Looking for a cake of 2003 You Le 6FTM

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

Postby shah82 » Jun 7th, '12, 15:41

Oh heck yes it is...It's not potable unless the storage is pretty wet. Not because it's bitter, but because of that nasty fertilizer edge.

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

Postby BioHorn » Jun 7th, '12, 22:58

Can we just burn this thread? I started it. Does it mean I can end it?

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

Postby TwoDog2 » Jun 7th, '12, 23:57

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

Postby Tead Off » Jun 9th, '12, 00:54

teaisme wrote:Marshaln have you tried the 2003 you le?

Tead does it seem plantation to you?

I did enjoy my first go with it recently.


The sample I got of the 2002 6FTM You Le Gu Cha has a lot of character and depth of flavor. YS lists it as a 1st flush wild arbor tea. Well stored. IMO, much better than many other puerh's of the same age.

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

Postby teaisme » Jun 12th, '12, 17:12

BioHorn wrote:Can we just burn this thread? I started it. Does it mean I can end it?


hahaha NO.

shah82 wrote:It's not potable unless the storage is pretty wet.
Tead Off wrote:has a lot of character and depth of flavor


:mrgreen: What a divergence in opinion. I wonder if tead is brewing light and sha is brewing heavy?

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

Postby shah82 » Jun 12th, '12, 19:00

I don't typically brew very heavy, and the nasty edge I'm really thinking about is predominantly about a 100g bamboo-wrapped tuocha from '06 I believe. That edge is present in the sample of 2003 Youle I had, but I adjusted my parameters to be a bit more cautious in the beginning and more aggressive later to dodge it. It's enjoyable, but I've had some very fine not-young Youle, so I suppose I wouldn't be very easy to impress anyways. As a rule, Youle is just not *that* interesting, and it takes a really good one (which does not tend to be common in the marketplace, btw) for it to be anything like comparable to the heavier tasting good Yiwus.

Lest anyone be snotty, there are bad old tree and good plantation teas. It's still gonna be about the tree and the quality of care. In some places, the plantation teas are very, very, good. Classic example are Yiwu, Naka, and Jingmai. There are decent Menghai, Bulang, Kuzhushan, etc plantations, too, but as far as the common consumer go, that's a crapshoot.

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

Postby Tead Off » Jun 13th, '12, 01:13

teaisme wrote:
BioHorn wrote:Can we just burn this thread? I started it. Does it mean I can end it?


hahaha NO.

shah82 wrote:It's not potable unless the storage is pretty wet.
Tead Off wrote:has a lot of character and depth of flavor


:mrgreen: What a divergence in opinion. I wonder if tead is brewing light and sha is brewing heavy?

I am talking about the 2002 You Le Gu Cha, NOT 2003. The bitterness has receded.

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

Postby teaisme » Jun 13th, '12, 14:17

ooops, that's the one I was talking about too, the 2002 from YS. I didn't know they had a 2003.

Are the wrappers almost identical?

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

Postby Tead Off » Jun 14th, '12, 01:47

teaisme wrote:ooops, that's the one I was talking about too, the 2002 from YS. I didn't know they had a 2003.

Are the wrappers almost identical?

Shah is referring to the 2003.

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