2007 Vintage Organic Green Pu-erh Cake

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195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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  • “Definitely this was an impulse buy at the Imperial Tea Court where I went to have some superior yellow gold oolong but that's another story... Here's my first green pu-erh tea cake! Am I fully...” Read full tasting note
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    amyoh2 2587 tasting notes
  • “This year i am going to try more raw puerhs, i like this one its very nice not very bitter like i was expecting, some raw pus ive had have been bitter to me, i rinsed for 10 secs let rest for 3...” Read full tasting note
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From Imperial Tea Court

Green Puerhs are produced by harvesting the large leaf varietal (Da Ye) from China’s southern province of Yunnan. After being cooked thoroughly by pan-firing, no further oxidization occurs. The leaves are then sun-dried, steamed and pressed into a round disc called “Beeng Cha” or “Bing Cha”. This high standard Puerh is our very first organic Puerh offering, made entirely from our own blend of high grown spring harvest leaf. The unique fruitiness and well rounded mouth-feel is accompanied by a gentle wisp of smokiness and that signature Yunnan sweetness in the finish. Delicious now, the amount of natural tannin in this tea also ensures its suitability for long term aging.

Steeping suggestions: Break off approximately 4 grams of leaf, steep in good water at approximately 180°F of for one minute with a standard six oz Gaiwan, leave lid covered and drain tea into another cup or vessel for service after 1 minute. Adjust subsequent infusions to taste by adjusting quantity of leaf, temperature and steeping time to personal preference.

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2587 tasting notes

Definitely this was an impulse buy at the Imperial Tea Court where I went to have some superior yellow gold oolong but that’s another story…

Here’s my first green pu-erh tea cake! Am I fully addicted to tea? I almost got a brick too but decided to save that for next time.

I steeped this in boiled water for around 3 minutes but I also noticed the website says 180F so I’ll need to modify this in the future.

I don’t know if I can really describe this with my regular words. It smells a tiny bit like an orange pekoe which has me kind of intrigued. It’s a bit sandalwoody and a bit fruity with a hint of smoke but not overwhelmingly so. I am picking up a lot of tannins here. My tastebuds are tingling with excitement and curiosity. It has a slight effervescent quality. It is definitely a green tea but not like any other green tea I’ve tried before. Mysterious.

I did manage to steep this 3 times before I gave up and decided I’ve had too much caffeine for the day already. By the third infusion it is definitely getting a lot lighter but I suspect if I had used less hot water from the very beginning this would not be the case.

I believe this is only my second green pu-erh, they are growing on me a bit. They are a little gentler than the black pu-erhs but not as sweet and light as the white ones. I did notice ITC had a 2010 green cake for $20 so I am wondering if I should go back and purchase that one and lock it in a vault for 10 years. :)

I am definitely happy with this purchase and it will be great to see how this evolves, I expect it will get better with a few years of aging but I like it pretty well now… I wonder if I can wait long enough for it to age before I drink it all!

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

Mysterious. Very

Spoonvonstup

By green pu’er cake does it mean sheng / raw / uncooked?

TeaBrat

Yes – it seems like the brown ones are all shu but I could be wrong

Spoonvonstup

Ok, that makes sense. Brown is usually shu, but all shengs will eventually turn brown over a few decades or so. Shu was originally “invented” in order to mimic what happens to traditionally aged shengs, without having to wait so long. As a result, many folks find shu pu’er easier to drink, especially since sheng (like this one, it seems) are often fill of astringency for the first four to ten years.
Glad to see you getting into all this! It’s a slippery slope, my friend. I mean, just look at what’s happening to Mr. Geoffrey and Dan Congs! Hope you can fid some bricks to put away. It’s fun to just try them and check up once or twice a year to see how they’re changing.

For reference, the Artisan Revival you tried a little while ago is also a sheng / green pu’er- it’s just not so green anymore. The Xingyangs, on the other hand, were shu.

TeaBrat

Thanks for the info – yeah it does seem like kind of a slippery slope…. expensive tea! lol

Charles Thomas Draper

Well said Spoon….

ScottTeaMan

When you have a tea vault to store tea, you know you’re addicted! I didn’t say it was a problem now did I? :))

ScottTeaMan

I love Dan Congs….now there’s a tea…well I probably wouldn’t sell an organ…but one really never knows for sure! :))

TeaBrat

I don’t know if I’ve ever had a Dan Cong, I see Seven Cups has some at 25% off for their end of year sale. Might need to get one. :P

ScottTeaMan

I’ll send you some. I have some new …in a box…in the basement….that will be another tea I send you, along with brewing instructions. Now I’m storing tea in the basement.

ScottTeaMan

Amy, do u want me to send you some?

ScottTeaMan

My first Dan Cong came from Tea Spring. Totally deicious…they have some really great teas and reasonable shipping.

http://www.teaspring.com/Feng-Huang-Dan-Cong.asp

The DC I have now is from Upton Tea, but it’s sold out now.

ScottTeaMan

You are so lucky …ITC is right in SF…….LUCKY DOG!

TeaBrat

There are a lot of nice places in San Francisco For Chinese tea…

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Amy,Thank you for sending me some of this one, i liked it :)

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This year i am going to try more raw puerhs, i like this one its very nice not very bitter like i was expecting, some raw pus ive had have been bitter to me, i rinsed for 10 secs let rest for 3 mins and steeped for 30 secs, thank you Amy for this one :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec
TeaBrat

glad you liked it ok, I hope you like the tuo cha as well :)

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