Golden Buds Shu Pu'er Xingyang 2010
A sweet, clean and rich new cake from the incredible Xingyang Workshop made solely of golden bud material. . . .
This exquisite cake from Xingyang Workshop is made from 100% golden bud material, creating a smooth, luscious and sweet pu’er embracing all the best elements of flavor that Yunnan is known for. The compression on the cake is generously loose, giving the leaves room to breathe all the way through and age more evenly. The smell of the wet buds is that of cinnamon and a more savory version of a golden needle black tea.
The early steepings are subtle, with a mouth-filling rich texture and the sweet sparkling aftertaste that Xingyang is famous for. The body of the tea is warming like caramel with light crisp vegetal notes evocative of Brussels sprouts.
The later steepings are reminiscent of pure heartwood sandalwood incense that burns at many private shrines and tea gatherings in China, especially in the lingering sweetness at the tip of the tongue. Xingyang pu’ers tend to develop more and more of the vaporous incense-like aftertaste as they age, moving towards perfectly clean, sweet and complex profiles. It will be exciting to see this young cake grow over the years.