Jingmai Single Trees 2014

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Astringent, Floral, Grass, Hay, Honey, Lemon, Powdered sugar, Sugar, Sugarcane, Sweet, Wood, Thick
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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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This tea was made in early spring 2014 by Yubai. It is called single trees because the fresh leaves used were picked from very old tea trees on the main plateau of Jingmai mountain. Old tea trees material o give a richer mouthfeel, with a typical oily aspect in the mouth. Another characteristic of old-growth tea is a refreshing feeling that spreads from the back of the mouth to the throat, similar to mint or camphor; this is called Huigan in Chinese. The depth and strength of Huigan is an important criterion to consider when appreciating the quality of Pu-erh tea.

There are thousands of very old tea trees on Jingmai mountain. They proved themselves tough enough to stand the test of time, withstanding once-in-a-century harsh frosts and other severe weather episodes. The protection of the forest is a determining factor in their survival through the ages, most of them grow under the shade of tall trees. It helps keep the temperatures stable and enhance biodiversity and nutrient recycling in the tea garden ecosystem.

Single trees material can be hard to source. When the Spring harvest is in full swing, many tea makers want to buy the leaves. Only family relatives or good friends can give you those precious leave. In 2014, Yubai managed to produce 40kg of single tree tea and we still have a couple of cakes in our storehouse.

As you might expect, this is not a tea for every day. It will please you most during a focused tea session, brewed over a dozen times in a gaiwan or an elegant Chinese teapot. You will be able to enjoy the honey fragrance of Jingmai mountain slowly built for you in the ancient tea gardens. The Huigan is long-lasting and the mouthfeel is thick. This tea is still in its young days, but signs of maturity make it different from a tea made in the year. It was stored in Puer since its pressing.

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My first Farmer Leaf tea. This was a relatively mellow sheng that actually got more bitter in the later steeps. Not bad, not great. Just so-so.

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While finishing The OA today, I was able to brew this out 14 times.
The leaf has nothing unique when looking at it, but like most of the Jingmai raws… it’s very light and easy to drink.

Slight viscosity, end note comes through as sweet, up front high notes of vibrant honey that are masked by some bitterness which may end up being overcome through age; damn you toddle, grow up already.

Anyways: This is probably the honey comparison to spring bangdong when it comes to price, ease of brewing, accessibility, and potential; bangdong being the floral.

All that to say, this brews out one clean cup after another.

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Jingmai was all the hype in 2015, and I think the craze is dying down some and moving into other areas. Personally, I think Jingmai is a good place for easy drinkers. This tea fits into that category. The leaves are loosely compressed and offer aromas of honey, hay, grass, floral, and light lemon. I warmed up my shibo and placed some inside. The scent opens into a sweet buffalo grass with candied fruits and tangy syrup. I washed the leaves once and prepared for brewing. The taste begins with a honey sweet thickness. The brew is intensely sugary sweet with a smooth sticky finish. I can note a light astringent tone present. The brew continues in this manner; however. there is no depth or complexity to the brew. The brew falters a bit and moves from sweet into woody and hay. The huigan ends once the transit takes place. The tea is somewhat bland and basic, IMO. I couldn’t feel any qi. This is a good easy drinker, but I don’t view it as anything more.

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Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Grass, Hay, Honey, Lemon, Powdered sugar, Sugar, Sugarcane, Sweet, Wood

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

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Third sample from Farmerleaf that we’re trying. Nice gold liquor, and I sipped a bit of the wash of this one and it tasted quite sweet. I notice a distinct richness from the first steep with nice huigan. Nice, oily mouthfeel that becomes increasingly more apparent as the tea cools. A nice, honey-like sweetness up front emerges over a few steeps.

Simply put, very enjoyable!

Flavors: Honey, Thick, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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