This is the first tea I tried from my first order with Tea-Side and I am extremely impressed. Although still a fairly young sheng, this tea is very mellow. In fact, I find it just about perfect. The taste is exquisite and the chi wonderfully invigorating. I will certainly order this tea again.
This sheng is very different in taste from other sheng teas I've tried.
It has a bold fruity note, more to stone fruits, right upfront. But it also comes with a hint of spice.
There is an apparent sweet aftertaste, which lingers still in the many later steeps.
Wet leaves smell like caramelized fruit with brown sugar.
The Qi is felt, but very gentle. This sheng is a pleasant one indeed.
It tastes and smells like dried apricots. Sweet and tasty
Bouquet: Lovely typical purple leaf with a distinct sour layer to it and a certain burnt sauce or wood bark - An autumnal leaf wet soil atmosphere plus an orchid flowery ghostly touch floating through the air. There is also this certain dark sourdough bread vibe to it which also plays its role within the sourness and on top of that to perfectly complete this scenery the bread is covered with a fine layer of Worcestershire sauce.
Liquor: Especially within the second steeping those dark amber colored cups gain within their thickness and creamy texture. Talking about "thickness" - this buddy got a lot to offer with a great intensity of darkish honey notes which somehow reminds me of a strong Italian mountain forest honey I enjoyed last Winter but also with hints of Manuka honey too. With the honey also comes the floral part which again shows signs of orchid and magnolia but also a different approach within a tiny hint of Greek rose frankincense. Here in the German speaking regions we got something called "Eibisch" - translated into English it's Marshmallow but that's totally far away from the ones used in America at a campfire. There is a more medicinal version out here also of different texture which is good for the stomach. There is a great portion of it in it especially the ones with a certain rose taste to it. The sweetness is very upfront and covers your whole inner mouth section within the aftertaste and beyond.
Thailand's northern region and also the Myanmar area really caught my attention. Each Pu-erh I highly enjoyed so far shares some similarities to their Yunnan neighbors but on the other side they are so unique & different too in their own magical way. You can literally taste the pureness of the wild jungle!
The aroma of the dry leaf is extremely restrained, dried apples and flowers from somewhere far away, from a heated up leaf - dried apricots and dried berries, in a rinsed leaf - the berries have left, there are flowers and some dried fruits.
Clay teapot, delicious water, 5gr for 150ml: 20sec/20/20/30/30/1min/1/2/2/3/5/5 +
The pu-erh is already rich and intense for its four years and loose storage. In the aroma of infusion there are dried and pickled apples, flowers, and dried apricots. The body is dense, but at the same time, you can drink a lot without straining yourself. It’s sweet, especially the aftertaste.
The tea varies faintly from steeping to steeping, but for those who like to observe metamorphosis, it will be interesting. In the last steeping the smell of "tree fungi" emerged quite unexpectedly, unusual but interesting.
The puer is strong, but the power is delicate, not the one that rolls through the stomach or head, but healthy and pleasant. Tea is good without a doubt, it will adorn any collection. It is the sixth in a row to try out from Teaside and clearly beat some “competitors”.