2015 Yunnan Sourcing "Mu Shu Cha" Ancient Arbor Raw

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9 g 5 oz / 150 ml

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  • “Before I start anything I have to say that this young-ish Raw is so unique and different – it was a honor getting the chance to enjoy this buddy! Bouquet: Like with most raw Shengs there are...” Read full tasting note
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Spring 2015 harvest from old “Mother” tea trees growing in Big Snow Mountain area of Lincang. 200+ year old tea trees growing at an altitude of 1900 meters. An unadulterated environment and high altitude growing conditions imparts a near magical quality to the tea. Cha Qi is super strong but with perfect clarity both in body/mouth feeling and taste!

400 grams per cake (7 cakes per bamboo leaf tong)
Stone-Pressed in the traditional way
40 kilograms in total produced
Harvest time: April 2015

This tea has been tested in a certified laboratory and has passed the MRL limits for pesticide residues as established by the EU Food and Safety commission.

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Before I start anything I have to say that this young-ish Raw is so unique and different – it was a honor getting the chance to enjoy this buddy!

Bouquet: Like with most raw Shengs there are similar structures within its profile but on the other hand there was something I never experienced before. First and foremost the beeswax and wild forest dark honey layer is thick and massive – it conquers every inch of your near surroundings. If a Sheng is a masterpiece of a symphonia then it should water your inner mouth already and straight from the start and that’s the case for sure with this young Pu. But that’s not all – already within its steaming aromatic unfolding there is something happening which is hard to explain. Within its bouquet there is something spicy but so different something I never experienced before and this certain aspect gives you a massive tingling within your cheeks and lower lip. The best way to describe it is a feeling you get in winter coming from the outside cold into a very warm room and your whole face turns red and you get this certain tingling in your cheeks and lips. Fascinating! Beside those already named aspects its essential character is very fruity sweet with a nice floral spring freshness and a lovely composed herbal spiciness. What I really loved about its scent and the upcoming taste is this very delicious fruitiness of small wild strawberries plus a delicate layer of cherry.

Liquor: Its actual taste isn’t pleasing less in fact its composition reaches its main act. It comes along in a very creamy and thick way while after the 3rd infusion a very sweet caramel flair is adding itself to this delicious play. Major nuances are definitely those fruity wild forest strawberry and cherry ones but also other natural sweeties of pears, mango and especially blackberries plus a tiny hint of chocolate banana. But this sweetness isn’t only a direct image of the actual fruit – in some ways it really reminds me of those Capino cream candies (I am not sure if they are known outside of German speaking countries). Its liquor is quite coating and the aftertaste long and fruity sweet. The herbal floral aspects are getting stronger within later infusions also a certain astringent spicy peppery layer & a corn syrup sweetness sets in.

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Got a generous freebie of this from Yunnan Sourcing at some point, and I’m working actively on clearing room for 2016 samples. It starts out mostly vegetal, and moves into fruity, and keeps on going, and going, … I could not brew it out yesterday, still potent today, after at least 10 steeps yesterday. Energizing, aggressive, durable and dynamic is how I would sum it up. The only negative for me is that it’s somewhat unbalanced early on, which I’m sure will change with age, or to some extent with parameters.

At $0.275/g, it’s just a touch more expensive than the w2t middle tier; a top deal if you like’em young & wild. If I hadn’t already overstocked on 2015 teas, I would get it immediately. I am probably still getting it. Just not today, I think. Maybe I will just get samples of the different years. Watching this one closely either way.

edit: just to clarify, this tea is potent. If you want mellow, look elsewhere.

Preparation
9 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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