18 Tasting Notes

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So I am bored. Like really dead bored. But this is what happens when you check if storm is over. I mean, after first jab I immediately had few cans of beer despite medical acumen. I lost it. I couldn’t drink. That’s fun taken out of it. I thought as long as I mix tea with alcohol, I am responsible poison partaker. I was wrong. Which brings me to comparison of this.

https://steepster.com/teas/chawangshop/97311-2015-guangxi-first-grade-liubao-tea-100g

And wanting me having a go at this.

https://steepster.com/teas/grandness-tea/97312-0129-liu-pao-tea-three-cranes-black-tea-dark-tea-100g-in-box-hei-cha-2014-year

I mean, it’s pricey. But vendor is based here

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1426569/dongguan-police-and-officials-face-punishment-if-prostitution-re-emerges

I know yunnansourcing listed it but probably different set of storage humidity parameters.

So after 2nd shot I can drink.

https://shop.supervalu.ie/shopping/wine-beer-spirits-lager-bavaria-strong-blond-can-500-millilitre-/p-1005519000

I remember Russians made beemer dealers to put a note, supported Nazi Germany. So Bavaria.

I was getting worried, like non-alcoholic beer is first step towards inflatable woman.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jHMoxV8biCY&list=PL2mRF8QZYCjKD93n4LcxMmVUsDlXsEFsj&index=9

No idea what she says but the date is significant

I got tea before 02-07 and tomorrow is 04-07 unless you are retired in Tahiti.

So golden flower bricks are unbeatable.

This is my plan. Mix it with below

https://steepster.com/teas/yunnan-sourcing/79472-2013-three-cranes-35035-liu-bao-tea-from-guangxi

Wrap into cheese paper in a form of triangles. Hang on x-mas tree. Blast it with slipknot, minimal group techno and/ or canonical Mormon audiobook.

Market as vibe infused festive miner hashbrowns

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-uN4jeOS8YY

The last one probably Misfiled, I’ve asked this guy to design macra for side effect of vaccine

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/684204519/shamanic-round-b101

C’mon, this is how I am feeling

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4hioIiMub5U

I love Belgium but feeling sedated and energetic at the same time, that is something you give to snipers or kamikazes. Obviously, I have wrong blood type.

I wonder if he agrees to look into coasters that charge stalks with cosmic undercurrents.

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Hands down the best liubao I ever had. Picked it mainly because it was in
the upper price bracket, just wanted to tick bricks off my list. Very heavy
glutenous rice aroma. Can’t figure out whether branding has to do with it.
I mean the colour and pattern of packaging. Is it all subliminal. Four
digit starting with one, guessing not far away from zero. It is thick. Like
almost oily. If I blended tiajian with ripe, that feel. Maybe it is a brick
thing. Vaguely remember tuochas/ cakes were for greener types and bricks
for riper. There is another one with packaging looking similar but it is
loose. In a bag. Xiaguan, tried loose, tried flat, still bricks were better
rhyme to me. Maybe it is about stalks, like coarser type. Stems are
potentially more alkaline. And it is really loosely pressed. I do recall
some bricks marketed as rice ones. I wonder if that is about steaming with
rice. I know I had hua zhuan version scented with lotus. But my mind went,
this is to cover lower quality of material. Like selling marinated/ BBQ
chicken when unsuitable for fresh marketing. So what’s next ? Is this the
end of the road searching for most flavoursome oolong and passing thru
heichas that make your mind freeze. Like day tranquilizer but better. Like
something you would give to a sniper.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cVMLv5It6Bk

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This is probably a sacrilege but I blended it with below

https://steepster.com/teas/yunnan-sourcing/79472-2013-three-cranes-35035-liu-bao-tea-from-guangxi

Anytime I had this type of heicha, it brings me back to Malawian satemwa white. I could definitely recommend it to someone who is making brave steps from greens towards shengs.

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This was the best think before I discovered zangcha. I could sense that sakura wasn’t there just to cover undertaste or add another layer. It actually processed microbiology inside of tea. I don’t normally go for Japanese teas, I find them too subtle. Even Oolongs. Then again, I didn’t get into realm of fermented valley. Are they similar to Korean ? In a sense. This is interesting video that highlights link to China.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-14HEpKzCc8

You would think there is a railway crossing between north Korea and soviet Russia. Were they not building tunnels/ bridges between Korea/ Japan ? Anyway,,this was unusual and sublime. Smoke, I wouldn’t even describe it as such. It is more like menthol. I mean, it is not a dry aspect. Now I am thinking what if I blend it with liubao brick.

