2013 Yiwu Spring Sheng Pu'er

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 oz / 147 ml

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  • “I am only six cups into this so far. I will post a better review after I take this several cups further. My notes are so closely paralleling Awkward Soul's wonderful review on her website, that it...” Read full tasting note
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    ks6 1249 tasting notes
  • “This tea arrived about a week and a half ago and has been sitting in my pumidor since then. The cake was darker than I expected for being a 2013 cake and had a deep, sweet scent. It is not as thick...” Read full tasting note
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    OkmOkm 58 tasting notes
  • “I've been sipping this one over the afternoon. I want to thanks *Nicholas* for sharing this sample with me. He recommends a double rinse. I only rinsed once, & the first steep had a slightly soapy...” Read full tasting note
    Terri HarpLady 2858 tasting notes
  • “TY to Misty Peak Teas for the sample! Whoa, 2013? That's pretty new! Lots of interesting complexities with this sheng - smooth, creamy, earthy, pear, apricot, persimmon, floral, savory, copper...” Read full tasting note
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From Misty Peak Teas

We carry a SPRING and an AUTUMN of the Yiwu Pu’er. This is our Spring Pu’er, picked from February to April usually. Trees range from 300-600 years old, most being around 500 years.

The tea is produced in Yiwu, Xishuangbanna Yunnan China: the birthplace of tea and the most renowned village in the world for Sheng Chaa Pu’er.

Yiwu is the home of the Ancient Tea trail that first brought tea throughout the world, particularly Asia. The farmer that we represent grabbed a brick from this ancient road that had a horse marking a checkpoint, then he traced over the brick with paper and charcoal, and that is how the papers for this 2013 Special Edition Yiwu Spring Tea were created.

We represent only this one farmer and only deal in Yiwu tea…specializing in such a particular area allows us to bring the very best teas to our site to share with the world.

Nearly every collector and enthusiast holds to Yiwu Village as their most prized choice for Pu’er Tea. Please enjoy our wonderful 2013 Spring Pu’er today, or in many years to come.

Prep: First two washes no more than 1-2 seconds with 180 degree water. Following brews should be 10-20 seconds, or to taste. Best to use 3-5 grams per pot. A great tea to experiment with and try your own methods to really get the most potential out of this wonderful Pu’er.

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I am only six cups into this so far. I will post a better review after I take this several cups further. My notes are so closely paralleling Awkward Soul’s wonderful review on her website, that it amazed me. I do not have a clay pot. I did decide to make-shift gaiwan steep it using a tiny Corelle cup, and a Finum basket with lid. Each steep is between 3-4 ounces.

Young sheng takes some getting used to. I happen to like sheng and found this to be really nice even as young as it is. If I had the self control to age pu’er, I believe this would be a good one.

Awkward Souls’s rating is correct for what this is now. I raised it a bit for potential.
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I took this on through 10 cups. The leaf still has more to give but I have run out of day. As the flavor starts to diminish and the astringency increases around the 8th cup, adding a tiny amount of sweetener brings this to life in a very good way.

I enjoyed my day with this one. Thanks Misty Peak Teas for the sample.

mrmopar

I have a session due tomorrow with this tea. Sounds very good so far.

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This tea arrived about a week and a half ago and has been sitting in my pumidor since then. The cake was darker than I expected for being a 2013 cake and had a deep, sweet scent. It is not as thick as I expected based on the scent but it is very, very smooth. There is no dryness or roughness. When the tea first entered my mouth it had a very strong yiwu and youle soapiness. For a 2013 puerh it is quite dark and has almost no green tea flavor. This puerh is definitely in the savory not sweet category. It has a punch with a strong flavor and huigan. The aftertaste is a long, dark savory puerh flavor. It moistens the mouth while swallowing and has almost a cocoa taste. There is a woody, cork like flavor after about the 8th steeping that starts to dominate the flavor profile. Based on the deep, savory flavors while it is so young I believe it is a tea that will age well, but it is hard to tell at such a young age. Overall it is quite good, and I believe it will only get better in the coming years.

Spencer

Sounds like a great sheng with some surprises (like how dark it is for being so young). What is “huigan?” Also, how has your pumidor been working for you? Have you noticed a difference in your tea?

Insence&Tea

Huigan is a mix between sensation and taste. I usually describe it as something that starts off with a deep bitterness and then turns into a dark, sharp sweetness leaving a cooling sensation on the breath. The pumidor has been great. The teas have only been in there since christmas last year, but I am already noticing the green flavors leaving and giving way to darker, sweeter flavors and all the teas mellowing our a bit.

Spencer

That is super awesome about the pumidor! Yours inspired me to build my own (in a wine box), but I am quickly finding that I need a larger container.

Insence&Tea

Yes, I had to upgrade mine about a week after I built the original

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I’ve been sipping this one over the afternoon. I want to thanks Nicholas for sharing this sample with me. He recommends a double rinse. I only rinsed once, & the first steep had a slightly soapy taste, so I dumped it (basically that counts as the 2nd rinse).
All in all, this is a lovely sheng, very mild & savory, although the aroma is fruity. It doesn’t have that crazy intense taste that some young sheng have, but the energy of it is very good. I was exhausted all day, & after several steeps of this I feel much revived & ready to practice for a couple of hours for this weekend’s gigs.

