300 Tasting Notes

Brought this one out last night to start. A special tea for sure. It has that kick in the mouth BuLang punchiness and goodness. Reminds me of all the good things I have in life. Family , and the friends I found on this site years ago. Happy Thanksgiving all I am glad to have you in my circle. The last few years have been rough on us all and I hope today finds you all well and blessed.1

Preparation
10 tsp 100 OZ / 2957 ML
Michelle

Happy Thanksgiving to you!!

Evol Ving Ness

Happy day of thanks to you!

derk

Happy Thanksgiving, mrmpopar!

Martin Bednář

Happy Thanksgiving!

CrowKettle

Happy Thanksgiving :)

ashmanra

Happy Thanksgiving, cuz! I am so thankful my friend Sandy told me about Steepster all those years ago. You all mean so much to me.

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A Taiwan stored version that had some traditional storage on it. There are hints of the strorage in the first cup. Very small touch of bitter hardly there. A little drying that goes fairly to sweet quickly. Second cup brings more of the bitter note that rounds the corner with some camphor and mintiness hiding in there as well.
I don’t get the thickess as I do with some teas but this coats the mouth and feels a bit slippery for a few seconds on the tongue. Some mintiness but the Camphor on this is really nice. Good to find a tea that has some storage that doesn’t wash it out completely. I am probably getting the bitter as a harder hit since I was brewing the scraps of a few cakes up. Def a good one if you want to explore puerh a bit more. Some of the older factory cakes are way better and less pricey than most of the new factory stuff.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML
derk

We got a live one!

mrmopar

Yeah had to do a few cups. Switched over some of my drinking habits. Back to the good stuff.

eastkyteaguy

I’m always surprised that Xiaguan teas don’t get as much attention in Western tea communities as some of the other big factory teas. I also remember when both Xiaguan and some of the better Xiaguan fakes were extremely cheap. I snapped up a bunch from several different sources between 2015-2017. I won’t even go near Dayi stuff now unless I can get reasonably priced samples. Their newer cakes are just too expensive for me, and I don’t think the quality is there compared to some of the older productions.

mrmopar

@eastkyteaguy I feel the same. Properly aged XG is nice and they are the second biggest producer in China. They have had a rap as a smoky tea early on and the older stuff for sure has that aspect to it. The newer stuff is processed differently in many occasions. I have been buying up some good older XG and way cheaper than the new Dayi and boutique productions out there. When you can buy a new Dayi for $100+ I will opt for getting 2 XG’s with age for the same price.

J-P

Could not agree more that XG with 15-20 years on it is a damned fine thing. I had some iron cakes stored in Malaysia and they were mighty good.

mrmopar

@ J-P I am actually selling some XG products and some other stuff on the side. It has allowed me to dig up some really good older stuff.

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Classical version of a dry stored tea. There is smoke in the cup and a bunch of the youthful notes still alive and well in this one. The later steeps mix the smoke and wood along with the sharper green notes still left. If any of you can separate the leaves in these Dayi cakes my hat is off to you. I just can’t seem to do it without breaking a bunch.
Still a good one to experience a storage that doesn’t take as many youthfulness of the tea away.

Hope you all have been well. Has been a crazy year and a half for me. I am finally able to unplug from work for a week and not have both jobs going. A bunch of people seem to be mia on here and I hope they are all well as anyone reading this is I hope to be as well.

Flavors: Bitter, Hay, Herbaceous, Smoke, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML
ashmanra

Hello, Cuz! Good to hear from you!

tea-sipper

I hope you enjoy your time from work!!

mrmopar

Hey y’all good to see ya! Yeah tea-sipper I have needed a break. Still need to find some people that seem lost to me at the moment. Rich, how is the kitty doing? I am working on a chairman junior at the moment.

mrmopar

ash, we are heading to healing springs in October. May be a side trip if all eases up with this covid mess.

ashmanra

Sounds like fun!

Sierge Krьstъ

My latest experimentation is leaving some loose liubao open to elents (leaving kitched sliding door for few hours open rain or sun) and leaving chunks of liubao brick on top. I better start patenting these blends. Oh, maybe burning incense nearby to attract spiders.

mrmopar

Sierge, I have some Liu An airing now. I also save the loose stuff off my teas and make mrm’s house blend. Just toss it in and brew and you don’t have to waste much time or worry about.

