Around steep five the stone fruit came on strong and so did the sweating and feeling of euphoria. Not the tea-drunk down and dirty euphoria of a good Shou but a Sheng-high, lighter, full of breezes, a slight shivering down the back. It's been a year since I got samples from Tea side, maybe it is time to get some more and order a whole cake of this very drinkable 2004 at the same time. My husband even liked it and was amazed at the difference in flavors he got out of trying multiple steeps! That's a first for him in regard to his willingness to try something and then come back for more.
SO very good!
Got as a sample. Very, very soft sheng. And it also acts the same, softly relaxes ..
Very ambiguous puer. Brewed it in JIAN SHUI, 200ml, put about 10 grams.
The first steep did not bring anything special, it even disappointed me a little. The second steep produced more definite flavor and taste. On subsequent steeps, raisin-prune notes began to appear, a little dried black pear. Such a restrained tea. After the third steep, I began to feel more Hui Gan, mostly under the tongue, slightly at the root of the tongue. Tea withstood 9 full steepings and began to descend into a watery liquid.
Pressing: the cake is very tight, I had to work with an awl.
Cup smell: raisin-prune-pear, a little bit slightly woody.
The color of liquor: dark, noble, such as of 12-15-year-old sheng puer.
The taste of liquor: here is interesting. I have a lot of old Chang Tai shengs puers of 2001, 2000, this sheng is very similar in taste, but slightly different, with its own handwriting. Such an "old man" with a gray beard.
Steeped leaves: I had a lot of tattered leaves and stems, color is completely dark, as it should be with an old man.
CHA QI - strongly invigorates, makes the head easy, collects and concentrates thoughts.
Summary: worthy of its price tea, better to put 12-13 gr for 200 ml. And you can it wash twice.
Cooked it yesterday... Only after three hours, I felt like I want to get up from my chair)
Since I somehow more into the young pu-erhs, so I will say unequivocally that it is very mature tea, many different notes that I "hear", but cannot identify. When oversteeped, falls in a light beetroot but remains pleasant without rough bitterness and astringency. The cake is beautiful, leaf to leaf, it is easy to break, smells like a watermelon peel!