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    Sticky: I don't have cameras or videocameras. I got a...

    I don't have cameras or videocameras.

    I got a surprise package of teas yesterday.

    An unknown cake is dark and inside the cake has leaves with a little frost on it, so at least firmly...
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    Sticky: Last Thoughts '15 pretty much writes itself. ...

    Last Thoughts '15 pretty much writes itself. It's basically of the same quality and behaves roughly the same.

    The leaves are a bit bigger and darker than last year. The taste has little muscatel...
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    Sticky: 2014 Tedezhang Guafengzhai. Could be this...

    2014 Tedezhang Guafengzhai. Could be this year's, but performs like year old tea.

    Has a fairly typical Yiwu honey and floral taste and aroma. I thought I got a bit of how SampleTea's PuDi...
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    Sticky: To calibrate how I feel about 72Hours, I tried my...

    To calibrate how I feel about 72Hours, I tried my new sample of 54-46 That's My Number.

    72Hours is clearly the technical better tea, but I enjoyed the 54-46 quite a bit. It's gotten more denser...
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    Sticky: White2tea's 72Hours this time. When I...

    White2tea's 72Hours this time.

    When I initially read the description, I had become curious as to what sort of blend that could have existed five years ago to be proven today. Some ways into the...
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    Sticky: Today it was the Bosch, found at White2tea. ...

    Today it was the Bosch, found at White2tea.

    I'm always thinking of macabre paintings and asking why that wrapper doesn't match the mood...

    Overall, this tea had what I'd feel to be a Nannuo...
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    Sticky: The next tea up is the 2014 Tedezhang 1000 year...

    The next tea up is the 2014 Tedezhang 1000 year gushu.

    Basic character is somewhat similar to the 2009 Essence of Tea's Wuliang Wild. Not quite sure they're that much the same. The dry leaf has...
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    Sticky: Got a new shipment in... First up is this tea:...

    Got a new shipment in...

    First up is this tea: http://teapals.com/collections/liubao/products/lss-si-rui-liubao-no-16

    I thought it was pretty good, but it wasn't quite liubao-y. Background on...
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    Sticky: Finished off the Xiaguan '04 iron (8653, I...

    Finished off the Xiaguan '04 iron (8653, I think). Was ok.

    I wasn't feeling all that well, so I decided to dip into my stash and did the '09 XZH Jingmai. Much better session than last time. ...
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    Sticky: I cracked open the '09 XZH DianHuang, which is...

    I cracked open the '09 XZH DianHuang, which is made of Pasha material.

    Hobbes' addendum to his entry on this tea is roughly correct. This experience is much like the TeaUrchin LBZ from '13 and...
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    Sticky: I had some Dayi tuo today, expecting it to be not...

    I had some Dayi tuo today, expecting it to be not that great, but I had a good time, and a couple of cups had a lovely coconut note...

    Houde put up some cakes of their old teas...

    what you...
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    Sticky: '04 Zhaizipo. Top taste isn't why you drink...

    '04 Zhaizipo. Top taste isn't why you drink this. Excellent, excellent qi. Gently strong, and mellowing feeling that makes you feel extra relaxed, open, and sane.
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    Sticky: A most excellent session with the YQH Gushu...

    A most excellent session with the YQH Gushu Chawang '06.

    Flaws were: Tartness in the first four or so brews, however, it's productive for pungent huigans like bitterness would be, and there's...
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    Sticky: gotta say, the '98 XZH DXS maocha isn't...

    gotta say, the '98 XZH DXS maocha isn't particularly good. It has a nice top taste, and it's smooth and mellow. However, the top taste is short, and it doesn't offer that much else that a good tea...
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    Sticky: Had a really great time with the '05 Dayi...

    Had a really great time with the '05 Dayi Mengsong Peacock. Very much like a lighter-tasting banzhang, eg, '06 XZH brick (but smokier), down to the late brews being very sweet, plummy, and still...
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    Sticky: Three relatively aged teas in three days. The...

    Three relatively aged teas in three days.

    The first was the '02 Tai Lian. Not a super-great session, but interesting. There was a slight sour note in the beginning, and also a sort of aged soil...
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    Sticky: EoT '10 Bulang today. Has done some...

    EoT '10 Bulang today. Has done some changes...taste profile is lower on the register with strong chocolate and plum tones. Very solid and thick taste relative to expectations. The soup texture is...
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    Sticky: Okay, gotta do my part in pushing the pageviews...

    Okay, gotta do my part in pushing the pageviews over 100k for this thread.

    So, some past shengs of the day, recently...

    Last try of 2nd Memorial was very nice, wasn't as thick, but more complex...
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    Sticky: 4g try of the XZH was a bit of a bust, as it...

    4g try of the XZH was a bit of a bust, as it didn't demonstrate any of that banzhang astringency. It was really good of course, and sort of more "pure" tasting, but the Last Thoughts won this round...
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    Sticky: Have got a new sample of the Last Thoughts. ...

    Have got a new sample of the Last Thoughts.

    Has mellowed some, lost muscatel edge some, and can be plummy.

