2012 Yunnan Sourcing "Chen Xiang" Aged Raw Pu-erh of Wu Liang Mountain

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  • “Another quick note. And also, thanks to Scott from Yunnan Sourcing for the nice sample. I love Maocha. The Sweetness that is hidden behind floral perfume notes and hints of smokiness. This was...” Read full tasting note
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  • “6g/90ml celadon gaiwan. wash/wash/15/15/20/20/30/30 @ 100C Ah, this is good. Last sheng was a dissapointment so this one cheered me up! Powerful astringance, slightly bitter. But well balanced...” Read full tasting note
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    Dagwed 234 tasting notes
  • “Thank you *Yunnan Sourcing* for this free sample! *Leaf Quality:* The smokey leaves were tightly compacted and were a bit dark, showing some degree of oxidation. The rinsed leaves were smokey,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “A nice interesting sheng, it's smokey, but not too smokey, minty (or something similar), strong and punchy, a little dry, and a bit rough from being the last crumbs from bottom of the sample bag....” Read full tasting note
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From Yunnan Sourcing

During our travels in Wu Liang we came across this incredibly well aged mao cha from 2007 spring harvest. It has been aged in a superbly clean and dry condition in Nan Jian township for 5 years!

The brewed tea has a very nice and clean aroma with hints of camphor and orchid. The tea soup is a clear golden-orange color that hints at it’s maturity.

400 grams per cake (7 cakes per bamboo leaf tong)

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Another quick note. And also, thanks to Scott from Yunnan Sourcing for the nice sample.

I love Maocha. The Sweetness that is hidden behind floral perfume notes and hints of smokiness. This was no exception, it is really good and pleasing, it still has some strong bitterness that I’m sure will mellow as it ages. BUT that doesn’t mean that this bitterness is unpleasant, in fact is its pretty pleasant and satisfying. Recommend if you like Maocha or just raw puerh with some personality.

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Boiling

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6g/90ml celadon gaiwan.
wash/wash/15/15/20/20/30/30 @ 100C

Ah, this is good. Last sheng was a dissapointment so this one cheered me up! Powerful astringance, slightly bitter. But well balanced so its not unpleasnt. Did longer infusions this time around and it payed of! Since it late i stopped at 6. The taste lingers long in the mouth, a bit of a tail on this one. Good stuff!

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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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Thank you Yunnan Sourcing for this free sample!

Leaf Quality:
The smokey leaves were tightly compacted and were a bit dark, showing some degree of oxidation. The rinsed leaves were smokey, slightly earthy and reminiscent of tree bark and moss. The brewed leaves smelled very smokey and mossy as well.

Brewed Tea:
The first steeping proved to be rather strong given the short steep time. I halved it for the second brewing. Nice smokey notes as well as sweet moss and tree bark were prevalent. The light amber liquor had quite some character to it.
Second Steeping
Though the brew time was halved, I still noticed a little astringency or bitterness at the end of each sip. This wasn’t a negative quality, as I actually enjoyed the way that it blended with the other flavors. Each sip was slightly sweet, but this quality was easily overlooked by the smokiness and mossy notes.
Third Steeping
With this cup, I noticed floral notes. However, the smokiness remained the dominant flavor. Sweet, floral, and smoky were an interesting combination to drink. The bitterness was lighter than the first two brews.
Fourth Steeping
In this brew, I noticed a flavor like that of a fungus or mushrooms. This complimented the mossy and woody notes from the earlier brews. The smokiness was still present, and the floral notes grew stronger with the sweetness. This was my favorite steeping.

I really appreciate a nice Sheng pu-erh every once in a while. Again, Thank you for the free sample.

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A nice interesting sheng, it’s smokey, but not too smokey, minty (or something similar), strong and punchy, a little dry, and a bit rough from being the last crumbs from bottom of the sample bag. Also, really awesome iced. The price seems a little on the high side, but it’s certainly got personality, the worst thing a young sheng can be is bland and boring.

Edit: the interesting flavors faded way too quickly, leaving behind just an unpleasant strange sticky astringency, i think this one needs at least a few more years on it for that to age out.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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