Wednesday, December 7, 2022

2005 ChenYuan Hao Jing Chang Cha Zhuang


I was excited to try this sample from ChenYuan Hao because it follows in the Series of blended cakes that commemorate Classic puerh cakes that include the 2003 ChenYuan Hao Tong Qing Hao and the 2004 ChenYuan Hao Song Pin Hao.  Also because this comes from the same old man storage as the 2003 ChenYuan Hao Yiwu and 2004 ChenYuan Hao Song Pin Hao which I really enjoy.  This 2005 Chenyuan Hao Jing Chang is for sale at Puerh.uk for approx $351.00 for 357g cake or $0.98/g.
 

Dry leaves smell of creamy woody fallen leaf subtle smoke like complexity.

First infusion has a fruity clear watery taste with a smoke follow up a bit woody.  Watery sandy mouthfeeling. Nice mild cool throat with subtle candy sweet aftertaste.

Second has a creamy fruity clear onset with a creamy expanding fluffy sweetness with subtle smoke.  There is a watery sandy and a touch gripping mouthfeeling with a long subtle creamy candy finish.  Some nuance of wood bark in there too.  Relaxing feeling can feel it in jaw and elbows.

Third infusion has a woody fruity creamy sweet dry wood bark onset.  The mouthfeel is gripping sandy slightly drying and the throat opening is pretty deep.  Qi washes a wave of relaxation and mild stillness over me- its mild but noticeable. Nice peace out content feeling.  Some bodyfeeling in neck, jaw, face.  Long candy sweet taste lingering is really nice.



Fourth infusion was left to cool and gives off a creamy fruity vibrant fluffy sweet candy-like thing.  The deep throat opening holds faint creamy candy sweetness.  There is a touch caramel initially that ducks into the creamy candy taste also some dry woody taste.  Clear pure taste but cohesive with a focus on long creamy candy sweetness.  Relaxing and peaceful feeling with mild sensations is jaw.  Watery, sandy mouthfeeling.

The fifth infusion has a fruity woody coco onset with a returning mild but expanding creamy candy sweetness.  Throat feeling not quite as deep but a nice chalky powdery feeling in mouth.  A bit of a warmer spicier subtle nuance hard to grasp as over the long more obvious candy creamy cotton candy aftertaste.  Peaceful Qi.

6th infusion has a creamy almost fruity woody onset that is a bit fruitier woody and less candy sweet which sort of appears in the aftertaste as it expands I the mouth a bit and into the throat.  Sticky chalky sandy mouthfeeling that dries out the roof of the mouth.  Warming and peaceful energy here that is starting to give me a deeper relaxing feeling almost sleepy.

7th has a woody dry wood less fruity but more creamy candy across the profile with a warming Qi blanket.  The mouthfeeling is becoming quite gripping. Sleepy energy takes hold.

8th has a dry woody puckering with not much sweetness left in there.  Some faint candy comes out in the aftertaste but its mainly overpowering puckering dry woodiness with faint edges of complexity- fruit, wood, creamy, candy.  Dry squeaky roof of mouth.  Sleepy Qi.

9th has a woody fallen leaf dry woody bland taste with not much sweetness in here but with a drying gripping mouthfeel that makes the roof of the mouth dry.  Some incense in there.  Really mainly just woody water now.

I push with a longer infusion fearing the dry gripping mouthfeeling… 30 seocnds for the 10thbut it is just dry woody water with overwhelming gripping dry pallet drying mouthfeeling.  Sleepy relaxing is king here.

I mug steep out the rest… its woody fallen leaf bland with not much else to savour… not much stamina for this one.  



My least favourorite of the Chen Yuan Hao I’ve sampled of these curated samples but still really enjoyed it lots especially of note is the long deep throated candy aftertaste and sleepy Qi in the first half of the session.  I also likes the separate blended layers that can really be seen separately in the profile as it descends into intense bitter astringency… Latter it becomes an intense dry gripping mouthfeeling with no sweetness and limited depth… the downfall.

