2012 Yunnan Sourcing "Yong De Blue Label" Ripe Pu-erh tea cake

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Cacao, Chocolate, Smoke, Cocoa, Vanilla, Wood, Earth, Smoked, Rose
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200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 14 oz / 421 ml

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Our Blue Label production celebrates the tail end of this Year of the Dragon. We selected the highest quality ripe tea fermented from Yong De county spring harvest material. Unlike most cakes from large producers our Blue Label cake is blended from mostly small leaf grade material with plenty of golden fermented buds. We have also blended a large percentage of gong ting into this cake.

The tea itself is an aromatic affair, with hints of camphor and molasses. Although young it delivers a thick and full soup with a nice mouthfeel not unlike a good raw tea. A high quality tea worthy of aging that is also priced affordably. Stock up on a tong or two for future years!

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

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252 tasting notes

Had this over the course of the last two days. It has been a good cup to come home to after the cold weather. This tea seems to be lightly fermented. It gives an oak type note with sweetness and a touch of bitterness but not in an unpleasant way. I think the high bud count in this will make it sweeter in the future. I don’t quite get the molasses in it but this has been a good tea and it re-steeps very well. A good buy for a younger shou to age. 15 grams in the Yixing started with a 10 second steep and added 5 to each from there. Pretty solid cake.

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

Pretty label.


Agreed. Very nice label! I am sure its a fine tea as well.


Yeah the label with the Dragon got me.

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10 tasting notes

Just starting in the world of Pu-ehr so I don’t have the best vocabulary yet. This one is enjoyable overall.
Scent of wet wood from liquor. Aroma of sweet candy from lid. Cacao, smokey flavor, yet very smooth and not bitter at all. Sweet actually.

Brewed in my glass flask as close to Gung Fu style as I can get. Quick steeps.

Flavors: Cacao, Chocolate, Smoke

190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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191 tasting notes

I didn’t really enjoy this shou much at all. I guess it’s just not to my tastes yet :) I used 8g in 100ml at 200F.


You should try dialing back the leaf to water ratio a bit. This tea has alot of small leaves and will hit quickly as a result (especially when compared with larger leaf ripe pu’erh). I’d try it again using half the amount of leaf. If you want to strengthen your brew later, I’d add leaves as it brews out.

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12 tasting notes

A very nice tea for its price, has a very nice sweet vanilla/cocoa aroma. First couple of steeps brew up rather sweet. It balances out nicely after the first few steeps, was able to steep this quite a few times. Would definitely make a good daily drinker, although I didn’t really enjoy the first few steeps.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Vanilla, Wood

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

i tried this before i think


Yea I checked and I guess you have, I got this one from last months tea of the month club.


was it a full review? i forget if i did one or not

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46 tasting notes

Found this tea smooth and mellow, with what I can only describe as “chocolately-ness” . The liquor maintained a dark brown even after 8 steepings in my 120 ml gaiwan. Aroma found was leather, ripe fruit and smoke.

The initial smoothness carried on throughout my entire session. I over all I found the flavor rather one dimensional (no dramatic or interesting changes during my session (10+ steepings)). Though the taste was pleasant I think I will save up for the more illusive multidimensional ripe pu-erh or a a raw with just a bit of age.

No chi or body feeling was noticed after or during the session.

Additional brewing parameters: 7g leaf, 10-15 second steepings #1-5, 30 sec-1 min steepings #6-11.

Purchased sample from Yunnansourcing.com. Another tea drinker has commented about this tea here: http://teadb.org/ys-yong-de-blue/

Flavors: Chocolate

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1111 tasting notes

Another new sample to try! YAY!

I drank this one all day. It is a solid shu. I found the first couple of steeps to be quite sweet, but also had a lot of camphor notes. Apparently I like camphor notes in sheng but not shu… After that the steeps were more balanced, and quite nice. I will definitely finish the rest of my sample but this is not one I would seek out to purchase. I love trying new teas though, it’s my favorite! :D


Give it a year or so and it will change a bit.


I love camphor notes.

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255 tasting notes

This is a very affordable (currently $17.50 for a 357g cake) flavorful everyday ripe puerh. Moderately compressed cake making it quite easy to pick off leaves to brew. Chocolate brown leaf interspersed with many golden tea buds. Good woody flavor with decent energy. The dark tea soup presents a low level of sweetness with definite cocoa and berry undertones. No real bitterness. Enjoyed six dark infusions and I think I could have probably used the leaves a few more times

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

Oh hey I am drinking this today too! :D


Good thinking – I found it to be surprisingly delicious!


Hard to beat the value on these YS ripe pu’erh cakes. Decent tea for exceedingly reasonable prices.


jschergen – I agree!

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390 tasting notes

time for a full review :)

the smell of the dry leaf is a lot like my other pu-ehr review :) a nice musty smell

the smell of the steeped tea is nice and smooth with a somewhat smokey smell

the taste is somewhat smokey but has taste of roses and smooth and somewhat like a black tea :)

I am going to keep the score the same :)

Flavors: Earth, Rose, Smoke

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 25 OZ / 750 ML

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