Wednesday, December 21, 2022

2003 ChenYuan Hao Yiwu- Standard Storage vs Old Man Storage


The 2003 Chen Yuan Hao Yiwu (goes for approx. $500.00 for 357g cake or $140.00/g) had come in two different storage options at  The “old man storage” (here and here) is very very delicious and there is a more typical or widely offered storage offered by TeasWelike.  This is also a more standard storage option that was sent to me for comparison in my last order that I will review here today..,

Dry leaves have a sweet bready woody not as perfume or fruity as preferred storage.

First infusion has a creamy sweet bready note with expanding creamy taste.  Mild chalky mossy mouthfeeling with some mouthwatering before the aftertaste of creamy icing sugar sweetness.

Second infusion has a woody rubbery taste that has a woody almost herby finish that is faintly sweet.  More like a bread sweetness.  Expanding sweetness in the breath.  Soft mossy mouthfeeling.  Relaxing Qi.

The third infusion has a woody dry-fruity chicory herbal taste to it with an almost licorice and bread finish sort of like sweet breads.  Sweet bready tastes lingers with a chalky mild mossy mouthfeeling.  There is a euphoric relaxing feeling in the Qi with shoulders and limbs light.

The fourth infusion is left to cool and gives off a mellow woody herb icing sugar sweetness that develops more creamy sweet taste in the aftertaste.  Euphoric relaxing Qi with shoulders and limbs light feeling.

The 5th has a woody herbs creamy sweet onset with subtle bready dry woody sweetness and a mossy mouthfeeling.  There is a brassy creamy dry woody base to the taste with some mild mouth dry feeling. 

6th has a dry woody herbal taste with a dry gripping mouthfeeling and some faint cooling and icing sugar taste that mixes with the cooling breath.  Nice relaxing euphoria.

7th has a flat woody bready onset with a drying oily mouthfeeling with a faint woody sugary finish.  Mainly dry woody tastes now.  Nice relaxing euphoria with full feeling mouth and throat.

8th left to cool it gives off a mildly oily and sweet woody taste not much sweetness just at the edges and a bit herby tasting.  The sweetness quietly expands in the throat.  Mossy mouthfeeing. 

9th is a minutes long infusion is a woody dry bark dry mouth sweetness with a nice oily texture and full mossy almost dry mouth.  Long cooling aftertaste with edges of sweetness and a relaxing euphoria.

10th is a 5 minute infusion and gives off a woody dry woody bark varnish taste.  Not really any sweetness and a long cooling mouthfeeling.  Nice euphoria tastes hold…

Overall this puerh doesn’t resemble the preferred storage option that much at all.  This “Standard storage” has much darker spent leaf.  The preferred “Old Man storage” has a greener leaf that you can see in the photos.  The “standard storage” doesn’t have the perfume florals and deeper fruity sweetnesses and is not really that sweet at all- its more woody than sweet where the preferred “old Man” storage is more sweet than woody.  If I didn’t know you would think they were different puerh… I’m drinking the overnight steeping of wet leaves and the standard storage is a bit plum with oily body and sweet creamy woody finish over a nice silty mouthfeeling.  The “Old Man” storage has a perfume incense taste to it with pear and peace and plum fruity complexity with less woody taste- it becomes obvious that the “old man” storage is dry stored in a house where the standard is more natural or part natural Taiwanese storage.  The drier storage is much superior here.


Sunday, December 18, 2022

2007 ChenYuan Hao Autumn Yiwu Chawang


This 2007 ChenYuanHao Autumn Yiwu Chawang was for sale at and is now sold out.  It is apparently the Autumn picking of a famous Spring Yiwu Gushu production.  It also is considered an important ChenYuan Hao production. It has the same “old man storage” that I prefer that is drier than other ChenYuan Hao offered on the site. 

The First infusion has a sweet woody taste with a grains cereal finish.  There is some watery and sandy texture.  Not much aftertaste.  Grains aftertaste in mouth… classic Autumn taste in there.

The second infusion is left to cool but is very nice rich creamy sweet coolness with woody and apple-like taste.  A very nice sweet fruity rich creamy splash of taste.  Nice creamy rich sweet finish fades out.

The third infusion has a woody creamy apple sweet pop of taste with a soft sandy mouthfeeling and not really obvious throat feeling.  Sort of a flat sandy grainy woody finish.  Mild relaxing feeling Qi.

4th was left to cool for a long time!  Overnight…  It has an ashy woody creamy sweet taste.  The mouthfeeling is chalky and sandy not that full but the tastes are clear and come in one clump up front.  There is a faint woody almost fruity sweet finish… mild extension of the initial taste but a bit fruitier.  Not much throat stimulation or opening but some chest warming Qi.

5th has a woody sweet sugar very clear taste initially the aftertaste is a quick fade of these tastes.  Some creamy chalky sandy sweetness.  Some slight gripping now.  Some faint bodyfeeling chest warming and mild feel good.

6th has a creamy almost menthol edge to it with a woody creamy sweetness over a thin fine chalk mouthfeeling and not much throat stimulation. There is a clear woody creamy almost cherry simple taste upfront that fades over the fine chalky/sandy mouthfeeling.  Some mild Chest bodyfeeling.  Mild relaxing feel good feeling. Very clear and easy to drink.

7th has a woody not that sweet sort of maple edge to it, more bland woody that sweet now with a fade of tastes in the mouth.  Slight maple sugar or brown sugar faint edge.  A bit tugging in mouth now.

8th infusion is left to cool and gives off a fruity sweet woody taste with watery gripping mouthfeeling and subtle grains aftertaste as most of the taste fades quickly in the mouth.

9th I push a longer infusion maybe 5 minutes…. The result is a woody clear taste with a dry sandy mouthfeeling and some faint edge sweetness that seems a bit cherry.  Bland woody grains finish.  Mild Relaxing Qi.  Tugging dry mouthfeeling and subtle throat gagging.

I mug steep out he rest… the result is super woody slight tugging dry mouthfeeling not really any sweetness or aftertaste and the coolest sensation on the breath

This is a pretty simple Yiwu puerh with not much throat sensation, aftertaste, or Qi but the flavours are really nice with no harshness and no bitter astringency.

This is a pretty pure but also a simple and straightforward Yiwu single estate production.

Shah8 Tasting notes


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 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.