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    Sticky: Yes, that's pretty much true, but I think it's...

    Yes, that's pretty much true, but I think it's just a matter of the cake resting in a non-store climate, whether be too dry in an air-condition shop or in some dank corner of the warehouse. Breaking...
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    Sticky: Combined late nineties 8582 red mark with '04...

    Combined late nineties 8582 red mark with '04 Guyunhai, 6g + 2g, and I came up with a very harmonious brew that was better than either of them together, very deep, dark, complex, with good liveliness...
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    Sticky: Blended 1.5g EoT '07Qingshengu 1.2g Eot '08...

    Blended 1.5g EoT '07Qingshengu 1.2g Eot '08 Bulang .8g TeaUrchin '14 LBZ and 1g ChaMaGuo '12 Naka. Enjoyable blend, with a consistent sharp bitterness, incoherent but fun complexity, some plum, some...
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    Sticky: Tea today was Chenyuanhao '01 Yiwu. Very flat,...

    Tea today was Chenyuanhao '01 Yiwu. Very flat, slightly sour main taste. Also has a bit of light drying astringency. Has nice aroma and finish. The viscosity is acceptable as well. Pleasant...
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    Sticky: EoT 2011 Bulang. Pretty much drain cleaner right...

    EoT 2011 Bulang. Pretty much drain cleaner right now. Fairly thick viscosity right now, and has a number of sweet flavors centering around honey and barnyard. A bit of qi, and some mouth huigans...
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    Sticky: Yesterday, I had the EoT Yunyun again. I believe...

    Yesterday, I had the EoT Yunyun again. I believe I can firmly recommend this. The longer rest allowed for dissipation of some of the smoke, to my surprise, and I got a thick soup, with aftertaste,...
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    Sticky: A few days ago, I had the Tungchinghao chicheng...

    A few days ago, I had the Tungchinghao chicheng from Teaclassico. It wasn't as enjoyable as I remember it because it was quite bitter for a number of brews, and I counted that as a flow since it's a...
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    Sticky: Two days ago, was whatever Bangwei. Noted funk,...

    Two days ago, was whatever Bangwei. Noted funk, bamboo, honey, soil tastes. Also noted a mouth aroma quality, as well as the sort of mouth huigans one finds in wetter stored sheng.

    Yesterday was...
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    Sticky: Finished off sample g which was a 90's CNNP cake...

    Finished off sample g which was a 90's CNNP cake of some sort. I enjoyed it very much, mild taste (once past the starting sourness), light wood, soil, and has a really good fruit mouth huigan. ...
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    Sticky: Finished off 2012 Manzhuang from TeaUrchin. I...

    Finished off 2012 Manzhuang from TeaUrchin. I feel pretty much the same about the quality. Earlier infusions had a pretty strong feel in the throat, but not really the huigans I had the first time....
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    Sticky: Yesterday was finishing off most of the rest of...

    Yesterday was finishing off most of the rest of 2012 Che Ma Xuan Naka from TeaUrchin. I enjoyed it, a little rich with some nice hidden floral notes. It's a fairly mengsong-y sort of tea. There...
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    Sticky: Today I finished off the '03 Big Zhong 7542 from...

    Today I finished off the '03 Big Zhong 7542 from Teaclassico. Much settled from when I first got it, not particularly odd in taste, little astringency, some bitterness. However, it wasn't all that...
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    Sticky: Finished off the 2014 TU LBZ. Compared to the...

    Finished off the 2014 TU LBZ. Compared to the 2013, it has the better aroma. The taste is a bit thinner and greener. There are some bursts of floral woods in the mouth, but this kind is very...
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    Sticky: Retried the cake version of the EoT Yuanwei. ...

    Retried the cake version of the EoT Yuanwei. I've decided I don't particularly care for it--essentially in the same way I don't care for Hekai teas, especially like the Puersom Hekais. Used eight...
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    Sticky: 2002 zhongcha 7542. Menghai mushroom taste, a...

    2002 zhongcha 7542. Menghai mushroom taste, a touch of honey, not too much menghai florals. Doesn't have the 2001 7542's depth, green camphor, wood, qi. Is both bitter and astringent for much of...
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    Sticky: Done with trying out the first stage stuff. I...

    Done with trying out the first stage stuff. I figured that I needed to try out the '01 Simplified Yun 7542. This tea had a lot of green camphor taste, a bit like the White Whale. I am finding that...
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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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