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Togo

Subtle? Interesting, I actually find gyokuro and matcha to be some of the most “in your face” experiences one can have with tea. I’d think it’s part of the reason why they receive probably the most polarizing reactions from people when I serve them. The other part is the fact that people tend not to expect such strong umami in a drink.

As for smoked wakocha, that sounds strange, but I’d like to try it at some point (as anything else that’s weird really) :D

Sierge Krьstъ

I did see new listing from last night of below

https://steepster.com/teas/curious-tea/97177-benifuki-green-tea-powder

Which highlights polarization issue in this review

https://steepster.com/teas/yunomi/77349-benifuuki-green-tea-powder-dobashien#tasting-notes

In terms of serving people, in my case in randomly what in get on the day to people i know and from their feedback I decide whether to offer anything to them next time. I don’t mind being a laughing stock because tea is antidote to almost 100 herbal overdoses so if it helps someone, I am delighted. There was a Brazilian guy at work who took half cup of what I recall was tianjian and it immediately took away his discomfort. He was on potentially cancerogenic medication for his stomach. Since he is buying full sheng cakes ! Same day I got some gift oolong box and it was a hit with his wife. Oolong taste and heicha benefits, who is gonna come up with voodoo potion ? Thought it was this

https://steepster.com/teas/caj-chai-teahouse/53922-2014-yamabuki-nadeshiko-belleza

But the re is no depth

Another one is actually yours

https://steepster.com/Togo/posts/370180

I got muratake version from chanomiya but higher grades were only available from rakuten.jp

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So this is related to below

https://steepster.com/teas/chawangshop/97178-2011-china-tea-hunan-hei-jing-zhuan-200g

Reason – nearly sure I asked grandnesstea to list it on eBay, obviously since pandemic/ PayPal, standoff no longer there.

But eBay wasn’t great for tags, so I would type Chinese characters in Google images and get listing from taobao. To me, it looked a premium version of no-logo chocolate type. Symbol is universal, however there are some mythological as well semi-criminal connotations.

Nearly sure it was sub-brand wooden house century

The beauty of this it has code, again c4 is paramilitary. But you can find other digits mostly related to size. C7 comes to mind. And Nirvana’s cover of “dimension seven”

But it was two thinner bricks so could break with fingers and fit into thermos. It was way smokier than the other one. Glad I had it in my collection. Kind of arrived at conclusion, the smaller offering is, the more refined it is likely to be. Meaning, 50g brick is probably exclusive. Most are 400g though. So it is not always about weight to value ration. I mean, probably larger brick would age in more interesting way. But there is a market, limited ageing potential for single wrap tuocha which explains the excellent value as well less risk when blind buying.

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Didn’t buy originally from this vendor but it is fair to include here to avoid disappointment with customer service anywhere else. It was very viscosy but not in a thick way. High quality just wasn’t my type as sent me to sleep almost simultaneously. Another trick, the cubes didn’t fit into opening of thermos so had to leave it half soaked in a cup to break a smaller piece. Could be compared to sweeter version of this

