing.
very clean, no storage notes (being its humid stored), dark amber color. the aromas are wow! really great aromas, unfortunately those don’t translate into flavors. wet leaves are mostly chop with a few half-leaves mixed in.
-leathery, wet wood, gentle but boring
-mouth drying aftertaste and gentle astringent kuwei
-gentle tannic bitter when pushed
-medium/thick mouthfeel, mouth coating
-slightly chalky in beginning, and again at the very end
-really good longevity, just never ended, I stopped drinking because I got bored with it. its not active enough to keep me going after 10 steeps. I pushed to about 16, then gave up.
I did get binghole’d with my sample…take it for what it is. I’ll pass on the $99/cake . its not bad, but its not exactly wow’ing either. one of those teas you really want to like but it just didn’t come through and convince me
Flavors: Leather, Wet Wood
7g, 100ml jian shui dragon egg teapot, aroma of dry leaves is one of the better smelling fruity/ripe fruit aromas I have smelled. I didn’t want to stop smelling it! aroma of dry leaves translated loosely into the flavor. Flavor was not weak, but well balanced. Flavor out-lasted me. Not sedating, but I did take a good long nap in the afternoon about 2/3 way through this session. Lasting aftertaste mouthfeel, but aftertaste flavor was not lingering. No bitterness even when pushed. Very clean flavors, no huigan, was still enjoyable tea. well processed. Its also CHEAP!!! Definitely worth getting a cake. daily drinker with some aging potential. qi is unremarkable.
Don’t often drink shu, added to basket during last sale. Glad I did.
6g chunk in 100mL teapot, gongfu, boiling water, 3x rinse.
Not much I can add others haven’t said, thumbs up for this tea. Its good, inexpensive, flavorful, aromatic, lots of longevity. I think grandpa brewing this will last you all day.
Not much in the way of chi, but my feet/legs got cold after drinking this. Will need to see if this is recurring in future sessions. This may have just replaced my previous favorite shu…which was Hojo’s 2012 Gong Ting shu.
Not sedating, road-safe for driving. A very good daily drinker shu, did I mention inexpensive?
Flavors: Bark, Caramel, Cherry Wood, Chocolate, Coffee, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Mineral, Oats, Petrichor, Spices, Sweet, Wet Wood