12/12/08 Competition Style Tasting


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12/12/08 Competition Style Tasting

Postby edkrueger » Dec 12th, '08, 21:01

I'll try to do one of these posts at least weekly. [The numbers in front of the names are the total scores.]

80 2005 Dayi 7542 (www.puerhshop.com)
30 Aroma in Cup: A little smoky. Mineral. A little vegetal.
15 Aroma in Pot: More vegetal. More smoky. Overpowering.
35 Taste: Smoky. Vegetal. Mineral.

90 2005 Green City Peak (www.puerhshop.com)
25 Aroma in Cup: Mild.
25 Aroma in Pot: Mild.
40 Taste Mineral. Chalky.

165 2006 Luxi Wild Tree (YSLLC)
40 Aroma in Cup: Sweetness. No heavy smell. Smooth. Mum. Smells older.
40 Aroma in Pot: Sweeter. Syrupy.
85 Thick and smooth. Tastes older.

70 2006 Mengku Early Spring
25 Aroma in Cup: Mild.
25 Aroma in Pot: Mild.
20 Taste: Eww… Bitter.

90 2007 958 Haiwan (YSLLC)
30 Aroma in Cup: Mild. A little spicy tobacco.
20 Aroma in Pot: Some vegetal/mineral offtaste.
40 Bitter with redeeming spicy tabacco.

65 2007 Guoyan Classics 88 (www.puerhshop.com)
20 Aroma in Cup: Almost none.
25 Aroma in Pot: Mild.
20 Taste: Eww… Copper.
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Postby taitea » Dec 12th, '08, 21:34

Very nice. Where did you get your tasting set? I always want to do tests like this but don't have the tools to do it. Seeing as the tasting sets should be pretty basic and not fancy, I wouldn't want to pay too much.

And I second you telling us more about your parameters. How much leaf did you use? etc...
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Postby ABx » Dec 12th, '08, 22:54

You should think about starting a blog :) (Not that there's anything wrong with posting.)
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Postby Salsero » Dec 13th, '08, 00:59

ABx wrote: You should think about starting a blog
I am starting to think of TeaChat as a convenient substitute for a blog ... easier and near zero commitment. Also, posts in TeaChat seem to prompt more discussion than a blog usually does.

Back on topic: thanks for the notes Ed. Kudos.

I also found the Luxi interesting and tasting older than a 2006. From my notes: "dark mushroom, loam, rotted manure, vanilla." :lol: My notes are HERE. I also thought it tasted older than a 2006.
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Postby edkrueger » Dec 13th, '08, 12:49

TomVerlain wrote:I know with competition brewing, you are brewing much longer than a normal tea drinker normaly would to bring out the maximums.

What parameters are you using ?

I'm using about 3-5g per set at 6 minutes. I rinse quickly first.

TomVerlain wrote:Since the 2005 7542 did not fare too well, what would you say are good scores, knowing the tea will understandably be bitter ?

When I call a tea bitter I mean its more bitter than normal in the process. Most of them did not come out bitter at all. I give 1-50 for aroma in cup, 1-50 in aroma in pot and 1-100 for taste. I don't account for "aging potential."

ABx wrote:You should think about starting a blog :) (Not that there's anything wrong with posting.)

I like getting replies. I don't want to manage another blog.

Salsero wrote:I also found the Luxi interesting and tasting older than a 2006. From my notes: "dark mushroom, loam, rotted manure, vanilla." :lol: My notes are HERE. I also thought it tasted older than a 2006.


I agree with you review, but I didn't get the mushroom and loam –not to say it wasn't there. However, I think this would be a great beginner pu-erh. I don't tend to be too through on competition tastings. The winners get gong fu sessions. I will do a gong fu on it before Wednesday. If it still does well I'll buy a brick or two... or ten.
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