I only had a sample, but I love the wrapper with the horse, it’s beautiful, & that alone makes me want to purchase a cake! This is a sample sipdown.

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TY to Misty Peak Teas for the sample!

Whoa, 2013? That’s pretty new! Lots of interesting complexities with this sheng – smooth, creamy, earthy, pear, apricot, persimmon, floral, savory, copper mineral, clean and woodsy.

I wasn’t a fan of the astringency that got stronger in later infusions, but I figure with some aging time it’ll even out. With that said, the astringency was very different, a textured dry sensation.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/2013-yiwu-spring-sheng-puer-from-misty-peak-teas-tea-review/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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Two days without tea, had to get my palate right. Brewing this tea two ways. Both will be with spring water. First brew 200ml yixing pot. Aroma almost flower like, clear yellow brew, taste a lemony sweetness with no major bitterness or overpowering smokiness as found in some sheng. Very light vegetal taste with a good amount of “qui”. This really cots the inside of your mouth with a slightly tart taste. Easy to drink and this cup won’t last long. Very warming and enjoyable to drink. Leaves look to hand rolled almost gongting size. Wow this is stout! I think tea drunk for now. I will have to do the gaiwan later as I believe this will keep me going for a while. strong enough to make you sweat! Used boiling water with a 10 second wash and then a 10 second steep.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Misty Peak Teas

We greatly look forward to your review :)

Charles Thomas Draper

How does one get a sample from Misty Peak Teas? I am a lover of fine Sheng…

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When this tea arrived in the mail, the envelope smelled like diesel fuel. I’ve had a package or two in the past the smelled like it traveled under a truck rather than in one, so I wasn’t too surprised, but I was concerned about how this would affect the flavor of the tea. The envelope was not as well sealed as it could have been, leaving room for debris to potentially enter at the edges. I transferred this tea to another container and put off sampling it for a while because I was afraid of how it might be after such a journey.

I used all 8g that I received and brewed in a gaiwan (I don’t have a yixing pot yet!)

Wet leaves after 10s rinse smell like spinach and dirt

1st infusion 10s: first cup brews golden yellow. Taste is vegetal (like spinach) and mineral; also bitter and astringent.

2nd infusion 15s: brews slightly darker than before. Smells more earthy and less vegetal. taste is more bitter and astringent than before, masking the other flavors. But not so much so to be unbearable. There is something citrus and possibly floral, but it could just be the tartness making it seem so.

3rd infusion 20s: So bitter! I hope it gets better as the other reviews have suggested.

4th infusion 25s: less bitter (thank goodness!) but mineral flavor dominates. I’m really not too fond of strong mineral flavor in my teas, so I’m not enjoying this too much so far. there is some other earthy flavor lingering in the aftertaste, but I can’t describe it precisely.

5th infusion 35s: more bitter again, still mineral flavor. I don’t know where the rest of you are getting the other flavor notes that you describe. Maybe my tea really was affected in transit. I just don’t feel much like steeping this one anymore.

I’ve had a couple other green pu-erhs and there were sweeter and not so bitter. Maybe this one is better suited for aging rather than immediate consumption.

EDIT:
Nicholas just sent me a rather novel-ish response to my review, concerned that my opinions will affect the reputation of his tea and asked that I might edit my review. While I appreciate his concern and the time taken to write and to answer previous questions of mine, I feel that his “concern” was unnecessarily accusatory. I realize that my novice tea brewing skills as well as the poor packaging of the tea affected my review of it, so I did not give this tea a numbered rating because I knew that wouldn’t be fair. I gave my honest opinion and I don’t see how I can ‘edit’ my personal experience with this tea other than to note his suggestions for improvement so that the rest of you won’t make my mistakes:

Water temperature: He suggested that I used the wrong temperature of water and said that he took an effort to instruct us how not to ruin the tea so that this wouldn’t happen. He said I should have used cooler water (I actually never said what temperature I used, so I don’t know how he should know). No where in the original instructions did it say so. this is quoted from the instructions: "The water temperature of 195 degrees (F) boiling, or just boiled, water is preferred. Unlike Green teas and other delicate tea leaves, Pu’er has the strength to endure boiling or very hot water. "

The reply I just got says “Spring water at about 180 degrees, not boiling, will be most suitable for a green pu’er”

Admittedly, I found it difficult at times to distinguish when the original instructions referred to sheng or shu or green puerh. It was not clear and even contradictory in a few places. Still, absolutely nowhere other than the quote above did it mention water temperature. Also, if this green puerh is to be treated like a green tea, then why did I receive such lengthy instructions on how to brew shu or aged puerh?

Water type: he says "As for the mineral taste, perhaps the water you used caused this. " I have a water filter attached to my faucet and if the tea should be so ruined by my filtered water, then I don’t know what else to do.