https://steepster.com/teas/chawangshop/91331-2012-dong-zhuang-qing-zhuan

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I just noticed that I created duplicate entry. Thought I checked if it was listed. Maybe it was with space in name. Or maybe one picture. Whatever. Will be careful next time as if there was not enough cleanup around to create my own trail of mess. It is not my review per se, more relaying what newbies introduced to it told me. I don’t expect them to review anything, so I am voluntarily stepping in for this honorary delegation duty. It is one of forms I only sent to others direct from vendors as these are more taste friendly. I do drink a lot of liubaos so I kind of know whom might benefit from it, medicinally. Anyways, I dump 80% of my blind buys so opportunity to give someone tea seems more aesthetic than compost legacy. This person were into oolongs which seems to be a marijuana of teas. The gateway. So all they had were ripe tuochas, dogwood berries, gotu kola, Hainan kuding, apart from that they are fermented liver diet proponents. So their report is that this guangxi chenpi is facilitating contemplation and “flushed in the face”. Moldavite flush ? How do I introduce someone to green brick. Tough. There is a site I bought few times called “liu-art-tea”, it could be my obsolete tablet of workplace setting but I can’t copy/ paste text and/ or images. Not sure when I feel enthusiastic to print descriptions and type them manually. Maybe at next eclipse ? But I checked, and they do have orange liubao brick. Pricey. Shipping from Germany costs as much as DHL from Kunming. So my plan is to roll-out tianjian, mojun and old tree liubao instead. I still think it is intuition that is guiding people towards tea. And their body immediately knows it is good. And then it is just tweaking of nuances. Myself prime example, was sceptically eyeing my ex Czech gf years ago having white tea in a plastic bottle that she would occasionally heat in a microwave. I was into scotch whiskey at the time. So there is time for everything. Like seasons in politics. Hope they never run out of fruit to stuff heicha with. I mean, 6 billion people, 6 million dolphins, what is ratio of tea to tangerines on this planet ? If there was a war between tangerines and tuochas, would we have northern Irish style of make love synergy ? Is it silence, is it breeze tumbleweed emptyness, is it a snowcoated cockroach melting inside my head. Oh, brewing, they don’t have gas, which takes 45 mins to bring slowly to boil from cold, which is my new fav as it super economical. I mean 5g for 8 cups. So they had electric hob and it took 20 mins. I would push it for continue boiling for 20 mins, but that’s me. Accidental discovery when got fresh as opposite to dried gotu kola that smelt gorgeous but wasn’t as oily when brewed. So boiling from cold took care of that. And it works for lots bearable brews. Not sure what metallurgy behind it. Maybe it is additional kill-green processing ? Who knows, will see if it gets it artificial intelligence cookbook in 200 years from now.

https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/the-bee-sanctuary-of-ireland-biodiversity-5456430-Jun2021/

derk

What a journey.

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I had this quite few years ago and possibly was mesmerized by the numerical code. But it was unusual at the time, more shengy if that’s even a thing. Now coming back to it I see how greener bricks can develop. Basically, sampling and deciding to buy bulk raw liubao to time lock for few years. Ideally in two different humidity microclimates.

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I would say this is way biased but it started more than few days ago. First, somehow I didn’t finish two decades old liu bao in work last Thursday. Mad idea, knowing that will be back today, just le n thermos. That means drinking cold first thing in the morning while waiting on blend of shu minibrick and gotu kola to brew. Worse, grabbed sugar free grape fanta in local minimarkt. On top of that, kvass offered by eastern European colleague. Then packages started coming in. Two liubaos, sample of shu, and then this. It was intense. The only shous i really was drawn to procure were either bricks or loose. If this was my first liubao, I would have been scrambling for the wrong one, probably would have stumbled into green brick and maybe hubei one. But looking forward to drop a chunk of it into mirror glazed thermos tomorrow morning to see if I was just having detox aftershock trembles. The trouble is, the lastbtea I got today was Sichuan brick and I left it brewing in thermocup as had to leave work earlier than expected. You can’t plan these things, it will be cold in the morning, then thermos grandpa brew of what is being reviewed and then 2nd gonat Sichuan. If I don’t make it thru the day, the autopsy will be inconclusive. That’s the best legacy.

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mrmopar

We will hope it isn’t as drastic to require an autopsy!

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Very unusual for me to crave anything than proper tea/ coffee/ alcohol but it could be perfect storm of weather and lack of vegetables. All fruit is there so it must be absence of vegs in diet that make someone appreciate true herbal tisane. Isn’t that why dark teas are so prevalent with nomads, to compensate their mineralless diet with microbiology ? Anyway, I had access to company car during first few weeks of pandemic, more accidentally so, and was forced to shop closer to stone layer arteries. Result – raiding shelves with herbals. Some teas didn’t arrive so had to brace for the worst. Since then I casually check supermarket shelves for those. The last one, only got because delayed regular heicha restock, and knew there would at least few days of fermented detox overlay. But the taste is kind of wintery. That’s why I am surprised that I am enjoying it. Maybe there is a portal to Australia. Normally, anything with turmeric tastes dusty to me. This one, probably because of star anise, is sublime. Always cautious of licorice but this is less common and not as heavy. Orange bit in would have dismissed but maybe there is a variety that glided into this soup. This is the 2nd blend from this brand that I actually consciously keep in mind between reboils. Maybe I should start making my own blends, like stuffing melons with tian jian. Should have patented this before the supply of both was disrupted by you know what. Will have to wait for next big calamity like alien invasion event. I’ll be ready then with my digital copyright alibi.

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