2017 Yunnan Sourcing "Gu Shu Bai Cha" Old Arbor Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake

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  • “Definitely the most dynamic young sheng I have tried. Steeped forever as well. Dry cup aroma last well into the session and actually lasted longer than any tea I’ve tried. Just finished the sample...” Read full tasting note

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Gu Shu Bai Cha means “Old Tree White Pekoe Tea”. White Pekoe refers to a Jinggu varietal called Camellia Assamica Taliensis that is very large and features hairy white buds. Our Spring Gu Shu Bai Cha is made from trees aged 100+ years old growing near Ye Zhu Tang village in Jing Gu county.

Ye Zhu Tang Village (lit. Wild Pig Pool) is small village about 5 miles to the north of Jinggu town and about two miles west (and uphill) from the Jinggu river. Ye Zhu Tang village is at about 1750 meters and the tea trees grow along a steep hillside between 1800-1900 meters.

The brewed tea produces a deep thick golden-yellow tea soup. The aroma is strong and there is a hint of rum and fruit in it. The taste is pungent with bitterness and astringency balanced with a strong thick dried fruit sweetness. It really needs to be experienced first-hand!

From the same garden as the 2014 and 2015 “Lao Shu Bai Cha”. We just decided to change the name, since the grower calls it “Gu Shu Bai Cha”!

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Definitely the most dynamic young sheng I have tried. Steeped forever as well. Dry cup aroma last well into the session and actually lasted longer than any tea I’ve tried.

Just finished the sample of this tea. Enjoyed everything I’ve tried made from this varietal. It’s a unique tea for sure.

This tea started out a bit light and felt the need to push it for the first few steeps. Floral and a bit peppery with a somewhat light and sharp mouthfeel that goes into the throat. Not much bitterness or sweetness.

Middle steeps develop a rounder flavor and mouthfeel. Bit of huigan. Dry cup smell out of this world. Bitterness building pleasantly but no sweetness. Flavor very good, interesting and unique.

Later steeps I started to push this tea pretty hard and got some good bitterness which was followed by a pretty heavy astringency that almost overpowered the rest of the experience. Flavor still excellent. Shortened steep times but still got intense astringency. Still not much sweetness.

I guess I’ll just keep hitting it with water and see what happens…

Still later steeps. Finally the astringency gives way to a very clean bright soft sweetness. Wow what a nice way to end a session.

Like I said before. Dynamic. Surprised me several times. Just when I was feeling bored or overpowered with any aspect of the tea it would change up. Longest steeper I’ve encountered out of about 25 young sheng I have sampled so far, most of which are much more pricey.

Huigan overall is deep and present but not particularly strong.

Good balanced pleasant well rounded cha qi.

Definitely buying a cake.

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