Peace



 

Monday, November 21, 2022

2014 Puerist Mangzhi: A Big Kick!

 

Dry leaves smell of faint fruity sweet fresh notes… very distant.  This 2014 Puerist MangZhi is currently not for sale…

First infusion has a sweet pop with wood a then a sugar finish.  Smooth watery with a long faint cooling on the breath that stretches out with sugar notes releasing and mouth salivating.  Nice solid subtle long sugar taste that returns strong in the saliva producing effect.

The second infusion has a strong rich woody faint plum pop of flavor with a faint underlying bitterness which slowly ekes out some strong saliva producing then long sugar taste.  There is this full but still gentle base to the profile like an underlying bitter astringency but barely and stable but the surgery taste is the dominant.  Nice long cooling throughout.  Strong sighs and chest opening feeling.  Nice sedating calm.

The third infusion has a fruity sweet woody almost dirt pop of taste.  It is clear but also kind of rich and layered fruity taste is almost like dried goji berries.  The sweet sugar taste is throughout but has these layers and nuaces in it.  The age and storage is at a point where is almost like dried fruit and almost like fresh fruit and the edge that its on now is super enjoyable to me.  Nice soft oily mouthfeeling with strong saliva producing and mid-throat opening.  Nice euphoric relaxing happening.



The fourth infusion has a sweet dried raison and goji bitter pop of flavor.  The taste is a rich dried fruity woody bitter taste.  It has a sort of brassy metallic feel and a sugar sweet taste throughout. This infusion has more saliva producing much more intense flavor including bitterness, richness, dried goji in a full throaty mouthfeeling with a big saliva gob stuck in the throat sensation.  Strong Chest Beat and energetic euphoria here.  Almost coco bitterness in the aftertaste but not quite.

5th has a fruity vibrant goji berries pop of taste with a woody sort of metallic and sort of dry fruity nuance.  There is this long sugar taste throughout. There is this creamy bready almost bitter aftertaste.  Nice mid opening saliva gob in throat feeling.  Nice super relaxing feeling that induces deep meditative sighs.  There is an interesting layering to this puerh between semi aged notes and fresher notes, and a dueling base of both long sugar taste and an almost bitter-astringency taste. Mainly it goes quite sweet though.

6th has a vibrant fruity bitter sugar- fresh fruity plum and dry goji taste.  The pop of taste is notable as is the quick bitterness that lingers low after the secondary wave.  The result is lots of saliva producing.  Lingering bitter astringency is felt.  Strong euphoric relaxing.

7th has a creamy bready fruity onset with secondary bitterness and long sugar taste faint long cooling and chalky soft feeling in the mouth with strong throaty feeling like a gob of saliva in the throat.  There is an almost soapy floral nuance to it.  These infusions have this rich faint bitterness base and an ethereal sugar stamina. Strong mind bending relaxing now.

8th has a buttery bready sweet and almost fruity taste with a low lingering faint bitter-astringency and long sugar taste.  There is a long bready sweet aftertaste and lots of salivating.  Nice mid throat stimulation that is quite nice.  Strong tranquil feeling with strong chest beats and heart beating sensations that reverberate in the body.

9th has a fruity sweet dried plum and goji taste with a metallic brassy finish in the mouth.  Tastes of fresh fruity and dry and sugar layer.  Nice sweetness here but also a long lingering astringency.  Strong effect on the body/Chest/Heat and tranquil in the mind.  Lingering bitter astringency can be felt in the Stomach.

10th has a bready peachy vibrant pop with a bitter and astringent finish. Nice long sugar taste.  The astringency builds a bit and I walk away from this one again.



I return the next day to do a few mug steepings and I get some deeper darker notes out of that with still some bitter/astringency and long sugar taste. Overall, this is a strong Mangzhi with some astringency that is hard to overlook, especially on an empty stomach.  I like the Mangzhi area and appreciate the nuance and power to this 2014 Puerhist Mang Zhi.

