2002 Gu Fo Aged Ripe Puerh Tea Brick

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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 6 oz / 180 ml

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This tea brick has been aged for 13 years in Guangdong dry storage. The tea is ripened tea leaves from Menghai area tea leaves. The leaves are coarse but because they have been fermented and aged for so long, they taste wonderfully smooth and sweet.

Smooth tea that can’t be over-brewed and has a super transparent burgundy tea soup.

250 grams per brick

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338 tasting notes

Us drinking shou puerh:

Tastes like sweet sweet old wet cardboard

Everyone else:

Wtf is wrong with you

Flavors: Sweet


Ha! Isn’t that the truth.


i think people are turned off by the earth/fermentation taste/smell. my one friend cannot stand shou unless it has little to no fermentation taste/smell. my friend relates it to manure


sorry if that sounded inappropriate. however that’s the truth. that’s what she told me


This one is pretty good and clean in terms of fermentation taste, It is heavier on that aged woody/book/forest leaf pile note. And I mean that as a compliment to the tea. :)

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1113 tasting notes

This was the ugliest tea I have set eyes on. Looks like a birds nest that was stepped on outside, picked up, and placed in my Kamjove.

I actually looked at it for awhile because I couldn’t bring myself to pour hot water over something like that… and then I remembered, a lot of tea looks this way.

I ended up steeping this six times and work and realized that it isn’t very strong for a ripe. It’s somewhat mellow which for some is a positive, but I like my sheng mellow and my ripe strong. Light color are light and dark colors are dark, for me that is how it works. This would one to drink while eating though!


you want strong tea? try young shou. a lot of the young ones i’ve had are strong :)

Liquid Proust

Green Miracle, YS. Best young ripe yet.


can you inbox me or message me on fb with the link to this product?


I have the green miracle being given to me at Christmas…. tell no one!!


if that is the wrong one, please let me know


@mrmopar inbox me with your review when you do one case i miss it


Be glad to. I just have to wait to get it. I know it is here I already saw it….


Lol at ugly tea.


@LP: I agree that looks are not as important as personality, and this one sounds like a wallflower :p
Thanks for the review!


This tea is admittedly less bombastic than most ripes, likely because it’s got over a decade of aging on it. I quite like it. I also tend to use more leaf than I usually do for this one (8g at least) because it is so mellow and subtle.


i was gonna say the same as curlygc: for aged shou i use at least 1g/10ml. sometimes even heavier

Liquid Proust

Maybe I’ll try using more one day. I generally use 4g per 3 ounces of water.


in general, i didnt make it up, pu drinkers use 1g/15ml for sheng and 1g/10ml for shou. of course its not written in stone, you can use any amount you feel comfortable with ;)


Bump that to 10 and gong fu it in a gaiwan. It should kick then.


Just wondering, would you recommend this one? I’m, thinking about buying a sample.

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107 tasting notes

My first shou, after trying about 9 or 10 shengs and not being overly thrilled. 6g of tea, boiling water, gongfu. Two short rinses, ten second steeps to start. Grassy notes, but there’s more, and here’s where I suck at pulling out aromas and flavors but suffice it to say, it’s more complex than expected. And wow, so much more pleasant than some pu’ers I’ve had lately that just tasted of lawn cuttings to my unsophisticated little palate. Considering how dark this brew is, the mild and somewhat sweet flavor is something of a surprise. This is really a very pleasant brew, which makes me wonder if perhaps shou is more my thing. I have a few more to try and then I guess I’ll know!

EDIT: I drank this tea again last night (7/7/15), and I am addicted. This will probably be the first whole pu’er brick I purchase, as soon as YS has a sale.


That’s a nice one. Really inoffensive as ripe (or pu’erh) in general go.

As it sounds like, pu’erh can be a very acquired taste. It’s as diverse a tea genre as there are so finding the right entry point can be a bit tricky!


It is tricky! I think I chose this one somewhat randomly because someone on /r/tea mentioned it as being a sweet and mild shou, so I went for it. It will be interesting to compare to the one I got from Crimson Lotus, as well as another on its way from White2tea. Love your site btw!


Thanks! Really reasonable price considering the age too. Glad that you are giving pu a fair chance.

W2T, CLT and YS all have shupu I like. You’re in good hands.

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1758 tasting notes

This is a fairly tasty ripe puerh that has almost completely cleared. There was a slight fermentation note detected in the first steep, then nothing. I would say this brick has 99% cleared. There was a bittersweet note in the first few steeps, not an abiding bitterness, but some. It developed into a nice sweet ripe puerh. I wasn’t really paying attention to the specifics so I don’t know if I can pin down specific notes. I will say it developed into one of the smoothest ripe puerhs I have drank.

I brewed this tea eight times in a 180ml teapot with 10.5g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. Not sure if the 10 minute rest actually does anything but who knows. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. Judging by the strength of the brew in steep eight I would say that this tea had a few more good steeps in it but I was at my caffeine limit.

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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