2016 Essence of Tea 'Kunlu Bitter Wild'

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Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Bitter, Floral, Fruity
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8 g 3 oz / 80 ml

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  • “Very well compressed tea from what seems like the purple leafed varietal. There is forest moss and subtle hickory smoke in the dry leaf aroma. After the first wash, the leaves reveal intriguing...” Read full tasting note
  • “Very bitter in a pleasant way. Remindes me of the CLT Slumbering Dragon, but a bit more fruity instead of floral and good Qi. Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2016-kunlu-bitter-wild-eot” Read full tasting note
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Coming from very old wild trees growing on Kunlu mountain, this tea is potent. This strain of wild trees has an underlying bitterness that comes out when brewed with a heavy hand, but is easily controllable. Beyond that, the tea is smooth, lively and elegant with long aftertaste. Perhaps not for beginners, this tea will please those who like powerful puerh.

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Very well compressed tea from what seems like the purple leafed varietal. There is forest moss and subtle hickory smoke in the dry leaf aroma. After the first wash, the leaves reveal intriguing aromas – dried plum, roasted walnut, pine wood, and moss after the spring rain. The tea brews a very clear and pale amber. Body is light yet the tea is somehow rich.

It’s a remarkable tea. The Qi is intense from the start. It moves towards the back of the head and envelops the cerebellum, spreads down my spine, and into my shoulders. It remains there, leaving feeling warm and elevated (not hyper) for the entire session and afterwards. It also spreads to my chest and remains. I’m fully alert yet calm and happy. This is really cool stuff.

Initial steeps remind me of Yunnan Sourcing’s DeHong purple tea, but then the tea quickly reminds you that it’s something else entirely. The bitterness and sharpness in the initial steeps is much more similar to wild spring herbs (raw mugwort or ssuk in Korean) than tea, as it covers my entire mouth cavity and morphs on the sides of the tongue into intense tart apricots, sour cherries, grapefruit, dandelion greens, and oregano, but then transforms via huigan into something fruity and savory…and lingers. There is no smokiness in the flavor.

Mid steeps become even more fruity (plum, peach, cherry, green apple), honeyed, and very smooth. I can taste and feel the purity of this tea. It has great depth and, despite my description above, it’s quite difficult to accurately describe. It must be experienced first hand. I am tempted to purchase another bing.

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126 tasting notes

Very bitter in a pleasant way. Remindes me of the CLT Slumbering Dragon, but a bit more fruity instead of floral and good Qi.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2016-kunlu-bitter-wild-eot

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Fruity

Preparation
8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML
tanluwils

This is a heavy hitter of a tea. I actually got it because the slumbering dragon was too pricy. I need a few more solid sessions with it before I can submit tasting notes. It should be better now that it’s had time to settle.

Alexander

Indeed! But I love it – it has a very pleasnt bitterness (like the Slumbering Dragon), opposed to the bitterness sometimes found in cheap/bad teas. If it is too bitter but you like the overal taste nonetheless you might try the 2017 EoT Jingdong Ancient Wild which is similar but a bit more tame and more fruity.

tanluwils

I had a good session with it the other day. It’s improved a bit since I last had it. It’s a lot more nuanced and smooth. The body feel this time was the most notable part of the session. Does the Jinghong have a similar body /Qi effect as the Kunlu bitter? I don’t see reviews on it yet.

Alexander

Yes, it has a simlar Qi but not as strong as the Kunlu. You can compare my opinion on both here: https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2017-jingdong-ancient-wild-eot (German only atm.)

tanluwils

Nice tea ware. :)

Alexander

thanks :)

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