Pu-erh Reviews

Late 1980s 8592 Purple Sky

Genre: Compressed Sheng/Green/Uncooked/Raw
Factory: Menghai
Vendor: Generation Tea
Reviewed by Mike Petro on 02/11/2006

Background    80s Zi Tian (purple sky), a 1:1 mix of ripe and raw Pu-erh leaves.

Dry Leaf Appearence:    Darkk brown small leaf well compressed

Water to Leaf Ratio:     4.66 gr of Leaf in 120 ml of water

Brewing Method:    Gungfu in 120ml Yixing pot. Rinsed tea with boiling water for 3 seconds. 10 second rinse. Used Boiling mountain spring water collected at the source.

Wet Leaf Appearence:    Dark chestnut red brown broken leaf and stems

1st Steep    45 seconds: Must, wood, mildly sweet, mild flavor overall.

2nd Steep    45 seconds: More wood, mulch, forset floor after a rain, tad sweet and slightest hint of vanilla in the finish.

3rd Steep    1 minute: Thicker vanilla, darker color, less wood, weaker flavor overall

4th Steep    90 seconds: A little more wood this time, more sweetness in the finsh, flavor still mild.

Subsequent Steeps    Subsequent Steeps were mellow and smooth. Th finish was pleasant. The tea faded after about 12 steeps.

Conclusion    These "Purple Sky" cakes are good, but not as good as some other puerhs of the same age. While they are worth a premium, they are not worth the premium that the Vendors are asking these days. I am not singling out this particular vendor but the Market as a whole. The other thing I noticed about this tea was a lack of "QI" as compared to other teas of this age. The tea was good but not great.

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