2002 Jiang Cheng "Ye Sheng Gu Cha" Aged Raw Pu-erh

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Earth, Flowers, Grapes, Orange Zest, Sour, Spicy, Sweet, Tobacco, Vanilla, Wood
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Average preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 oz / 110 ml

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  • “This aged sheng is good but it also doesn’t stand out too much. I wouldn’t buy a whole cake at this price I think. The whole experience can be summarized as comforting, maybe with the exception of...” Read full tasting note
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An early Jiang Cheng mountains area single mountain production. Made entirely from wild arbor Jiang Cheng spring 2002 tea leaves and then pressed with stone press, and aged in Yi Wu for 14 years!

Jiang Cheng mountainous area is north of Yi Wu in the very northern part of Mengla county in Xishuangbanna. Jiang Cheng teas are not as famous as Yi Wu, but nevertheless have a similar character. This reminds me very much of a semi-wet stored Yi Wu tea I drank many years ago.

This particular tea cake is composed of a mix of somewhat rough leaves and tippier 2 leaf to 1 bud sets. The cake’s compression is medium (tight for a stone pressed cake) and comes apart pretty easily. The brewed tea is very sweet, with some mild astringency and no bitterness. Tea color is orange-red and quite soupy, but clear. Cha qi is soothing but noticeable. Complex taste, very unique from other teas we have sold!

This is the kind of tea I like to drink when I just want to relax with raw pu-erh, but not be overstimulated! It’s aged character is refreshing but never boring.

357 grams per cake

2002 Spring tea

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This aged sheng is good but it also doesn’t stand out too much. I wouldn’t buy a whole cake at this price I think. The whole experience can be summarized as comforting, maybe with the exception of the mouthfeel that’s a bit more abrasive and interesting.

The dry leaf aroma is cooling and woody with a decently strong tobacco note. After rinse, it is a very subtle earthy scent.

At 18 years old, this tea is entering adulthood, as indicated also by its dark orange liquor. It has a medium body and a very smooth, buttery, bubbly and quite numbing, astringent texture. It induces a light body-warming sensation, but overall the cha qi is relaxing and not very aggressive at all.

The taste is woody and sour with a sweet finish but feels a little muted. There are notes of grape seed, chrysanthemum, and orange peel. The aftertaste is sweet and spicy with a strong vanilla flavour. 

Flavors: Earth, Flowers, Grapes, Orange Zest, Sour, Spicy, Sweet, Tobacco, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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