2018 Yunnan Sourcing "Year of the Dog Blue Label" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Bitter, Candied Apple, Cherry, Cocoa, Fruity, Herbs, Raspberry, Red Apple, Spearmint, Tart
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Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 5 oz / 140 ml

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  • “This is mostly fruity shou with a little bit of an aged character already. It reminds me a bit of Menghai V93, but with less wet-pile taste. The taste is quite balanced – tart and savoury with a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I’ve ordered samples of all of Scott’s 2018 ripes (five have been released so far this year). I will try to review them all. I tried Lucy a while back (and reviewed it), and it was very good. This...” Read full tasting note
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This Year of the Dog “Blue Label” ripe tea is a blend of ripe pu-erh teas from 2013 and 2015. Being a blend of semi-aged teas, it’s almost completely lacking any wet pile taste and is very much ready to drink!

Smooth, sweet, woody, with some dried plum or cherry character! There is also a spearmint-like cooling quality in the early steeps! The tea soup is clear and burgundy, with a viscous lubricating quality.

357 grams per cake (7 cakes per bamboo leaf tong)
Wrapper Design by Giovanni Crispino

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This is mostly fruity shou with a little bit of an aged character already. It reminds me a bit of Menghai V93, but with less wet-pile taste. The taste is quite balanced – tart and savoury with a nice bitterness and mild sweetness that accentuates in later steeps. It is a smooth and crisp tea. I can also see what Scott means by the spearmint-like cooling sensation. You can really feel it especially in the back of the mouth.

I found notes of hot apple, raspberry, cherry and cocoa, but this is not a complex tea. Mouthfeel is mostly oily and a little lubricating.

For someone who wants a fruity shou that’s ready for casual drinking, this is a pretty good choice. However, it is not as interesting as some other recent YS ripe productions.

Flavors: Bitter, Candied Apple, Cherry, Cocoa, Fruity, Herbs, Raspberry, Red Apple, Spearmint, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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I’ve ordered samples of all of Scott’s 2018 ripes (five have been released so far this year). I will try to review them all. I tried Lucy a while back (and reviewed it), and it was very good. This one is also very good, but it is a different style than is typical. I’d say its defining characteristics are sweet and simple. It is pretty smooth with almost no astringency/bitterness. It is not very complex, but it has a very unique flavor. It has a sweetness I associate with lao cha tou (ripe nuggets). It has a nice feel and good flavor, and solid qi; the sweet is front and center, with burnt coffee and a hint of chocolate in the background. I don’t think I’d reach for this very often, but I will definitely get a cake or two. I bet it will age very nicely, and will be very smooth and straightforward.

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