Xingyang Golden Leaf Shu Pu'er
Reserve Club – July
Since we recently highlighted Xingyang Workshop and their uniquely clean and sparkling pu’er through the Golden Buds Shu, we wanted to bring back one of the first teas we fell in love with. This well-aged Golden Leaf was packed in 2002, but picked as early as 1998, giving it time to develop intense complexity. The fun in trying older pu’er is that it is helpful as a guide to understanding the younger pu’ers. Once you see what age can bring out in a tea, tasting young teas becomes more fun. You can apply what you have tasted to imagine the changes that will occur over the years to every pu’er you drink.
The Xingyang is a true tea lover’s tea. It evokes the smells and feeling of being surrounded by books in an ancient library, yet it is not musty in a dirty way like many older pu’ers. The mustiness takes the mouthfeel of an enveloping vapor. The aftertaste is perfectly sweet and lingers for hours. As this tea steeps on. (30 or more steepings can easily be had) a bright vegetal taste emerges, which plays with the sweet aftertaste. The smell is deep, like wet ocean sand. Despite its age, this tea is incredibly accessible due to its sweet and sparkling taste.