Vs 2018 Zheng Si Long Mang Zhi- I had this one back to back as a comparison but the Zheng Si Long Mang Zhi are more vegetal and caramel and much more approachable than this 2014 Puerist Mang Zhi which is much more astringent and bitter with much more layering and depth as well. This 2014 Puerist is still not really to enjoy drinking even for me someone who enjoys stronger stuff.  I still think I like the 2018 Zheng Si Long Mang Zhi better than both of these but the 2014 Purist Mang Zhi shows some promise as it ages.

Peace




2015 Puerist Autumn Gua Feng Zhai

This was a complimentary sample for review but the cake goes for approx $63.00 for 200g cake or $0.32/g.  Its pretty cheap for even Autumnal Gua Feng Zhai so let’s see what that’s about…

The dry leaves are a dry sweet fruity woody odour.

The first infusion has a peachy pear onset with oily texture there is a bit of spicy tastes in the mid profile then a woody finish with a deep cooling throat and mouth.  The oily lubricating texture is nice as well as the long peachy pear taste which strings out from initial to aftertaste. 

The second infusion has that same satisfying peachy-pear onset with a woody mid- profile. Nice light and airy feeling with long pear-peach finish.  Woody taste is underneath this airy and unadulterated peachy pear.  The pop of sweetness initially is nice as well as some long deep aftertaste.  Nice elegant Gua Feng Zhai here.  Qi is mild focusing.  A nice slow long saliva release gives off a peachy pear oily taste in the mouth even minutes later… so nice.  Under the lubricating feel is a very soft mouthfeeling.

Third infusion has a strong woody pear onset with oily thick texture and lubricating feeling.  There is a deep mid throat coolness and full chalky motuhfeeling.  There is some chest opening feelings and a wave of calm feeling in my body. Nice oily textures with full sticky chalky mouthcoating.  This has more upper throat stimulation and long peachy-pear-woody long aftertaste.  Nice full feeling in the mouth.



Fourth infusion has a woody sandy onset with lesser peachy pear notes.  The mouthfeeling is gripping with some floral appearing in the woody finish.  This infusion has more wood dryness than oily sweet peachy pear.  The upper throat is stimulated a bit.  Nice chest opening feeling with deep relaxing sighs.

5th infusion has a chalky pear and woody onset with an oily lubricating feeling.  The oily texture is nice and sweet with a syrupy pear taste when the liquor cools down.  The Qi is a strong calming and sighing chest opening Qi- very relaxing and quieting.  Nice saliva producing and long syrupy pear taste.  Qi is so deeply relaxing… so nice….

6th infusion has a honey woody bitter pear initial taste with a tongue tingling mouthfeeling.  Nice chalky woody pear taste is really long and the mouthfeel is almost puckering dry after the saliva retreats.  Nice strong spacey deep sigh relaxing with deep chest opening feelings.  Strong Qi for me.

7th infusion has a watery chalky woody onset with a bit of pear peachy at the periphery.  There is a nice cool mouth and stimulated top throat with woody chalky sort of sweet pear at the edges.  Big Qi of deep relaxing here.  A bit puckering astringent but with fruity edges and powerful arms floating away Qi.

8th has a watery melon sweet onset with a cool almost but not really menthol coolness that is really faint.  There is a long melon aftertaste that has a juicy and fresh taste to it.  Very soft light mouthfeelng now.  Simple tastes.

9th has a woody melon taste to it with a long faint melon finish.  The mouthfeeling is really soft now.  Strong Qi is euphoric.  Nice mellow sweet melon taste.  Very simple and clear now with soft mild taste and mouthfeeling.  Strong Qi sensations still.

I mug steep out the rest… the result is a woody bitter taste with melon and some foresty mushroom tastes.  Still very strong calming and warm waves of energy with limbs floating.  Strong Chest expanding sensation and limbs floating- very strong bodyfeeling here.  Overall, this one had a bit weak stamina in its flash steepings and falls into a simple taste relatively quickly but its still quite delicious and very satisfying in early infusions.  It can be enjoyed late into the session for its powerful Qi!

