Lucky Draw 2019 Jinggu Raw Puer - Sweet

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Cotton Candy, Sweet, Toasted
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Edit tea info Last updated by Roswell Strange
Average preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 4 oz / 130 ml

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  • “Grandpa style! Had this one very shortly after my Spring order arrived – I was so intrigued that I couldn’t wait. The dry leaf is absolutely stunning – the leaves are just so raw and...” Read full tasting note
  • “While I let my Bitterleaf 2020 dragon balls chill just a while longer, I decided to dig into this one. Mine is from the non-smoky batch. I must say that the pressed long straws are quite attractive...” Read full tasting note

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This 2019 Jinggu region puer is an extremely refreshing and easy to drink young tea, with an enjoyable and uncomplicated character.

Processed into long strands, this tea will test your brewing abilities. Our recommendation: Lay the sticks flat across a gaiwan, then pour your water over the middle of the sticks to allow them to fold in half and fit into the gaiwan.

This tea also demonstrates some of the unexpected inconsistencies that can be encountered from one batch of processed tea to another. As such, this tea is available in 2 versions, sweet or smoky.

Both options are actually quite sweet, but a portion of this tea did arrive with a gentle and pleasant smoky character that can be detected in the first 2-3 brews. Rather than send it back, we decided to offer both version for you to compare.

This tea is also an excellent choice for cold brewing, which can’t always be said of young raw puers. Simply add ~10g of tea to ~200ml of water and allow to brew until it reaches a desired strength.

Each purchase is for a 100g tin of tea.

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Grandpa style!

Had this one very shortly after my Spring order arrived – I was so intrigued that I couldn’t wait. The dry leaf is absolutely stunning – the leaves are just so raw and gnarly/overgrown looking, many significantly longer than the length of my hand, even disregarding the stems. I wish I knew more background on the processing/pick, because my first thought was that this is maybe the result of overgrown tea leaves from the period where China couldn’t get workers out to the tea fields because of Covid-19!? I don’t know if there’s truth to that though…

If there is, then what a brilliant way of re-purposing that tea leaf…

In terms of taste – I’m struggling to remember what it was like; I left this sitting in my queue for too long without detailed enough jot notes for myself. I wasn’t sure how much left to use for the brew; the leaf style is so much different that eyeballing isn’t as easy. I went with about eight of the very long leaves, and that might have been a touch thin?

I remember that is was very sweet though, and that I thought the name/description was appropriate for the taste.

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While I let my Bitterleaf 2020 dragon balls chill just a while longer, I decided to dig into this one. Mine is from the non-smoky batch. I must say that the pressed long straws are quite attractive and will help brighten up a tea session.

I used a 130ml gaiwan with a 1g/15ml ratio, steeping times similar to how I brew most sheng. For the first one or two infusions the aroma I got off the wet leaf was akin to that of cooked vegetables like zucchini and eggplant, but after that transformed to an uncanny smell of standing next to a cotton candy stand with that hot, burnt sugar smell. That’s pretty rad.

This tea is very sweet, as one might expect from Jinggu. Immediate upfront sweetness with plenty of flavor. This tea is honestly just straight up liquified cotton candy. Sugarcane is the best way to describe the sweetness and there is even a barely noticeable slight toasted note to this tea as well. Bitterness and astringency are vanishingly low as far as I can tell. The body is really solid and taste very pure and clean.

Overall Lucky Draw is an extremely approachable and very good tea for the price. It’s a great daily drinker and very forgiving to brew, likely making it well suited for brewing grandpa style or iced. I like it a lot and so does my mother who now wants a tin after hearing how affordable it is. I’m actually curious enough myself to order a tin of the smoky variant for comparison.

The tea’s straightforward nature can also be one of its biggest caveats for some. While very pleasant and easygoing, the tea doesn’t have much in terms of complexity or depth to it. The flavor does change gradually over the infusions, but not to a degree that would make Lucky Draw a particularly engaging or rewarding tea to session. The finish is also fairly short, with the aftertaste not lasting particularly long. Don’t expect a qi bomb either and while the leaves themselves have nice aroma to them, in the mouth I didn’t find this Jinggu to be the most aromatic sheng.

As long as you know that you’re looking for something easygoing and straightforward, none of the shortcomings I just mentioned matter. Lucky Draw is a tea that’s very difficult to genuinely dislike and one that will be in regular rotation for me this summer.

Flavors: Cotton Candy, Sweet, Toasted

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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