Official Pu of the day


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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby Puerlife » Apr 16th, '14, 03:05

I probably should take the EoT 'class' but just don't feel like it. Anyway, I think tannins are another likely explanation, especially since they were pleasant sensations and because they came and went. As for the pinpricks (which really describes the size of the spots, not any discomfort or taste) I read on a wine forum that strong bitterness or sourness can be the cause, so I read my notes again and, sure enough, 100% correlation.
It's an unpredictable sheng, every cup of every infusion seemingly different, active on the tongue, tasty and with tastes and aromas that last long after I drink it. I'm sure I can get better at brewing it, and other teas, but I also believe it's just not ready to be tamed.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby Exempt » Apr 15th, '14, 23:26

Puerlife wrote:Please excuse the length. I just didn't know how to summarize. This is a 2012 Yiwu, 80-year-old bushes I was told. I'm still a sheng newbie but I think I've found a good one. I bought it in Penang. I've done five grams and found it lacking. I've done ten and had epic sessions but a bit of a tea hangover the next day. Today I tried 7 1/2grams and it's just right for one person for an all day session.
1) Drank the rinse. Just couldn’t pour it out. Weak. Wet leaf aroma is a delicious smokiness. 2) My palette is pleasantly throbbing. Minutes later it’s still slightly buzzing. Tongue is a bit dried. Having visions of a jungle with very strong wild veggies, an acquired taste but good. 3) 25s Lots of smoke in the aroma but not in the taste at all. Bitter, better back off, but there is almost a sweetness but not quite. Very pronounced dry coating of tongue and a drink of water dramatically brings out the not unpleasant coarseness of the tongue. 4) Bitter, but good head feel now. Second cup – now I’m getting the pin point sensations on the tongue. 3rd cup – a different, stronger bitterness, hint of ash. 20 minutes later I really need water and it seldom tastes so good, activating or washing back a flavor from the tongue to the throat. 5,6) a little harsher, but give me more, please. 7) 20 s OK, weaker but still the spicy pricks on the tongue, the bitterness is way more manageable now. I think I’ve been oversteeping it. Yes. Now I can hold it in the mouth and enjoy a creaminess and a gentle, friendly bitterness. Yum. And at the very bottom of the cha hai, just the right amount of smoke. I’m not a big fan of smoke but this is very nice. Minutes later I notice the tongue coating again. 8 ) 20s No taste, but still some aftertaste. 9) 40s weak 10) 80s Now the taste of earlier infusions is back, but so is a less pleasant bitterness than before. It’s been fun. Wait. The 2nd cup is better. Getting the tongue coating now. 10) 90s Taste isn’t what it was but is still worth drinking. The qi is still strong with this one. 11) 120s Weak but I don’t want to stop. This taste is addictive. First cup a momentary creaminess and even sweetness, the second slightly metallic but oddly, not in a bad way. My tongue is buzzing. Now a bad aftertaste comes and I need a drink but that’s natural because it’s very hot today. 12) 130s 13) 160s Still giving something. 14) 180s Still tolerable, but not good, to drink, but it’s still stimulating me mentally and physically. Think I’ll stop. I'm glad I bought a tong.


The drying and prickly feeling on the tongue could just be the tea, but it sounds exactly like what I feel when I drink tea produced with pesticides or chemicals. If you want to be sure you can buy the tasting for chemicals set from EOT so you know what the chemical feeling is and can determine if that is what you experienced.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby debunix » Apr 15th, '14, 23:05

Enjoying more of the 2008 Bamboo Yiwu puerh from Norbu. One minor feature of this lovely tea is the handy way that the cylinders of dry leaves separate, and the ease of breaking off a piece of just the right size for the desired infusions--compared to some of my other 'old reliables', the rock-hard Menghai golden needle & white lotus, or similar hard dense pieces, it's a piece of cake! And it's a nice tea to drink too. What more could I ask of a puerh?
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby Puerlife » Apr 14th, '14, 10:13

