Hey there Teacups! It’s time again for another Let’s Talk Tea post, this time around it features Crimson Lotus Tea’s 2016 Hidden Song Sheng (Raw Puerh). Crimson Lotus tea very kindly sent me a few different Puerh samples after they saw that I had said that one of my tea goals with year was to fully immerse myself into the world of Puerh and try more of it. It’s safe to say that by the time 2018 is over I will have well and truly tried my fair share of Puerh.
Before I get into my review of the tea I just want to take a moment to talk about how much I love Crimson Lotus’ packaging. I really do adore how much care and attention they have put into their packaging and how much detail has been put into the artwork on them. They are rather eco friendly as well. These little sample packs are made out of paper and with every unfolding you find a little bit more information (and some tea themed quotes as well) – I can only assume that these are full recyclable but I’ll be keeping them and using them as backing paper for my blog scrapbook (it’s too pretty to throw away.)
2016 ‘Hidden Song’ Sheng (Raw Pue’rh)
Hidden Song is a creative blend Crimson Lotus crafted to offer insight into the diversity of Baiying Shan. This was their most popular tea in 2015. Baiying Shan, or White Warbler Mountain is a remote, high altitude, tea growing region in Lincang Prefecture. This mountain has more than 10 unique and diverse varietals of camellia sinensis. They chose to call this pue’rh “Hidden Song”. The mountain is named for the white warbler songbird common to the area. The bird is often heard, but rarely seen. This hidden song was the inspiration for the name of this pue’rh.
Prefecture: Lincang, Elevation: 2200+m, Wood Fired, Hand Rolled, Direct Sun Dried & Hand Blended.
The dry leaves don’t give off much of an aroma at all aside from a slight sweet some what hay like scent. The wet leaves however had a wonderful sweet apricot aroma that I honestly can not get enough of. You all know I’m quite new to Pur’eh but I seem to be developing quite the palette for sheng. I have to say a huge thank you to crimson lotus for giving me the chance to broaden my palette and further my knowledge.
Use 5-10 grams of leaves and brew with 75-150ml ( 2.5-5oz ) of water at or near boiling. Rinse once for a few seconds. Start with quick steeps under 10s. With each re-steep adjust the steep time to your taste. – (By doing it this way I managed to do 14 flash steeps in my Gaiwan)
I was so surprised by how the liquor of this tea was I really was expecting it to be more of a copper colour. My first few steeps were rather vegetal an had a hint of spice and just from my first few sips I knew that I loved this Sheng. Id had seen other reviews on this say that it has a little smokiness to it but I only really got that in the aftertaste it was very subtle and I probably wouldn’t have noticed it at all if I wasn’t purposefully looking for it. Overall it’s quite low in bitterness and it has a surprisingly powerful and long lasting sweet aftertaste. Steep wise the further you push this the more bitterness comes to the front but it’s actually a really enjoyable kind of bitter. It’s not super intense but I enjoyably mild and I love it. So much in fact that I’m probably going to go ahead and order a cake of this at some point. It’s easy to drink and really refreshing. I highly recommend it to anyone new to Sheng it’s a great one to start with.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
You can find out more about Crimson Lotus Tea and purchase this delicious Sheng for yourself here. As always if you have any questions at all teacups be sure to either stick them in the comments or send them to me on twitter (@teaisawishblog) and I will answer them as soon as possible.
Speak to you all on Monday. Happy Steeping! – Kimberley