2012 Yunnan Sourcing Dragon of Jing Mai Ripe Cake 100g

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 oz / 118 ml

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Our first ripe production of 2012. Expertly fermented 2011 material from Jing Mai area of Lancang county (Simao) was graded and pressed into this lovely 100 gram mini cake. Tea cake is composed of gong ting, te ji and grade 1 leaves and is the same consistency on the front, back and inside the cake. Light to medium fermentation gives this tea a strong taste and which stays in the mouth after drinking. High quality material appropriate for longer term aging!

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Last time I had this tea was 7 months ago. I was feeling like some rough ripe pu’er before my meal and after and what a meal! BBQ beef tritip, roasted potatoes and homemade new york cheesecake with my home canned strawberry preserves ontop!

Felt this pu’er changed a bit in flavor – it was much less fermentation, clay and abrasive notes. Actually sipped in with a bit of smoothness, which was a change from the woodsy, campy, charred charizard earth notes from before.
My original review – http://oolongowl.com/2012-dragon-jing-mai-puer-yunnan-sourcing-oolong-owl-tea-review/

The tea went really well with the meal, but majority of it I drank with and after dessert. Pu’er with cheesecake? Why not. Pretty happy with this little shu pu’er cake, especially since I paid like $6 for it.


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This tea definitely needs to be given some time to mellow out, but I think it will be nice given a year or so of aging.

Dry cake: The dry leaves have a nice milk chocolaty color with a good number of golden buds mixed in. The cake compression seems ideal (to this newb anyway), its pretty tight, but still loose enough to break apart without too much damage to the leaves.

1st infusion: I gave it a wash and brewed the first infusion; yuck! Tastes like a cup of fermentation. It really wasn’t worth drinking, so I transferred it to a cup to pour over my teapot.

2nd-5th: These were much more drinkable. There is still a some fermentation taste, but it was much less and joined by flavors of chocolate, celery, and oak.

5th-8th: This is where this cake shines. It still has a bit of compost flavor, but the “tea flavors” really come through with notes of date, pecan, cocoa powder, and red wine.

9th-10th: These were weaker, but otherwise like 5-8, and this is where I cut it off.

This isn’t the greatest right now, but I think it will be a nice tea.

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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The lightness of this ripe through me in earlier sessions…during today’s session I made sure to include a lot more finer material because I wanted a strong, darker brew right off the bat.

Earlier steepings had a sweet, dark-reddish liquor with cherry and a hint of rehydrated dried mushrooms. Later steepings flavors tapered off into an earthiness with some sweet. The wet leaf smelled roasted. I detected no body feeling after or during the session.

The value of ripe is okay. I could see this as an approachable choice for someone starting out with ripe pu-erh. For myself, I needed more earthiness and/or mushroominess. In future sessions will I have to let the dragon romp in the fields more, ie fewer longer steepings or grandpa style brewing.

Additional brewing parameters: 6g leaf, 120ml gaiwan, 2 rinses, steepings 1-4: 10-15 seconds, steepings 4-8: 20-35 seconds.

Picked up a cake at Yunnansourcing.com. Another tea drinker has written about this tea here: http://oolongowl.com/2012-dragon-jing-mai-puer-yunnan-sourcing-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Flavors: Cherry, Mushrooms


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So this was a nice little surprise!

It needed 2 rinses because it does still have some fermentation flavor, but once those are done, it’s very mild and pleasant. I don’t get a ton of distinguishable flavors, but I enjoyed this tea very much. For $7 per cake, I can’t really find anything bad to say. I would consider this to be a good daily drinker!

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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