Please excuse the length. I just didn't know how to summarize. This is a 2012 Yiwu, 80-year-old bushes I was told. I'm still a sheng newbie but I think I've found a good one. I bought it in Penang. I've done five grams and found it lacking. I've done ten and had epic sessions but a bit of a tea hangover the next day. Today I tried 7 1/2grams and it's just right for one person for an all day session.
1) Drank the rinse. Just couldn’t pour it out. Weak. Wet leaf aroma is a delicious smokiness. 2) My palette is pleasantly throbbing. Minutes later it’s still slightly buzzing. Tongue is a bit dried. Having visions of a jungle with very strong wild veggies, an acquired taste but good. 3) 25s Lots of smoke in the aroma but not in the taste at all. Bitter, better back off, but there is almost a sweetness but not quite. Very pronounced dry coating of tongue and a drink of water dramatically brings out the not unpleasant coarseness of the tongue. 4) Bitter, but good head feel now. Second cup – now I’m getting the pin point sensations on the tongue. 3rd cup – a different, stronger bitterness, hint of ash. 20 minutes later I really need water and it seldom tastes so good, activating or washing back a flavor from the tongue to the throat. 5,6) a little harsher, but give me more, please. 7) 20 s OK, weaker but still the spicy pricks on the tongue, the bitterness is way more manageable now. I think I’ve been oversteeping it. Yes. Now I can hold it in the mouth and enjoy a creaminess and a gentle, friendly bitterness. Yum. And at the very bottom of the cha hai, just the right amount of smoke. I’m not a big fan of smoke but this is very nice. Minutes later I notice the tongue coating again. 8 ) 20s No taste, but still some aftertaste. 9) 40s weak 10) 80s Now the taste of earlier infusions is back, but so is a less pleasant bitterness than before. It’s been fun. Wait. The 2nd cup is better. Getting the tongue coating now. 10) 90s Taste isn’t what it was but is still worth drinking. The qi is still strong with this one. 11) 120s Weak but I don’t want to stop. This taste is addictive. First cup a momentary creaminess and even sweetness, the second slightly metallic but oddly, not in a bad way. My tongue is buzzing. Now a bad aftertaste comes and I need a drink but that’s natural because it’s very hot today. 12) 130s 13) 160s Still giving something. 14) 180s Still tolerable, but not good, to drink, but it’s still stimulating me mentally and physically. Think I’ll stop. I'm glad I bought a tong.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby kyarazen » Apr 13th, '14, 10:53

today i'm taking a spin of LBZ2007 in hojo's nosaka kyusu

nice!... although i'll not pay $5000 for a tea cake at the moment.. i cant deny that the LBZ2007 is extremely enjoyable
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby kyarazen » Apr 13th, '14, 10:51

:O...rare? oh no.. i'm guzzling it like mad and have gone through probably half a cake already :(

Teaism wrote:
wert wrote:
Teaism wrote:
wert wrote:
Teaism wrote:Spent some time to evaluate one of my fave 2005 wild spring DXS. The tea is mellowing and the thick body is showing up and dominating the brew. Immense sweetness and full bodied. I stopped buying DXS after 2007 as the quality depreciate a lot since then. Those earlier wild spring prior that is full of gusto. :mrgreen:

Cheers! :D

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:D

I love that cake too, the scent of the leaves alone is intoxicating. I bought it right after trying some, really appreciate the complex fragrance and character. It is not something that most people would go for typically but it is irresistible to me.


Yes if you are used to wild spring tea, it is very hard to get used to the rest. And when you taste an aged wild spring tea, it is even harder.
But it is still a matter of taste, we could be wrong :mrgreen:

Hey kyarazen, that Mensong panxiechiao is another rare pure tea. Pure mountain and pure panxie. A rarity! :D

Have a great tea day red dotters! (Singapore is known as the little red dot :D )

Cheers!
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby Teaism » Apr 12th, '14, 10:30

wert wrote:
Teaism wrote:
wert wrote:
Teaism wrote:Spent some time to evaluate one of my fave 2005 wild spring DXS. The tea is mellowing and the thick body is showing up and dominating the brew. Immense sweetness and full bodied. I stopped buying DXS after 2007 as the quality depreciate a lot since then. Those earlier wild spring prior that is full of gusto. :mrgreen:

Cheers! :D

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:D

I love that cake too, the scent of the leaves alone is intoxicating. I bought it right after trying some, really appreciate the complex fragrance and character. It is not something that most people would go for typically but it is irresistible to me.


