heavydoom wrote: just broke this
2006 Wild Tree Floral Raw Pu-erh Tea from Luxi * 250 g
OK, after the shame of finding that I have not tasted this tea in the 16 months it has been sitting in my pumidor, I thought I better take it out for a spin. Here is the Luxi sitting among a bunch of other things I am supposed to be drinking up. You can click on the photo if you want to spy on what surrounds the Luxi.
I found the brick to be rather tightly compressed, the leaves ugly and broken, and a lot of what looks like dirt or sand in the middle. I've seen this sort of ugly before and learned not to pay it too much attention.
It brewed up with a nice series of tastes, with a rather unique flavor profile. I found some very mushroomy tastes, loam, vanilla, and a little rotted manure (like what you garden with). In some infusions I found less of the earthy tastes and more acidity (that means slight tartness
.) For a while there was a nice camphor flavor. I would say this is not a good tea to feed to a beginner, but for someone with a little pu experience, this is a delightful brick with some nice tastes you won't find elsewhere. There is very little astringency and it tastes several years older than it's 2006 vintage would suggest.
I would guess that it is, like many puerhs, the product of a minority group that lives in the border region between Myanmar and Yunnan. Anyone know what minority group?
Doom, thanks for getting me off my butt and into my pumidor to taste this stuff. Great experience and certainly a good buy at about 2¢ per gram!
I see I also reviewed a De Hong "Golden Melon"
sheng from Puerhshop in June
that was a product of the Luxi Wantong Tea Factory. Don't know if that is the same Luxi factory as made this YSLLC offering, but there is some similarity in flavor profiles.