2006 Autumn "Yi Wu Yeh Cha"

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  • “Sampled this sheng from Hou De, very nice large leaves...from what I've read, the larger fatter leaves and juicier thick stems suggest an antique plantation which has been partially recaptured by...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This 2006 Yiwu puerh is what I would think of as setting the standard for sheng cha. By that, I mean it is high quality with the taste profile you expect from sheng cha from the famous...” Read full tasting note
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From Hou De Asian Art & Fine Teas

Description: We are exciting to introduce a new line of premium pu-erhs to you: Chen Guang-He Tang of the author of series of “New Born Puerh Illustrated Book” and “Profound World of Chi Tse Beeng”: Mr. Chen Chi-Tong.

This is one of the top two 2006 Autumn productions (the other is Yi Wu Cha Wang, will post tomorrow) from Chen Guang-Ho Tang. Using hand-harvested and sun-dried autumn “Gu Hwa” leaves from three higher regions of Yi Wu: San Ho She, Yi Bi and Da Chi Shu. Traditional stone-molding gives just right compactness to this cake.

I brewed this tea in two gaiwans, one was just right brewing time, and the other I let it over-brew for longer than 5 minutes. With proper brewing, the liquor showed great clarity and nice light-amber color. Aroma was sweet, floral, mushroom-y fragrance, with an interesting berry-like acid feeling. Taste was surprisingly smooth and solid. Quite penetrating feeling, and gave me a slight tingling on my palate – a very active and energetic tea. With later brewings, the fruity or berry-like feeling became more dominant, nice complexity.

The over-brewed cup was also surprisingly smooth! I could detect little harshness in it. Instead, a heavy impacting feeling encompassed my taste. Still quite drinkable, with very hearty sweetness in after-taste. Impressive!

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Sampled this sheng from Hou De, very nice large leaves…from what I’ve read, the larger fatter leaves and juicier thick stems suggest an antique plantation which has been partially recaptured by nature. Initial aroma of dried leaves are somewhat fruity and musty. After a quick rinse, the leaves smelled almost like smoked fish, I was a bit worried by this. But the smokiness dissipated with the first infusion—sweet hay, peach, hazelnut skin. Very smooth and getting good and relaxed off of this one. The second infusion was more of the same. Leaves starting to unfurl more and more. Lots of thick stems and twigs. Very few broken bits. Aroma from the steeped leaves is somewhat horsey and gamey. But tea liquor is beautifully complex and haunting, very smooth and silky. I brewed it 8 or 9 times gong fu style over the course of two days. Could have pushed it 5 more times, probably.

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This 2006 Yiwu puerh is what I would think of as setting the standard for sheng cha. By that, I mean it is high quality with the taste profile you expect from sheng cha from the famous Xishuangbanna prefecture, with little surprise. (Let it be said that I only had enough tea for one session; other sessions might have yield more surprise.)
The tea has a very pleasant, full, broad feel on the palate and back of the throat. I detected some vegetable tastes, ginseng, and mild fruit, maybe pears or white berries (if there are white berries), underlined with mild earthiness. I keep saying mild, but I want to stress it is also very full.
It was interesting to compare this to Norbu’s 2006 “Qi Cha” (please see my notes on that tea) from Yong De County in Yunnan’s Lincang prefecture, which I found more bamboo-like, less fruity. It would also be interesting to compare Norbu’s Yi Wu mountain bamboo roasted puerh to this tea — same mountain, different processing.

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