Official Pu of the day

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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby debunix » Sep 22nd, '16, 21:36

Having a lovely thermos session with the 2007 Organic Mengku sheng today: it is well behaved after a flash rinse, then sitting in the thermos with just off the boil water for several hours. Rich, earthy, sweet, mellow. It reminds me a lot of the 2008 bamboo-aged YiWu sheng from Norbu, with that almost caramel-like sweetness along with the earthiness. Very very nice. Loving this tea.

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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby kuánglóng » Sep 22nd, '16, 04:31

Rui wrote:
Compared to the two Yiwu teas of the last couple of days this one is not as smooth as the others. It is a great tea, deep yellow colour, big leaves with a good aroma but it needs to rest a couple of years in my opinion.

I also got the 2011 Kunlu which I'll try sometime next week. I also got the small 2016 Kunlu cake.


This leaves some hope for the next sessions :D (I got the 2016 Kunlu as well.)

What did you get from Honza? I have been waiting for their new 2016 shengs which should be coming out hopefully soon.


Two big parcels - one with all sorts of teaware, 40 or so cups (I love that mass produced stuff from the 70s - sweet memories and excellent for shengs IMO), pots, gaiwans and whatnot, most of it for a friend of mine and one parcel stuffed with tea, too much to mention, but I have no doubt that there's some great stuff in there - Honza is the man :D

In UK tea attracts no import or sales tax as tea is considered an essential item just like bread, milk, etc. The only time I have to pay sales tax is when the vendors forget to say the package contains is 'tea' and even that I can ask for a refund after I provide evidence of the package contents. Also in UK one gets a customs advice through the post which we can pay online or even add enough postage for the duty amount in lieu of a payment so the service is pretty good. Unfortunately the same does not apply to teaware.


Sounds like 2016 to me - good for you guys. Back in the day when I was still running my ex-business I used to deal with those folks on a regular basis and from what it looks like their business hasn't evolved that much in the meantime. Let's see how it turns out today, most likely they want us to pay 7% VAT on the tea and 19% for the rest - no big deal but I'd rather get it all delivered to my door, pay them online and be done with it. I guess this was my last order from China before I fly back home. Back on the island it's all a piece of cake, got the customs office right around the corner - just in case.

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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby Rui » Sep 22nd, '16, 04:02

kuánglóng wrote:
Rui wrote:Today I am going to sip 2014 Yiwu sheng from Terre de Ciel. A 100gms cake I received yesterday and took the liberty of separating the leaves last night.


Enjoy your Yiwu, Rui.
I received my Terre de Ciel shipment two days ago, couldn't wait and brewed up 5g of the 2011 Kunlu sample last night - maybe a bit too early. Before I try anything else I'll let the other teas rest for a couple more days.
Once I'm at it, our parcels from Honza have arrived and we've been 'invited' to pick them up at the customs office - a 50km trip one-way - WTF???


Compared to the two Yiwu teas of the last couple of days this one is not as smooth as the others. It is a great tea, deep yellow colour, big leaves with a good aroma but it needs to rest a couple of years in my opinion.

I also got the 2011 Kunlu which I'll try sometime next week. I also got the small 2016 Kunlu cake.

What did you get from Honza? I have been waiting for their new 2016 shengs which should be coming out hopefully soon.

In UK tea attracts no import or sales tax as tea is considered an essential item just like bread, milk, etc. The only time I have to pay sales tax is when the vendors forget to say the package contains is 'tea' and even that I can ask for a refund after I provide evidence of the package contents. Also in UK one gets a customs advice through the post which we can pay online or even add enough postage for the duty amount in lieu of a payment so the service is pretty good. Unfortunately the same does not apply to teaware.

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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby kuánglóng » Sep 22nd, '16, 03:44

Rui wrote:Today I am going to sip 2014 Yiwu sheng from Terre de Ciel. A 100gms cake I received yesterday and took the liberty of separating the leaves last night.


Enjoy your Yiwu, Rui.
I received my Terre de Ciel shipment two days ago, couldn't wait and brewed up 5g of the 2011 Kunlu sample last night - a bit too early to say anything conclusive but all I got so far was a rather mono-dimensional experience with little aftertaste to speak of. Before I try anything else I'll let those teas rest for a couple more days.
Once I'm at it, our parcels from Honza have arrived and we've been 'invited' to pick them up at the customs office - a 50km trip - one-way.

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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby Rui » Sep 22nd, '16, 02:40

Today I am going to sip 2014 Yiwu sheng from Terre de Ciel. A 100gms cake I received yesterday and took the liberty of separating the leaves last night.

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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby kuánglóng » Sep 20th, '16, 04:42

2005 Yun Hai - 5g/80ml

Pretty sweet with decent kuwei and huigan during the first couple seconds but there's some less than desirable adstringency left and the texture and aftertaste leave a lot to be desired. I tried my best to make those leaves sing but this time I felt pretty sick after three cups; can't remember the last time a tea made me feel this way - I'll have to re-check this.

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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby Rui » Sep 20th, '16, 03:01

Sipping a very smooth, with no astringency or bitterness to speak of, Tea Urchin's 2016 Yiwu Charity Spring sheng.