Steeping time: I am now told that: " Soaking the tea for more than a second or two its first steepings takes the good out of the tea and you end up with several steepings more of already-injured leaves." Original instructions: “The first wash should simply be 5 seconds or so. Whereas the second can be as much as 10.” so sure, I did more than 5, but the instructions also say “Steeping times: This is a wonderful example of when personal preference plays a role.” And I have always done my first pu-erh rinses this way and I liked them quite fine.

Amount of leaf: I learn now that “8 grams is far too much for one sitting of Pu’er, no matter how big your pot or what kind of preparations you are using. We usually recommend starting with 2 grams to 4-5 grams…anything more will only make an astringent tea”
Original instructions: “If fewer people, it is best to use around 5 to 9 grams, for many people 15 grams is perfect.”

I get the impression that the original instructions sent were generic. If there were different or special considerations to give this green pu-erh, they should have been noted and the superfluous information omitted.

UPDATE 5/24: All confusions have been cleared up and all is well between Misty Peak and myself. I am still not certain what was up with the original erroneous instruction, but hopefully those of you who haven’t brewed it yet will see this review and know how to get the best out of your samples.

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Thanks to Misty Peak Teas for a sample, from a pu’erh novice!

Review is based on infusions 1-7. Prepared with a gaiwan. Rinsed after 10 seconds. First infusion lasted 10 seconds; the second, 15; subsequent infusion times increased by three seconds.

I would have liked to experience the aroma of the dry leaf; it unfortunately faded while the tea traveled in the mail, but through inhaling deeply I was able to smell earth and minerals. The wet leaf’s aroma strengthened as the leaves (whose color ranged from dark green to brown) continued to unfold with each infusion. A combination of musk and meat had emerged.

The liquor was consistently a clear pastel yellow.

The flavor was medium-bodied, flavorful, soft and smooth. Infusions 1-3 were sour and astringent. After swallowing, I felt a prickly sensation on my tongue, and the aftertaste was slightly spicy. The spiciness began disappearing after the fourth infusion and completely faded away during the sixth. By the seventh infusion, the flavor was totally musky and forest-like with a hint of apricot (and still a bit prickly and astringent).

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First, thanks to Nicholas at Misty Peak Teas for the sample.

The leaves look decent enough considering their unprotected life in USPS shipping for a few days, with no barrier between the leaves and the envelope. Thankfully a 4g chunk of cake survived and enough loose leaves remained whole enough to get about 6g total leaf for a session. I notice that the cake must be made of quite the blend of materials: fuzzy buds, small fragments, small leaves, large leaves, leaves with stems, a large chunk of what appears to be bamboo (seriously), and other parts of the tea plant.

After a rinse, the wet leaves, minus the unusable material, turned out to be quite aromatic. The scent is thick and fruity and carries far from the gaiwan, turning highly herbaceous later on. I notice they are very green, oolong-like, and have a fair share of bruising. Unfortunately, the strength of aroma does not carry over to the soup, which is as weak in body as it is in coloration. Yet, with subsequent infusions, both of these aspects grow in depth, though the soup remains definitely yellow throughout. The extent of this increase is not large, however. This tea is very slow to start, not really granting a full experience until the fourth or fifth infusion. This would normally not be much of an issue, but soon after this mark, it is quick to die out, or grants more fullness at the expense of too much roughness with long steep times.

Given this shengpu’s youth, it seems to have not had much time to develop any textural intrigue nor qi. I found the both to be quite lacking, though the tea did seem to have a decent bit of caffeine to it. While it had some good flavors to it, its form, which is what I am most interested in with pu’ercha, was weak.

Each sip opens quite undramatically, soft in body and faint in taste besides an introductory sweetness. There is a faint buttery aspect that I commonly find in very young sheng pu’er. It gets better in the development, though the duration is short and seems to peak at a medium intensity. Complexity is introduced at this point—a basic blend of fruity and floral spectrums. The sip quickly passes into the finish, which is drying and has some bitterness forward in the mouth. I’m left with a faint coolness in the throat, which is at least one promising aspect of this tea.

During later brews, the development’s intensity increases and the duration is extended to a small extent. The textural components are not aided by the longer steeps, instead increasing in the forward bitterness and astringency. The aftertaste was tasty flavor-wise, but again, lacking in mouthfeel. I found the aroma in the cup after the soup was drained to be suggestive of quality, though. It was thick, floral and fruity, with the dark sweetness of caramel.

I would rather not speculate on this tea’s aging potential, but from what I’ve heard the average Yiwu cake does okay over the years. I would say this is probably close to one of those averages, but it’s really too young for me to tell. However, I find its lack of strength (I would have even liked to have seen more power in the bitter department) given its extreme youth to be concerning. The proportion of junk to leaves in the small sample received is also concerning, and seems to indicate a lack of care during processing, as does the fair quantity of red-hued leaves.

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This is another great sheng pu’er. The initial taste, to me, is an earthy and grassy combination that is very appealing to the palette. The first two steepings had just a hint of bite to them, but that disappeared with the third steeping. I actually steeped this tea 8 times. The color, intensity and taste never wavered. I really loved this tea!
Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 OZ / 147 ML

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