Gentle Giant 2023 Pasha Raw Puer

Tea type
Pu'erh Pu'erh (sheng) Blend
Ingredients
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Flavors
Alcohol, Apple, Beer, Bitter, Broccoli, Floral, Green Bell Peppers, Herbaceous, Honey, Juicy, Musk, Passion Fruit, Peas, Pungent, Sweet, Vegetables, Vegetal
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Average preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “Gongfu! Sneaking one last session this afternoon before taking off for World Tea Expo tomorrow morning!! Despite mostly having a more savory and vegetal profile, something about this session...” Read full tasting note
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To say that we’re happy with this year’s Gentle Giant would be a massive understatement. This tea absolutely lives up to its name, with a big presence that manages to remain approachable. Even fresh out of pressing, without any rest, this tea impresses.

As with the previous year, there is a nice kuwei (pleasant bitterness). The flavour is full, enduring in the mouth and throat. The huigan is fantastic. And a savoury broth-like quality is also present.

Where this year’s tea truly excels is in the exceptionally smooth texture and mouth feel, producing a soup that glides in the mouth. This tea is truly thick, with little detectable roughness. Along with an uplifting chaqi/energy, this highlights the difference quality old tree material can make.

The environment for these trees is also exactly what we like to see. Aside from spring picking, there is barely any human intervention on the land these trees grow on. Aside from lack of use of pesticides and fertilizer, that also means no weeding or picking during summer, fall or winter (not that anyone picks during winter anyway).

We highly recommend trying this tea in comparison with our Great Expectations Pasha (qiaomu), which uses younger tree material from a similarly maintained environment. While this comparison emphasizes the subtle differences between quality of material, there is also a notable difference in terms of fragrance and experience.

Picking period: April 1-8

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Gongfu!

Sneaking one last session this afternoon before taking off for World Tea Expo tomorrow morning!! Despite mostly having a more savory and vegetal profile, something about this session reminded me of some of the Jingmai productions that I love so much from Bitterleaf. Maybe it was the soft and silky mouthfeel of the liquor, but I think more so it was the undertones of lavender that seeped into the body of any longer infusions throughout the session. A fascinating blend of florals and brothy umami notes.

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Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sox6ApFi9Is

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A lovely warming pu-erh from a village that I have not explored very much.

The aroma is sweet with notes of rapini, peas, acorn, passion fruit, and green peppers. It smells a bit like a cold-brewed sencha in its current youthful state.

The mouthfeel is light, airy, and velvety, but with a strong presence, especially in the pungent and protracted sensations after drinking, which are cooling, expansive, numbing and floral.

The taste is bitter and vegetal above all, with the second half of the session bringing progressively more sweetness. There is a refreshing juiciness to it, and sometimes reminds me of beer (such as a lagered ale). I also found flavours of apples, leafy vegetables, honey and herbs. Additionally, the incredibly fragrant aftertaste carries notes of musk, fern, alcohol, apple leaves and more.

Flavors: Alcohol, Apple, Beer, Bitter, Broccoli, Floral, Green Bell Peppers, Herbaceous, Honey, Juicy, Musk, Passion Fruit, Peas, Pungent, Sweet, Vegetables, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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