2017 Yunnan Sourcing "He Bian Zhai" Wild Arbor Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake

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Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Alcohol, Anise, Astringent, Bark, Brandy, Cedar, Compost, Drying, Freshly Cut Grass, Fruity, Green, Hay, Pine, Summer, Thick, Vegetables, Vegetal
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195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “The dry leaf has an awesome fresh, fruity & “green” aroma with some alcohol (fruit brandy) in the background. Once rinsed, the smell becomes really pungent. The dominant notes are wet hay,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “So sweet! So Amazing! Aroma: Gosh I am in love with this fresh Sheng! It literally was love at first sniff :D – there is such an uniqueness to its whole aromatic structure which is majorly sweet...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Deep, musky, sweet, terpenous floral accents define this clean and crisp puer tea. Distinctively botanical/vegetal in aroma. Light golden color brew that holds a thick body. Flavorful brew, a...” Read full tasting note

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Entirely wild arbor tea from early spring 2017! Tea leaves taken from 30 to 80 years old tea trees growing in Xi Ban Shan area just southwest from Bingdao in the county of Mengku) Lincang. Full and stout one leaf to one bud ratio tea leaves. He Bian Zhai (Riverside Village) tea has been growing wild for decades and is picked by local families in the village. Our friend Mr. Duan, oversees the picking and processing of this lovely tea.
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The dry leaf has an awesome fresh, fruity & “green” aroma with some alcohol (fruit brandy) in the background. Once rinsed, the smell becomes really pungent. The dominant notes are wet hay, freshly cut grass, cooked cabbage and anise. It evokes the feeling of being at a meadow after a summer rain that has broken a period of dry weather.

The liquor is full bodied, quite thick and astringent, especially when brewed this strong. It seems to be drying and cooling in the throat, but warming for the body. Other than that, it makes me really relaxed and somewhat lightheaded, which could be because I didn’t eat a lot today though. I didn’t notice any strong caffeine rush effects.

Taste-wise, this is also one of the most pleasant teas I have had a chance to try. It is fairly complex with a protracted aftertaste. The vegetal side of the taste is the most prominent, but there is definitely a strong fruitiness as well, often very alcohol like both in the taste and the mouthfeel. The way I brewed it, there is a decent amount of bitterness, through which the fruity sweetness emerges. There are also notable woodsy tones, mostly cedar I would say.

Now that I finished my sample, I can definitely see myself getting the whole cake at some point. The price seems more than adequate given the quality of the material.

Flavors: Alcohol, Anise, Astringent, Bark, Brandy, Cedar, Compost, Drying, Freshly Cut Grass, Fruity, Green, Hay, Pine, Summer, Thick, Vegetables, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
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So sweet! So Amazing!

Aroma: Gosh I am in love with this fresh Sheng! It literally was love at first sniff :D – there is such an uniqueness to its whole aromatic structure which is majorly sweet orientated. The first thing I noticed when I opened the package was such an overwhelming freshness and also a very distinct flavor of fresh strawberries with their green. Lovel

y! If those leaves are a bit cooled down you might notice a slightly fruity alcoholic hint to it! Smelling on those empty cups after you took the last sip is another highlight within this amazing tea – such a great mix of beeswax and honey!

Taste: The texture of the actual liquor is very silky and creamy with such a instant sweetness from the start. This sweetness is on one half of it very sweet corn syrup like with a sweet vegetable but also with a fruity note of strawberries plus a hint of Nam dok mai (Thai mango) at the very end of it. But talking about strawberries this isn’t only naturally noticeable also in a mix between this and a Hi-Chew strawberry gum flavor version too (Japanese gum candy)! This fellow is very unique. I never ever got such a special profile within a fresh sheng. In some ways there is a touch of Taiwanese Oolong flavor in it. Very uncommon. I never ever tasted such a sweet Sheng! Besides those fruity aspects there is also something cooling and warming to it. Within the throat you can feel a certain cooling sensation which is quite minty in some ways but for the rest of the body it is more a warming and relaxing experience. There is no bitterness within this fresh Raw at all.

This is one of the best fresh Shengs I’ve ever had! Just amazing!

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Deep, musky, sweet, terpenous floral accents define this clean and crisp puer tea. Distinctively botanical/vegetal in aroma. Light golden color brew that holds a thick body. Flavorful brew, a little nutty and carries the aromatics, with a bit of astringency across the tongue. Flavor dwells subtly, but the mouth feeling evolves into a drying after effect which sits next to lingering sweetness.

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