9/19/14 sunday yixing. 8g tea/8oz water per steep/short steeps
Earthy dry mineral goodness. Surprisingly light, possibly because my teapot is very young. A taste like pine forest after rain.
“First review. A disclaimer. *I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT PU-ER!* (Don't know why it's spelled Pu-erh, Pu-Erh, Puer, Pu-er either). My background is working in a tasting room at a Winery, entering cooking...” Read full tasting note
“Wasn't able to write anything down at work, but ended up with over 20 steepings. Though this tea didn't start out too complex with western style, nor did it gain complexity, it maintained all that...” Read full tasting note
“I really love this shu. It just knows what it's doing. No heavy nonsense. No murky bitterness. No sickly saccharine. Just balanced and fair and sweet and transluscent. It's classy. I...” Read full tasting note
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Workshop: Tian Di Ren
Region: Peacock Village, Menghai County, Yunnan
Tasting Notes: The Peacock Village is unique in its perfectly light and clean body. It does not weigh down the palate with earthiness. Rather, it sparkles in its crisp sweetness. The very large leaves used are similar to the old tea tree leaf material in the Xingyang 1998. The first steepings yield a crystalline orange tea with tea oils swirling on top. The sweetness is like rock sugar and white grapes. After the preliminary steepings, the tea starts to unfold in darker buckwheat flavor and honey. Unexpectedly, there is something in the texture and aftertaste of dried oregano. As the tea steeps out, the grape-like fruit taste becomes dark elderberry, and the aftertaste is tinged with the warm spice of Thai ginger and peppercorns.
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I brewed my sample gong fu style. As the description states Peacock Village Shu has a much lighter body than most Shu’s and very little of the earthiness that I associate with them. I’m tasting sweetness and a vague nuttiness in my first few steeps. I’m not tasting the barley, oregano, and other flavors referred to in the description.
I prefer Sheng pu’er so this one isn’t my favorite. Still, it’s a step up from other Shu pu’ers that I’ve tried.