2018 Yunnan Sourcing "Serendipity" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Butter, Cocoa, Coffee, Cream, Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Herbaceous, Oak wood, Blackberry, Dark Bittersweet, Alcohol, Baked Bread, Camphor, Char, Cherry, Compost, Fruity, Grapes, Grass, Umami
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Average preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 61 oz / 1807 ml

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  • “Lightly buttery and creamy. Super smooth and clean. Faint freshly brewed coffee and distant toasted cocoa husks. Incredibly smooth and ready to drink, but not particularly complex or enduring. A...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I like this tea quite a bit. Good complexity with the blend bringing an interesting session. This is really what I’d expect in just an everyday shou for me. The cake has a mellow aroma – hardwood...” Read full tasting note
  • “I am not sure how pleasant I find this tea. I think it’s less tasty for me than some other recent Scott’s shou blends. What it has going for it though, is that it’s fairly unusual. I also think it...” Read full tasting note
    88
  • “This is an interesting tea. Like the description says, I can taste different styles. The first few steeps tasted like half aged library book and half newer chocolatey Scott style ripe. In later...” Read full tasting note
    88

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This tea is the result of a rather haphazard blend of ripe teas that I threw together one morning in April 2018. The result was surprisingly excellent and I tried several other ratios of the teas, but in the end the first one I blended was the best.

Lucy is featured prominently surrounded with explosions of spattered colors (illustrated by Timothy Sparling) on the wrapper of this cake. My relationship with Lucy has been one which has provided an endless reservoir of serendipitous experiences that have transformed my approach to life. Dogs live life in the moment, they never cease to be amazed by the endless variety of the world. She is an explorer and will always choose the path she has never taken, over the one she knows. Her thirst for experience and unbridled joy for living is something we can all learn from. The Chinese have a saying “狗来富”, which means literally “Dogs bring prosperity”, but can be understood as “Dogs bring joy”.

This tea is full-bodied, complex and imparts warm nurturing cha qi.

250 grams per cake (7 cakes per bamboo leaf tong)
Wrapper Design by Timothy Sparling

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4 Tasting Notes

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240 tasting notes

Lightly buttery and creamy. Super smooth and clean. Faint freshly brewed coffee and distant toasted cocoa husks. Incredibly smooth and ready to drink, but not particularly complex or enduring. A ready to roll daily drinker, but not much more.

Flavors: Butter, Cocoa, Coffee, Cream

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 2 OZ / 65 ML

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I like this tea quite a bit. Good complexity with the blend bringing an interesting session. This is really what I’d expect in just an everyday shou for me.

The cake has a mellow aroma – hardwood and molasses, no funk now while there was maybe a touch at arrival.

Taste is very multi-dimensional with ginseng and dark chocolate with more bitterness early on. Personally, I love some bitterness in shou and I’d say this is a fairly midline bitterness, nowhere near the Hai Lang Hao LaoMan’E ripe. Middle steeps are more or less chocolate while later ones are more like that antique shop taste of aged shou.

This has a nice warming energy to it and steeps for a good time as well.

All in all, I’m happy with this. If you liked the 2017 Crimson Rooster, grab this.

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Herbaceous, Oak wood

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I am not sure how pleasant I find this tea. I think it’s less tasty for me than some other recent Scott’s shou blends. What it has going for it though, is that it’s fairly unusual. I also think it can improve quite a bit in the next few years. All things considered, I could see it grow on me, but at the moment I am not planning to get a cake.

The smell is deep and fruity with the main note being blackberry with a light brownies aroma in the background. Taste has very little sweetness. It is smooth and fruity with flavours like blackberry, dark cherry, blue grape skins, char, bread crust and camphor. The aftertaste is quite different and presents some sweetness. There are some umami notes too, like cheddar, as well as decaying grass and porter ale.

The mouthfeel is oily, viscous (while not being very thick), lubricating and a tiny bit powdery. I find the cha qi to be very strong and unusual for a ripe pu’er. It’s somewhat heady and uplifting rather than rushy.

Flavors: Alcohol, Baked Bread, Blackberry, Camphor, Char, Cherry, Compost, Fruity, Grapes, Grass, Umami

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This is an interesting tea. Like the description says, I can taste different styles. The first few steeps tasted like half aged library book and half newer chocolatey Scott style ripe. In later steeps the newer ripe flavor was more dominant. Definitely tasty and high quality, and unusual.

tperez

Ooh, I like the sound of that… and like the wrapper too haha

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