2018 Spring Yiwu Guoyoulin

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Pu-erh Tea
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Pu Erh Tea Leaves
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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “Was sent this tea from CLT as a gift to make up for a booboo that happened with an order. Otherwise would probably not have tried this tea. Thanks Glen and Lamu. I drank this at least 10 days ago....” Read full tasting note
  • “This is the same material as the single sessions, but I really wanted a cake, and CLT was kind enough to oblige. Thank you so much Glen and Lamu! I really enjoyed this experience. 1st steep: Soft,...” Read full tasting note
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Deep in Yiwu is the Guoyoulin. The Guoyoulin (国有林 pronounced gwo-yoo-lean) is a state protected forest and nature preserve. Tea farmers used to live there. When the nature preserve was created the Chinese government paid to move the farmers to a new village. The old growth tea trees remained in the forest. As part of the relocation agreement a select few are allowed to return to Guoyoulin to pick twice a year.

This is a unique tea. We introduced this material as single session experiences last year. We took the extra material we had and pressed 2 cakes this year. That’s all, just 2 cakes. This is one of those extra special sheng puerh tea experiences that really stands out.

This tea brews crisp, clean and clear. You can taste the forest. It is a soft and delicate tea with great mouthfeel and tea energy. This is a tea worth experiencing. Drink it with your whole heart.

This is a difficult tea to pick. The nearest town is more than 10km away. The roads are unpaved and only get you so far. There is a river that can only be crossed by foot when it is low. After that you need to hike 2-3km through the jungle just to get to the tea trees. We took video of our journey as we explored this amazing garden.

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Was sent this tea from CLT as a gift to make up for a booboo that happened with an order. Otherwise would probably not have tried this tea. Thanks Glen and Lamu.

I drank this at least 10 days ago. I didn’t want to write about it right away because it was a special experience and wanted to make sure that this review imparts the essence of the experience in some way and not just describe the tea in the usual quantitative/qualitative way.

What this tea is is a taste of what tea would be like for the first time. A taste of what someone who has never been exposed to tea would experience during their first tea session. Imagine possessing all the adoration and love for tea that you have now but with a palate that has become a clean slate, and a taste vocabulary/memory that has also been wiped clean.

CLT said they broke this tea up into single sessions so that as many people could experience it as possible. I get it.

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This is the same material as the single sessions, but I really wanted a cake, and CLT was kind enough to oblige. Thank you so much Glen and Lamu! I really enjoyed this experience.

1st steep: Soft, but bright and fruity – perhaps del monte fruit salad… but the one without cherries. very sweet – feel alert immediately.

2nd: This steep has a bit of an edge – sort of peppery on the aftertaste. dances on the tongue – hard to describe – feel immersed in the taste-experience

3: very strong returning sweetness – does not seem to fade

4. need to poop. Sorry to those of you who don’t want to hear that, but I’m recording my experience here, and some teas have that effect on me. The taste (of the tea) is like fresh forest air. clean and crisp. with sweet notes floating on top like a birds song. I feel the effect of this tea mostly in my head, but some warmth in my shoulders and upper back as well.

5. Feeling very stimulated as I start this 5th cup. This is a potent tea. The texture is thick and smooth like melted butter, the flavors open and airy… like standing in the woods with my mouth open. the note of sweetness (rock candy now) is just delightful.

6. now I’m getting a mineral taste, like pottery, and a faint nuttyness… like cashews. The returning sweetness may be stronger than the taste when the tea is actually in my mouth.

7. The flavors have now all rounded out and melded together so they seem like one continuous flavor… this frequently seems to mark the beginning of late steeps to me, as if the taste profile is now fully developed… or something. also, my pen is having a hard time keeping up with my brain, and I keep starting to write the next word before I finish the current word, so there are many scribbles on this page.

8. mineral and bazooka joe bubble gum. Laser focus.

9. I’ll try not to complain about “long” steeps everytime I write tasting notes… but almost a minute!?! cummon! mmm… delmonte fruit cocktail again.

10. My co-worker just stopped by my cubicle to comment on how I’m sitting. Fully reclined in my office chair (as far as an office chair reclines) straight lounging… with my teacup held approximately at eye level, perhaps a just hair above. The real joy of this tea is in between the sips – big, mouth-filling sweetness. I just might still be tasting this tea tomorrow!

11. I think I’ve said enough. I’m going to put my pen down and enjoy these last few steeps without thinking too hard about it.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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