Kingpin 2022 Youle Raw Puer

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Bittersweet, Creamy, Green, Hay, Honeysuckle, Plum, Sour, Sweet Potatoes, Vanilla, Vegetal, Wheatgrass
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 3 oz / 90 ml

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  • “Gongfu! The comparison to Yiwu material is what made me pull out this sample on Sunday, and sipping on the tea I definitely see similarities. The liquor is quite soft and silky in mouthfeel, with...” Read full tasting note
  • “An okay-ish leaning to decent raw puerh. I got this tea from my recent BLT order, and while it isn’t mind-boggling by any means, it does an okay job for a tea session. Beautiful bud heavy leaves...” Read full tasting note
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A subtle finesse is necessary if you want to rise to the top, and this tea is a lesson in ascending to power. Do not confuse this tea’s gentle character in the early steeps for weakness. Its personality develops brew by brew, with the mouthfeel becoming more and more full and the huigan (returning sweetness) creeping in by way of the throat and spreading until it dominates the mouth. All of this is accompanied by a slight astringency and roughness that dissolves quickly.

Although Youle/Jinuo mountain bridges the gap between Yiwu and Menghai, this tea’s profile leans more towards Yiwu, with a pleasant, gentle fragrance and excellent aftertaste.

Historically, the mountain is quite interesting. One of the original 6 Famous Tea Mountains, and at one point the political center and representative for all 6, Youle/Jinuo mountain is home to “the last minority”, the Jinuo people, who were the last ethnic minority group to become recognized in modern China. To this day, they almost exclusively make this mountain their home. Their history of tea cultivation on the mountain goes back over 1000 years, with up to 4000 acres of tea trees planted during the Ming dynasty.

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Gongfu!

The comparison to Yiwu material is what made me pull out this sample on Sunday, and sipping on the tea I definitely see similarities. The liquor is quite soft and silky in mouthfeel, with delicate notes of hot summer hay and honeysuckle throughout. A pleasant sugar cane note greets you at the end of the sip, with a lush coating sweetness that fills the mouth and throat! With a name like Kingpin I probably would have expected a more bitter and surly session, with abrasive texture and flavour; but this was a pleasant divergence from that expectation.

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CkEV85luGpj/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_y0AzxAXlw

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An okay-ish leaning to decent raw puerh. I got this tea from my recent BLT order, and while it isn’t mind-boggling by any means, it does an okay job for a tea session. Beautiful bud heavy leaves with a decent wet leaf aroma and a decent liquor. This tea had a beautiful texture that was smooth yet bitey, and juicy all in one. Decent finish and relatively decent aftertaste as well. The flavour was nice and generally above average but I felt it lacked potency and nuance. This tea lacked a character and didn’t really have much going for it in terms of steep longevity and cha-qi. This tea is definitely not bad, and had definitive aspects that were quality, but just not good enough overall to be a 80+ tea for me.

Flavors: Bittersweet, Creamy, Green, Hay, Honeysuckle, Plum, Sour, Sweet Potatoes, Vanilla, Vegetal, Wheatgrass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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