2015 Yunnan Sourcing "Autumn Ge Deng" Old Arbor Raw Pu-erh tea cake

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Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Creamy, Honey, Orchid, Sweet, Warm Grass, Apricot, Earth, Pleasantly Sour, Stonefruit, Strawberry
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195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g

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  • “Full post here, but text below: https://cuckoossong.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/2015-autumn-ge-deng-yunnan-sourcing/ With my most recent order, I decided to sample the most expensive cake in Scott’s...” Read full tasting note
  • “Really enjoying this session. Starts off smooth, then wow some tang from the second steep onwards. Every steep after that I was dialing back to not take this too into bitter territory. But still...” Read full tasting note
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Entirely Ancient Arbor tea from Autumn (October) 2015 Harvest from Ge Deng village (革登) in Yi Wu mountain range. Ge Deng is southwest from Yi Bang town and west-northwest from Yi Wu town. This is our second production from Ge Deng village! Ge Deng area teas are almost exclusively a mixed (small / large) varietal. This tea comes from ancient arbor trees between 200 and 300 years old growing naturally. When brewing the tea you will notice the tea soup is a bright yellow-gold and clear, the aroma is penetrating and the tea is full in the mouth. Being a typical mixed (large and small) leaf varietal makes this is one of the more smooth and aromatic of the Yi Wu area teas. The brewed leaves are thick and stout with a dark olive-green color, attesting to their wild arbor origin. This tea was compressed in a small tea factory in Yi Wu town where unusually large 40 kilogam stone presses were used. Low temperature (35C) “baking” was used to dry these cakes after the compression process thus preserving their integrity!

In total just 20 kilograms of this tea has been produced. We have delayed sales of this cake for more than 4 weeks to allow the water vapor from pressing to dissipate. Further aging will only improve this wonderful tea!

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Full post here, but text below: https://cuckoossong.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/2015-autumn-ge-deng-yunnan-sourcing/

With my most recent order, I decided to sample the most expensive cake in Scott’s most recent autumn line just to see what the fuss is about… I plan to sample through the majority of his 2015 autumn teas eventually and post them up here, hopefully this will be a good benchmark.

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When I warm up the dry leaves they smell intensely pungent and sweet, with a typical Yiwu straw aroma. I resolve to just drink the rinse, which is a very pure pale yellow. And it’s good. Nuanced, complex, and actually already plenty thick, there is subtly interwoven sweetness and bitterness that one expects from high quality Yiwu teas. The rinsed leaf smell is also of note; there is a very specific meaty aroma that I can’t quite place my finger on, perhaps in the realm of saucisson, weirdly enough.

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The first real steeping reflects a very elegant and proper Yiwu tea, with balance and poise, no one element really clamoring for my attention, but still with plenty of moving parts in play. The bitterness really lingers though, which is no complaint. Minutes after this cup, my mouth still tastes of wildflowers and honey. The second infusion is yellow and DENSE, bordering on gold. Very pungent soup, and the bitterness has picked up also. Tasting notes for this infusion are as follows: Wild honey, orchids, sweet grass, a little cream.

I continue to be surprised that an autumn tea can be so rich. Most I drink are either watery or lacking this kind of thickness and vigor. I suppose the $88 price tag on a 250g cake isn’t for nothing… I wouldn’t say this tea is life changing or anything, but it’s certainly worthy of some mad respect. The price tag just makes this difficult for me, because $88 is already the upper end of what I’d usually spend on a full size cake. Of course price is subjective and only has meaning in the context to ones own pu budget, and I certainly wouldn’t call this cake a waste, so I resolve to forget about price and continue drinking.

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Now in the middle steepings, this tea is smooth and creamy, having settled a bit from the rowdiness of the second and third cups brewed from these leaves. I’m not really sure what else to say about this tea right now… I think fans of Yiwu will love it, and even then there’s something in here for everyone, whether its sweetness, bitterness, complexity or the thick, textured mouth feeling the tea leaves in its wake. Perhaps one strike against it is that there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of huigan (lingering throaty sweetness). In fact, it’s the bitterness that lingers more than the sweetness, which again is not necessarily bad, just something interesting to note.

The later steeps are silky smooth, quintessentially inoffensive Yiwu tea with tender grassy and floral notes. Not a bad place to end up, in the scheme of things… Very nice tea overall, no critical flaws and a lot going for it. Again, the price tag means I won’t be springing for it, unless I ran into some unexpected cash, and even then there are a couple other big ticket items on Yunnan Sourcing I’d purchase first. But especially for fans of Yiwu tea in particular, I think this is still a solid buy.

Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Orchid, Sweet, Warm Grass

boychik

Awesome review

Ginkosan

Appreciate it :)

White Antlers

Really enjoyed the review!

tanluwils

Yep, forget about savings. Any unexpected cash is going towards the pu budget. I have a bias towards dense pungent tea. Definitely outside my price range, but certainly wouldn’t hurt to try a sample, although I am partial to spring tea. Soon I’ll write a review on this Nanpozhai I’m sipping on now. I’m sad I can’t ever buy it.

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Really enjoying this session.

Starts off smooth, then wow some tang from the second steep onwards. Every steep after that I was dialing back to not take this too into bitter territory.

But still was really enjoyable. Lovely tangy dried apricot aroma and subtle flavour, really overall it is has stonefruit, earthy leaf (nothing like a shu but it still is earthier than other shengs I have tasted), tang but also smoothness. Not much menthol but a nice fruity aftertaste, sometimes reminiscent of strawberries or some other berry.

As im still only a year into drinking puerh I dont know If I like this one because I’m getting used to the flavour, or I like it because its good. My experience has been solely from W2T & YS. But I have been totally enjoying them.

Drank this gongfu 5g with 90c water.

Flavors: Apricot, Earth, Pleasantly Sour, Stonefruit, Strawberry

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g
Daylon R Thomas

Berry hints? Cool. I’m in the same boat and I’ve been having a hard time getting in most aged teas. The Mint-Chilla Chai-Nilla was my first Pu-Erh, but it was technically a blend. I’ve yet to find one that I absolutely love that isn’t doused with flavor.

mrmopar

You are progressing along fine.

Rasseru

Yeah its weird with aged tea, It adds a whole bunch of other factors on top, storage, re-roast, even whether the initial tea was a good one for aging in the first place.

As for ripe? I’m forcing myself to drink it a bit, actually i’ll make some now.

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