2006 Changtai 339 Pu-erh Tea Cake .Puerhshop.comDecember 19, 2008 at 5:53 pm | Posted in Pu-Erh, Sheng (raw green), Tea Reviews | 2 Comments
received with an order, its a 6.6g sample.
Leaf: looks mixed?/different colors (… no idea)
Method: not in my usual setup, I laid out the little teacups from the gaiwan set for their first time usage in ~ 2years.
3.6g in 4oz gaiwan but in batches of different unrecorded times most >25 sec <1min.
Photoed in natural light to avoid unpleasant colors of incandescent/fluorescent bulbs.
First of all a superb smoky smell quickly emanated from the liquor, it immediately drew my attention. (I am a fan of low smokiness especially in yunnan blacks, but i dislike lapsangs.)
first little teacup was 30sec and the unfurled leaf did not release enough flavor = watery on my tongue, though the smoky smell was nice and strong. follows: tannin greenish, tannin/astringency, 4oz later cant feel tannin much anymore, last oz was longer and felt green astringency. smokyness still going.
1-2 min after drinking, a mild sweet sensation felt in the back of throat but also tip of tongue?! I think i was also feeling the smokyness on my tongue ! (in my opinion the smokyness is nicely balanced, its not strong overpowering).
about after 8oz total the wet leaf smells of green pu 🙂 aside of smoky.
more green now 🙂
a little longer infusion and green tannin/astringency stands out but still “smoky”
Overall: the 1st green pu (of not that many) I am excited to drink !
Update: 2 days later this gives me as too much smokyness, and the smoky i feel now as rather on the chemical side as well just like lapsang…