304 Tasting Notes
This one has the smoke and touch as listed. Very big leaf and an almost savory salty note to it. The tobacco is in there as well and carries through for quite a few steps. Might be a niche type tea but could be appealing with those that like the bitterness and smoke in one. Gong Fu style brewing.
Flavors: Bitter, Savory, Smoke
Straight up camphor and tiger balm in this one. Up front notes with some smoke and bitterness in the cup. If you are a fan of one punching you in the mouth with that oily mouth coating this would be the one. If you aren’t sample before you get one. It is either the notes you like or wouldn’t. I don’t think there is a middle ground on this one but for me this is straight up my alley.
Flavors: Bitter, Camphor, Oily, Smoke
10g/100ml to start. 10 second rinse and 5 minute wait.
This is a really good tea. It has had enough storage to even it out and sweeten it but not too much as to wet age the sheng aspect away. It has a wheat granary style sweetness that I think David does a good job finding and storing. Long leaves and many hearty brews over a couple of days. Would write a touch more but this is no longer available in the market. Good tea, invigorating and a little buzzy kick in the mouth on the early steeps. Sweet water at the end.
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
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.
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
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
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
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