32 Tasting Notes

70

This is truly a wild purple pu-erh. It was hard for me to evaluate because it is so young and strong at this juncture. It is strong, smoky, untamed. It will integrate over time I believe (the 2012 version tasted side by side) while still a bit wild is much more integrated. Be prepared for a wild ride.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 15 OZ / 450 ML
mrmopar

The “Wu Liang Ye Sheng” they carry is a fabulous tea no bitterness at all.

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80
It is a ‘strong’ tea, smoky and what wine people might call ‘sauvage’. It tastes untamed in a certain way, with a certain particular violet fruitiness I associate with purple pu-erh. Predominantly smoky with an undertone of fruit, I think this tea still needs another year of integration, but I can see that it will integrate and become sweeter. Compression on the cake was quite tight, and it was hard not to break up the leaves even with my trusty pick. I can’t say I liked the tea, but I do think it will age well and integrate to be something quite interesting.
Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 15 OZ / 450 ML

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85

Today this tea brewed a clear coppery color with a shy aroma but a complex flavor of citrus, sweetness, metal, and alfalfa. Not a powerhouse tea, but one of subtlety and depth.

Flavors: Citrus, Straw, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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85

I have been drinking the 2005 Six Famous Tea Mountain Jia Ji Raw Pu-erh Tuocha from Mengla in Xishuangbanna for the last three days. (Purchased here: http://www.tuochatea.com/6ftm-jia-ji-pu-erh-tuocha-p2/). It is quite interesting as it has changed each time I’ve tried it over several days. I brews to a light orange color, and at first was rich, mouthfilling, smoky, and citric. Later steepings have been “younger” tasting to me and current steep #11 is back to alfalfa, green, and mouth watering. It isn’t the most intense tuo I’ve had, but it holds my interest, and I keep coming back to it for the taste and experience. Quite nice all in all.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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85

I have been drinking the 2005 Six Famous Tea Mountain Jia Ji Raw Pu-erh Tuocha from Mengla in Xishuangbanna for the last three days. (Purchased here: http://www.tuochatea.com/6ftm-jia-ji-pu-erh-tuocha-p2/). It is quite interesting as it has changed each time I’ve tried it over several days. I brews to a light orange color, and at first was rich, mouthfilling, smoky, and citric. Later steepings have been “younger” tasting to me and current steep #11 is back to alfalfa, green, and mouth watering. It isn’t the most intense tuo I’ve had, but it holds my interest, and I keep coming back to it for the taste and experience. Quite nice all in all.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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90

This tea has really mellowed in the last two years. It brews to a light orange color, and is both gentle and flavorful. Interesting flavors of grass, oranges, and honey linger in my taste with increased salivation, and a slight touch of bitterness at the end. An altogether pleasant experience.

Flavors: Grass, Honey, Orange Zest

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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93

This autumn 2013 pressing is delightful. From a cake, citrus aromatics arise, with beautiful clear orange color when brewed, and gentle but deep flavors. Absolutely stellar sheng with just a touch of bitterness on the finish which leads to a salivating sweetness. Really good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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93

This autumn 2013 pressing is delightful. From a cake, citrus aromatics arise, with beautiful clear orange color when brewed, and gentle but deep flavors. Absolutely stellar sheng with just a touch of bitterness on the finish which leads to a salivating sweetness. Really good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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88

Quite a treat, this beautiful 2011 silver melon raw pu-erh brews a light orange color at this writing (03/2014), with a light sweet lasting taste, with hints of oat straw, and a depth of persistent flavor that bodes well for aging. I suggested putting it away for a few years, but my partner objected saying she liked it right now. Luckily it is a 500 gram melon so we can both have it the way we would like.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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93

Regarding the Jan. 2014 pressing of this tea: From a sample, this is a lovely, sweet tasting, slightly astringent, citrus tinged, loosely pressed tea of subtlety and grace. Should age well. I ordered more after this taste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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