Jinggu Aged "Purple Lao Cha Tou" Ripe Pu-erh Tea

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Pu'erh Tea
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Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 14 g 5 oz / 151 ml

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  • “Well, ripe-puerhs are still somehow unexplored part of my tea journey. I have lots of them, received from Michelle, and this one was one of them, but I feel again a bit lost. Thanks anyway! They...” Read full tasting note
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Purple tea (aka Zi Cha) is a large leaf varietal (Camellia Sinensis var. Assamica) that occurs naturally as a result of mutation.

This ripe tea is incredibly unique both because it’s made from wet piling 100% purple tea varietal, and because of the taste as well!

Ultra velvety smooth tea, with tons of creamy sweetness. The aging in Jinggu (warm and humid climate) has transformed this tea into something to be enjoyed right now. The creamy sweetness and fruit juice notes are wonderful to behold but there is something totally unique about this tea!

These cha tou nuggets take awhile to heat up and give up their goodness. We recommend using about 30%-40% more by weight. For example if normally using 7 grams in a gaiwan, we’d recommend using 10 grams of these. These can be steeped many many times and love the hottest water and longer steeps! If you’d like a stronger brew you can use a bit less and pry them apart with a pick before steeping them.

Harvested in Spring 2011, wet piled in late 2011, and then stored in Jinggu (Simao, Yunnan) until October 2019.

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Well, ripe-puerhs are still somehow unexplored part of my tea journey. I have lots of them, received from Michelle, and this one was one of them, but I feel again a bit lost. Thanks anyway!

They suggest “overleafing” this tea, so I have used all 15 grams, while I thought originally using it for two sessions. I will count it as a sipdown, though it is not a typical sipdown for me.

A sipdown! (M: 4, Y: 4)
Somehow, I have to agree very much with Togo who had “loose leaf” version of this, it has got earthy profile with hints of nuts, savoury as well as sour notes there too. A little creamy (I expected more from tons of creamy sweetness as YS writes in description!). Trying to find fruit notes and yes I think there are some, but not so strong.

Compared to yesterday gongfu session with white tea, this tea is miserable and unremarkable.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 15 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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