Vs 2016 Gua Feng Zhai Pure Ancient Tree from Paolo- Its amazing how close this mug steeping is to the 2016 Gua Feng Zhai from Paolo I had yesterday!  This one has more of a floral soapy taste in there vs the 2016 which had more mushroom taste.  Both are very Qi heavy as Gua Feng Zhai should always be.

Vs 2014 Puerist Auumn Pasha- these are both nice Autumn puerh which means great value.  The Pasha is all about its strong bitter backbone and the contrast between this power and its lighter nuances.  This 2015 Gua Feng Zhai is a very nicely balanced with its trick being the powerful Qi and bodyfeeling.

Peace



 

 

2014 Puerist Autumn Pasha

 


This sample was sent as free for review and is currently sold out.  It was selling for a very reasonable price when I checked a few months back…

Dry leaves smell of fresh floral and fruity notes.

The first infusion has a light fruity floral kind of spicy with a woody finish.  There is a strong chest feeling immediately and more back of the mouth sensations.

The second infusion left to cool down has a spicy caramel floral sweetness initially.  There is faint traces of bitterness but also a foresty spicy note. There is also notable prune flavours in the taste. Nice chesty Qi sensations going on here.

The third has strong floral oily sweet forest mango like taste upfront with a floral bubble gum edge to it.  The taste really pops and explodes in the mouth with lots of oily mouthwatering over a faint rubbery feeling mouth and the faintest cooling that is mainly in the back of the mouth.

The fourth infusion has a fruity caramel sweetness with a candy like sweet taste to it.  The chalky sweetness plays out in the aftertaste.  There is a slight rubbery mouthfeeling with oily textures on top and a back of the mouth sensation.  The Qi is felt in the chest and is slightly calming in the mind.

The 5th infusion has a fruity soapy floral initially that almost turns into a Thrills gum candy like taste kind of a mouthnumbing minty feeling and taste in there as well.  The initial taste is really strong and has a forest-like almost but not really bitter pulling sensation in the mouth that comes off as really thick feeling.  The taste doesn’t really evolve or change much but is more of just a slow fade out into a more candy-like sweet taste in the flat rubbery full mouthfeeling.  Nice relaxing feeling in the mind.

6th infusion has a nice fruity forest caramel onset with an almost coco bitter edge to it.  There is a spice note and a woody-coco bitter forest like note.  Floral sweet taste almost candy like Thrills gum.  Long candy like fade out.  The mouthfeel is full but mild rubbery chalky feeling with and oily texture on top.  Chest pressure is apparent.

7th …. Day got way to busy so I’ve abandon the session and back again tomorrow.

I steep it a few more times the next day at flash infusions and it gives off very fresh fruity sweet notes with a candy floral like edge and an almost bitter forest type of base taste.



I push it into long mug infusions and it gives off a bitter floral onset with a forest-woody-coco aftertaste.  The bitterness is really pronounced in these long mug infusions of the spent leaves. There is a chest opening feeling with Heart beats and only a mild unobtrusive focusing calm in the mind.  The bitter coco is really pronounced speaking to the depth of this Pasha.

I am go to the Puerist website and am really surprised at the price.  This 200g cake is selling for approx. $54.00 for 200g cake.  Great bargain cake.



Vs 2015 Tea Urchin Pasha (pictured below)- I drank these two back to back.  The 2015 Tea Urchin is a Spring cake but not as Gushu in Taste and feel as the 2014 Puerist Autumn. The thickness, mouthfeeling and strong candy sweet taste are much more pronounced in the 2014 Puerist Autumn Pasha.  The 2015 Tea Urchin is a more rounded experience with more complete mouthfeeling though for half the price the 2014 Puerist Autumn Pasha is twice as good with still lots of depth and power for aging out.