Sierge Krьstъ

Liu an is very cool. The best one I came across was from thetea.pl but still to me it was missing oiliness. I knew there was method to my nonchalance

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Bought this one in a sample from Tea Masters. I got a part near the middle of the cake. A little compressed but nothing to worry about. Started with a 10 gram chunk to start with. I gave a 15 second rinse to let it break up a bit.
Ist steep about 5 seconds showed some orange color and a sweetness of the tea.
2nd steep orange as well a little bit darker. Some of the floral came into the cup as a secondary note. There was some bitterness as well.
Subsequent steeps were pretty close to the second steep. I haven’t fully steeped it out yet. All steeps were right off boiling on the water.
I think this is a decently priced mid tier tea from the Kunming/CNNP factory. I think storage has been good enough to take most of the harsh edge off. I think it will develop more as time goes on. For the price on this one it isn’t all that exciting but you could put it in your rotation without breaking the bank on cost per gram.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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2006 8582 <601> batch. Taiwan aged. Very nice with some dried fruit in the rinse along with some floral. Got some bite on the back end. probably due to the bigger leaf or some BuLang mixed in there. Sweeter as the cup cools a bit. I seem to prefer these and 7532’s over the 7542’s. Maybe these aren’t as hyped and stay more affordable longer.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Rich

Great to see a review from you after a long hiatus!

mrmopar

Good to see you too Rich. Hope the site straightens out.

derk

There you are!

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Got this from a buy from a friend with a Taiwan hookup.
I got about 10 grams of this one out to brew with. The cake as I got it was fairly dry in appearance. The leaf on the cake showed the signs of the humid storage. They seemed to be a bit older than the cake stated for its age. I would guess some humidity early on and then a lighter storage.
I gave a rinse of about 5 seconds and let it sit a while. The rinse showed color so I knew a bit about the age. I had the old book scent with some of that camphor mixed in. First steep about 5 seconds and color was nice. It has the notes of the storage early in the sip but the sweetness and smoothness of the aging of the tea. It has the camphor cooling and the sweetness on the tongue that seems to linger a while at the back of the tongue.
The cooling and the sweetness with some of the aged date notes are what stand out to me. This would be an easy choice when you wanted a no fuss tea to have every day. Pretty nice.

I am going to list another thing. I am going to be in the Santa Clara/ San Fran area March 7th through March 9th with the better half. I am wondering how to get my tea on the airplane so any tips? Also I know a few of you live in the area and I am fairly free after 1630 on Thursday , about all day Friday and most o=f the day till about 1700 on Friday. I am going to try and visit Alcatraz, ride the trolley car, visit Chinatown and see the Golden Gate bridge. Anyone around and maybe we can do a tea session while I am there. Would like to meet a few of you if we can do it.

Flavors: Camphor, Dates, Musty, Sweet

Preparation
10 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML
Mastress Alita

I take my tea on vacation with me every time, not once have I had an issue. I make my loose leaf and have never been asked about it… I’ve ever stuffed entire kettles and gravity well infusers into my baggage carry on!

Todd

Oh, I was hoping you’d have some time on Saturday. I do have appointments those days and will probably work from home, so I should be available close to lunch time.

mrmopar

Todd I will be available Saturday lunch. I want to do the Chinatown tour. I will message you on here.
Mastress Alita, that is an idea I haven’t thought of. I am going to pack just like that.

J-P

I’m looking forward to getting some of these myself (but mine are coming from Hainan). I’ve enjoyed all the Changtai stuff I’ve had so far.

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drank 2018 Ghosts by white2tea
300 tasting notes

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Having a sample of this one tonight.
Dumped the sample into the breaking tray. Looks to be bigger leaf and an almost purple hue to the leaf. Ye Sheng maybe? Not sure at this point. Got 10 grams out to brew with. Heated the water and pored some into the easy brewer and dumped. Tossed around. Very fruity almost like grape skin mixed with honey.
First brew after a quick rinse. Whispers of a touch of smoke. Very light. Taste very fruity and just on the tip of the tongue. Sweet on the aftertaste lingering.
Second brew, still flash steeping. Nice and sweet. A little more thickness and the mouth coating is starting. I saw a few buds mixed in so this may be some of the sweetness. I know there are two types of wild tea. Bitter version and sweet which this one seems to be. Starting to carry heaviness and some berry malt to it.
Third steep, a little more of the white grape creeps in. Starting to have a touch of bitterness mixed in as well. Very light though. Almost like drinking a sweet white wine varietal. Pretty close just without the alcohol.

