Official Pu of the day

One of the intentionally aged teas, Pu-Erh has a loyal following.


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Oct 15th, '17, 13:16
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Re: Official Pu of the day

by jayinhk » Oct 15th, '17, 13:16

Drinking aged cha tou from a dealer in Kunming! Cha tou are compressed nuggets of shou pu that form at the bottom of the pile during fermentation. I really love cha tou because they have great longevity and often develop very interesting warm and sweet flavors with age. These cha tou have developed a freshly baked bread aroma in the last year of storage here in Hong Kong, as well as an unexpected natural almond character that I really like! The tea is perhaps less sweet smelling than it was when first purchased, but there is still a lot of sweetness there, along with the baked bread and almonds!
I started this tea last night, drank several infusions today, and I think the leaves have enough oomph to get me through tomorrow as well!

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Re: Official Pu of the day

by Rui » Sep 28th, '17, 05:21

At the moment I am sipping Spring 2014 Pa Sai from Farmerleaf. A very pleasant and sweetish sheng for those who no longer look for heavy bitterness in their shengs.

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Re: Official Pu of the day

by jayinhk » Sep 25th, '17, 22:55

Drinking a 2004 Dayi 7542--HK dry storage. This is a cake from a dealer who specializes in traditional storage. The family's tea isn't labeled; you have to interact with them to figure out what they have and she surprised me several months ago by offering me a dry storage cake that smelled like her traditional storage. I eventually bought some and found the cake and the storage to be much cleaner than I expected.

I'm revisiting the cake after several months and it tastes even cleaner than before with citrus/black tea notes my own storage would eke out of 7542. This is really a lovely tea and couldn't be more perfect to wake up to today!

I just added this tea to the site if anyone would like to try it. :)

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Re: Official Pu of the day

by whatsinaname » Sep 25th, '17, 12:10

Finished a Douji Nannuo minibrick.
Next will chip up this Xiaguan tuo.

Looking forward to sampling some tea from the new pumidor setup. Sure smells good in there!

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Re: Official Pu of the day

by HifideliTea » Sep 25th, '17, 11:38

In another post on Miscellaneous "Re: Aged Green Tea...drink or throw?", my wife also found a small container of puerh that she brewed, and it was just heavenly, heavier viscosity than water, mouthful of strong huigan, very subtle musk and bitter sweet presence and obviously an aged tea.
She looked at the description at the bottom of the small container and it was 1972 Golden Needle White Lotus from Sunsing Tea.

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Re: Official Pu of the day

by jayinhk » Sep 25th, '17, 06:08

Frisbeehead wrote: Drinking the Spring 2015 Daqing Gushu from Yunnan Sourcing. Bought this cake last year, haven't cut into this cake too much yet. Every time I've had it I've enjoyed it - light, aromatic, floral, nice body, a little sweet, with a bit of astringency. Aftertaste lingers in the mouth quite a bit, not so much in the throat. I wonder if this would be a good one to keep in the pumidor to age. It is a bit light, and it's definitely enjoyable to drink now, but I'd like to see how it ages. Instead of buying another one to age, I'll probably just refrain from drinking it too often and keep it in the pumidor. But we'll see, still in the process of figuring out the inside of my pumidor in terms of what to keep in there for long-term, what new cakes I want to add, etc.

Jay, as soon as I have the money my next purchase will still be that 03-05 7542 you have on your site. :D Traveled too much recently and that's led to a cut in my tea purchases, but hoping to fix that soon. Itching to try some new stuff.
Thanks! I have quite a few more 7542s going up, some of which I like more than the 03-05! :!:

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Re: Official Pu of the day

by Frisbeehead » Sep 24th, '17, 22:54

Drinking the Spring 2015 Daqing Gushu from Yunnan Sourcing. Bought this cake last year, haven't cut into this cake too much yet. Every time I've had it I've enjoyed it - light, aromatic, floral, nice body, a little sweet, with a bit of astringency. Aftertaste lingers in the mouth quite a bit, not so much in the throat. I wonder if this would be a good one to keep in the pumidor to age. It is a bit light, and it's definitely enjoyable to drink now, but I'd like to see how it ages. Instead of buying another one to age, I'll probably just refrain from drinking it too often and keep it in the pumidor. But we'll see, still in the process of figuring out the inside of my pumidor in terms of what to keep in there for long-term, what new cakes I want to add, etc.

