Golden Melon Pu-erh "Jin Ya Jin Gua" - Special Hand Made 100g 2003

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Completely hand made.
Ripe Puerh composed of golden buds hand pressed into a Melon shaped 100g tuo. This cake has been aged in a man made cave by David Lee Hoffman.

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Dry Leaf – Sweet and faintly earthy.
Wet Leaf – Sweet, creamy with citrus notes
Liquor – Dark Bronze / Brown

Gong Fu in 5oz Porcelain Gaiwan 6-7g
1st 5secs – Clean and soupy/bread/pastry taste up front. As it washes down it becomes sweet and peppery. The aftertaste is sweet like sugarcane and lingers in the mouth.

2nd 3secs – Creamy and sweet up front. As it washes down it becomes slightly savory with bread/pastry like taste that is smooth with slight puckery pepper finish. The aftertaste is sweet, creamy with citrus hints.

3rd 4secs – Creamy, pepper and sweet up front. As it washes down it has a creamy, bread-like taste followed by some citrus notes that linger through the aftertaste. The aftertaste is sweet and refreshing.

4th 4secs – Creamy, sweet, citrus notes and peppery up front. As it washes down it is creamy, bread/pastry/like that lingers. The aftertaste is sweet and refreshing.

5th 7secs – Creamy, sweet, citrus up front. As it washes down it becomes peppery and has a savory pastry/bread taste that lingers for a bit. The aftertaste is sweet and refreshing.

6th 11secs – Creamy, sweet and smooth up front. As it washes down it becomes peppery and has a savory pasty/bread taste that lingers, a citrus notes appears before the aftertaste takes over. The aftertaste is sweet, smooth and refreshing.

7th 16secs – Creamy, sweet, smooth and slightly citrus up front. As it washes down it has a smooth pastry/bread taste that linger a bit before turning peppery. The aftertaste is sweet, smooth and refreshing.

8th 22secs – Creamy, sweet, smooth and citrus up front. As it washes down the liquor has a faint bread taste with smoothness that turns peppery. The aftertaste is sweet and refreshing.

Final Notes – This cake is beautiful, small.. but beautiful. You can easily appreciate the fact that is hand made as the pressing is not too tight and you can easily separate the buds. This was completely hand made which is the main reason I decided to use short steeps to ‘better appreciate’ the teas as it opens/changes. I will try it later with longer steeps but I doubt I will like it more than I did this way (I might prove myself wrong).

The liquor is very sweet and clean with a slight creaminess/smoothness that makes it pleasant. The camphor is light but strong enough to notice. It took 10 steeps pretty well with the 10th (1 minute) being slightly weak in depth but I since the tea is sweet it allows you to to have a sweet break even if other notes are faded.


Just curious, why so short steeps and how much leaf?


Hi Bonnie! I used short steeps because the tuo is hand pressed and I really didn’t get a ‘piece’ it was mostly loose (I’m sure I’ll get pieces now that I’ve opened an easy entry point), so the initial steeps don’t require so much time to open (it was similar to steeping black tea). I used around 6-7g in a 5oz gaiwan, I forgot to specify :/


Makes sense now. I was thinking that if this was a hard piece, (imagining how I do it with a gaiwan) you’d get a lot of weak steepings…bleh…but you explained everything and I can see that you had enough OOMPH! (Love those bready puerh’s!)


Yes, I forgot to specify the state of the tea I used (loose) and quantity. This is my second ‘bready’ puerh. The first one I had was a LONG time ago and it was given to me by a friend. Back then I didn’t even know what Puerh was. Its pleasant. I might try to squeeze in a long steep session today before I’m off to a Christmas EVE eve party. (Tea addiction, admitting it is the first step lol).


I don’t know why I said New Year’s. I must be in fast forward mode.


Me thinks you’re into some Bacardi!


Mostly Don Q, but pretty close. Did you ever get to try some ‘coquito’?


No but a coqui jumped on me in the shower once and scared the me half to death! I was renting a place in the ‘campo’ by San Germain. Never drank anything by that name. (Never was one for hard liquor, only wine)


Ha! I’ve never had the pleasure of that happening to me, but they are noisy at night. You get used to them, but at first is harsh. Coquito is our ‘eggnog’… except with out egg. Is creamy coconut, cinnamon, cloves and rum drink.

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