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TEA
I guess this was a very cheap cake at one point. It is now only $58 USD for 400g. Plantation Yiwu tea from 2012 aged 3 years before pressing. It’s developing aged tastes. I wonder where the maocha was stored for those 3 years.

Appealing, appetite-stimulating aromas come from the dry leaf like beef jerky, hickory smoke, cranberry and a mild honey-brown sugar. When warmed the sweetness smells more like caramel. The aroma is of tang, smoke, strong camphor and wintergreen and a meaty umami. With the rinse I pick up on old furniture and books, steak and camphor.

Once brewed, the aroma is of marshmallow and tobacco. The main flavor of the tea is straw which displays itself in a somewhat viscous body. The tea is kind of sweet in a nectar-caramel-red fruit way with some added florals and bright tobacco, hints of leather, minerals and decaying wood, somewhat metallic. A tangy, mild bitterness penetrates the tongue, leaving it uncomfortably numbed. I feel camphor deep in my throat. The aftertaste is the strong point. It is definitely violet with very light caramel.

This is a short-lived tea with decent mouthfeel and a strong aftertaste, good for a daily drinker. It’s not a bad tea by any means but my preferences in sheng do not lean this way. It was nice to try an Yiwu plantation tea with what seems like some humid aging taste to it, so thanks for the exposure, mrmopar :) At some point, I’ll be making another note when I move into a round of tasting all the Hai Lang Hao puerh I have.

LIFE
I didn’t get any sleep. First my old girl woke me, hissing and spitting at the sliding glass door to the garden. Then I was startled awake shortly thereafter by what sounded like a massive explosion. And then again at 5am by my neighbor across the street banging on the front door. My first thought was oh-fuck-is-there-a-fire-are-we-evacuating.

Turns out some amateur lifted my motorcycle from the front yard and out into the street. Lifted — because the steering lock was on. Ran into our trash cans on the curb because amateur thief and trash night. He woke up my neighbor who chased him off several times over the course of getting ready for work before putting a cable and lock through the back wheel. The amateur totally bashed the steering lock cylinder, so now I can’t even unlock the bike to move it. And he left his hammer, which the police took. What’s amusing is that I have a tool kit with all kinds of useful things in an easily accessible compartment on my bike.

I hope the night happenings aren’t a sign of things to come today.

Flavors: Bitter, Brown Sugar, Camphor, Caramel, Cranberry, Decayed Wood, Drying, Flowers, Herbs, Honey, Leather, Marshmallow, Meat, Metallic, Nectar, Paper, Red Fruits, Smoked, Straw, Sweet, Tangy, Tobacco, Umami, Violet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
ashmanra

Oh derk! I am so sorry! I hope they get prints off the hammer. I hope you get some good sleep, too.

derk

I’ve penned a humiliating jab at the thief and am leaving it on the seat until I can move the bike.

White Antlers

I hope the bastard breaks both hands.

tea-sipper

oh boy. Such a persistent thief, yet such a failure. At least it wasn’t to evacuate.

Leafhopper

Wow! I hope the police catch this very dumb would-be motorcycle thief and that you get some sleep!

mrmopar

Dumb crooks. Wish you had a video to really embarrass them on YouTube. Hope you get prints as well. Glad they didn’t succeed and glad there was no fire. Been rough out west for you guys.

Martin Bednář

You scared me for a second! I completely understand you were afraid it’s wildfire. Luckily, it was only a bike and moreover so “stupid” thief. I hope they will catch him/her and at least you could laugh.

gmathis

Hope today is far more gentle!

derk

A neighbor drilled out the smashed lock cylinder so I was able to move the motorcycle into the garage for safekeeping.

The fortunes of today balanced yesterday’s frustrations. For that I am grateful.

Marsh P

I keep meaning to try puerh again but it seems so impenetrable and mysterious. I really need t just watch a YT or two about brewing cake teas and get on.

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ashmanra

Oh derk! I am so sorry! I hope they get prints off the hammer. I hope you get some good sleep, too.

derk

I’ve penned a humiliating jab at the thief and am leaving it on the seat until I can move the bike.

White Antlers

I hope the bastard breaks both hands.

tea-sipper

oh boy. Such a persistent thief, yet such a failure. At least it wasn’t to evacuate.

Leafhopper

Wow! I hope the police catch this very dumb would-be motorcycle thief and that you get some sleep!

mrmopar

Dumb crooks. Wish you had a video to really embarrass them on YouTube. Hope you get prints as well. Glad they didn’t succeed and glad there was no fire. Been rough out west for you guys.

Martin Bednář

You scared me for a second! I completely understand you were afraid it’s wildfire. Luckily, it was only a bike and moreover so “stupid” thief. I hope they will catch him/her and at least you could laugh.

gmathis

Hope today is far more gentle!

derk

A neighbor drilled out the smashed lock cylinder so I was able to move the motorcycle into the garage for safekeeping.

The fortunes of today balanced yesterday’s frustrations. For that I am grateful.

Marsh P

I keep meaning to try puerh again but it seems so impenetrable and mysterious. I really need t just watch a YT or two about brewing cake teas and get on.

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If you’re an aspiring or current tea grower, let’s talk! I am slowly beginning a tea farm here in Northern California. Currently growing are young plants pulled from the ground and gifted to me after a visit to Fairhope Tea Plantation in Alabama. The parent plants are sinensis variety from a defunct Lipton research project. I’ve also started seeds from Camellia Forest Nursery in North Carolina. The types include Camellia taliensis, an assamica variety, and 3 sinensis varieties including “Small leaf” “Large leaf” and “Black Sea.” To learn how to process tea into different styles, I plan on traveling to China and Taiwan if/when COVID becomes a relative non-issue. I’m taking Mandarin classes to aid in this journey.

Tea became a hobby and my daily drink of choice some time late in the last decade. My introduction to loose leaf came, following a lone tin of some Tie Guan Yin oolong many years prior, in the form of dumpster-dived Wuyi oolong packets that somebody left upon moving out of an apartment building. From there, my palate expanded to teas from across China and the world. I used to focus more on taste and still harbor the habit, but after trying sheng pu’er, I tend to focus more on how a tea feels in my body. Does it complement my constitution? Does it change my mood or does it enhance my current mindstate? While I may not mention those effects in tea notes, it is what I value most. Flavored teas are not a favorite but I do drink them intermittently.

In terms of who I am, you could consider me a jill of all trades. Specialty is not my strength, as can be seen in the spread of my tea notes.

One thing I will always love is riding a bicycle.

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