Pu-erh Reviews

2006 Golden Pig Wild Arbor Puerh Tea

Genre: Compressed Sheng/Green/Uncooked/Raw
Factory: Meng Yang Guo Yan Tea Factory
Vendor: Yunnan Sourcing Internet On-Line e-Bay Store (Yunnansourcing@gmail.com)
Reviewed by El Jefito on 08/26/2007

Background    This cake is of Nan Nuo Mountain wild arbor material. It was compressed with a stone mold. The cake was created to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Pig.

Dry Leaf Appearence:    Nice green colors from dark green to light green. The compression was good.

Water to Leaf Ratio:     2.4 gr of Leaf in 120 ml of water

Brewing Method:    Tea Competition Style. The international standard competition brewing requirements are 3 grams of tea in 150 ml of water for 6 minutes. The brewing cup with lid from the set I acquired is only of 120 ml, not 150 ml. Due to this difference I have adjusted the amount of tea to 2.4 grams. With this modification my brewing method is equal to the international standards. The ceramic competition set consists of one brewing cup with lid 120 ml, one bowl 225 ml to pour the brew into, one soup spoon to taste the tea. I also used the following: a white ceramic presentation vessel to view the dry tea leaves, 110v electric metal kettle, a gram scale, a water thermometer to ensure water temperature of exactly 100 degrees Celsius, tea towel, and a ceramic waster water collection bowl. The water was store bought spring water.

Wet Leaf Appearence:    The leaves had a nice olive green color with good water absorption.

1st Steep    6 minute brew, poured liquid soup/liquor into bowl, put spoon into bowl, observed color of liquid, smelled tea fragrance from liquid, removed spoon without liquid and smelled spoon up close, used ceramic spoon to taste brewed tea. The tasting was conducted by sipping tea into mouth, drawing in the liquid and aromas through air suction. Once the tea was in the mouth the tongue was rolled and the tea was swirled to use the whole mouth for tasting. I did not spit out the tea as in competition; rather I swallowed the tea to try to sense any returning or lingering tastes in the tongue, mouth, or throat (Hui Gan/Hui Tian).

2nd Steep    n/a

3rd Steep    n/a

4th Steep    n/a

Subsequent Steeps    n/a

Conclusion    The color of the brew/soup was a nice strong dark yellow or golden. The flavor and fragrance of this tea was strong but not offensive. The tea taste was of jerky with smokiness. The taste of the tea did return but it was delicate. Some of the returning flavors were sweet, some neutral, and others even hinted of charcoal. Overall, the tea tasted good and it was nice. I think that with good storage this tea will ferment well and should become a very good to excellent tea. I recommend buying this tea.

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