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    Sticky: '07 XZH XiShangMeiShao. First few brews, strong...

    '07 XZH XiShangMeiShao. First few brews, strong taste and aroma, but disordered and not cohesive (blend not that successful?). Still pretty good. Thinner taste as you'd expect from JingGu but...
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    Sticky: And some more good tea...XZH '06 brick. ...

    And some more good tea...XZH '06 brick. Sanhetang sez Bulang, but frankly, it's a lot more banzhang than the LBZ Black Wrapper, in the sense that the general floral Menghai character is much more...
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    Sticky: XZH '07 Dinjin Nu'ercha. Very, very purple as...

    XZH '07 Dinjin Nu'ercha. Very, very purple as Hobbes might remark, with distaste. First brews were very malty. It washes out some, and does puerh like stuff like qi almost as strong as LBZ, strong...
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    Sticky: Was my birthday, so I treated myself to 8g XZH...

    Was my birthday, so I treated myself to 8g XZH LBZ black wrapper.

    Glorious.

    Strong honey and walnuts based aroma. Strong honey and walnuts tastes with sharp green camphor early, some plums...
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    Sticky: A very good session of YQH Gushu Chawang '06. ...

    A very good session of YQH Gushu Chawang '06. Better than some of the not-as-great sessions of YQH '04. Now that I pay so much attention to what I think are the facets of enjoying a puerh, it's...
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    Sticky: Essence of Tea Guafengzhai

    I will start here by saying that this is $545 for a 357g cake. This is overwhelmingly expensive, and sits on my mind as I taste it. Remember, I got three kilos of better tea in January of 2011 for...
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    Sticky: Essence of Tea Long Lan Xu

    There wasn't that much difference from the maocha observed and reported earlier. The main thing is that touch of extra liveliness and a stronger, broader sweet flavor late in the session. This is a...
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    Sticky: Did some EoT Yuan Wei today, but it didn't really...

    Did some EoT Yuan Wei today, but it didn't really work out, so I'll have to come back to it...
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    Sticky: Essence of Tea 2014 Du Quan

    So trying this again with a sample from a pressed bing...I don't think it's all that different, except that it's a bit more sprightly with more subtle notes.

    It's a pretty classical Mengla tea,...
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    Sticky: 2014 Essence of Tea YunYun

    Since I got the package today after a pleasant bit of '12 Dayi HongYun shu this morning, I figured I would start with one of the two teas that I have not tried before in maocha form.

    In short,...
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    Sticky: Decided to have '11 EoT Mannuo today, to compare...

    Decided to have '11 EoT Mannuo today, to compare with the recent TU LBZ and Naka.

    Insanely sweet flavors, sweet tobacco, some dessert bakery (cupcake, but generally, I think when I say white...
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    Sticky: The $180 is for a cake, not a bag of maocha, and...

    The $180 is for a cake, not a bag of maocha, and thank you for the compliments.

    Today, I had the 2012 Che Ma Xuan Naka from TeaUrchin. It's overpriced, but not as unbelievably radically as the...
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    Sticky: 2014 TeaUrchin Lao Banzhang. An obscene value at...

    2014 TeaUrchin Lao Banzhang. An obscene value at $323/200g.

    Well, what does it do good?
    The dry leaf is very aromatic, and the soup is consistently aromatic very deep into the session.
    It has...
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    Sticky: 2012 TeaUrchin Manzhuan maocha. I checked...

    2012 TeaUrchin Manzhuan maocha.

    I checked and saw that the cake was $180. Which raised psychic eyebrows because I didn't remember it originally being that much. So why is it so expensive now?...
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    Sticky: Yesterday I did the Tai Lian, with White Whale in...

    Yesterday I did the Tai Lian, with White Whale in mind. It was a better than usual session with higher than usual qi.

    1) I think the Tai Lian is the better tea, because it has a stronger...
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    Sticky: White Whale today. My best session yet, and I...

    White Whale today. My best session yet, and I think I got lots more leaf and less stems in my pot. Strong flavor, very thick and smooth soup (as per the fine grade of leaves), good aftertastes. ...
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    Sticky: I think '11 Dayi jia ji tuo. Nothing awesome,...

    I think '11 Dayi jia ji tuo. Nothing awesome, but it was quite pleasant, and less bitter than my first time. The soup was notably thick and comfortable to drink.
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    Sticky: 2000 DingXing tuo. It was only okay. I used 8g...

    2000 DingXing tuo. It was only okay. I used 8g this time, didn't get that unusual fruitish tone, but all it really had to offer was fermented tea taste. I had a much better time yesterday with '12...
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    Sticky: Yesterday was the sample H that was some kind of...

    Yesterday was the sample H that was some kind of banzhang from '05 or something. Using just seven grams, it tasted a bit less like a Lao Man'e, and while it was enjoyable, the '08 Nanzhou is the...
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    Sticky: 2006 XZH Mahei maocha. Oolonged, and has a bit...

