Pu-erh Reviews

2005 2005 Xiaguan Ancient Wild Tree Raw Pu-erh tea

Genre: Compressed Sheng/Green/Uncooked/Raw
Factory: xiaguan. as far as the factory # designation i don't know
Vendor: Yunnan Sourcing LLC
Reviewed by Zachary Alexander Brown on 06/26/2008

Background    "Xiaguan tea factory produced this from leaves picked from 700+ year old Pu-erh trees growing in the Baoshan region south of Dali. The leaves are dark and uniform in size (quite large). An impeccable uncooked Pu-erh with a bold taste free of the bitterness of less aged Pu-erh trees. Hand-made cake!" http://cgi.ebay.com/2005-Xiaguan-Ancient-Wild-Tree-Raw-Pu-erh-tea-357g_W0QQitemZ350035928161QQihZ022QQcategoryZ38181QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262

Dry Leaf Appearence:    very nice, amberish gold highlights amoung a deep greenish brown

Water to Leaf Ratio:     1 gr of Leaf in 1 ml of water

Brewing Method:    i put about 1 &1/2 -2 teavana perfect tea spoons (the wooden one) into an averaged size yixing pot, maybe 5 oz, or possibly more. then wait 3 deep breaths, than ditch the first infusion after priming the cups and auxilary pot and such. then i alternate between 3 breaths and 5 breaths for each subsiquent infusion, unless i feel that 5 is too long, or after the 1st 4 infusions, when waiting becomes more liberal.

Wet Leaf Appearence:    big greenish brown leaves, maybe 2 centimeters in length and one in width, some smaller. the leaves appear nice and fluffy, some cut, some whole, with inch long sticks occasionally. some leaves are all brown, and some all green.

1st Steep    primes the stuff

2nd Steep    flat, but with the hint of the ful flavor to come. the first infusion primes the instruments, this one primes the mouth ;p

3rd Steep    the strongest and most vibrant infusion, this is tinged with glorious honey and melon undertones. this is like nector from the gods. the tea peaks here, but it's not over yet. this is like an up-beat song to start off a favorite musician's album. this reminds me of an amber gold color

4th Steep    a more mellow infusion, yin to the previous yang. here the taste is much more complex, with a refinement of the honey and melon undertones. this is a very soothing brew, and containes a hefty wallop of chi. this is like a nice mellow song deep into a favorite musician's album. this is like a deep blue color

Subsequent Steeps    the subsequent steeps are abstractions of the 4th infusion, like rolling hills descending from a mountian. here the tea can be brewed as many as 12 times if not more depending on how long one is willing to wait. they will never reach the hights of their predisessors, but they still carry the elegance of the first few infusions genty into oblivion as the tea fades away. here the honey and melon undertones get more deeply textured as the main flavor relinguishes its domonance.

Conclusion    i love this tea. i will certianly purchase another bing cha in the future, though i plan to seek out different ancient wild pu erh varieties. this is my only pu erh of this variety so far, although i have an artificially aged (i think, from teavana) ripe pu erh, and one naturally aged ripe pu erh (supposed to be 30 years, but probably fake. generation tea online i think.), as well as most of the teas from the store teavana. this is easily the greatest of them all. what ordinary loose leaf tea is to bagged tea, this is to ordinary loose tea (that i own). i would definitly suggest purchasing this if you are considering it. as this is my only raw pu erh bing cha so far, my opinion may change as i experience more, so untill then, i would definitly rate this as a 5 star bing cha.

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