Zheng Si Long 2018 Ge Deng

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Pu-erh Tea
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Apricot, Astringent, Bark, Bitter, Butter, Camphor, Caramel, Cherry, Cherry Blossom, Cherry Wood, Citrus, Creamy, Floral, Forest Floor, Fruit Punch, Fruit Tree Flowers, Fruity, Marine, Marshmallow, Menthol, Metallic, Mineral, Mint, Orchid, Osmanthus, Pancake Syrup, Peach, Rainforest, Rose, Smooth, Spicy, Sweet, Tannin, Thick, Vanilla, Vegetal, Wet Rocks
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  • “Unsure how to approach a note for this sheng from the Yiwu region, mostly because of its complexity. The long list of flavors at the end of this note (I also include aromas) is not a joke. Have...” Read full tasting note
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  • “One of my favorite tea mountains and a really good year for Yiwu area tea. Big, thick forest notes and smooth bitterness harmonizing with the sweetness. Notes of fruit and honey. Fairly long...” Read full tasting note

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Ge Deng Mountain lies within the six famous tea mountains. It borders Yibang, Mang Zhi and Man Zhuan. The tea is grown at an altitude of 1300 meters. Ge Deng tea is famous for its smoothness, its sweet aftertaste and powerful Qi.

This is a Spring tea made from ancient tea trees (Gushu).

This is a powerful and sweet tea. It was a strong aftertaste that lingers in mouth for a long time. It presents a cooling mouthfeel and it is thick. We have a very small amount of this tea available and once it’s gone we won’t be able to offer it anymore.

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Unsure how to approach a note for this sheng from the Yiwu region, mostly because of its complexity. The long list of flavors at the end of this note (I also include aromas) is not a joke. Have some stream of consciousness notes from a few different sessions…

Dry leaf smells of sweet tropical fruits and flowers, orchid, rose. Warm has a deep sweetness like butter-caramel-golden syrup and pungent fruit punch. The rinse hits with a big camphor-minty note first. Unlike any tea I’ve smelled before. Rainforest — fruits, flowers, bark, everything, wet. Incredibly fragrant.

First session Prepared 6.x grams in a 110mL clay teapot with a long pour, boiling water.]

First steep of 10s is so thick and bitter. Wow. Aroma is like bark and vanilla marshmallow that hits on sip and fills the mouth. Swallows into menthol spice in throat. Balanced.

Second steeps of 10s is the same. Feel like I have honey breath even though it doesn’t taste like honey. Lingering perfume. I’m kind of speechless. Feeling grounded.

I don’t know where I stopped with this session, maybe 8 steeps.

Second and third sessions Prepared 4g in a 60mL porcelain gaiwan, water off boiling, flash steeps for the first six]

First steep: Lingering peach-apricot-osmanthus-caramel aftertaste. Clean and mouthwatering. Full, thick body leaves an oily swallow.

Second: Same, balanced astringency and bitterness, almost warming but mostly cooling, feel it in my arms, deep.

Third: Smooth, medium viscosity down throat, vaporous cherry aftertaste.

Fourth: Creamy, caramel, mineral, wet rocks, saline, deep woody base. Feel it in shoulders and arms. Pulling back into myself, heady.

Fifth: Aroma of cherrywood and osmanthus. Savory taste. Starting to feel bite in throat and some acid.

Sixth: Almost citrus tinge, metallic, seawater. I feel pink and brown. Flower petals reflected in clear stream water, can see different colored river rocks and pebbles beneath.

Seventh: Finally notice returning sweetness, cherry blossom aftertaste, still very cooling. Tired but active mind, sheng burps.

Went several more steeps, trailing off with notes.

I would need a cake to get a good grasp on this tea. It has a lot of dynamic qualities and a punchiness that I wasn’t expecting from a Yiwu tea. The sweetness also isn’t at the forefront like I’ve experienced with other Yiwu. This is some really good leaf.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Bark, Bitter, Butter, Camphor, Caramel, Cherry, Cherry Blossom, Cherry Wood, Citrus, Creamy, Floral, Forest Floor, Fruit Punch, Fruit Tree Flowers, Fruity, Marine, Marshmallow, Menthol, Metallic, Mineral, Mint, Orchid, Osmanthus, Pancake Syrup, Peach, Rainforest, Rose, Smooth, Spicy, Sweet, Tannin, Thick, Vanilla, Vegetal, Wet Rocks

ashmanra

Lots of enticing sounding flavors there!

Martin Bednář

I agree with ashmanra completely!

mrmopar

Enabling me to buy based off your review…..

Natethesnake

I have a cake of this and the 19. Excellent tea. A real shame I read most old Gedeng trees were cut down to plant tobacco and rubber. Some say the Mangzhi teas are similar but I’ve yet to find one that wows me. Gedeng like Yibang it’s own thing.

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One of my favorite tea mountains and a really good year for Yiwu area tea. Big, thick forest notes and smooth bitterness harmonizing with the sweetness. Notes of fruit and honey. Fairly long steeper. Nice drowsing yet alerting and contemplative qi. This is sold as gushu but I’m not sure of the age of the trees as the leaves are firm but the stems are significantly thinner than some top shelf GeDeng teas I’ve had. Those teas were twice the price and somewhat better than this tea but not twice as good…diminishing returns. If you want a solid GeDeng tea at a reasonable price this is the one I recommend.

derk

Yiwu teas haven’t done much for me yet, but this one…

Nearly $0.71/g though. This has to be the most expensive sheng I’ve tried.

Natethesnake

It’s $.58g if you buy the cake. The 2016&17 are much less but lack the punch the 18 has. Still not cheap but most other good teas from Gedeng start at $1. The same is true of most of the more potent Yiwu teas with real intense character and heady qi, like the border area teas from WanGong, GFZ etc. that often bring $1.50. Certain Yibang teas bring $3 as maocha. Ouch. The more affordable Yiwus tend to be the milder delicate teas like Walong and Gaoshan which do very little for me…but…in the past I’ve said the same about Manzhuan teas and called them polite as an insult but have grown to appreciate their delicacy in flavor and qi. Some of the YS Autumn teas like the Yibang have a good bang for the buck but high end Yiwu is generally quite pricy and unfortunately my favorite. Some lower grade teas are available but for the money I’d rather buy an old arbor northern tea like boundless by EOT or a Mengku area…

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