Jay, as soon as I have the money my next purchase will still be that 03-05 7542 you have on your site. :D Traveled too much recently and that's led to a cut in my tea purchases, but hoping to fix that soon. Itching to try some new stuff.

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Re: Official Pu of the day

by jayinhk » Sep 21st, '17, 00:12

Drinking some of a sample of 2005 CNNP 7581 I received in person from BitterLeafTeas last year. The best example of this recipe I've seen on the western market, and at a good price. Chocolate and date flavors dominate with no storage/fermentation funk or camphor. I often point newbs to BLT's 7581 for this reason since it shows you what shou can be if aged correctly.

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Re: Official Pu of the day

by Nate_L » Sep 20th, '17, 23:41

Sampled the 2017 version of Poundcake by White2Tea. one of the sweetest young raw puerhs I've had in awhile. While the main profile is sweetness, it got pretty complex in later steeps, dried fruits, hay, clean wood notes ( Tree bark maybe? :lol: ) while remaining pretty thick until steep 8 or 9.

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Re: Official Pu of the day

by Frisbeehead » Sep 20th, '17, 21:59

Just started up a session of the Tejipin from YQH, a tea I haven't had in a little over a year. I was on a sort of hiatus over the past year, but now that I'm settled back home and school has started again, it's back to the old tea routine. I haven't bought any new teas recently, so I've just been revisiting teas that I haven't had in a while. After all the traveling I'm on a pretty tight budget, so no new cakes for a while. But it's good to be back :D

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Re: Official Pu of the day

by fdrx » Sep 20th, '17, 20:34

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Re: Official Pu of the day

by Rui » Sep 18th, '17, 03:44

2007 Jingmai sheng from Terre de Ciel in France. Just like the 2006 tea this one is now sweet with very clean storage characteristics. :)

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Re: Official Pu of the day

by fdrx » Sep 14th, '17, 13:53

i wanted to compare this naka with a leftover of douji naka '09 brick, but it's pointless.. the douji is everything but delicate and pure, everthing but subtil and smooth... It also has some herbal and minty notes (and a bit of everything actually) and gives a good slow huigan but... no... not today ^^
i'm going to grind some super fresh castillo & caturra beans instead...

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Re: Official Pu of the day

by fdrx » Sep 12th, '17, 20:30

Qilinhao naka '12 (sample) :

0/ rince: the wet leaves smell cat urine, red fruits and smoke
1/ the texture is extremely silky/milky... dominant cat urine flavour and some good distant smoke, the whole gives a herbal & slightly fruity aftertaste... dry tea.
2/ wet leaves: cat piss all the way... taste: hints of milk, then herbal, then cat piss. Very astringent. The texture is not so silky anymore (because of the astringency). When the soup is cold it's totally herbal with some minty notes. Slow & distant sort of huigan that transfroms the herbal notes into a slightly sour and fruity cat piss flavour... aftertaste is like before. Truely performant aroma persistency. oddly the gaiwan lid smells vanilla... very dry... there is some energy and at least some clear mind energy, but for some reason it can't focus on that today. heaviness in the stomach...
3/ it's thick and very much herbal with a hint of milk and some quiet mint, then comes the cat piss along with some sour tobacco (i think) that gives depth. There's still a touch of noble smoke too. some cooling effects that last. no much change in the herbal & fruity aftertaste and still lots of aroma persistency
4/ Very thick and i'm clearly feeling drunkness. there's a more defined fast huigan now that gives some herbal brown sugar. top taste is herbal, some leather... Length has mint, some good sourness... super astringent...
long lasting aftertaste

I'll go back to that later, i'm feeling tea drunk, i can't tell if it's only because of the tea though. So far i'm enjoying the tea a lot, and i started this session with zero hope given the lack of interest i had yesterday for their bing dao, which is clearly a blend.

5/ It's the astringency that was hiding the texture of the soup: it is indeed super silky...
still herbal and now with some more obvious brown sugar right after, the taste is savory too, i'm really enjoying the character of that tea, and i can understand why it's sold out, unlike their supposed-to-be lbz & bingdao...
6/ becoming wetter, good shengjin... some reminiscences of "that" taste in the aftertaste... the durability seems more than honorable..
...

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Re: Official Pu of the day

by fdrx » Sep 10th, '17, 10:55

starting the day with the wangong '10 that still has plenty of flavors and decent sweetness and aftertaste to offer. It's good for the morning, although it is still very dry, fortunately this dryness does not last forever.
The hypnotic qi is more obvious than yesterday, and takes me by surprise...

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