2003 Changtai "Ji Nian / Memorial" Sheng / Raw Tuo

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Earth, Smoke, Vegetal, Bamboo, Dates, Hay, Musty, Sweet, Wet Earth, Peat, Wet Moss
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Use 4 oz / 117 ml of water
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Use 6 g of tea
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“First tasting of the day is 2003 Changtai sheng. I got this as part of the “what is pu’erh” set. I started by getting my little yixing pot and giving it a quick rinse. The rinse came back fairly...” Read full tasting note
“Got a 20 gram sample of this to try at teafest (which was awesome, btw) along with a few other things, although we didn’t linger too long to do tea tasting as Glen and Lamu already looked super...” Read full tasting note
“Very nice, reminded me of an early morning in the deep forest. Nice soup, sweet and earthy.” Read full tasting note
“This is pretty much the second time I have had pu’erh, and it is being enjoyed immensely. This tastes like wet earth, like others have said, but maybe a bit vegetal too. I get the sweetness of...” Read full tasting note


This aged sheng puerh comes from the Yunnan Changtai Tea Industry Group. They have been in the puerh business since the late 90’s. We had the chance to visit with them in Kunming this year. We blogged about that here: http://crimsonlotustea.com/blogs/puerh/12480085-sampling-aged-puerh-with-chang-tai

This 100 gram mini tuo is called “Ji Nian” which means “Memorial”. Changtai chose this name and blend to memorialize their history.

Changtai is well known for the quality of their early 2000’s puerh. Their master blenders created this blend from Menghai area Da Shu (Big Tree) puerh tea trees in 2003. It has been stored in hot, humid Xishuangbanna until this year. This blend is ungraded and contains both large leaves and tiny buds. The leaves are darker in color than the similar 2003 Changtai “Yuan Nian Shu / Ancient SouthWest” Sheng / Raw Tuo Cha and seemingly contains more large leaves.

This has all the emotion of a well aged sheng puerh. The warming leaves reveal an inviting, deep, dark musty aroma of age. As water washes the leaves a refreshing aroma of earthiness with a rich sweetness comes out. The liquor is a hue of dark amber. The flavor is smooth and thick with a strong mustiness. It is sweet and heavy without bitterness or astringency. It’s a very comforting experience that feels familiar.

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