363 Tasting Notes
This is the oldest cake I own. Picked it up during Yunnan Sourcing’s recent sale and when it arrived I had to open it up and pull out the leaves that had collected in the bottom of the wrapper. 7 grams of dry leaf with ; 4 oz boiling water; 15 sec rinse; I began steeping the tea at about 10 seconds and added 5 for every succeeding infusion. It yielded a very clean red-brown colored liquor but I have to say that I was a bit disappointed in the flavor. There was the earthy and musty taste one might expect but it was rather flat. The third steep, however, produced a smooth and sweet taste with a rich, medium body and not a hint of bitterness. In steep five, I began to detect notes of fruit and chocolate. I’m drinking steeps seven and eight now and find them very enjoyable.
Similar to Taiwanese black tea, this tea is smooth and sweet with no astringency. A bit of fruit comes through in the sip (but it is rather subtle). Very nice small dark leaves and all seem to be whole without tears. Brewed western style and I was able to enjoy two nice cups but the second was definitely weaker in both color and flavor. Good as an everyday tea staple but I think I prefer a bolder morning tea. Nonetheless, I enjoy it enough to feel that I’ll definitely pick up the 2014 harvest which is now available.
This is a very easy and cost effective way to enjoy aged ripe puerh. I usually overleaf on nuggets because they are so tight and it takes awhile for these to loosen and allow steeping of all the leaves. The tea broth is a clear dark brown. Smooth, woody taste with a very pleasant aftertaste. I’m usually able to get 6-7 nice infusions out of this one.