Pu-erh Reviews

1980 Tong Xing

Genre: Sheng/Green/Uncooked/Raw
Factory: Unknown
Vendor: Grandtea.com
Reviewed by Mike Petro on 07/16/2005

Background    Early 80s

Dry Leaf Appearence:   

Water to Leaf Ratio:     3.5 gr of Leaf in 75 ml of water

Brewing Method:    Gungfu in 75ml Yixing pot Rinsed tea with boiling water for a 20 seconds. Used Boiling mountain spring water collected at the source.

Wet Leaf Appearence:    Very dark brown, crumbly, no whole leaves. Leaves were resilient and lots of stems.

1st Steep    30s - Deep must aroma, liquor is chestnut brown in color. Flavor of loam, mushroom, and lots of wood. Lingering

2nd Steep    20s - Heavy wood with a distinct sweetness in the finish.

3rd Steep    30s - Once again heavy wood with a distinct sweetness in the finish, but a little smother this time.

4th Steep    45s - Much much smoother, has an almost buttery feeling and mild but pleasant sweetness.

Subsequent Steeps    90s - Milder but still quite a lot of wood and sweetness giving way to some plum.

Conclusion    This is a very good example of an aged tea, I have no doubts as to the authenticity of the age claims. I eventually got 9 steeps and could have kept going but I ran out of time.

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