2004 Tai Lian Yi Wu Zheng Shan Raw Pu-erh

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Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Wood, Camphor, Sweet, Butter, Drying, Earth, Flowers, Musty
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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 oz / 97 ml

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Classic Tai Lian production from 2004. Dry stored in Guangdong for 11 years has given this a highly aged feel but not without compromising it’s complex Yi Wu character.
Entirely first flush of spring blend of Yi Wu area villages give this a highly balanced taste.

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Age-blackened dry leaf in warmed gaiwan has a sort of woody(?) aroma, vaguely like some shu. I think it’s a kind of generic aged-tea smell. Infusions like rinse/10s/10s/15s/20s… for the 1st 10, then 60s/70s/80s/90s. Crystal Springs water at 208-212F.

Orange soup, no hint of humid storage, very clean-tasting. First few steeps have sweetness, mellow woody taste. Bitterness and astringency begin to develop by the 5th steep. Medicinal taste in 6th and subsequent infusions. Begin to get a slight tea sweat at 9th. Astringency continues to build through the 10th. 12th beginning to taste thin. Still some sweetness, astringency and medicine at 14 but gave it up at that point.

Spent leaf completely unfurled without creases, brown with olive-drab spots, looks like factory/plantation leaf. Not rubbery, crumbles when rubbed between fingers.

Is it Yiwu? Is it Zheng Shan? No idea, but it’s nice, clean, dry-aged tea with some potency and longevity, not too expensive.

Flavors: Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
boychik

Nice. I have a sample somewhere, i need to try ;)

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The leaves are a blend of brown, dark brown and red with some golden tips and stems/sticks present. It looks like a Shou/Ripe Puerh but that’s due to this being over 10 years old. I also want to note that the leaves look nice and full for the most part. Scent is earthy and wooden with some smoke, hay and bitter flowers.

Steeping Method: Yixing Teapot 100ml
Leaf: 7g
Water: Boiling
Pre rinse – This was rinsed twice for 20 seconds each time

First Steep – 30 seconds

Colour is orange with a light yet musty scent. Flavour is sweet and leathery with some astringency. Also some damp wood and light smoke tones.
Second Steep – 40 seconds

Less bitter than the first steep though it is still present. The mature flavours have settled down a little too and have blended better. The must and damp wood are still the dominant notes though more equal in this steep. Also getting a buttery note in the after taste.

Third Steep – 45 seconds

Tasting soft leather, toasted hay, smoke, must and dry perfume. Nothing too heavy but lingering for a long time in the after taste. The bitterness/astringency is present though rather pleasant.

Fourth Steep – 55 seconds

The bitterness has increased as has the smoke, which gives it tobacco and earthy notes. Also strong peony and dry wood notes.

Fifth Steep – 1 minute

Lighter than the previous steep though remains smoky, buttery and with dry peony notes. Bitterness is at a pleasant level again. Wonderful buttery aftertaste that lingers.

Sixth Steep – 1 minute 20 seconds

My favourite steep so far. Everything is reduced including the bitterness, and the peony and butter dominate and linger. A little dry.

Seventh Steep – 2 minutes

Another lovely steep though toned down from it’s mature beginnings. Lighter than the first steep at this point though still boasting butter, peony and wood flavours. Plus no bitterness.

Eighth Steep – 3 minutes

Very little remains though the buttery finish is uncomplicated, lasting and a wonderful end to this tea.

This was a wonderful mature Sheng, with an array of flavours such as:wood, tobacco, butter, peony, smoke and earth. It’s full bodied without being too dark, so while it may be mature in flavour it still has a Sheng appeal.

Flavors: Butter, Drying, Earth, Flowers, Musty, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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