puerhking wrote:hop_goblin wrote:puerhking wrote:Yuan Nian Yi Wu 2007
Ebay vendor vins_n_teas $13
Astringency - none
Smoke - some
Dryness - none
Mouthfeel - medium +
Hui gan - some
Flavor - excellent
Overall value - off the hook
Purchase again - I can only hope to obtain more
Right off the bat….a bit of smoke and bacon. Then wood, hay and a hint of camphor. Fairly complex. Initially the brewed leaves hit hard with the scent of bacon. Somewhat strange but somehow satisfying. Leaning more to the earthy side which is nice for a change. Flavors have an aged feel about them for an 07. Coats the mouth with flavors that linger long after liquor is swallowed. Nice large leaves that are mostly intact…they are dark as well making me wonder if they are fall leaves. After later brews the leaves had a complex and magnificently sweet smell to them. For the $13 I paid including shipping…an obscene bargain. One of the best shengs I have had.
Interesting. Bacon? Not what I would find pleasant in a pu. I have never heard the claim that fall leaves are dark. However, I have read that ancient tree can be dark. Although highly doubtful for 13$. Fall leaves are generally larger in size and are less aromatic or astringent in profile. I hate to say it, but the profile is not reminiscent of Yiwu. I wonder where the leaves came from.
I thought I had read somewhere that fall leaves were generally darker but I could be mistaken. I do not know how much this would retail for from a YSLLC as this was purchased from an individual. The website and the cakes are as professionally done as any I have seen. The neifei is reminiscent of Menghai in complexity. I have no reason to believe there is not at least some Yiwu in the mix. I did post a pic of the leaves on the original post.
Hey there PK, perhaps it may contain a some YiWu leaves. I was just commenting that many of the Yiwu teas I have ever tasted are sweet and florally. What one has to remember is that YiWu leaves are among some of the most expensive on the market and with a 13$ price tag, well you do that math. Yes, I can see that it has a nice Nefei, although remember, the purpose for the the DaYi neifei is to to stop DaYi counterfeiting only and it is not a guarantee of contents. Same could possibly said about this example.. I know when it comes to puerh, we all hope for a diamond in the rough. The only rough diamonds that existed were those prior to 2001 when puerh was a common commodity. Just be careful. With its uncommon characteristics both in taste and in color and cheap price, it may be border tea.