Aged Pu-erh of the Day, Week, or Month

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Re: Aged Pu-erh of the Day, Week, or Month

Postby SilentChaos » May 24th, '12, 11:57

hmm...okay. now I think it's very very old shu? So mellow...and warm. Wish I knew what it is or even just vague stuff about it.

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Re: Aged Pu-erh of the Day, Week, or Month

Postby SilentChaos » May 24th, '12, 15:34

Lao chatou? hmmm...the picture sure look damn almost the same. No way this can be 2009 though....I've never drank a 2007 - 2009 shu that tastes like this. Got a another laochatou that's definitely a few years old and it just doesn't compare. I gotta find my way back to where I got it and take a photo.

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Re: Aged Pu-erh of the Day, Week, or Month

Postby debunix » May 24th, '12, 15:39

I've really enjoyed the Lao Cha Tou I've gotten from Norbu--a 2006 tea pressed in 2009. It is really fine plummy/fruity stuff with just enough earthiness to avoid being too sweet. It doesn't have quite the same complexity as the best aged sheng I've had, but it is definitely very pleasing stuff.

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Re: Aged Pu-erh of the Day, Week, or Month

Postby Drax » May 24th, '12, 19:31

I was thinking lao cha, too, from the way it looked, but then it would be shou and not sheng... of course, if it's from an unknown source, I suppose the identification of shou or sheng could be incorrect, too.

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Re: Aged Pu-erh of the Day, Week, or Month

Postby SilentChaos » May 24th, '12, 20:36

Drax wrote:I was thinking lao cha, too, from the way it looked, but then it would be shou and not sheng... of course, if it's from an unknown source, I suppose the identification of shou or sheng could be incorrect, too.


From the way the brewed leaves look, i'm pretty sure it's shu...unless brewed leaves of aged sheng are completely different to brewed leaves of young sheng. The thing is...how long does it take for something like this to completely lose every single last bit of that shu fermentation funk? Also, this stuff was someone's private stash, stored already broken up (no idea why the broken storage),

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Re: Aged Pu-erh of the Day, Week, or Month

Postby gasninja » May 25th, '12, 11:28

Heng li chang bulang this is pobably the best semi aged tea that is semi affordable and easily available. I have a hunch that by the time this tea is 20 to 25 years old it will be something special.

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Re: Aged Pu-erh of the Day, Week, or Month

Postby goeran » May 26th, '12, 06:13

Dry stored, broken 1990 Menghai Tuo. Beautiful...still a bit of greenness to it but a nice aged taste. Good for everyday drinking, certainly hits all the notes. From a local teashop in Insadong :D

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Re: Aged Pu-erh of the Day, Week, or Month

Postby gasninja » Jun 5th, '12, 12:44

98 8582 Taiwan stored. I like this tea ver good storage. Humid enough so it has mellowed a bit but dry enough so that it has kept much of its character. I think it might be a knock off given the shop has two 8582s one is labeled as menghai this one is not with a sizable price difference between the two.

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Re: Aged Pu-erh of the Day, Week, or Month

Postby JakubT » Jun 19th, '12, 03:53

1990s CNNP Red Mark from thechineseteashop. I like it a lot - some of its qualities are subtle (e.g., long-term aftertaste), but there.

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Re: Aged Pu-erh of the Day, Week, or Month

Postby bryan_drinks_tea » Jul 6th, '12, 00:32

90's Dingxing cake from Jim at puerhshop. I used to not like this one, but now I do. It has developed an actual aged flavour in the few years I've had it. The qi and mouthfeel were better than other supposed 90's teas (though I understand this one to be from the early 2000's) that I've had in the past.

I may consider buying a few cakes to put away for 7 more years or so.

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Re: Aged Pu-erh of the Day, Week, or Month

Postby apache » Aug 18th, '12, 18:01

Xiaguan 1996 Iron Cake:

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Probably it's a real McCoy. After drinking a lot of aggressive young sheng, nice to have something different.

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Re: Aged Pu-erh of the Day, Week, or Month

Postby shah82 » Aug 18th, '12, 18:15

Wait, a Xiaguan iron cake was ready? I've heard the '99 version is still pretty harsh...

I wish I could smell the brew--one of the things I hear why people like iron cakes despite how long they take to age is that they have stronger aromas...

Got no *nice* aged cakes...

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Re: Aged Pu-erh of the Day, Week, or Month

Postby apache » Aug 18th, '12, 18:44

I'm a bit like my avatar, bird normally have very poor sense of smell, also I been suffering from hayfever last few days and it really doesn't help. So talking about aroma for me is a waste of time. However, I can tell the texture and feel. I think it must have been stored in very hot and humid places, but not wet storage or the soup would be very dark and the leaves would be carbonized ... It's very mellow and it's definitely much better than what Txaxxma offers. I also got a wild old tree brick almost the same age from HKTeaHouse, but I would prefer to drink this than the brick. However, it doesn't last more than 15 brews with my aggressive brewing method. Like many other teas, I need to try this at least half a dozen times before I can have firm conclusion. As I notice, my taste depends on the phase of the moon, positions of Jupiter and Saturn ...

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Re: Aged Pu-erh of the Day, Week, or Month

Postby apache » Aug 18th, '12, 18:50

shah82 wrote:...
Got no *nice* aged cakes...


Save thyself a couple of modern XZH fancy cakes, you could have one of this. Having said that, I can see the dilemma. Where on earth could you find a reliable supplier. The is a real real headache not only for us in the west, also in the far east as well unless you're willing to gamble ...

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