    Less bitter, has some tartness to go with it. First four brews are very dynamic and...
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    Sticky: Today was a pretty indifferent session with the...

    Today was a pretty indifferent session with the '04 xiaguan iron cake. There are a couple of okay moments there, but held up to standards, it's not really as good as the White Whale, for example.
    ...
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    Sticky: Yesterday, I tried a 4g session of the Yunhai...

    Yesterday, I tried a 4g session of the Yunhai LBZ. I can sort of see how it could be banzhang, with the most distinguishing factor being a certain kind of texture. It has a mushroom base in the...
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    Sticky: The tea today was from one of those baggies with...

    The tea today was from one of those baggies with absolutely no clue as to what it is. This tea also turned out to be as interesting as the tea I surmised to be an 8582. The initial brews, I thought...
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    Sticky: Yesterday, I had a very nice unknown tea, which I...

    Yesterday, I had a very nice unknown tea, which I estimate to be something like a 2000-2005 8582 that has had capable warehousing. It starts out fairly light, and relatively fruity, but gains in old...
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    Sticky: Yesterday, I had a tea from a packet labeled...

    Yesterday, I had a tea from a packet labeled 8892. The leaves were dark, leaving me not sure whether this was shu or not. It turned out to be sheng. This was very wet-stored and pretty dried out. ...
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    Sticky: A couple of more mystery teas today... One is...

    A couple of more mystery teas today...

    One is merely chickenscratch, a wet stored tea labeled 2000...mebbe 7542? This one wasn't too bad. It had a good, aromatic woody aroma, plummy in the...
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    Sticky: This sample had dark larger leaves with lots of...

    This sample had dark larger leaves with lots of gold fur on it. There were also lots of huangpan in there, that looked rusty. It wasn't labeled, so I took a shot in the dark and looked online, and...
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    Sticky: 2002 Fuhai 7536. A little wet. Has flavors...

    2002 Fuhai 7536. A little wet.

    Has flavors and aromas of wood, TCM, plums. Minor finish. Minor qi.

    This is a pleasant tea, but I'm beginning to think that Fuhai shengs is rather like...
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    Sticky: '01 Simplified yun 7542 QB. This one looked...

    '01 Simplified yun 7542 QB. This one looked wetstored, tasted generally of flint and strong plumminess. Concluded it was a fake (missing a certain menghai character that should be there) and went...
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    Sticky: The first tea was an '01 7542, wet stored. ...

    The first tea was an '01 7542, wet stored. Shicang dry aroma that tends toward plum, minerals, and wood at its best. This is short-lived. The taste is generally pretty thin and only has one or two...
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    Sticky: mid 90's 7542 This has been wetstored, and has...

    mid 90's 7542

    This has been wetstored, and has plastic baggie umami.

    The first three or four brews were pretty fantastic though. Unlike the 80's Xiaguan iron cake, which was soily early, this...
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    Sticky: an unknown, bad top taste, bitterness creates...

    an unknown, bad top taste, bitterness creates length. Another sip. dump.

    Decided on something labeled something something '90s something Xing Hao.

    Turned out to be the Tongqinghao that...
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    Sticky: A 2008 Yiwu tea from unknown maker. This one...

    A 2008 Yiwu tea from unknown maker.

    This one was good enough that I wish I knew who made it. It's not awesome, though, just good enough that one wishes to see what prices are like. Why? Well,...
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    Sticky: An unknown tea labeled as 2006 YH (gunna be LOTS...

    An unknown tea labeled as 2006 YH (gunna be LOTS of unknown teas being posted here).

    This was a fairly tippy tea that also looks to be lobular leaf. The taste and aroma switches to and forth...
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    Sticky: 2004 white wrapper Nannuo, which has been stored...

    2004 white wrapper Nannuo, which has been stored most of its life in Banna. The tea never had a strong aroma and kinda has a weakish taste (the back end of the session, after some hours of rest did...
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    Sticky: 2004 Xiaguan iron cake. Has tinkered taste and...

    2004 Xiaguan iron cake. Has tinkered taste and aromas like many Xiaguans do. This one has a rather yang antique furniture/old guy cologne/granny's house floral-retired smoke taste on top. This is...
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    Sticky: After some 8582, I was thinking about MarshalN's...

    After some 8582, I was thinking about MarshalN's post about giving up on tea, and I decided to drink four grams of my riskiest premium tea, the '09 XZH Jingmai.

    And woah, not much flavor or aroma...
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    Sticky: Some recent teas... One day I woke up and I...

    Some recent teas...

    One day I woke up and I wanted good tea, so I took out the XZH '07 Xishangmeishao. This is not always a demonstrative tea, but that day was a very good session--profoundly...
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    Sticky: 2013 Xizihao Chawang, which is specifically...

    2013 Xizihao Chawang, which is specifically labeled as Bohetang.

    Short form: Yes, if you have the money, you should buy it. It's a lot of money, though.

    In the early going, this tea was...
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    Sticky: A few days ago, did the last full grammage...

    A few days ago, did the last full grammage session of the 2010 EoT Bangwei cake I bought back in the summer of 2010. I enjoyed it, as this particular pile of leaves didn't have too much wrong with...
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