2013 Yunnan Sourcing "Year of the Snake Red Label" Ripe Puerh

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Autumn Leaf Pile, Camphor, Caramel, Fruity, Musty, Earth, Mineral, Sweet, Smoke
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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 oz / 118 ml

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A premium ripe tea composed entirely from 6 and 4 years aged ripe tea from Lincang. Light to medium fermentation spring material from old plantation tea trees gives this tea a strong taste and mouth-feel. Nice huigan and noticeable cha qi! Will develop more texture and nuances with the passing of years.

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Looking through the cupboard while at a loss for a tea I particularly wished to drink, I put my hand into a pie and pulled out a plum. Well, actually I pulled this tea at random out of my pu samples tin, but that is a less vivid image so let’s ignore it.

The dry leaf in the sample was loose and chunky with an earthy smell. The liquor was thick and black, almost like coffee and the mouthfeel was the same, being full-bodied, smooth and thick. Taste-wise, it is earthy with a slight iron tang, some plum notes and a hint of honey. It is a no-nonsense enjoyable tea that feels nicely cooling and has a relaxing, friendly cha qi. For the price I think it is really good value, and I shall probably add a couple of beengs to my next Yunnan Sourcing order.

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Fast short steeps give you a large array of flavors/notes. Slight caramel/fruity back tones. A smooth brew without a over forced fermentation. I have been working on a cake for sometime, and just acquired 3 additional cakes to save. Good value.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Camphor, Caramel, Fruity, Musty

205 °F / 96 °C

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Ru Yao dragon teapot gong fu.

Dry leaves: light to medium musty.

Wet leaves: slightly more musty, old books,

Light steep: light minerals, light camphor, light earth, medium sweetness.


Medium steep: slightly more camphor, slightly more earth, light minerals. Medium sweetness.

Even more yummy!

Heavy steep: medium camphor, light minerals, medium sweetness. Medium earth, just under medium old books.

Best to steep heavy. Yum!

All in all this is an amazing tea!

I rate 100 and strongly recommend this tea!

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wet leaves


Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Camphor, Earth, Mineral, Musty, Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C 5 tsp 6 OZ / 165 ML

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I just wanted to make a review here ot mentioned it. It’s a good tea. Had a good mouth fell
and a lot of energy < cha qi >. I felt tea drunk most of the session. If I didn’t had the black
color in the cup, I’d have belived this was a raw puerh… It’s not bitter per say but it is
POTENT AS a lot of Menghai raw blends…

I did 6.6g/90ml… felt VERY ill… aproach this tea like a raw puerh… gently and with less
leaves that you would usually…

Edit: This was sampled off the transport… which sadly might have screwed me over. I’ll resamble and repost a new note in about a month.


Flavors: Smoke

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

I"m also stuck with a full cake as I never though a ripe could gut bomb me… that what I get for cake is a sample I guess!


see the edit… I’ll resample in a couple of week / months


Let it sit a while. It will improve a bit.

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2816 tasting notes

Happy Sunday evening Steepster….
It’s been a busy weekend and I’m at home here now relaxing and just taking care of some things. This is from the Yunnan Sourcing “dark tea of the month” club. Sorry but I can’t remember which month it arrived!

This is a very mild shu, which is good. I appreciate the light fermentation in this tea. I’ve been doing a few short steeps and picked up a coffee flavor, as well as a slight fruitiness. It has a nice mellow energy, which is good for reviving me a bit but hopefully won’t keep me up tonight! Overall this was a tasty shu but I don’t think I need to add more to the permanent collection.

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Sample included in one of my past YS orders. I enjoyed this one, though it doesn’t call out to me like others. This is a good puerh for folks who don’t want something overly intense but still offers some varying notes in it. There was almost the hint of smoke in this one…but i would never call this a smoky tea, if that makes sense. another smooth tasting tea and enjoyable earlier this morning.

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149 tasting notes

I much preferred this ripe pu-erh to the “Hong Kong” style I tried earlier. This was much softer, and felt more mature. It wasn’t musty but had a delicate sweetness to it.

I had to modify my brewing time because the first brew was quite weak (I guess the leaves hadn’t fully woken up), but the second brew created a very deep dark liquor.

A very faint smokiness on the second infusion that dissipated on the third that just revealed a sweetness. A very easy one to drink for a beginner like me!

New Ranking
Price = 100
Taste = 85
Representation = 80

New Rank = 88.33

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