Shen Gu You Lan 2012 Raw

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Apricot, Astringent, Caramel, Leather, Menthol, Plums, Rose, Spices, Bitter, Floral, Fruity, Sweet
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Average preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 7 oz / 210 ml

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  • “For a key to my rating scale, check out my bio. Flavor is mildly complex but too light and eventually quite astringent. Fuller body notes than the other Tea Urchin teas I’ve tried but still quite...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Breaking this one out after the "Chairman"was a bit indecisive tonight. I received this courtesy of a tea friend to try. I read the vendors note and am fairly excited to try this one. The sample I...” Read full tasting note
  • “A lovely tea acquired from Tea Urchin. It has a touch of fruitiness, the good kind of bitterness, and a well balanced young pu erh flavor that held up well to a good number of steepings. It seems...” Read full tasting note
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深谷幽兰 “Shen Gu You Lan” is the name given to Legend of Puer’s signature cakes from the Da Xue Shan 大雪山 and Bingdao 冰岛 regions. This tea was produced in early Spring, 2012, from 500-600 year old trees growing in a single grove above 1,900m on Dongbanshan 东半山. The trees were picked on March 16th and again on the 27th, adding complexity and sweetness. This is an exceptional tea, packing plenty of chaqi and an intense huigan. We think it’s hands down Legend of Puer’s best cake ever.

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For a key to my rating scale, check out my bio.

Flavor is mildly complex but too light and eventually quite astringent. Fuller body notes than the other Tea Urchin teas I’ve tried but still quite weak.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Caramel, Leather, Menthol, Plums, Rose, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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Breaking this one out after the "Chairman"was a bit indecisive tonight. I received this courtesy of a tea friend to try. I read the vendors note and am fairly excited to try this one.
The sample I was sent had 7 grams so I brought out the Gaiwan on this one. I am trying to season a new Yixing and I was afraid it would soak up a lot of this teas character. The dry leaf has a pleasant fruity and flowery aroma to it. I gave it a quick rinse and then steeped it. a 5 second or so steep done 3 times and into a 10 oz. mug. This tea pits up a sharpness quality to it. A good mix of the bitter and sweet and a nice little tingle to it. To be a young sheng it really doesn’t carry the astringent quality of many young teas but it has a good strength to it. The sharpness from earlier in the note is how quick those notes arrive in the cup. Some teas take a while to “put it on you”, but this is a straight to the point one.
I am enjoying this pretty well but only one cup tonight as the day starts early tomorrow and I don’t want this to interfere with me counting sheep tonight.
Getting a little brown sugar and/or caramel notes as it cools a bit.

Flavors: Bitter, Caramel, Floral, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
KittyLovesTea

Oooohhhh this one sounds delightful!

mrmopar

Wish I could afford a cake of this…

DarkStar

Thanks for your notes mrmopar. I have been wanting to try Tea Urchin’s puerh for some time now (well over a year), but always got distracted by other vendors for some reason. Your posting has reminded me that I really need to get some samples from Tea Urchin. Their Guafengzhai 2012 in particular is really tempting me…thanks again.

mrmopar

I like like like this one DarkStar. Very nicely done tea for sure.

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A lovely tea acquired from Tea Urchin. It has a touch of fruitiness, the good kind of bitterness, and a well balanced young pu erh flavor that held up well to a good number of steepings. It seems like it would have the potential to age well, it just has that feel to it, though I suppose one never knows. The cha qi was really different, it wasn’t overly stimulating but rather facilitated a calm alertness. The only downside is the price – a cake comes in at just over $100. If it were half that, I’d buy it in a heartbeat. The sample came as a freebie with a recent order.

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