2004 Jinuoshan (Youle) Ye Sheng Cha Raw Puerh Cake 400g

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  • “http://jakubtomek.blogspot.com/2011/04/2004-jinuo-shan-you-le-spring-400g-cake.html This is a great tea. However, it was bought in limited quantity and it is difficult to obtain exactly the same...” Read full tasting note

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Stone pressed cake! The Youle mountain is one of Six Famous Tea Mountains in Xishuangbanna. The maocha comes from traditional old place and has been traditionally and primitively processed by the Jinuo minority. The material for this cake is selected from hundreds years old tea trees in Youle. The liquor is aromatic with golden-orange color. The taste is powerful, fruity, with very quick huigan at the beginning, then it changes to honey-sweet but still full in mouth. The tea was stored in Xishuanbanna for the first year, it was later moved to drier Kunming. After 7 years of aging, the tea is very enjoyable and still with good future!

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This is a great tea. However, it was bought in limited quantity and it is difficult to obtain exactly the same cakes (stored in the same way). Nevertheless, it shows that Jinuoshan factory is very potent and You Le 2004 is often great (be especially careful with autumn harvests though).

Esteban Rivas

I am interested how exactly I can recognize the autumn version? Does the wrapper differ or you just need to trust the vendor’s information? It seems that sometimes the vendor gives confusing information too, e.g. YS declares this tea as both, entirely Fall 2004 harvest (in the first sentence) as well as Early Spring harvest (as one of the special attributes). In this case I consider it a mistake but I can’t be sure which one it is. Are the wrappers the same?

Jakub Tomek

Hi Esteban,
I don’t think that the wrapper is different any way. I have been given to understand that Jinuo factory is not of the orderliest in these things.

The Yunnan Sourcing 2004 cake was spring material – but now it says "This product is no longer in stock with those attributes but is available with others
" – I’m not sure what it means.

However, if you are looking for a tea of similar character as the 2004 cake, try 2005 Jinuo Red Drum – Scott still haves it for $32 which is, I think, a very nice price.

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