2017 Yunnan Sourcing "Rooster King" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Pu Erh Tea
Flavors
Alcohol, Black Pepper, Blackberry, Char, Cloves, Coffee, Creamy, Spicy, Thick, Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Medicinal, Orange, Parsley, Sour, Tangy, Walnut, Bitter, Fruity, Nutty, Pleasantly Sour, Smooth, Spices, Sweet, Tart, Earth
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Average preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 oz / 140 ml

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  • “This tea is unbelievable, I bought this tea back in 2018 and I’m extremely disappointed that I bought only 1 cake. When it was young I remember I didn’t really like it or think it was very special,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “At four years since pressing, Rooster King is starting to develop a little bit of an aged aroma, the one I tend to describe as dungeon-like in the context of shou. However, I can also still detect...” Read full tasting note
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  • “After letting the cake rest from traveling, recommendation was for a couple of weeks, I opened the wrapper for a preliminary session. It was very fresh so I decided to break up the piece I’d split...” Read full tasting note
  • “Scott has made another good one in this. There was still of course a lot of fermentation taste. But I didn’t find that taste unpleasant or fishy. There was very little bitterness and a nice...” Read full tasting note
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From Yunnan Sourcing

Our “Rooster King” is an incredibly unique blend of ripe pu-erh teas from 6 different regions in Yunnan (Yong De, Mengku, Menghai, Jingmai, Bu Lang and Jing Gu), with vintages ranging from 2014 to 2016. We tirelessly collected and blended tea to create this unique and complex ripe pu-erh tea cake to celebrate the year of the rooster.

The taste is sweet and thick with notes of dried fruit. The tea has a full bodied taste and expansive sweetness in the after-taste (hui gan). Having so many different teas with their own unique taste ebbing and flowing with each infusion gives this tea complexity that is rarely found in same batch wet-piled teas. You may find yourself noticing subtle nuances one session and something else the next session. Cha Qi is very strong for ripe pu-erh.

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This tea is unbelievable, I bought this tea back in 2018 and I’m extremely disappointed that I bought only 1 cake. When it was young I remember I didn’t really like it or think it was very special, it was somewhat bitter with a young shou taste. After 2 years this tea lost it’s young character and bitterness and now it’s sweet and smooth. I really wish I bought a tong because this tea is unbelievably good!

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At four years since pressing, Rooster King is starting to develop a little bit of an aged aroma, the one I tend to describe as dungeon-like in the context of shou. However, I can also still detect all the scents from my past notes. Similarly, the taste is a bit more tangy and sour, but otherwise quite close to my earlier experiences.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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After letting the cake rest from traveling, recommendation was for a couple of weeks, I opened the wrapper for a preliminary session.

It was very fresh so I decided to break up the piece I’d split off and let it rest in a jar for about 6 weeks after which it relaxed and gave up a nice aroma and taste.

This tea seems more complex than one might expect from a ripe. I have been ordering more sheng lately but a shu like Rooster King and the now sold out Green Miracle draw me back for a comforting brew.

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Scott has made another good one in this. There was still of course a lot of fermentation taste. But I didn’t find that taste unpleasant or fishy. There was very little bitterness and a nice slightly muted sweetness. Not really sure if I would say chocolate notes as I was not paying close attention to this one I was just enjoying it. The sweet taste after eight steeps might be characterized as fruity but that is an interpretation. Overall this is a very nice tea. I could see myself picking up a tong of this at some point.

Brewed this eight times in a 180ml yixing teapot with 13.5g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 seconds.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 13 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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