Your favorite 2012 Sheng so far

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Your favorite 2012 Sheng so far

by TwoDog2 » Jul 30th 12 6:27 am

Anybody care to weigh in on any memorable teas from this year?

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Re: Your favorite 2012 Sheng so far

by fdrx » Jul 30th 12 7:05 am

is it me or a good part of the 2012 sheng have in common a floral flavour very easy to notice? i find this flavour extremely boring but i suppose it's not bad news for aging... is it? i probably didn't sample enough 2012 shengs. the one i liked the most was a xigui

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Re: Your favorite 2012 Sheng so far

by debunix » Jul 30th 12 7:37 am

Only one 2012 sheng to date: 2012 Yunnan Sourcing "Yi Wu Purple Tea". It was quite lovely, so nice I had to share--couldn't keep it all to myself. Yes, a definite delicately floral quality was there.

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Re: Your favorite 2012 Sheng so far

by David R. » Jul 30th 12 9:54 am

Bulang from Essence of Tea.

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Re: Your favorite 2012 Sheng so far

by apache » Jul 30th 12 11:03 am

Hardly try any thing from this year. All my this year EoT cakes still inside the box. Only one I tried this year:
http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=15184802732&

Only tasted the sample once which interested me and in the process of getting a cake. Will post pics and note when I got it. Don't know when.

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Re: Your favorite 2012 Sheng so far

by MarshalN » Jul 30th 12 1:03 pm

How did you pick this one? Seems rather random. Have you bought from them before?

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Re: Your favorite 2012 Sheng so far

by apache » Jul 30th 12 2:32 pm

MarshalN wrote:How did you pick this one? Seems rather random. Have you bought from them before?
The sample came with my 2nd order from them. They seem o.k. with new big factories stuffs.

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Re: Your favorite 2012 Sheng so far

by gasninja » Jul 30th 12 3:56 pm

EOT.s Dong ban shan single tree followed by there gfz. I unlike others really enjoyed this years bulang alot.also tea urchines gao shan zhi I thought was pretty good atleast compared with the few other examples of gsz teas that I have tried.

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Re: Your favorite 2012 Sheng so far

by David R. » Jul 30th 12 4:37 pm

gasninja wrote:EOT.s Dong ban shan single tree followed by there gfz. I unlike others really enjoyed this years bulang alot.also tea urchines gao shan zhi I thought was pretty good atleast compared with the few other examples of gsz teas that I have tried.
This was actually my favourite one too. But as it is not a purchasable tea, I didn't mention it. :wink:

First time with a single tree puerh, just like a phoenix "dan cong". Very interesting.

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Re: Your favorite 2012 Sheng so far

by iovetea » Jul 30th 12 6:58 pm

fdrx wrote:is it me or a good part of the 2012 sheng have in common a floral flavour very easy to notice? i find this flavour extremely boring but i suppose it's not bad news for aging... is it? i probably didn't sample enough 2012 shengs. the one i liked the most was a xigui
i thought young sheng pu erh taste like sour plums

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Re: Your favorite 2012 Sheng so far

by debunix » Jul 30th 12 7:12 pm

Sour plums?

I can't think of a single young sheng I've had that tastes like that. Smoky, sometimes more stinky like gym socks; spicy; earthy; sweet; floral; grassy; bitter; herbaceous and anise notes; and caramel--all of those are ways I've described the flavors of young sheng, but never sour plum.

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Re: Your favorite 2012 Sheng so far

by iovetea » Jul 30th 12 7:51 pm

debunix wrote:Sour plums?

I can't think of a single young sheng I've had that tastes like that. Smoky, sometimes more stinky like gym socks; spicy; earthy; sweet; floral; grassy; bitter; herbaceous and anise notes; and caramel--all of those are ways I've described the flavors of young sheng, but never sour plum.
ok then they sold me absolute fake, what i had was sour.. like unripe(sour plums)

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Re: Your favorite 2012 Sheng so far

by apolon » Jul 30th 12 8:02 pm

David R. wrote:Bulang from Essence of Tea.
+1

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Re: Your favorite 2012 Sheng so far

by Catfur » Jul 30th 12 11:27 pm

I don't like this year's sheng, whatever year this year is.

It all pretty much tastes the same, like some funny green tea...

Only slight differences between even wildly different cakes.

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Re: Your favorite 2012 Sheng so far

by shah82 » Jul 31st 12 12:08 am

The only times you really should get a sour plum feel is from certain kinds of older teas, especially from Yiwu.

New puerh? Sour? Well, wild wild tea can be sour, but it's like room temperature grapefruit sort of sour. Sour plums?

Catfur, what 2012 teas have you tried?