2005 Golden Sail Brand Loose Leaf Pu-erh Tea .PuerhShop.com

December 23, 2008 at 4:51 pm | Posted in Looseleaf puerh, Pu-Erh, Shu (cooked), Tea Reviews | 4 Comments

Puerhshop.com(review) (not 2005 but 2006/but may be a different item: product link). 2.24/4oz :O  = ~ 9$/lb ( o_O) * !!?!

received with an order, its a ~ 8.4g sample.

Leaf: looks chopped up loose cooked/shu pu. some gray dust + on leaf might suggest “old” ?

Method: not regular tasting setup, but starting to enjoy sitting down at my desk with camera on a Joby Gorillapod instead of standing at kitchen counters and bracing to hand hold 1/8 sec exposures 4.4oz in 200F 4oz, x2

there was lots of slick “film” on the surface of the liquor, but as it cooled down too fast i didnt manage to shoot it.

1min: hot vapors of nutty dustiness (not really liking), flavor of dusty wood. some sort of concentrated tannin in the back of throat but not rest of mouth, not much aftertaste but doesnt feel watery.

2min: some sort of wet soil, dirt, dust, concentrated tannin (maybe can say like dark chocolate bitterness but that’s too much compared to this).

Update: did try it with less time but the flavors did not change for me (less concentrated yes). too much “dust and soil”

Overall: not enjoying this.



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  1. Love your photos, especially when I click and click again on them … and the Gorillapod looks like an ultra cool piece of gear! Sorry the experience wasn’t more enjoyable … it is about the cheapest tea around at 2¢ per gram.

    I have made this twice. I think I have brewed it a little weaker than what you are doing: Brewing:5.00 g in 130 ml pot, no rinse, 30 s, 45 s, 1 m, 90 s, 3 m.

  2. Thanks Sal, I do visit teachat daily poll just to see your daily pic 🙂

    the Gorillapod is really nice, however, the pain is when it has to be attached to the camera- its only got a horizontal notch type hole to turn it- so unless you have coins with you it will be pretty hard to screw in. i had 2 dimes taped together with 1 layer of masking tape but they just fell out, so i’m in the process of gluing something with resin :P. (don’t like to have change in my pockets)

  3. did you try using something like IngenuiTEA to steep it? Might be able to get rid of that dust/dirt, or did it just survive through the steeping process? Kind of a disappointment!

  4. the taste does not come from whatever’s on the leaves. its how some cooked/shu puerh tastes like.

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