Year of the Tiger 2022 Yiwu Raw Puer

Tea type
Pu'erh Tea
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Flavors
Almond, Creamy, Fruity, Hay, Honey, Melon, Papaya, Smooth, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Sweet, Warm Grass
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Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “Decent-ish sheng! I got the dragon ball samples of this tea from my recent BLT order, and of course it isn’t a world-beater, but for the price, I’d say it punches above its weight. Nice leaves with...” Read full tasting note
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Possibly one of the best daily drinkers out there, this tea embodies everything that Yiwu teas are known for: a pleasant and unique fragrance that is accompanied by an underlying sweetness.

While this tea maintains a similar character year after year, it also serves as a great measure of how weather affects each year’s tea. Due to significant lack of rain, our 2020 Rat and 2021 Bull were steered towards a denser flavour with more noticeable bitterness. For 2022, this tea has returned to a more balanced and gentler profile that emphasizes a honey-like sweetness – perhaps the closest yet to our first production of Monkey in 2016.

Our experience storing this tea over the last 10+ years has been the development of even more noticeable honey and fruit notes within 3-5 years.

As we highlight each year, a big draw with this tea is the quality of material used. The trees were planted by this farmer’s family over 45 years ago, at which point plantation style terraces were more common. However, since the 2000s, these trees have been converted to fangyang (放养, or “left to grow”). This means no pesticides, weed killer, pruning, fertilizers or over-picking.

While this style of farming isn’t ideal for producing maximum output, it does contribute to much higher quality tea than neighboring taidi productions, which adhere to conventional farming methods. The other downsides are the trees left to grow taller on their own tend to compete for space and may require relocation, which isn’t always successful. Additionally, manual weeding is a laborious task that takes at least a month each year to complete. Picking tall trees, even if they’re only middle-aged, is also a more difficult task than pruned bushes.

But if we had our way, every tea would be like this. The deeper roots and more concentrated yield produce a tea richer in fragrance and flavour than typical plantation productions in this price range. And of course, all this without the presence of any pesticides or harmful substances.

In previous years (2017-2018) we tested this tea against the EU Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) of 191 and 440+ pesticides, both passing with ease. Although this particular year’s tea has not been tested, the tea is from the same land and our confidence in this tea and relationship with the farmer remains strong. If you would like a copy of the lab results for previous years, please contact us.

This year’s wrapper features artwork by Toronto based artist 1%Talent. Be sure to check him out on Instagram, TikTok and pick something out for yourself from his shop here.

Picking period: 1st and 2nd flush, pre-March 27

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Decent-ish sheng! I got the dragon ball samples of this tea from my recent BLT order, and of course it isn’t a world-beater, but for the price, I’d say it punches above its weight. Nice leaves with relatively medium bud content, with a decent aroma and a nice liquor. The tea had a decent flavour with a slight nuance but lacked richness and potency. Smooth texture with a slight juiciness to the mouth, paired with an okay-ish character throughout the session. The finish & aftertaste was there but a bit absent, and the steep longevity is roughly average I’d say. Cha-qi was definitely missing in this tea, but what can I expect from a tea that really is quite cheap already.

Definitely better teas out there, but this tea is a relatively solid candidate for daily-drinker status.

Flavors: Almond, Creamy, Fruity, Hay, Honey, Melon, Papaya, Smooth, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Sweet, Warm Grass

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Gongfu!

I recently hit the 7K follower on IG milestone so I thought it would be fun to do a “Teas I Drink In A Day” post to celebrate – this being the session I kicked my day off with. Yiwu sheng is probably my favourite and in particular BLT’s “Year of The…” series has a very special place in my heart.

I didn’t brew out the tea leaves completely because I was working against the clock of needing to also get ready and out the door to head to the office, but the four steeps I enjoyed were perfection. Very soft liquor with a soothing and reaallllyyyyy slightly crisp clean vegetal taste. Like snow peas, but also a little citrusy.

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CjqwyAMuqqh/ (Pictures one and two)

I thought the confetti cup was appropriate for this light celebration!

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yb4Y0F9E6M

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