2011 Yunnan Sourcing "Ai Lao Mountain" Wild Arbor Pu-erh tea cake

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Grass, Honey, Orange Zest, Camphor, Olive Oil
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 7 oz / 200 ml

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  • “Got a sample of this at the urging of one of our fellow sheng peers here on Steepster. It is a great choice if you are looking for a safe to drink young sheng. Kind of like YS Wu Liang. Very...” Read full tasting note
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    Rdeitz 96 tasting notes
  • “This tea has really mellowed in the last two years. It brews to a light orange color, and is both gentle and flavorful. Interesting flavors of grass, oranges, and honey linger in my taste with...” Read full tasting note
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    javan 35 tasting notes

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Entirely first flush of spring 2011 material from high altitude Ai Lao mountain. The Ai Lao mountains peak out at about 3200 meters, making them second only to Wu Liang Shan as the highest mountains in Simao prefecture. The Ai Lao mountain range is in the county of Jingdong which borders Chu Xiong prefecture. This tea is grown in the area of Ai Lao known as Wang Jia village (王家村) at an altitude of 2200 meters making this some of the highest altitude pu-erh in existance. The trees are healthy 200 year old trees growing naturally on steep hillsides and ridges. These tea gardens are arguably some of the remotest tea gardens in all of Yunnan. Lack of roads and access has kept the environment of this area in good condition, mao cha prices are significantly lower than comparable Banna teas, making this an affordable yet.

The tea itself is aromatic with hints of orchid aroma (兰香), and a strong mouth-feel. This tea (in its young age) is more subtle than the Wu Liang Lan Xiang cake with less bitterness and a stronger aroma. The leaves are fatter and more burly than the Wu Liang tea. It features lots of hairy buds that make it somewhat resemble its close neighbor Jinggu mountain teas. Honey and grass essences are present in this thick soupy tea!

This tea was compressed in a small tea factory near Kunming where stone presses were used. Low temperature “baking” was used to dry these cakes after the compression process thus preserving their integrity! The cakes are wrapped in Dai Minority hand-made paper and then bundled into bamboo leaf “tongs” with seven cakes per tong.

In total just 150 kilograms of this tea has been produced

Net Weight: 400 grams per cake (7 cakes per bamboo leaf tong)
Compression date: May, 2011
Harvest time: Late March 2011
Harvest Area: Wang Jia village of Jingdong county, Simao Prefecture
Total Production amount: 150 kilograms

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3 Tasting Notes

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96 tasting notes

Got a sample of this at the urging of one of our fellow sheng peers here on Steepster. It is a great choice if you are looking for a safe to drink young sheng. Kind of like YS Wu Liang. Very floral, kind of tasted like honey and pollen. I know, you are saying to yourself ’he’s never tasted pollen’ but it probably tastes like this. Sweet with no bitterness. The first couple infusions had a nice huigan, but that faded quickly. Pretty high kick factor if that is something you desire in your sheng. Also very reasonably priced at $34 currently.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve tasted pollen :)
There are definitely teas out there that taste like pollen to me!
I placed a YS order today, & this one almost made it into my basket, coincidentally.

mrmopar

It’s pretty good Terri.

Rich

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35 tasting notes

This tea has really mellowed in the last two years. It brews to a light orange color, and is both gentle and flavorful. Interesting flavors of grass, oranges, and honey linger in my taste with increased salivation, and a slight touch of bitterness at the end. An altogether pleasant experience.

Flavors: Grass, Honey, Orange Zest

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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