2015/2018 3 Cranes “2506” Liu Bao

7.4g, 100mL gaiwan, 212f, Brita filtered water

5s rinse smells like shou puer: mushroom and dank in a slightly fishy sort of way

dry leaves smell like the HK custom aged sheng I’ve tried before. Bit dark and earthy

wet leaves smell woody and slightly sweet.

7s: mouthfeel slightly thick. tastes like shou. slight black pepper undertones.

10s: much darkened in color. darkened flavors. still like shou.

rest of steeps pretty consistent, not sure exactly how many I ended up doing. don’t really get sweetness during gongfu steeps, but I’ve never been too perceptive to vendor listed sweet notes of shous, so it could be a me thing.

thermos brew: standard grainy sweet notes, but retaining a woody character.

overall, a nice daily drinker if you’re into this sort of shou tea profile, and Yunnan Sourcing sells it for even cheaper last I checked (so fairly easy on the wallet in comparison).

Flavors: Black Pepper, Earth, Mushrooms, Sweet, Wood

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Just a chronicle of a stranger’s tea journey. Keeping old notes up to see progression, but no longer really believe in all of them. Trying to learn!!

As of 4/21/21, I will no longer assign numerical ratings to a tea unless it is terrible enough to warrant one. There are a fair amount of solid teas out there, and reading mildly subjective reviews from others > very subjective numerical rating that gets skewed by Steepster’s calculating system anyway.



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