Peace


Saturday, November 5, 2022

2015 Puerist Yiwu #1 (Man Sa)

 I got this complimentary sample for review from Puerist.  I mentioned before that the Yiwu Numbers cakes from Puerist simply are numbering different secret forest areas they are not a ranking. I have posted on Yiwu #8 in the past.  This 2015 Puerist Yiwu #1 ($87.00 for 200g cake or $0.44/g) is from the Mansa area according to the description on the site.  This is the first of a handful of posts on some of the Puerist samples I received and consumed over the Spring and Summer.  I drank this one right after the 2017 Puerh.uk Mansa to compare…

Dry leaf has muted flowery sweet woody odours on this one.

First infusion had a smooth woody clear watery taste.  There is a soft almost peachy distant ghostly finish.  Soft watery woody fruity muted taste over a soft mossy coating.

The second infusion has a clear peachy spacious taste with a fade out into the aftertaste with a pop of initial woody peachy taste then a fade out with faint cool breath.  The Qi pools in the chest and the mind unwinds.  Dry lips hold icing sugar taste.  

The third is left to cool and gives off a smooth oily peachy taste.  Long elegant motion into a melon fruity returning finish with nice oily texture cool breath and mid-deep throat opening.  Spacy mind unwinding feeling with subtle chest opening. 



4th has a woody melon creamy sweet onset with a pop of creamy sweetness then a returning wave of melon under the creamy sweetness a bit of woodiness.  Elegant motion of taste here… mainly sweet taste with a bit of dry lips and edges of tongue.  Very spacy relaxing feel.  Strong Gushu feel to this one.

5th has a woody peachy creamy sweet pop of oily taste then returns with melon creamy sweetness. There are edges of elegant coco that appear in the aftertaste and mid body that add another layer to the taste.  Chest opening with some slow beats and deep sighs.

6th infusion has a peachy almost ashy woody onset with a fainter melon with a layer of elegant clear coco taste.  Nice Chest opening feeling and strong euphoria in mind.  

7th has a peachy ashy woody coco almost dirt like taste with some faint melon and coco returning taste.  There is a woody dirt coco nuance that is developing here.  The mouthfeeling is a bit sandy and chalky but mainly a soft mossy coating with dry lips edges.  Open Chest and uplifting euphoria.  

8th infusion has a slightly bitter woody dirt ashy coco sort of taste to it with a cooling breath and returning melon creamy woody.  There is a mild amount of pucker here.  Strong euphoria mind ease with open chest feeling and body melting feeling qi- feels really good.

9th has a woody fruity peachy dirt ash woody cooc mild bitter onset with an oily texture and dry lips edges mid- deep open throat.

10th has a woody dirt coco flat woody bitterness that give the mouth a bit of drying and a bit of bitterness.  It dries the lips a bit.  With a bit of fruity pop initially over the bitter woody and a bit of cooling melon over the dry woody in the finish…

I steep a few more the next day…

11th is left to cool and has a fruity peachy melon onset with a long creamy melon finish.  Fresh and surprisingly vibrant fruity sweet tastes in a mild mossy tongue coating.

12th has a woody peachy melon sweetness.  Clear fresh vibrant fruity tastes today this far into the session.  Mossy mouthcoating.  Unwinding mind space. 

13th has a juicy fresh melon and peachy vibrant sweetness there is a faint ghostly woody body. Clear fruity gushu like feel and taste.  Mossy mild mouthfeeling.  



I mug steep out the rest of the spent leaves and it gives off a juicy minty melon taste that is pretty oily but also a bit drying in the mouth. 



Vs 2017 Puerh.uk Mansa (pictured above) which is also quite juicy and a bit more drying in this long mug infusion… This 2015 Puerist Yiwu #1 is much more gushu in its pure feeling and taste and Qi. The puerh.uk is a bit rough and not as clearly gushu to me.  However the punchiness of the puerh.uk is super enjoyable a balance of punchiness mixed in to give it more variance. This Puerist has a very deep Gushu Qi to it which I quite like- I like the price too!

Peace