Looking for a cake of 2003 You Le 6FTM


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Looking for a cake of 2003 You Le 6FTM

Postby BioHorn » Jul 27th, '11, 23:10

Hi,
2003 You Le 6FTM round cake
Got a sample and have enjoyed this (strike-Shou) Sheng Pu.
Does anyone have a cake they would be willing to sell?
Thanks.

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Re: Looking for a cake of 2003 You Le 6FTM

Postby shah82 » Jul 28th, '11, 01:18

You Le shu?
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Re: Looking for a cake of 2003 You Le 6FTM

Postby MarshalN » Jul 28th, '11, 01:46

Try taobao, doubt you'll find anyone with this stuff here.
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Re: Looking for a cake of 2003 You Le 6FTM

Postby shah82 » Jul 28th, '11, 02:00

2003 is earlier than Taobao is reliable, frankly. I'd almost just say to get the sheng from '02 that YS has...

I do think some french puerh shop has 6ftm shu, and you *could* try...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Six-Famous-Tea-Moun ... 53d2ab2cf6
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Re: Looking for a cake of 2003 You Le 6FTM

Postby MarshalN » Jul 28th, '11, 02:27

shah82 wrote:2003 is earlier than Taobao is reliable, frankly. I'd almost just say to get the sheng from '02 that YS has...

I do think some french puerh shop has 6ftm shu, and you *could* try...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Six-Famous-Tea-Moun ... 53d2ab2cf6


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Re: Looking for a cake of 2003 You Le 6FTM

Postby sp1key » Jul 28th, '11, 03:12

Marshaln is quite right. Storage (almost 8 yrs to date) is your biggest worry.
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Re: Looking for a cake of 2003 You Le 6FTM

Postby shah82 » Jul 28th, '11, 10:14

I was abusing the term reliability a bit. I meant that Taobao isn't as complete a market the further back you go, not everything is fake...

There isn't all that much early 2k 6FTM shu at all, from my casual inspection.
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Re: Looking for a cake of 2003 You Le 6FTM

Postby BioHorn » Jul 28th, '11, 10:45

Shah was right. I meant sheng!!! Not shou!

Your concerns about storage are valid. Hope to get lucky...?
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Re: Looking for a cake of 2003 You Le 6FTM

Postby zzenster » Jul 28th, '11, 12:26

Pardon my ignorance.. but what is 6FTM?
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Re: Looking for a cake of 2003 You Le 6FTM

Postby Drax » Jul 28th, '11, 13:48

Six Famous Tea Mountains.

Sort of like the 7 Hills of Rome, but with tea. And Mountains. And in China. :D
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Re: Looking for a cake of 2003 You Le 6FTM

Postby shah82 » Jul 28th, '11, 14:18

The Six Famous Tea Mountains are a set of mountains in S Yunnan, to the east of the Mekong River that bisects the prefecture of Xishuangbana. They got that fame in times of turmoil as Qing took over from Ming, and people and merchants were moving everywheres. Each of the six mountains were named after a symbolic artifact, like a copper gong, or a leather board. People have been harvesting tea from this area for awhile, but it became famous as Han merchants settled in Yunnan, and the Qing accepted tea from Man Song Village's Prince Hill in Yi Bang (wood clapper) as an imperial tribute item. In time, Yi Bang, You Le, Ge Deng, Mang Zhi, Man Sa, and Man Zhuan had all developed tea plantations run either by merchants or the soldiers pacifying the mountainous area. Today, most of these mountains grow rubber (coffee is a growing crop) rather than tea, and few old plantations remain, growing the ancient, small-leaf version of tea. The main Yiwu growing areas are technically on Man Sa, but those plantations use large-leaf, and has been growing that for about 300 years.

Today, as Ge Deng and Mang Zhi doesn't really grow that much tea anymore, You Le and Yi Bang being a bit more successful, people have tried to move the concept of 6FTM to areas all over Bana, like Nannuo or Banzhang. Nobody takes that bit of marketing seriously, though. 6FTM blends, though, are very popular, and they seem to age quite well.
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Re: Looking for a cake of 2003 You Le 6FTM

Postby TIM » Jul 28th, '11, 15:32

Boa Wao! How did you come up with these :lol:
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Re: Looking for a cake of 2003 You Le 6FTM

Postby honza » Jul 28th, '11, 16:32

BioHorn wrote:Shah was right. I meant sheng!!! Not shou!

Your concerns about storage are valid. Hope to get lucky...?


I think 6FTM make in 2003 more cakes from Youle shan.
And - shu pu from youle is not too rare. For example Jinuoshan TF make some shu products and other TF from there too.

Do you have photo of wrapper wich one you mean ?
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Re: Looking for a cake of 2003 You Le 6FTM

Postby BioHorn » Jul 28th, '11, 17:35

honza wrote:
BioHorn wrote:Shah was right. I meant sheng!!! Not shou!

Your concerns about storage are valid. Hope to get lucky...?


I think 6FTM make in 2003 more cakes from Youle shan.
And - shu pu from youle is not too rare. For example Jinuoshan TF make some shu products and other TF from there too.

Do you have photo of wrapper wich one you mean ?


Hi Honza,
Thanks for the response. It was only a 25 gram sample (now last brew in gaiwan.) :cry:
The label on the sample only says:
2003 You Le Mountain Round cake (it is sheng!)
Do you know many cakes were made from Youle Shan that year?
Thanks again.
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Re: Looking for a cake of 2003 You Le 6FTM

Postby shah82 » Jul 28th, '11, 17:49

http://www.yunnansourcing.com/store/pro ... roduct=787

http://www.yunnansourcing.com/store/pro ... oduct=1292

http://www.yunnansourcing.com/store/pro ... roduct=478

http://www.skip4tea.com/大友-光明號-–-攸乐-青饼-DaYou-–-GuanMingHao-YouLe-Limited-Raw-Tea-Cake/q?pid=721&doit=order

http://www.puerhshop.com/index.php?main ... cts_id=749

http://www.puerhshop.com/index.php?main ... cts_id=613

Without getting into french or the more dubious Puerhshop offerings, these are your choices. Not even sure there's all that great pickings on taobao, now that I think of it...

/me goes off and check...
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