This 2005 BiYun Hao Manzhuan was one of three Biyun HaoQuarter cakes I picked up at Teas We Like for $160.00 for 115g or $1.40/g. There is still one sample for sale on the site at the time of writing…
Dry leaves smell of smoky BBQ and rainforesty woody odours… really unique…
First infusion has a sweet smoky onset with a watery sweet bbq mesquite thing happening. There is a nice mouthwatering and soft light mouthcoating. Light almost flower water taste with mesquite BBQ nuances.
The second infusion has a spicy woody sweet bready onset with a smoky sweet mesquite BBQ layer. The taste has a sweet pop of fresh fruity taste initially with a chalky soft full mouthfeeling and moderately oily returning saliva. Relaxing slightly spacing me out Qi.
Third infusion has a syrupy dried fruity thick onset with a bready sweetness and a BBQ sweetness that emerges underneath the dominant syrupy thick sweet. Nice oily sweetness here. The cooled infusion is really delicious with that hinting at tropical fruity sweetness with a mesquite mild under taste and oily saliva producing thickness… Real nice there is a bready sweet taste that finishes in the mouth.
4th has a juicy fruity sweet onset with nice mesquite under taste which adds a bit of depth. Nice sweet bread tastes cap off the finish here. Creamy smoky and mysterious depth perfectly counterbalance this oily fresh tropical hints of sweet taste. Nice sugary sweet bread finish. Lots of oily saliva feeling in the mouth. Nice numb bodyfeeling and slight space feeling.
5th has a woody sweet bready less fruity sweet and more sweet bready oily syrupy sweet onset. The silky feeling and oily coating with a bit of lip drying and grasping feeling is quite nice with a strong sweet profile through and through! Oily sweet bready sugar and almost milky chocolate taste. Nice chocolate taste left in the mouth minutes later from the oily texture and nice slow saliva release.
6th infusion has a sweetness that is sort of a bread and sugar and not really fruity anymore but slightly there is also a faint floral edge to it. It ends with a bubble gum taste on the breath. The feeling in the mouth includes an oily texture with a silty and sticky lips feeling. Nice relaxed bodyfeeling with a heavy base-of-skull feeling.
7th starts with an oily sweet and bbq fruity onset with a more surgary, bready-sweet, and smoke finish. Very nice tastes here. Thick oily mouthfeeling. The oily texture is meet with a stickier lip drying sensation in the mouth which is really nice. The smoke or BBQ nuance is never overwhelming. Nice strong relaxing but now uplifting and energizing feeling with strong heart beats.
8th has an oily peachy fruity thick bready onset. Nice thick layering of taste. The cool infusion sort of has a cooling menthol foresty taste there with lots of peachy tropical fruity sweetness that turns to sugar and bread sweetness. The smoke is less in the cold cup it seems like.
9th left to cool is an oily thick full taste of bread and coco like sweetness that turns more coco in the breath. Full delicious tastes in a thick oily texture is nice in this cooled down infusion.
10th infusion has a more fruity sweet taste upfront with a more bread and coco finish. Nice thick and oily feeling in the mouth the smoke is pretty much gone now. Nice focused feeling.
11th is an oily bready coco sort of thick dense taste with oily texture. Chest beats give me a surge of energy with a backdrop of spacy relaxation. Mouthfeeling is a soft gripping silkiness with oily textures. Nice minutes later coco on the breath. Very good tasting.
12 oops left the water in the kettle for 2 minutes! Strong thick syrupy tastes with a mild smoke incense under the woody bitter-sweet chocolate taste. Stronger dry gripping here and more of a fruity blob caught in the throat. Strong sweat with chest beats now. Invigorating feeling that makes me want to get out there and get something down.
13 infusion has cooled down but gives off a thick oily coco and woody taste with a bit of bitterness lingering with coco – a bitter-sweet coco taste. Nice salivation effect still.
14th is cooled down but gives off a fruity onset that is less thick but still substantial with coco and woody finish. Nice slow salivation still.
15th has a flat woody onset that quickly shows some sweet fruity then coco that rides out on the breath.
The mugs steepings are terribly sweet and delicious… thick syrupy sweet taste with a cool pungent woody underbelly and intense thick sweet bready creamy sweet finish. Thick syrupy layers that finish coco chocolate in the mouth. Very oily still lots of salvia producing dry lips and subtle silky chalky full feeling. Nice chest beats and energetic focusing. There are grape and date like tastes that emerge in the initial thick taste as well. Overall tones of thickness and sweetness and oily tastes.
Vs 2003 ChenYuan Hao Manzhuan…(pictured top wet leaves) I’m drinking these back to back and they are both very good Manzhuan… but the 2005 BiYun Hao is logically better but it has not fully intergrated its flavours and feels a bit young compared to the 2003 ChenYuan Hao. The high points for me are due to the bbq nuances which are super interesting juxtaposed with the thick layers of sweet Manzhuan. I feel like the BiYun Hao has a bit more depth and variety to the sweet layers and also has a more invorogating energetic effect. It also is a tinny bit astringent when pushed hard and still a bit younger and not the dense and thick package of the 2003 Chen Yuan Hao.
Overall, I definitely crave the 2003 ChenYuan Hao Manzhuan over this 2005 BiYun Hao. For sure some of these earlier BiYun Hao have a bit of old school factory style influencing them before the move to more gushu modern style this is especially evident by the smoke and BBQ nuances.
I need to sample the 2004, and 2006 to get a better read on the Biyun Hao Manzhuan… but this one was a good introduction.