2015 Yunnan Sourcing "Autumn Ma Li Shu" Old Arbor Raw

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  • “Wet Leaves: Right away I notice a kind of vegetal aroma that reminds me olive oil, but after the rinse the leaves give off the very distinctly sweet, saturated smell of raw honey. Underneath that...” Read full tasting note
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2015 Yunnan Sourcing “Autumn Ma Li Shu” Old Arbor Raw 250g
Entirely Ancient Arbor tea from Autumn (October) 2015 Harvest from Ma Li Shu village (麻栗树寨) in Yi Wu mountain range. Ma Li Shu is just outside Yi Bang town, which is one of the six famous tea mountains in Banna. Yi Bang area teas are known for their special thick aroma and a taste that with age becomes stronger and more textured. This tea comes from old arbor trees between 150 and 200 years old growing naturally. When brewing the tea you will notice the tea soup is a bright yellow-gold and clear, the aroma is penetrating and the tea is full in the mouth. The flavor is textured and thick with notes of fruit and sugarcane with an umami-like after-taste. Being a typical mixed (large and small) leaf varietal, this is one of the more smooth and aromatic of the Yi Wu area teas. The brewed leaves are thick and stout with a dark olive-green color, attesting to their wild arbor origin.

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Wet Leaves: Right away I notice a kind of vegetal aroma that reminds me olive oil, but after the rinse the leaves give off the very distinctly sweet, saturated smell of raw honey. Underneath that there’s very prominent floral and stone fruit aromas. (Weird Aside: I swear the lid of the gaiwan smells like baby powder…)

Early Steeps: Light, sweet, floral. By steep two, the sweetness begins turning into a kind of apricot or peach flavor.

Middle Steeps: The floral, fruity notes are fading fast, giving way to a kind of boiled vegetable flavor. Little to no bitterness coming through yet, but a moderate huigan has come through. Honestly kind of a bummer, considering where this tea started out.

Tail End: Drying astringency is now coating my tongue, yet flavors have become dull and uninteresting. No noticeable body effect that I can feel either.

Verdict: This tea creates a very uneven experience. Beautiful aromas and a very gentle fruity sweetness gives way to astringent boiled vegetable flavors. The tea is very tasty for about 3-4 steeps, then rapidly doesn’t have much to offer. Might develop some depth with time, but the relative softness of the tea doesn’t suggest it has a ton of aging potential. It’s not bad, just oddly uneven. Your mileage might vary.

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