Secret Garden 2016 Spring Old Tree Raw Puer

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Apricot, Floral, Fruity, Sweet, Bitter, Grass, Green, Hay
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Average preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 2 oz / 67 ml

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  • “I would say this sheng is good, but not great. The dry leaf had a floral and lightly vegetal aroma. After the rinse, there was a bit of apricot fruitiness, with some slightly deeper floral notes....” Read full tasting note
  • “This is another great one by Bitter Leaf Teas. This tea is vey sweet, fruity, and has a pleasant taste of green to go with it. I think that this tea was one of Bitter Leaf Tea’s left for their 2016...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is a pretty vegetal yiwu. I got notes of vegetal, fruits, mellow vibes and a floral aftertaste with a texture of melted butter. It does get crushingly bitter on the final steeps, but the first...” Read full tasting note
  • “15s rinse, few minutes’ rest. 1, ~5s — savoury, hints of grain, butter, vegetable, hint of floral in the aftertaste. mouthfeel smooth and rounded — creamy? no astringency. 2, ~10s — similar, with a...” Read full tasting note

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Our 2016 Secret Garden raw puer is made from old tree (100+ year) material buried 2.5+ hours deep in a forest, just a little outside of Yiwu. Much of this tea’s uniqueness is owed to its remote location and lack of human interference. The tea produces a good huigan and has a unique fragrance that is easily noticed towards the upper-back part of the mouth. There is a little roughness, but this tea is not too abrasive or bitter, and has great “cha qi”/tea energy.

The garden is located just above a river, with wild banana trees scattered around it and plenty of sunlight. While we don’t detect any noticeable banana flavour in this tea, it certainly has a special and indescribable aroma that sets it apart. As villages and various areas in Yunnan all try to develop a reputation in order to drive the price of their tea up, this is one of those hidden gems that is certainly deserving, but that we hope stays under the radar for a little longer.

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4 Tasting Notes

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I would say this sheng is good, but not great. The dry leaf had a floral and lightly vegetal aroma. After the rinse, there was a bit of apricot fruitiness, with some slightly deeper floral notes. I found this one to be pretty easy drinking, with a lot of fruitiness that you can often find in young sheng, but also a pretty good helping of flowery flavors as well. I think I may have perceived a bit more of that than there really was, with it being called Secret Garden and all. The huigan was nice, but I didn’t feel too much of anything in terms of qi. If pushed, it can get a touch bitter, but not too bad.

Again…a nice one, but not too memorable for me.

Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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This is another great one by Bitter Leaf Teas. This tea is vey sweet, fruity, and has a pleasant taste of green to go with it. I think that this tea was one of Bitter Leaf Tea’s left for their 2016 line-up, and I do believe that their tea company will only continue to get more successful.

I’ve already gone through half of this beeng, so I’ll hold the rest of it off to see how it tastes with a bit of aging.

Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Grass, Green, Hay

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This is a pretty vegetal yiwu. I got notes of vegetal, fruits, mellow vibes and a floral aftertaste with a texture of melted butter. It does get crushingly bitter on the final steeps, but the first 6 were very good. I got 10 infusions.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2016-secret-garden-sheng-puer-bitterleaf-teas/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML

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15s rinse, few minutes’ rest.
1, ~5s — savoury, hints of grain, butter, vegetable, hint of floral in the aftertaste. mouthfeel smooth and rounded — creamy? no astringency.
2, ~10s — similar, with a bit of tongue tingle coming in, and a slight bit more floral.
3, ~15s — more tingling, still creamy. i think i really like this tea, despite it being more savoury than i usually think of my preferences as. there’s also a chance i’ve cooked it somewhat — my temperature control is not fantastic at the moment. bitterleaf is becoming fairly dangerous to my wallet.
keeps going along the same lines; a bit more astringency creeping in but nothing massive. some fluffy dry mouth afters, with some mouth&throat cooling/mintiness.

Preparation
6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Wocket

Sounds delicious. What temp do you think would be preferred if, say, one had a small sample of this to try out?

twinofmunin

I’m not sure! This was probably ~195-200F, but I haven’t nailed down how temps drop between zoji and thermos and then in the thermos…

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