2022 Yunnan Sourcing "Pasha Mountain" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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Pu'erh Pu'erh (shou) Blend
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Cacao, Dark Bittersweet, Earthy, Mushrooms, Roots, Wet wood, Bitter
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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This is a first flush of Spring 2021 pluck from Pa Sha Mountain (帕沙山) is just south of Gelanghe in the southeast part of Menghai County (Xishuangbanna). Plucked from wild arbor trees (40-100 years old) in Xi Niu Tang Village (帕沙犀牛塘), this was carefully processed into ripe pu-erh tea during the summer of 2021.

Thick taste, dark tea soup and a chocolate bitter/sweet character makes this a sure bet for those who like potent ripes!

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This tea is a delight. As someone who enjoys powerful ripes, this tea caught my eye.

I ordered a 25g sample of this 2022 “Pasha Mountain” shou pu-erh from Yunnan Sourcing. On opening the sample bag, I noticed the “dried squid” wet pile smell characteristic of young ripe teas. Nothing unusual! The funky aroma seemed to dissipate after the second and third steeps and did not permeate the liquor itself much.

I infused this tea using 8g of leaves (I like to be generous with shou) and 100 mL of boiling water (100℃/212℉) each time. After rinsing the leaves once, I obtained twelve substantial steeps. In the first infusion, this tea tasted damp and woody, with subtle hints of dark chocolate. Subsequent steeps revealed a robust cacao character with a prominent bitterness uncommon to shou pu-erh. Beneath these flavors lay deep, almost alcoholic dark wood notes. The tea soup was very dark, even for a ripe tea. Its flavors stayed mainly uniform until the eleventh steep; the vehement cacao character then tapered back into light foresty notes.

The cha qi was highly invigorating. This tea is so fierce that brewing in a 100 mL gaiwan and drinking three or four infusions made me feel noticeably weak. Just a word of caution to those who like to gulp tea!

I highly recommend this 2022 “Pasha Mountain” ripe for anyone who likes commanding tea. Should there be a pu-erh equivalent to black coffee, this tea might be it. I will be back for more!

My infusion times:

Rinse: ~3 sec.
1: 10 sec.
2: 10 sec.
3: 20 sec.
4: 35 sec.
5: 50 sec.
6: 1 min. 10 sec.
7: 1 min. 35 sec.
8: 2 min. 15 sec.
9: 4 min.
10: 6 min.
11: 10 min.
12: 16 min.

Flavors: Cacao, Dark Bittersweet, Earthy, Mushrooms, Roots, Wet wood

Boiling 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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18 tasting notes

Very pungent and bitter. First ripe I’ve had in a while where the bitterness dominated the experience. I’ll come back to this one in a couple months to see if anything’s different.

As of now, even a 10sec steep after a 20 sec wash created a thick bitter brew that coated my mouth with bitterness that water didn’t immediately clear away. The thick soup I like, the staining bitterness not so much.

Every subsequent steep continued to be bitter. I actually drank the wash because the cake looked and smelled clean, and it was quite good. Dark chocolatey and woody. I was like . . . LFG. This will be nice. However, I never tasted those notes again. Hopefully those notes are a sign of what’s to come in time, but as of now it is unpalatable to me. Sleep on this for a bit.

Holy cha qi . . . it certainly wakes you up.

(I may revisit sooner and brew differently. We’ll see. Better tea to drink atm for sure.)

Flavors: Bitter

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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