Pu-erh Shop's American Hao

One of the intentionally aged teas, Pu-Erh has a loyal following.

Postby hop_goblin » Sep 10th, '08, 20:49

shogun89 wrote:
hop_goblin wrote:I went to my mail box today and to my suprise there was a sample. Stay tuned!


You are soooo lucky! I wish I got pu samples like that!!!!
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Postby Bubba_tea » Sep 11th, '08, 01:51

Huh? That's it hop? Come on man! A little more than a devil face, ok???? !!! :shock:

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Postby Salsero » Sep 11th, '08, 01:54

Bubba_tea wrote: Huh? That's it hop? Come on man! A little more than a devil face, ok???? !!! :shock:
He is an eminent puerh blogger. They get samples.

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Postby tsverrir » Sep 11th, '08, 06:04

On the pictures of this tea on puerhshop, to me the liquor seems a little misty. Is this normal for young sheng? Of course it could also be the image quality.

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Postby edkrueger » Sep 11th, '08, 11:38

Jim explained this on his blog. It was no longer cloudy when it dried a bit.

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Postby hop_goblin » Sep 11th, '08, 12:05

tsverrir wrote:On the pictures of this tea on puerhshop, to me the liquor seems a little misty. Is this normal for young sheng? Of course it could also be the image quality.


It new sheng can often times be cloudy. Sometimes it is a consequence of the leaves not being throughly dried before compression. Often times, sundried mao cha will also have this cloudiness since sun drying is not as efficent as ovens which a gain can cause uneven drying. That said, I will take a sun dried over oven mao any day!

If it is a good pu-erh, the cloudiness will typically clear up after a few years of aging.

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Postby edkrueger » Sep 11th, '08, 15:27

Some times it goes away much more quickly.

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Postby hop_goblin » Sep 11th, '08, 16:26

edkrueger wrote:Some times it goes away much more quickly.


Sure it does after you wash the protiens from subsequent infusions. I was talking about the cloudiness going away altogether.

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Postby Wesli » Sep 11th, '08, 18:36

The clouds never go away in Oregon.

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Postby hop_goblin » Sep 12th, '08, 10:57

Salsero wrote:
Bubba_tea wrote: Huh? That's it hop? Come on man! A little more than a devil face, ok???? !!! :shock:
He is an eminent puerh blogger. They get samples.


Thanks for the vote of confidence sal!

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Short Review

Postby hop_goblin » Sep 12th, '08, 16:03

My impression of the Puerh Shop American Hao


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The dry leaves appeared to be stone pressed and had a heavy floral and honey scent. Nice looking actually. No obvious defects.

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The liquor was on the lighter side on the first and second infusion. Light in huigan but very nice on flavor. In fact it was quite delicious. The notes were somewhat metallic which had flutters of grass, dried apricot and melon. The liquor had a wondeful color which was very clear. There the 3rd infusion revealed more bitterness but far less than I would expect for a spring mao. Depending in which camp you belong to this could present a problem later. The Huigan became more noticable in the 3rd infusion, but not remarkable. The chayun was decent with nice mouth sensations. The ChaQi was up lifting.

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Analysis - Well, I liked this tea. It was a good drinker. The wet leaves were beautiful! In fact, they are possibly some of the best I have seen in some time. I personally like my tea with a bit more acidity and bitterness as I believe it is essential for aging. When looking at the leaves, it appears that the mao cha mix was lacking in buds; especially for a spring harvest. Perhaps if the pick was a 2 to 1 bud system, it may have produced an exceptional beeng. If they did go this route, I didn't see it in my gaiwan. What I did see was some 2to1 and a mixture of larger leaves. But then again, it wouldn't be sold at the price that it is being offered would it! :lol: All in all, it was a decent tea.

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Postby VinceBLG » Sep 12th, '08, 16:36

Sounds like a decent tea but possibly without great potential for aging.

The question then is: is this worth $33 for 400g cake?

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Postby tony shlongini » Sep 12th, '08, 17:05

Great review, hop. Thanks.

Those spent leaves look remarkable- far more impressive than the usual mulch. Perhaps if the pick were a 2 to 1 bud system, it would be better for the long haul, but then it would be an entirely different animal. Nothing wrong with a decent tea for drinking today.

I just may have to give this one a go. :wink:

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Postby hop_goblin » Sep 12th, '08, 17:20

tony shlongini wrote:Great review, hop. Thanks.

Those spent leaves look remarkable- far more impressive than the usual mulch. Perhaps if the pick were a 2 to 1 bud system, it would be better for the long haul, but then it would be an entirely different animal. Nothing wrong with a decent tea for drinking today.

I just may have to give this one a go. :wink:


Thanks Tony. I did in fact enjoy it! Go for it.

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Postby Wesli » Sep 12th, '08, 18:16

Thanks for the review, Hopperman. Very pretty leaves.

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