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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby kuánglóng » Sep 19th, '16, 04:01

2013 Ai Lao (YS) - 5g/60-80ml in a celadon gaiwan

Within the last 24 hours the temperatures in my living quarters have dropped from close to 40°C to about 18 during the day - back to normal & some sheng pu.
I put about 50g of the leaves in a porcelain caddy some months ago and it has changed quite a bit in the meantime. The most surprising change happened to the taste - it keeps changing in the mouth when I leave it there for a while and move it around. Different notes come and go, move all over the place, shifting and melting, like in a friendly game of sorts, nothing mindblowing but quite an interesting experience anyway. There's some adstringency and a bit of dryness but nothing too distracting. I noticed a similar playfulness in the body, subtle moves and shifts, mainly in the chest area and around the stomach and I really liked the experience. This goes on for 5 or 6 steeps before it all thins out and the adstringency takes over but maybe, with some further maturation ...

Next please ...

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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby kuánglóng » Sep 15th, '16, 14:25

199x Bao Yan shroom

Bought some of these beauties when I was living in Kathmandu and almost 20 years later there are three of them left - almost untouched. I spare you the details of today's session (2 horrible steeps and a trip to the compost bin), but these shrooms weren't much better back then and besides, you could get some really decent tea for some more pennies pretty much everywhere.
I still have some Xiaguan Bao Yan bricks from the same era somewhere and the last time I've checked them some years ago they weren't actually that bad.

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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby Rui » Sep 15th, '16, 03:42

For a change, and because today is the Mid Autumn festival for which I bought mooncakes for the office, today I am going to have a shou: 1999 CNNP old tree shou pu'er.

Happy Mid Autumn festival.

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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby kuánglóng » Sep 14th, '16, 09:23

Rui wrote:
kuánglóng wrote:
Rui wrote:
Hopefully you ordered samples in case you do not like those teas. :?


Just for the 2011 Kunglu. Buying 20g samples of their 100g bings didn't make much sense to me because of their relatively steep markups.

Which ones did you order by the way? :lol:


Let's see ...
2016 Kunlu sauvage
2014 Yiwu whatever
2014 Youle
2015 Bulang Bakalong
2014 Manzhuang
2015 Le Vieil Arbre
and the 2011 Kunlu sample

Can't wait to try them, especially the two Kunlus and the Bulang but I'll give them a week or so to recover from their stressful trip.

Back to some Canarias yerba, got close to 40°C in the man cave.


Wow you went serious! Hopefully you will enjoy them.

At the moment I have the Kunlu and the Yiwu teas on the way to me. Last year I enjoyed the Le Vieil Arbre very much.


Thanks, Rui - looking forward to your impressions. I hope they'll have some of the Kunlu left - just in case - but I won't be running out of pu anytime soon either :lol: got some more stuff coming in from all over the place.

Back to the gourd ...

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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby Rui » Sep 14th, '16, 08:57

kuánglóng wrote:
Rui wrote:
Hopefully you ordered samples in case you do not like those teas. :?


Just for the 2011 Kunglu. Buying 20g samples of their 100g bings didn't make much sense to me because of their relatively steep markups.

Which ones did you order by the way? :lol:


Let's see ...
2016 Kunlu sauvage
2014 Yiwu whatever
2014 Youle
2015 Bulang Bakalong
2014 Manzhuang
2015 Le Vieil Arbre
and the 2011 Kunlu sample

Can't wait to try them, especially the two Kunlus and the Bulang but I'll give them a week or so to recover from their stressful trip.

Back to some Canarias yerba, got close to 40°C in the man cave.


Wow you went serious! Hopefully you will enjoy them.

At the moment I have the Kunlu and the Yiwu teas on the way to me. Last year I enjoyed the Le Vieil Arbre very much.

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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby kuánglóng » Sep 14th, '16, 08:03

Rui wrote:
Hopefully you ordered samples in case you do not like those teas. :?


Just for the 2011 Kunglu. Buying 20g samples of their 100g bings didn't make much sense to me because of their relatively steep markups.

Which ones did you order by the way? :lol:


Let's see ...
2016 Kunlu sauvage
2014 Yiwu whatever
2014 Youle
2015 Bulang Bakalong
2014 Manzhuang
2015 Le Vieil Arbre
and the 2011 Kunlu sample

Can't wait to try them, especially the two Kunlus and the Bulang but I'll give them a week or so to recover from their stressful trip.

Back to some Canarias yerba, got close to 40°C in the man cave.

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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby Rui » Sep 14th, '16, 07:33

Today I am sipping 200 Gu Green Mark Qi Zi sheng bought sometime ago in UK and trying to finish the last 100 gms of the cake. It is smooth but it is not very sweet neither is it bitter or astringent so I am giving up storing it further.

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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby Rui » Sep 14th, '16, 07:31

kuánglóng wrote:
mr mopu wrote:
kuánglóng wrote:2012 Sen Zhi Kui Bada Mtn - 5g/~80ml in a celadon gaiwan

I'm glad I didn't trust my first impressions and bought a couple 200g bings anyway. Almost 4 months down the road the dominant pee-ish note is almost gone, it's notably darker and sweeter with a somewhat thicker texture and more complex, mellower and less metallic, stone-fruity aftertaste. Not the most impressive tea in the somatics or huigan department but interesting and strong enough and if the maturation moves on like this might turn into something pretty pleasant.

You make me want to re-taste my cake in storage.


Would be nice to know how it has transformed in your storage in the meantime. BTW, have you tried their Kokang cake if I may ask?

(I ordered some teas from 'Terre de Ciel' today. Heck, I could have bought 14kg of my favorite yerbas for what I paid for a pound of unknown shengs - they better be more than good :) )


Hopefully you ordered samples in case you do not like those teas. :?

Which ones did you order by the way? :lol:

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