2010 Yunnan Sourcing "Ding Jia Zhai" Autumn Harvest Yi Wu Pu-erh Tea Cake

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Pu-erh Tea
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Astringent, Bitter, Cedar, Citrus, Fishy, Floral, Grass, Green, Lemon, Marine, Metallic, Mineral, Nutty, Pine, Pleasantly Sour, Roasted Nuts, Sap, Sweet, Vegetables
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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “I bought a sample of this tea in order to get a better idea about what to expect from a Kunming stored semi-aged Yiwu tea. Its dry leaf aroma is elegant. There are sweet florals as well as a mild...” Read full tasting note
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Entirely Ancient Arbor tea from Autumn (October) 2010 Harvest from Ding Jia Zhai in Yi Wu Shan.

We have selected fall harvest (谷花茶) wild arbor material from the area of “Ding Jia Zhai” (丁家寨), a mountain area near Lao Man Sa in the Yi Wu mountain range. Ding Jia Zhai is inhabited primarily by Yao people who have for centuries picked and processed these wild arbor trees. Ding Jia Zhai area teas are known for their special thick aroma and a taste that with age becomes stronger and more textured. This tea comes from wild arbor trees between 200 and 300 years old.

When brewing the tea you will notice the tea soup is a bright yellow-gold and clear, the aroma is penetrating and the tea is full in the mouth. The flavor is textured and thick with a strong and vegetal taste. This is one of the more smooth and aromatic of the Yi Wu area teas, but its still got a fair amount of bitterness and long-lasting huigan that stimulates the mouth and throat long afterwards. The brewed leaves are thick and stout attesting to their wild arbor origin.

This tea was compressed in a small tea factory in Yi Wu town where unusually large 40 kilogram stone presses were used. Low temperature (35C) “baking” was used to dry these cakes after the compression process thus preserving their integrity! In total just 30 kilograms of this tea has been produced. We have delayed sales of this cake for more than 4 weeks to allow the water vapor from pressing to dissipate. Further aging will only improve this wonderful tea!

Net Weight: 250 grams per cake (7 cakes per bamboo leaf tong)
Compression date: October 15th, 2010
Harvest time: October 2010
Harvest Area: Ding Jia Zhai (village), Yi Wu mountain range, Meng La county of Xi Shuang Banna

Total Production amount: 120 cakes (30 kilograms)

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I bought a sample of this tea in order to get a better idea about what to expect from a Kunming stored semi-aged Yiwu tea.

Its dry leaf aroma is elegant. There are sweet florals as well as a mild marine hints. Coupled with a grassy smell of a very green meadow, it reminds me of standing on a rocky cliff on the British Isles. After the rinse, the aroma is deep, metallic and nutty with notes of kiwi, root vegetables, fish, and roasted nuts.

First steep also has a sort of nut oil flavour. It complements some floral notes, a grassy sourness and a warming astringent bite. Second infusion has a good bitterness and a cedar-like woody finish. The next one is more savoury and yeasty with cooling florals. Other flavours I noted later include conifer trees and citrus fruits. Aftertaste is long and savoury/nutty with a strong huigan reminiscent of tree sap.

The tea has a medium body and a buttery mouthfeel. There is an interesting tingling sensation present after swallowing. The cha qi is somewhat mild, but also very heady and stupefying.

I wouldn’t buy the tea given it’s current price, because I prefer to get fresh sheng and watch its progreesion as it ages. I cannot reproduce the storage conditions of warmer and more humid climates, but I’m hoping that my own stash can move in the direction as a Kunming stored tea would. As such, this sample was a valuable benchmark for me to try, even though I haven’t had it in its young state.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Cedar, Citrus, Fishy, Floral, Grass, Green, Lemon, Marine, Metallic, Mineral, Nutty, Pine, Pleasantly Sour, Roasted Nuts, Sap, Sweet, Vegetables

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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