Flavors: Berry, Bitter, Honey, Smoke, Sweet, White Grapes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
TeaGull

Is that different from this? https://essenceoftea.com/collections/puerh-tea/products/2018-spring-secret-forest-puerh

The 2018 Secret Forest says “We pressed this tea last year and offered these cakes as preorders, which have now sold out.”

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mrmopar

@TeaGull it is a sample from he previous year. I am intrigued to know if the current compares. I may have to find a swapper to check the new one out. I just wished they had pressed a bigger cake. I dislike the new smaller cake sizes.

TeaGull

I bought a sample of the 2018 and really enjoyed it. It definitely has Ye Sheng in it. It’s got some funky spicy and umami characters to it and a really love long mouthfeel.

Personally, I appreciate the smaller cake sizes, I just don’t need 357/400 more grams of anything these days. But, even this one is a little more than I want to spend right now.

mrmopar

I will probably start downsizing in the future as storage shrinks.
I agree about the Ys Sheng as it seems to have that edge to it.

Natethesnake

I tried the 2018 secret garden as well as the Gedeng Guoyolin and Piercing the illusion and they all have that Ye Sheng vibe to them. Nice Chardonnay notes. Kinda like the Slumbering Dragon without the big bitterness. All would be worth caking but I already have enough wild tea to last a while…

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drank 2016 Teadontlie by white2tea
300 tasting notes

Excellent tea. The depth is coming out on this one. I did my usual 10grams to 100ml of water just off boiling and one rinse. The florality aroma of this one comes early. Sweetness almsxt like a gum taste comes in early. The later steeps lose much of the florality and the tea gets heavier and almost a touch viscous. Later steeps had the bitter aspects coming in. I played around in the leaves and would guess a couple of years leaf in this one. Nice leaf, and mostly 2 leaves and a bud. Found a couple that were almost able to stretch across my palm. Good tea to celebrate a bit with.

Happy Fourth of July to all. Let us remember the ones who gave us our freedom and still are on point to protect it.

Flavors: Floral, Heavy, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
tanluwils

Teadontlie was tempting, as it all the right notes for me and was just around my budget….most of which I had already spent on some nice Wuyi oolongs.

mrmopar

I hear ya. It is a good one for sure.

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I got this tea in a package from* Healthy Leaf* for review.

I set myself up some time to do this one. I was given a 10 gram sample of this to try. I heated the water and preheated the gaiwan. I tossed the sample in there after draining the water out and tossed it around. The aroma was pretty light.

Going with the vendors recommendation with a good 20 second rinse since it is a tuo and compressed tight. I let it sit an hour and came back to it.
First brew was light in color and a small amount of aroma woodsy and earthy. The brew was a bit silky and almost creamy in mouthfeel. There is just a tiny whisper of smoke in there. The brew has the wood notes and sweetness to it. I can see the jam note reference.
Second brew brought out some more notes. I can faintly get the juniper the vendor described along with some mineral and sweetness. There is an aftertaste of mint if you let this sit across your palate and breathe in a bit.
Third brew the wet leaf has started getting the whiskey barrel note to it. The brew is darker and full with the smoke coming back in but the sweetness and berry comes at the end.
I expect this one to brew a while and I will add an addendum to this. It keeps getting stronger and may outlast me on the session for today. I have no doubt that this will brew well tomorrow as well.
The thing about this tea is the aging. Not so dry as to not mature and not so wet as to get the mustiness that often accompanies it. This is right and one of the best, so far, Dali Tuos that I have had. I think if nothing else of trying this if you don’t mind the smoke touches in there. A sample if as good as the one I got will give you a great session with this tea.

Flavors: Creamy, Earth, Jam, Smoke, Sweet, Whiskey

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
aardvarkcheeselog

lol “infected mushroom.”

tperez

When did your samples arrive? Still waiting on mine

Dustin

I wonder if the name is a tribute to the band! Sounds like a fun complex tea!

mrmopar

I got mine in Thursday. Not sure about the band reference unless they are smooooth. I think this will go a few days as it still hasn’t fully broken up yet.

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