Autumn 2019 Jingmai Gushu

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 oz / 117 ml

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  • “I rarely get to try a sheng this fresh, but after more than a month long journey from China to Ontario, I felt compelled to give it some time to rest and only broke into the cake I got today....” Read full tasting note

From Farmerleaf

Ancient Tea Garden leaves from Jingmai Mountain
Mid-September to mid-October 2019
Hand-processed in our tea factory
Available in 357g pu-erh tea cakes

In Autumn 2019, the harvest was scarce. We sourced tea from our own gardens (Wengbo, Nuo Gu Wan) as well as Ai Ban garden.
Good mouthfeel this year, thanks to the lack of rain during the whole year. It has a medium bitterness and some astringency.

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I rarely get to try a sheng this fresh, but after more than a month long journey from China to Ontario, I felt compelled to give it some time to rest and only broke into the cake I got today. Having been hit by a car while cycling earlier today (I came out lucky with no serious injuries), I won’t remember this day for the tea that’s for sure.

In any case, the tea didn’t leave a very strong impression on me in this first encounter of ours, I will try reserve my judgement though. It may need more time to show its true character. At the moment, it is quite crisp, grassy, sweet, and salty, with notes of seaweed and tropical fruits. The body is medium thick with a powdery and slightly astringent mouthfeel.

Flavors: Grass, Green, Marine, Salty, Seaweed, Sweet, Tropical

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

Glad you’re safe and not terribly hurt!


Farmerleaf typically leaves a minimal impression on me right away. I got a sample of their stuff in 2017, but remember thinking, “Eh, it’s ok, but it’s too light.” However, going back to after it spent some time in my puerh storage, it opened up and was a better session down the road. That was the moment that made me go back to their site and snag a Spring 2014 Jingmai Shengtai; which hadn’t lasted long, but it was very nice (menthol, wood chips, slightly smokey).

Martin Bednář

Uh oh, accidents happen. But I am happy to see your are okay!


No more close calls please! We need all our people around on here.


I’m glad you’re okay!


Where are you, Togo? I hope no injuries emerged a day later.


@derk, yeah nothing beyond a sore back and a bit of lost skin. I was very lucky for sure, but I also think that by having had such an active lifestyle, I have learned a bit how to fall well by now lol.


Checking in. No notes for over a week!


I know, I was away at a winter school last week, mentoring a project about “quantum causal inference” for a couple of Master’s students. I did drink tea with people (and try to convert some), but I don’t write notes outside of my semi-controlled sessions at home :)

Now that I am back, I do plan to write some soon, but first I need to get over this cold I picked up. As for the car accident, I seem to be having some arthritis symptoms the last few days, so I will go visit a doctor soon, not sure if it’s related to the fall, but it would be a strange coincidence if it weren’t.


Sounds interesting and perhaps well beyond my grasp. I’m glad you’re ok and have posted several notes already! When I got hit on my bike, while not having acute injury, I did experience hip pain for several months (took the brunt of the landing force). Regardless of whether the arthritis and accident are related, I wish you speedy relief.

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