2016 Jiu Wan "Chen Xiang" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Brown Sugar, Camphor, Mineral, Nuts, Pecan, Wet Earth
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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 5 oz / 140 ml

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  • “After being the only ripe that I was drinking over the course of a few months, this really turned out to impress me. It has a rich, sweet profile with all of the flavors that I love in ripe...” Read full tasting note
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  • “What kind of tea can you get for $20 for a full sized cake? Turns out a pretty good one! This tea brews up thick and dark, just like I like em. A hint of coffee and bitter chocolate, followed by...” Read full tasting note
    86
  • “I’ve ordered a couple of ripes lately because I drank down quite a bit of my relatively small ripe collection over the winter. This one sounded nice, and for only $16 I thought why the heck...” Read full tasting note
    87

From Yunnan Sourcing

A lovely ripe tea made from Lincang and Menghai Spring 2016 harvested tea! Their old fermentation master Dong Guo Hong came out of retirement to oversee this incredibly special “wo dui” fermentation process.

The result is a powerful ripe tea that reminds us that ripe pu-erh can be made from high quality tea leaves. Tea leaves that could have just as easily been processed into a very drinkable raw pu-erh cake! Thick and pungent taste, thick tea soup, and strong camphor aroma this tea will go ten rounds easily without getting boring. Further aging will surely make this a sought after ripe pu-erh!

Spring 2016 harvest tea leaves

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After being the only ripe that I was drinking over the course of a few months, this really turned out to impress me. It has a rich, sweet profile with all of the flavors that I love in ripe pu’erh, but sometimes struggle to find in many offerings.

The structure of the tea is nutty and savory-sweet. Rich flavors of pecan and cream of wheat. Popping from this backdrop is the star of the show – rum! Notes of rum barrel and rum raisin arrive and add a complex sweetness that really adds to the experience. These are further highlighted by vanilla and molasses flavors.

There is not much woodiness to the tea, which I think is to its benefit. This ripe is more about the rummy nuttiness than it is the more typical cherry wood and warm cereal notes you find in nearly every ripe. This is a rich experience, akin to a hong cha. I really appreciate the rum flavors when I find them in ripe pu’erh – it is one of the unique and delicious flavors that make a ripe special.

Togo

That sounds great. And the tea is cheap too! :)

Kawaii433

This sounds so good. I really love nutty notes in my teas.

apefuzz

@togo @kawaii433 It really opened up for me. I probably drank through half of the cake before I started liking it so much. I don’t know if my palate changed or the warmer weather helped “wake up” the tea. Either way, I’m realizing the benefits of just sticking with one tea and really exploring it instead of bouncing around to different teas. So far, teas that I first thought were mediocre have really developed into something quite nice after fully exploring them on a consistent, daily basis. This one was worth the time spent developing a relationship with it, and is definitely worth the purchase.

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What kind of tea can you get for $20 for a full sized cake? Turns out a pretty good one! This tea brews up thick and dark, just like I like em. A hint of coffee and bitter chocolate, followed by simple yet fairly smooth steeps. A little rough around the edges, but it is a great daily drinker, especially for those of us that go through a lot of shu. Comparable to a good middle of the road Dayi ripe.

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I’ve ordered a couple of ripes lately because I drank down quite a bit of my relatively small ripe collection over the winter. This one sounded nice, and for only $16 I thought why the heck not!

The cake smells fairly clean for a young ripe, and the taste follows suit. It makes a bold brew with a thick mouthfeel. Tastes of wet earth and pecan with a bit of camphor and mineral and a brown sugar sweetness. Comparable to Dayi’s more premium ripes. I like this tea quite a bit and it’s a steal at it’s current price.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Camphor, Mineral, Nuts, Pecan, Wet Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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