Yes if you are used to wild spring tea, it is very hard to get used to the rest. And when you taste an aged wild spring tea, it is even harder.
But it is still a matter of taste, we could be wrong :mrgreen:

Hey kyarazen, that Mensong panxiechiao is another rare pure tea. Pure mountain and pure panxie. A rarity! :D

Have a great tea day red dotters! (Singapore is known as the little red dot :D )

Cheers!
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby kyarazen » Apr 12th, '14, 10:04

and today i'm slowly enjoying a huge pot of 2007 mengsong gushi + pangxiejiao... :D
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby wert » Apr 12th, '14, 09:49

Teaism wrote:
wert wrote:
Teaism wrote:Spent some time to evaluate one of my fave 2005 wild spring DXS. The tea is mellowing and the thick body is showing up and dominating the brew. Immense sweetness and full bodied. I stopped buying DXS after 2007 as the quality depreciate a lot since then. Those earlier wild spring prior that is full of gusto. :mrgreen:

Cheers! :D

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:D

I love that cake too, the scent of the leaves alone is intoxicating. I bought it right after trying some, really appreciate the complex fragrance and character. It is not something that most people would go for typically but it is irresistible to me.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby Teaism » Apr 12th, '14, 09:33

wert wrote:
Teaism wrote:Spent some time to evaluate one of my fave 2005 wild spring DXS. The tea is mellowing and the thick body is showing up and dominating the brew. Immense sweetness and full bodied. I stopped buying DXS after 2007 as the quality depreciate a lot since then. Those earlier wild spring prior that is full of gusto. :mrgreen:

Cheers! :D

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:D
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby wert » Apr 12th, '14, 09:05

Teaism wrote:Spent some time to evaluate one of my fave 2005 wild spring DXS. The tea is mellowing and the thick body is showing up and dominating the brew. Immense sweetness and full bodied. I stopped buying DXS after 2007 as the quality depreciate a lot since then. Those earlier wild spring prior that is full of gusto. :mrgreen:

Cheers! :D

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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby mr mopu » Apr 12th, '14, 09:01

Exempt wrote:Not that I'm complaining or speaking down as I own quite a few tea urchin cakes, I just wish I was around for the days when great puerh could be had for under 100 dollars. Oh well

I wish those days would return again....... :D
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby Teaism » Apr 12th, '14, 08:24

Spent some time to evaluate one of my fave 2005 wild spring DXS. The tea is mellowing and the thick body is showing up and dominating the brew. Immense sweetness and full bodied. I stopped buying DXS after 2007 as the quality depreciate a lot since then. Those earlier wild spring prior that is full of gusto. :mrgreen:

Cheers! :D
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby Balthazar » Apr 12th, '14, 04:35

Exempt wrote:
Balthazar wrote: but upon discovering that it's $150 a cake I think I'll pass.

That's getting close to the least you can spend on a good cake now a days, especially considering it's age. It's a shame but if you want to buy some good Sheng puerh you're most likely looking at triple digit prices


I'm aware that these days it's very hard to find some good sheng at lower prices (or even at that price). However, since I've just started sampling (I've had maybe half a dozen samples the last few days) and have so much more to try, I think it would be foolish to shell out that kind of money so early. Better sample a bit more extensively first and then, knowing more about what I really like, I'll feel better making purchases at those prices.

Having read other reflect on their experiences as newcomers I know it's tempting to invest as soon as you find something you like, and I'm trying to avoid doing that until I have more taste experience. For those of you who have been drinking sheng for years I guess it's easier to know that what tastes good today will taste just as good tomorrow. :)
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby PurplePotato » Apr 12th, '14, 03:06

Exempt wrote:Not that I'm complaining or speaking down as I own quite a few tea urchin cakes, I just wish I was around for the days when great puerh could be had for under 100 dollars. Oh well


Well, my idea of "great" may be different from yours, but I think it still can. Two examples:

YS 2013 Nan Po Zhai - This was well liked in a recent tasting by at least most people who tried it. I've tried the 2012 myself, and although it wasn't really my cuppa, I definitely thought it was great stuff.

2002 Tai Lian Memorial Expo - I think Shah might like this one? :mrgreen:

Of course, these are close to the 100 dollar line, and are probably not "best."

Also, as a side-note, I think the 2004 Jianshen tuo from white2tea might qualify as "great." I really need to give it another session - it definitely seemed to have some substance. Has anyone else tried this?
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