Wild Leaf, Sheng Pu-erh 1993

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From Red Blossom Tea Company

Our 1993 Wild Leaf comes from the ancient tea trees that have grown for hundreds of years on the mountainous slopes of China’s Yunnan province.

Harvested and crafted by the aboriginal people of Yunnan, the tea is a “sheng” or raw pu-erh – aged naturally – with time as the only catalyst transforming the tea from its nascent state as “mao cha” to its current rich mahogany color.

While we are unclear as to the source mountain for this tea, we do know that about seven years after harvest, the tea was acquired by a family friend and brought to Guangzhou to be stored at his tea house until we acquired it in 2006.

This natural aging creates a tea that is uncharacteristically light and sweet. Steeped longer, the tea becomes creamy, with a heavier, yet remarkably smooth body.

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This tea is unlike any Sheng or any other tea that I have had. This tea humbles me. It brews up dark and mysterious and the taste is truly sublime. It is complex and sweet and utterly intoxicating. This Sheng has the ancient flavor yet it is mellowed by this flowery sweetness. I think I am going to drink this for my second interview { if I get one }. I know I will walk in with a twinkle in my eye and a smile from ear to ear. This tea definitely deserves to score a 100. In my opinion, this and the 1998 Xingyang from Verdant are by far the best teas I have had. Each has their own distinct quality. Maybe I will the drink the Xingyang before the interview. " When the going gets weird the weird turn professional."
TeaBrat

I think this one is great too – of course you know that! ;-)

Charles Thomas Draper

And thank you for buying and trying and spreading the good word….

erichbenoit

good to know about this one as I had been browsing it online recently. and, I hope you get that second interview… :)

ScottTeaMan

Here’s to a second interview! :))

Charles Thomas Draper

Thank you again. Actually I have another interview tomorrow with a better opportunity. Stay tuned

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2391 tasting notes

Finally I’ve had a sheng that makes me understand what shengs are all about and why anyone would want to drink one.

Dry leaves are so luxurious and smell of licorice and flowers. I want to bathe in this smell.

I’ve gone onto 7 infusions so far and they are all butter pecan delicious with a hint of creamy sweetness. Faintly musty and earthy but with a aftertaste that lingers. No sign of the flavor slowing down. No weird funkiness that make me wonder what this is and why I am drinking it. I love wild tea and this seems like a great showcase for it – a gorgeous mature and fully blossomed beauty that deserves my full attention and devotion. I wish I was better at describing these things. Bravo and A+. If I ever have a better sheng I will be amazed. I am seeing stars.

More accolades to come, I am sure….

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200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Sounds amazing!! So glad they’re local!

Charles Thomas Draper

Amy I was going to order from them last night. An Imperial Shu or something like that. I chickened out when I saw the shipping was $7.00. After reading this I think I can handle the money….

Charles Thomas Draper

This is why I love Steepster. Amy I trust your judgement and I will buy this tea and I will want to bathe it too….

Charles Thomas Draper

I just placed the order. I am jealous that you have access to very fine tea in your area….

TeaBrat

Charles, i hope you like it! What else did you get?

TeaBrat

Stephanie, they are great but everytime i go in there i want to spend all of my money!

ScottTeaMan

At least you have all those places to go to get quality tea very close to home. :))

Charles Thomas Draper

Grand Shou ’97

TeaBrat

that looks delicious as well…

Charles Thomas Draper

That was my first choice until your review….

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41 tasting notes

One of the older Sheng Pu’ers that I have ever tasted. This one possesses that old musty sweetness that only pu’ers of this age can. It really is quite a candy-like deliciousness even from the first steeping.

This is one of the nicest Pu’ers I have ever had, and I should have purchased a good half pound when I still had the chance.

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35 tasting notes

this is fast becoming my current favorite, which is unfortunate since my supply is dwindling fast.

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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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