2018 Yunnan Sourcing "He Tao Di Village" Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake

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Pu-erh Tea
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Broth, Butter, Cinnamon, Fireplace, Fur, Garden Peas, Honey, Milk, Mineral, Mushrooms, Nuts, Nutty, Olives, Plants, Squash Blossom, Sweet, Umami, Vegetable Broth, Wet Rocks, Wheat, Wood, Zucchini
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 oz / 90 ml

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Entirely Old Arbor tea from the Spring 2018 Harvest from He Tao Di Village in Jinggu County of Simao. He Tao Di (lit. Walnut Grove) Village is a tiny village (with just 11 households in total) that is located south-east of Jinggu town in a remote roadless area. 2 of the families are engaged in tea production and have been for several generations. The remainder of the villagers tend walnut groves.

The “He Tao Di Village” tea trees range in age from 40 to 200 years old growing at an altitude of about 1650 meters. The trees are pure assamica varietal (大叶种), with leaves that are large and stout, and have a deep olive-green color. This tea will brew up a perfectly balanced thick and pungent brew. Bitter, sweet, umami, honey, brine and orchid essence can be found in this wonderful tea.

Net Weight: 400 grams per cake (7 cakes per bamboo leaf tong)
Harvest time: April 2018
Harvest Area: He Tao Di Village, Jinggu County of Simao Prefecture (Yunnan Province)
Total Production amount: 140 cakes (50 kilograms)
Wrapper Illustration by Patrik Benedičič

This tea has been tested in a certified laboratory for 191 pesticides, and is within the EU MRL limits set for those 191 pesticide residues.

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Today is my first time trying out a fairly recent addition to Yunnan Sourcing’s vast catalog of Jinggu teas – He Tao Di. In particular, this sample is the 2018 vintage. As it turns out, this is probably my favourite Jinggu tea at the moment. It is very well balanced and pungent. Also, it bears some resemblance to both Menghai teas (strong honey notes and a good huigan) and Yi Wu teas (being aromatic and strong without turning too bitter or astringent). It lasts for quite a long time too, I got 16 infusions (200ml/g) today; and remains interesting all the way until the end.

Dry leaves smell like squash blossom with various notes of fruits and flowers, but it’s not a pungent aroma overall. Instead, wet leaves have a stronger scent that reminds me of fireplace, wood, fur, courgette, and cinnamon. In the late stages, these get overpowered by a strong mushroom note.

Already the rinse is strong tasting and flavourful. The profile is brothy with umami, butter, and wheat flavours. First infusion is then more sweet, an aspect that seems to just keep intensifying throughout the session. There are notes of milk, honey, truffles, and cashew nuts. Second steep is somewhat grassy and nutty in comparison, while the third has new flavours such as raw olives and juniper berries. Subsequent infusions are consistently pungent with a touch of bitterness and increasing sweetness as well as a light dryness in the finish. Flavours like those of vegetable broth, wet rocks, wood, and eventually also mushrooms emerge over the course of the second half of the session. The aftertaste at times reminds me of warm spiced milk, but it also shows new notes like green peas and bay leaf among many others.

One of the definite highlights of the tea is its texture for sure. The mouthfeel is super thick, coating, foamy, smooth, and kind of sticky. I greatly enjoyed this tea and I am likely going to buy a cake with my next YS order.

Flavors: Broth, Butter, Cinnamon, Fireplace, Fur, Garden Peas, Honey, Milk, Mineral, Mushrooms, Nuts, Nutty, Olives, Plants, Squash Blossom, Sweet, Umami, Vegetable Broth, Wet Rocks, Wheat, Wood, Zucchini

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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