2004 Youle Gushu

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  • “i bought this last year and haven’t gotten around to it until this past week… anyway. 3.7/90. wet leaf is smoky, honey, berries. can’t remember if youle is a small leaf varietal or if this is just...” Read full tasting note

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Since pressing our 2021 Youle Gaogan cakes, we’ve had quite a few enquiries about other Youle material, and have been on the hunt for some nicely aged cakes.

These were pressed in 2004 by a tea merchant from Yiwu. He collected the raw material from Youle mountain and pressed the cakes in Chang Da Hao’s tea factory, using their wrappers to wrap the cakes. This was quite a common practice at the time for small productions. They were then purchased by a Kunming merchant, who stored them in Kunming until now. The storage has been clean, and although ideally we would have preferred somewhere more humid, it has aged nicely.

From tasting it, it appears to be pure old tree material and displays all the character one would expect from this type of tea. It’s thick, rich, concentrated, has good depth in the mouth and throat and is very vibrant. It has a nice energy and a long concentrated aftertaste with reassuring bitter note creeping in. This has plenty of room still to evolve in years to come.

I can highly recommend this tea. It’s a bargain at this price and even newly made tea of this quality from this area would be much more expensive.

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i bought this last year and haven’t gotten around to it until this past week… anyway.

3.7/90. wet leaf is smoky, honey, berries. can’t remember if youle is a small leaf varietal or if this is just my sample, but the leaves are very small, hongcha-like. leaf is quite green still, so storage was likely quite dry for this to be from 04. first steep is a honeyed and dried jujube taste w slight bitterness underneath. good mouthfeel and rounded. aftertaste is kind of grassy and sweet. later is honeyed graham crackers with berry, sort of minty aftertaste. 4th was oversteeped. smokey note and bitterness, then quick burst of clarity and focus, nothing after. Not very strong on fifth and fell off completely after. a ginseng like note in the fifth, and then just leaf taste

https://imgur.com/a/dQgZ1P9 Hard to tell in pic, but leaves are quite young sheng like in appearance. also small.

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