Large Leaf from Old Trees Pu-erh

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Pu Erh Tea
Flavors
Cinnamon, Dirt, Earth, Mud, petrichor, Smooth, Spices, Sweet, Wet Earth, Wet Rocks
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Edit tea info Last updated by Kawaii433
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 oz / 115 ml

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  • “8g of huge dry brittle medium brown leaves, the kind when you’re walking along a path, and they crunch underneath your feet. They barely fit in my teapot. The dry leaves smelled of dust, soil,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “A cave of time immemorial. The outline of the falcon above. A sinking of the body into cool mineral soil. Libraries of worn braille in stone. Thick, smooth creases in the mumbling, shifting...” Read full tasting note
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From The Phoenix Collection

Bulk loose leaf at Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco, CA.

According to the current (01/19) tealist on the Phoenix Collection website, there are 6 different Large Leaf from Old Trees Pu-erh. Perhaps this tea is one of them:

Large Leaf from Old Trees Lot # 89115, circa 1996 5602
Large Leaf from Old Trees Jing Gu Da Ye 5603
Large Leaf from Old Trees Mengsong Mountains (?), Lot # 89095, circa 1996 5615
Large Leaf from Old Trees Lancang Mountains, Lot # 89105, circa 1996 5616
Large Leaf from Old Trees Simao, Lot #17, Last Century Production 5617
Large Leaf from Old Trees 5619

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8g of huge dry brittle medium brown leaves, the kind when you’re walking along a path, and they crunch underneath your feet. They barely fit in my teapot. The dry leaves smelled of dust, soil, dirt. The liquor was super dark, like espresso. The rinse smelled of wet earth, mud, and dirt. After the first infusion, the aroma changed. The liquor had a strong earthy, wet and rich soil aroma, and now a very faint aroma of dirt. The taste and feel were really not what I expected from the aroma either. First of all, mouth and throat feel. What comfort. It was so smooth, almost slick on my tongue, no astringency at all… And yet, the finish gave me a very slight powdery feeling or graininess on the tip of my tongue.

The way I’m going to describe the taste may not sound so appealing. It was like digging up a huge tree, and taking a bite of the roots. I know, I know, sounds strange but it is uniquely good. I looked forward to more infusions. In the second and third infusion, I got some spice, cinnamon-like, some minerals, some wet rocks. As I went through infusion after infusion, it was indeed relaxing, calming, each time looking forward to filling my teapot up. The finish was a subtle sweetness, with a little spice in the exhale, root-earthy-rock mixture. Hard to describe but it was an experience and I swear, if I were creative, this tea could help me write about nature.

Thank you so much, Derk for this experience :D

Yixing teapot, 8g, 130ml, 205°F, who know how many steeps, 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 65s, 75s, 85s… Etc.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Dirt, Earth, Mud, petrichor, Smooth, Spices, Sweet, Wet Earth, Wet Rocks

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 tsp 4 OZ / 130 ML
mrmopar

I am meeting Derk today in Cali. Todd will be joining us too.

Kawaii433

Ahhh that’s wonderful!. I just know you’ll all have a great time <3. Enjoy your tea and company.

mrmopar

I know. Can’t wait! I brought goodies..

Kawaii433

I hope you had fun :D. What tea did you all drink together?

derk

At an Ethiopian restaurant, we commandeered a few tables by an accessible power outlet. With a couple platters of food set out, Todd, mrmopar and I drank puerh while mrmopar’s equal half had an Ethiopian coffee. We had a very powerful and bitter Jing Dong, a 2013 NaKa, a 2003 Menghai 7542 and something else? I think I overdosed on great tea and even better company!

Kawaii433

Oooh that sounds wonderful and so fun, Derk <3

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A cave of time immemorial. The outline of the falcon above. A sinking of the body into cool mineral soil. Libraries of worn braille in stone. Thick, smooth creases in the mumbling, shifting faces. Blind? No, I can see.

Do you remember? How could you forget.
It’s in your blood, it’s in your bones.
In these wet leaves, I know my home.

I purchased this Large Leaf from Old Trees Pu-erh from the bulk tea section at Rainbow Grocery. I was surprised to see several puerh from the Phoenix Tea Collection as well as a few daily drinkers, green and black. I’m not sure what prompted me to purchase this puerh since the dry leaf looks like it’s had better days, like an ancient pile of dry autumn leaves, ragged and with several large stems. Curiosity again?

It smells like what I imagine the best of aged puerh smells like. There are notes of clean soil and a very particular savory and spicy medicinal smell that I’m close to placing but just can’t get there. A hint of date syrup lies underneath. Warming and rinsing really brings all those notes forward, no new additions. The wet leaf shimmers like velvet under the light.

The first steep of 10s is a clear dark orange-red, thick, oily, and so smooth with a really pleasant soil note backed up by a strong minerality and savory quality. Silky, astringency and bitterness nowhere to be found. It retains this strength in character for many steeps. Right before I substantially increase the steep times, a very persistent and strong returning date sweetness emanates from my throat. I lost track of the number of steeps because I was in such a relaxed state, but the tea just faded away nicely, not leaving me wishing there was more to the session. Perfect.

I am so grateful to have tried a puerh with so much age. It’s an incredible tea and I’m regretting not purchasing more than one session’s worth. Though that does make for a good excuse to go on a day long bike ride from my new residence up north to the Phoenix Tea Collection and Museum in Lagunitas where I can hopefully purchase more.

Recommended for experienced puerh drinkers. This might be overwhelming or too strong of a flavor for a lot of people.

More reviews of what I think is the same tea can be found here: https://steepster.com/teas/chicago-tea-garden/10957-large-leaf-from-old-trees-pu-erh
As you can see, it has mixed reception.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Hris

I just love teas that evoke a narrative, engaging all the senses and capturing the imagination. It makes the experience so much more special.

derk

Well said, Hris.

Nattie

Your tasting notes always make me want to try teas I’m almost certain I wouldn’t appreciate enough.

derk

Nattie, who knows, maybe you would!

Nattie

Maybe! Historically I have rarely loved pu-erh, but my tastes have been changing lately…

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