2012 Royal Ripe 100

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Pu Erh Tea
Flavors
Dates, Earth, Leather, Sweet
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Average preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 oz / 110 ml

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  • “Sipdown and my “afternoon” puerh. When Garrett first sent me a sample of this one he hadn’t yet given it a proper name, but i confirmed with him that this is the same tea :) Happy to finally be...” Read full tasting note
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  • “According to Mandala, this is organically grown in pure soil and fresh air and picked/processed in April of 2012. This Gong Ting (Imperial Court) had a very dark dense liquor color, similar to...” Read full tasting note
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Fit for a king or queen, this little gem will grace your palace with richness and joy! Grown organically in pure soil and fresh air and picked/processed in April of 2012, this high grade gong ting (royal grade) tea is a real palate pleaser. Gong ting is the smallest grade of leaf used in ripe pu’er processing and in the past was the grade reserved only for royalty. Abracadabra, you are now royalty!

Rich and earthy, with date and fruit notes, it is at once balanced and energizing, sweet and dark. This tea holds up well to 6 or 7 solid steeps gong fu style and simply must also be tried Western style as well with one long and strong steep. Welcome to the dark side!

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Sipdown and my “afternoon” puerh. When Garrett first sent me a sample of this one he hadn’t yet given it a proper name, but i confirmed with him that this is the same tea :) Happy to finally be giving this a try (i always feel bad when my samples from Garrett sit for so long) but also a little sad that I hadn’t really tracked it as being in my cupboard so no progress there in terms of sipdowns haha.

mmmmm short steeps – that familiar leather, earth aroma i adore. Familiar Mandala puerh :) This didn’t change much through the multiple steepings but it was what i wanted it to be. I think I prefer some of Garrett’s other offerings (noble mark, special dark) but I’d be happy enough to have this back in my cupboard some day to give is another few run downs. It’d also be a good one to drink western i think – more of a rich dark earthy/leathery profile would come through. Today is a good day. :)

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According to Mandala, this is organically grown in pure soil and fresh air and picked/processed in April of 2012.

This Gong Ting (Imperial Court) had a very dark dense liquor color, similar to strong coffee. The small (young) dark wet leaves smelled of strong leather and earth, rich forest soil. The flavor of the liquor had leather notes, but rather gentle, mild… Surprisingly not overwhelming considering the strong aroma. It also had the classic earthy notes. No fishy or dirt notes. In later steeps, I got some fruit notes of prunes or figs which gave it a slight sweetness but throughout the entire process, it mainly consisted of leather, earth, topsoil notes. I’m pretty sure my inexperienced ability is at fault here as far as being able to detect other notes but I still enjoyed all steeps regardless hehe. It’s full-bodied, rich, smooth, and a delicate soft mouth-feel, creamy, with a rich aftertaste of fresh damp earth.

212˚F, 110ml, 14 steeps:rinse, 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 30s, 35s, 40s, 45s, 50s, 55s, 60s, 65s, 75s (3:17 am… I think it outlasted me. Stopping now lol)

Flavors: Dates, Earth, Leather, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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