Official Pu of the day


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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby MarshalN » Jun 28th, '12, 09:14

2002 Yongpin Hao Red Yiwu from YS, not a good tea. Bitter, thin, got some chaqi but that's not enough to compensate.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby siae » Jun 28th, '12, 12:40

2012 Yunnan Sourcing "Spring Xi Kong"

This may be the best young sheng I've sampled (mind you, I haven't tried many). Powerful soup with flowery taste. Very refreshing and cooling.

I wish I could afford a cake :)
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby shah82 » Jun 28th, '12, 12:57

Insofar as we are talking about *today's* prices, and comparing to other 2012 teas of it's caliber, it's not totally out there. Not that I could ever have easily afford this, and with somewhat fresh memories of awesome teas at that price.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby Tofsla » Jun 28th, '12, 14:52

siae wrote:2012 Yunnan Sourcing "Spring Xi Kong"

This cake appeared on YS site just few hours before I was ready to press "Submit" on my 2011 Autumn Xikong order. I don't know, if I can afford it (I would have to ask my wife, but I would rather not) - but I could not stand it - and ordered.

I had 3 sessions so far. This cake's power is almost unbearable. Drinking it is actually somehow both enormous pleasure and hard work. It is too green now, to compare with any other cake I have tried so far (2-3 dozens, actually - not much), but from what I have read in this forum and in blogs - this energy promises many interesting transformations in future, provided, I will be patient enough and this cake would make it to the future.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby Drax » Jul 4th, '12, 17:07

Took a break from sencha and finally dug into the new Guafengzhai from EoT -- quite a potent one, that's for sure. I will have a few sessions left that I will finish off this evening, but have really enjoyed the young flavors (and energy!) of this one.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby debunix » Jul 7th, '12, 02:09

2009 Lao Mansa sheng from Norbu, a day when some good things happened and I wanted to celebrate.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby auhckw » Jul 8th, '12, 04:18

Wasn't expecting to find Cook Puerh + Cook Puerh with Chrysanthemum @ Coffee Bean

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Tea bag :|
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby Drax » Jul 8th, '12, 07:19

But how does it tast---- ahhh, nevermind... :D
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby tst » Jul 8th, '12, 12:53

Peet's also carries quite an array of teas.

http://www.peets.com/shop/tea.asp

They offer puerh, TKY, Phoenix Mtn, Dragonwell, etc. However, I too haven't bothered trying them. I was taken off guard to see these teas sold by Peet's, though I'm not surprised. It makes sense from a marketing POV I suppose.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby TokyoB » Jul 9th, '12, 18:37

tst wrote:Peet's also carries quite an array of teas.

http://www.peets.com/shop/tea.asp

They offer puerh, TKY, Phoenix Mtn, Dragonwell, etc. However, I too haven't bothered trying them. I was taken off guard to see these teas sold by Peet's, though I'm not surprised. It makes sense from a marketing POV I suppose.


FWIW - Peet's teas are generally pretty decent, unlike Starbucks.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby debunix » Jul 10th, '12, 00:38

I think this is a puerh:

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It seems like it was quite a large disc, originally--the fragment that I have is probably 30% of the original size.

It brewed up in to a deep earthy liquor with a full-bodied mouthfeel and a spicy aftertaste, better than I guessed. Anyone able to shed any light on its likely origins?
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby wyardley » Jul 10th, '12, 01:03

debunix wrote:I think this is a puerh:
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It brewed up in to a deep earthy liquor with a full-bodied mouthfeel and a spicy aftertaste, better than I guessed. Anyone able to shed any light on its likely origins?

It's Yunnan Pu'er, but sold through a HK shop called (I believe) 鸿昌泰 (hung4 coeng1 taai3 / hóng chāng tài). Historically, I am guessing this would have been done because of export restrictions, though that's obviously not the case now, so may be more a matter of name-recognition. This one has been around for a while. Did you get it in LA? I think I saw the same cake recently at Tak Shing Hong. It's not an expensive tea. The size of the original cake appears to be standard, based on the size printed on the label (340g).

A co-worker of mine had some tea with their label (zhongcha neifei, but with no wrapper. Her in-laws remembered getting it in Vancouver in the 60s, but from what I can tell, late 80s / early 90s seems more likely.

http://teadrunk.org/post/1277/ has a picture of the one my friend's in-laws have.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby debunix » Jul 10th, '12, 01:09

I quite literally inherited this one, and I know that my Dad visited Hong Kong on business trips several times in the 80s and 90s. He also had abundant acquaintance through his calligraphy hobby with many people who might have brought it to him as a gift, or he might have bought it in San Francisco.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby MarshalN » Jul 10th, '12, 02:42

Looks like a cooked pu. This cake is no older than 1995, or at least, the paper that it came with is no older than 1995 (probably more like late 90s at its earlier). The 8 digit phone number was introduced in 1995. It's likely a decent cake though, with "shang" stamped on the paper, indicating its quality, I think. Next time I go by there I can ask them about the stamp.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby debunix » Jul 10th, '12, 02:51

It's definitely a nicer cake than I expected, and I'll enjoy working through it. But it also doesn't have the depth or complexity of the few older shengs I've sampled from Essence of Tea.
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