2002 Tai Lian Kunming Tea Market Opening Anniversary Raw

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Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Apricot, Drying, Honey, Honeysuckle, Stonefruits, Smoke, Spices
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 oz / 103 ml

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  • “This is part of a YS sampler pack. These notes are a compilation of about 6 steeps. Tasting details: 6grams of tea / 100ml per steep / 208 deg F / steep time starting at 20s increasing 5-10 sec...” Read full tasting note
  • “At the time of drinking, this tea is 16 years old. Just got a sample of this guy in. I find this tea very surprising. Upon first sipping, my mind is tricked into thinking I am drinking a younger...” Read full tasting note
    79
  • “This full-bodied, sweet and smoky semi-aged raw still smells rather young for its age, but the dry storage has mellowed out most of the bitter notes (leaving only a mild astringency), to create an...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “This is my current favourite of my limited collection. It is very smooth with subtle smoke and honey flavours. It is very long on the palate and thoroughly satisfying. It is worth noting that the...” Read full tasting note
    89

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This tea cake was created to commemorate the opening of the newer second section of the Jin Shi Kunming Wholesale Tea market. The Jin Shi wholesale market located in the north of Kunming was completed in 1999, and facilitated the trading and shipping of Yunnan teas to the rest of China and the world. In the early part of the 2000’s this wholesale market was primarily engaged in the sale of Yunnan green teas for domestic consumption, but there were some Pu-erh sellers as well as factory outlets for CNNP, Da Yi, and Xiaguan located in the older section of the market.


The tea cake is composed of blended raw material from Lincang, Simao and Menghai sun-dried tea leaves. Compression level is medium and the tea is still pungent and intense as it was dry aged in Kunming since its inception. This cake differs from it’s counterpart the 2002 Tai Lian "International Pu-erh Tea Expo" Anniversary Raw tea cake in it’s leaf grade and blend recipe. I find this cake to be less edgy and intense, probably due to the larger more coarse leaves used.


Each nei fei was hand-signed by the three investors who built the annex to the Kunming Wholesale Tea Market!



A nice semi-aged tea with powerful cha qi countered with a developing aged mellowness.

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54 tasting notes

This is part of a YS sampler pack. These notes are a compilation of about 6 steeps.

Tasting details: 6grams of tea / 100ml per steep / 208 deg F / steep time starting at 20s increasing 5-10 sec with each infusion.

Color is a light orange amber. The wet tea leaves smell of cut wood and sweet hay.

Aroma of the liquid. Oak/wood scent with a touch of leather and slight sweetness (not honey, sugar, or floral).

Flavor: this tea starts extremely smooth with a slight cream flavor in the first infusion. This cream disappears in later infusions, and instead this tea starts very clean, turning into smokey oak with a touch of leather and the barest hint of sweetness. This is a viscous liquid that coats the tongue with a nice texture.

There a mild astringency that starts just after the oak, but it is not bitter; it is the astringency I associate with tannins in oak casket Scotch/Napa Valley Red wines. There is a bit of dust in this tea as it is a small sampler and part of it was somewhat crushed in transit. There was a slight bit of dust in the tea server after each pour, which could have attributed to the astringency.

This tea has an extremely long finish.

The cha Qi is mild, but consistent in nearly every single cup. By the 3rd steep, I felt heat flushed (not from the ambient temperature ) and I could feel heat rising from my chest towards my head.

Surprisingly, this is a fairly well-balanced tea esp in infusions 2-5. It’s easy to drink and super smooth.

Having said all of that, this is not quite to my preferred flavor profile but I enjoyed the experience. For anyone who likes the oaky flavor of Scotches or wine, this might be a good tea.

Preparation
6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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At the time of drinking, this tea is 16 years old. Just got a sample of this guy in. I find this tea very surprising. Upon first sipping, my mind is tricked into thinking I am drinking a younger tea. There is some bitterness that fades after the first 3-4 steeps, and a healthy serving of astringency. If I had to pick a wonderful exhibit of semi-aged Kunming storage done right. While many young pungent flavors still last in this tea on the nose, and through character, the tea transforms after swallowing to form a rounded and deeper flavor – immediately dispelling the expectations a young sheng would leave behind. Notes of honey and stone-fruit dominate the character of this tea. I definitely have no mastery over identifying regions, but I think this particular blend adds a nice character and complexity to the tea. While it is certainly a dry tea, and will force you into dryness, the flavors it leaves behind are more than worth the upfront aggression. For me the tea had a calming and relaxing qi, I felt focused and…actually got some things accomplished! Thanks tea! Overall, I’d call this a holistic success, but the more I experiment with dry stored teas pushing out past 15 years, the more I find myself falling into their sweet siren calls. So do take this with a grain of salt.

Flavors: Apricot, Drying, Honey, Honeysuckle, Stonefruits

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

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This full-bodied, sweet and smoky semi-aged raw still smells rather young for its age, but the dry storage has mellowed out most of the bitter notes (leaving only a mild astringency), to create an easy to drink tea with a medium cha qi.

After a couple of rinses this tea is clean, amber-brown. Got this one in the Yunnan Sourcing “dry-aged” sampler pack, late 2017.

Flavors: Drying, Honey, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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This is my current favourite of my limited collection. It is very smooth with subtle smoke and honey flavours. It is very long on the palate and thoroughly satisfying.

It is worth noting that the image of the wrapper on here is incorrect. Correct image can be found here: http://yunnansourcing.com/en/tailianchamasi/1367-2002-tai-lian-kunming-tea-market-opening-anniversary-raw-tea-cake.html

Flavors: Honey, Smoke, Spices

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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What a nice middle aged tea. Thanks to Brenden for putting a sample of this into the TTB. It brews a deep amber color, with fairly thick body. The storage has been dry. It is not terribly complex, I’d say it is nice and basic. Early steeps have some smoke, which eventually clears. There is little bitterness or astringency, which is part of why the flavor is simple and straightforward. Later steeps are more on the fruity side. I got plenty of infusions out of it.

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