    2006 XZH Mahei maocha. Oolonged, and has a bit of sour fermentation in early brews (might be from sitting too long in cheap plastic baggies), definitely revealed in that improper astringency. ...
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    Sticky: Second try of EoT Long Lan Xu (damaged maocha). ...

    Second try of EoT Long Lan Xu (damaged maocha). Not much to say different from my first review except that that this tea never got astringent. I'm pretty satisfied with this tea, and if the stuff...
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    Sticky: Since EoT is about to put up some of their new...

    Since EoT is about to put up some of their new teas--I see two teas are up, waiting on that Yuan Wei...I want to reiterate that the teas I've been sampling were damaged, and should only be taken as a...
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    Sticky: The whatever Bangwei today. Very good at giving...

    The whatever Bangwei today. Very good at giving me basic good taste, like the 8582 801 etc...
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    Sticky: EoT Du Quan. Bounced back more readily than Yuan...

    EoT Du Quan. Bounced back more readily than Yuan Wei and is more lively. It also has a properly heavy bitterness. Has very light edge of sourness. Is a very floral tea, enough to be suspicious,...
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    http://www.bestteaonline.com/ Google for the...

    http://www.bestteaonline.com/

    Google for the location of the Vancouver place.
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    Sticky: Finished off most of Sample C with 7g. I like...

    Finished off most of Sample C with 7g. I like this tea very much--this is a northern tea with more depth and strength than northern tea usually has, with a nice apple-y fruit suggestion to boot in...
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    Sticky: Two days ago, tried some ChenYuanHao Yiwu again. ...

    Two days ago, tried some ChenYuanHao Yiwu again. A bit settled down, but sour and hongchapu. Late infusions has some of that nice finish. Potable, not good.

    Yesterday, tried 8g of 8582 801. ...
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    Sticky: EoT Yuan Wei again. Settled down some, though...

    EoT Yuan Wei again. Settled down some, though still flat. Important thing is that it doesn't taste so much like a Hunan hongcha. Richer flavor profile than the pu-erh.sk Naka, has more qi, I...
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    Sticky: Tried a couple of thrown in bricks: ...

    Tried a couple of thrown in bricks:

    pixingwangfu (2006?). Empty taste, something like cheap bulang. Has qi, but not very pleasant, and I didn't really like it, so after some brews, I ditched it,...
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    Sticky: Sample I 8g: I was looking forward to this tea...

    Sample I 8g: I was looking forward to this tea from the start, because the leaves were never really pressed, just softly packed together, and it had a wonderful almost piney wood-moss-soil dry...
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    Sticky: Sample H 8g: The dry leaves are brown, loosely...

    Sample H 8g: The dry leaves are brown, loosely compressed, and full of gold tips. A slight floral dry aroma exists. With the first brew, a classical Bulang aroma pops up, from a thick and slightly...
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    Sticky: Sample G 8g: The dry leaves are pretty big, and...

    Sample G 8g: The dry leaves are pretty big, and also dark, with a purple hue. Some humidity is indicated by the heated dry leaves, but the first brew aroma is fruity. However the taste and...
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    Sticky: Sample F 8g: The leaves looked aged and quite...

    Sample F 8g: The leaves looked aged and quite rusty. There was a large chunk where I could see all sorts of leaves in them, from huangpan to buds (I think). Not very much dry leaf aroma before...
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    Sticky: The same grammage of E is a bit different than...

    The same grammage of E is a bit different than the others--it's rather broken. Looks fine otherwise, with only a humid smell. When put in the pot, a good aroma shows up, with a strong, dark taste...
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    Sticky: 8g of sample D is a prettier set of leaves than...

    8g of sample D is a prettier set of leaves than sample C, and it looks darker and maybe a bit red. The heated dry leaves give off only a humid aroma, but when water is poured in an out, the soup...
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    Sticky: 8 grams of Sample C looks to be a lot more normal...

    8 grams of Sample C looks to be a lot more normal than the first two teas, not so furry, a bit rusty with humidity, and humid scent when dry leaves are heated. I pretty much liked this tea from the...
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    Sticky: Sample B, 7.9g: This seems to be maocha, and...

    Sample B, 7.9g: This seems to be maocha, and very pretty leaves, light colored and young looking, no dry aroma. When brewed the first time, the aroma was light and hard to describe at first (later...
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    Sticky: Okay, the first sample of the series is from a...

    Okay, the first sample of the series is from a chunk of fairly dark leaves. No distinct aroma from dry leaves other than generic humid aroma. The leaves look fairly whole, large, and rather...
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    2007 Chen Yuan Hao Yiwu shu. 7572/7581 style...

    2007 Chen Yuan Hao Yiwu shu. 7572/7581 style blend. Very red and clear soup for those that like it. Not a whole lot of fireworks, though, normal decent shu with a bit of tarry-floral-bark edge to...
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    Sticky: '98 Apple Green tuo from Teaclassico. Wanted...

    '98 Apple Green tuo from Teaclassico. Wanted something mature after all that super-young stuff. It was fine, but most of the quality is in the storage and not from the original leaves, and I got to...
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