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Too bad this sold out (got only a sample). A great tea probably my favorite example of raw pu-erh with less than 10 years of age I have had thus far. Sweet fruit (with a hint of citrus some steepings). A pleasant scent and thickness to the liquor. Overall great longevity with a couple sessions ranging up to 10+ steeps of interest.
Of course I might be embellishing a bit due to social desirability basis…because everybody is talking about great this tea is. Learned about this from James over at TeaDB: http://teadb.org/2009-yongde-daxueshan/
Complex; sweet and smooth. This is a 500g melon shaped bowl tea with very tight compression and the picking resulted in lots of pieces – even a bit of tea dust. Deep red-orange tea liquor which is rather clear and bright. Fruity sweetness – stonefruit and honeydew on a lightly woody base. No smoke or off-putting tastes found. Nice mouthfeel and the chaqi builds over the session. Overall an interesting aged tea – complex; appealing flavor profile dominated by a fruity sweetness; good longevity. The tight compression is the only negative factor.
I decided to buy a cake of this based on the positive reviews by DigniTea and TeaDb. I don’t regret it, but some of you might since I got one of the last cakes, Finepuer is now sold out of it. It is a beauty. Nice golden color, very hearty and thick, very little bitterness. Floral and sweet, bit not overly so. I think this will continue to get better with age, I am glad I have one for the collection.
This tea has received lots of attention, and rightfully so. It’s probably the most dynamic tea I’ve purchased so far. The leaves are intact and have a dried fruit scent and when brewed they have a pungent sugar cane, honeyed, orchid-like fragrance. I brewed this in my yixing teapot. The first few steeps are bring up ripe fruit, brown sugar, spring blossoms, minerals, camphor, and menthol. The cooling effects are very pleasant in the mouth. My friend who never had pu’er tried this with me. She and I both felt an uplifting energy spread from our mouth, inducing a very relaxed feeling (tea drunkenness). I’m on my 9th steep now and the tea leaves still can release a fair amount of pleasant sweet flavors with that pleasant cooling sensation in the mouth.
I plan to try more of finepuer’s teas.
A pleasent flavor profile that reminds me of over-chewed banana flavored bubble gum. It has that kinda-fakey xylitol sweetness that you can get in bubble gums these days, I rather like it. Pungent wet leaf aroma that reminds of worm compost and wet logs in the forest. I also rather like this.
Value it’s pretty good at 20 cents a gram…now I have to decide if I want 500 grams of it. I probably won’t get this just because it’s not sold in lesser quantities.
For comparison purposes, I feel like its closer to some of the ripe pu-erh I have had, but it doesn’t have that same ripe pu-erh ‘warming’ aspect.
Acquired sample at finepuer.com
Additional brewing parameters: 6g leaf, 100ml gaiwan, steepings 1-4: 20 seconds each, 4-7: 20-45 seconds each.
Flavors: banana, Wet Wood
DaXueShan (DXS) tea is a favorite of some and I include myself in this group. This one is particularly good. Most of the DXS teas we hear of are from the Mengku side of the mountain. This particular cake is from the Yong De side.
Made of decent material (reported to be gushu), now with six years of proper aging. Many intact whole leaves used to make the cake. Deep golden, clear soup. Sweet yet complex taste (mix of stonefruit, wood and leather) giving it a pleasant thick body. Active mouthfeel providing a nice feeling in both the mouth and throat. Many might detect a small amount of bitterness but I think it quickly becomes sweetness and then a nice cooling effect emerges. Solid depth and good Qi found in this sheng.
I have picked up several aged cakes from FinePuer and I have been very happy with each one. However, I must say that this is definitely one of my favorites due to the pure enjoyment of drinking a cup and the surprising thing is that it is the youngest of all my FinePuer purchases. I like this one a lot and I highly recommend it to those looking for fine puer. If you have not done so already, check out James’ comments on TeaDB.
I have grown quite fond of shengs from Mengku and YongDe. This “DaXueShan” tea does not have too much age on it but 5 years is worth something for decent sheng leaf in terms of development. This is an appealing tea – very smooth; many whole leaves; thick soup; decent body; pleasant sweetness. I should clearly note that there is a bit of lingering bitterness although this is light. In my opinion, overall mouhwatering tea with a pleasant aroma and an enticing kuwei which adds to the complexity. I quite enjoyed this cup and now I’m anxious to see how the profile improves in another 2-3 years.
review is baased on 2 5gram tasting notes.
once in yixing pot second time in gaiwan.
Well, here it is: the LEgendary Red Mark, with almost 10 years of age.
Volumptuous, mostly intact leaves brimming with vitality, when rinsed, relase a satisfyingly strong prune-plum aroma and flavor.
In the yixing session : unsurpassed thickness of tea liquid, leaving prominent oily coating in the mouth.
Still a bit too young and cold on the stomach.
Certainly worth a try at only a few bucks for 10 sample.
An important educational experience.
I find it much easier to asses quality of puer after drinking this.
The leaves are impressive, perhpas this is what old arbor leaf is like when not over picked. Very simmilar leaf on the xiaguan 2004 blue mark that I got with the same order. the blue mark was darker and more aged, Less fruity, more coffe-like in a way.