2010 Rongzhen Reserve Ripen Pu-erh Tea Cake

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Pu-erh Tea
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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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  • “Smell: This tea smells very doughy. It is like a raw tube of puff biscuit right after it is popped. It has a slightly salty and peppery scent but the thick doughy scent is the most...” Read full tasting note
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    OkmOkm 58 tasting notes
  • “★★★★★ Wow... Another hit! I'll return later to review this tea in detail after I've spent more time with it. But as far as quality vs. price goes... It doesn't get much better than this....” Read full tasting note
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    RichieMerritt 25 tasting notes
  • “I'll admit that going into this that I had a slight bias against the cake as my experience with Rongzhen has been mixed. Sure their ripe puerh cakes were not bad but they were not really that good...” Read full tasting note
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    JohnGrebe 223 tasting notes
  • “A nice smooth shu, tastes noticeably different than others I've tried. A bit musty, in a good way, no off flavors, medium richness and somewhat deep. Tasty. ” Read full tasting note
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    Rdeitz 96 tasting notes

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2010 Rongzhen Reserve Ripen Pu-erh Tea Cake (荣珍特级熟饼)

Every year I paid a few visits to Rongzhen teas for their no frills, yet above average teas. In 2010 Fall I found this cake hidden behind the counter as their reserve. They had selected the best ripen materials they had made so far, made them into this superb Pu-erh tea cake, as a reserve for a closed circle, not for open market.

The proprietor confirmed that the materials were from Menghai area, and fermented at Menghai with its ‘white sand water’, less than 300 cakes were made.

Pu-erh tea cake
Typical weight: 357gram
Vintage: 2010
Cooked or fermented
Loose tea leaves
Caffeine: Moderate

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5 Tasting Notes

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58 tasting notes

Smell: This tea smells very doughy. It is like a raw tube of puff biscuit right after it is popped. It has a slightly salty and peppery scent but the thick doughy scent is the most noticeable.

Taste: This tea is a lot fruitier than I expected. The doughy scent is a lot lighter than it smelled. The flavor is like fresh baked wheat bread.

Bonnie

I like wheat bread pu-erh especially in the morning!

gmathis

Suddenly I’m craving Pillsbury crescent rolls :)

Insence&Tea

Mmhmm. Pilsbury is the exact brand I was thinking I just couldn’t remember :) It was a very bready tea, and the fruit made it seem like toast and jam.

Uniquity

You make it sound amazing!

Insence&Tea

It was really good. I especially liked it because It was very different from many other shu’s I’ve tried

mrmopar

got this one for Christmas!

Insence&Tea

Hope you enjoy, it’s a really unique tea :)

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★★★★★

Wow… Another hit!

I’ll return later to review this tea in detail after I’ve spent more time with it.

But as far as quality vs. price goes… It doesn’t get much better than this. This could easily be in a much higher price bracket. Way to go Rongzhen :)

According to the PuerhShop.com, only 300 of these puerh cakes were made. So I guess I need to grab a few more of these eh?

My Ratings…
★ = Didn’t Hate It.
★★ = Not Bad.
★★★ = Me Likey.
★★★★ = Impressive!
★★★★★ = AwesomeSauce!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I’ll admit that going into this that I had a slight bias against the cake as my experience with Rongzhen has been mixed. Sure their ripe puerh cakes were not bad but they were not really that good compared to others that I had either, just a safe midrange cake. The brew of this one was different as it is the best Rongzhen puerh that I’ve had yet. It has a sweet mellow taste as one would expect from a Menghai area ripe puerh. Yet what impresses me the most with this sample is that despite being under a year old for a ripe puerh there is not even a trace of any off factory odors or flavors. I just looked up the price for a whole cake and it was $12.98 which makes it a rare gem among the cheaper ripe puerh cakes in my opinion.

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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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A nice smooth shu, tastes noticeably different than others I’ve tried. A bit musty, in a good way, no off flavors, medium richness and somewhat deep. Tasty.

mrmopar

Did you get the bread aroma from this one? It is pretty good for the price.

Rich

I didn’t, but I’ll look out for it next tasting!

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