Thursday, January 10, 2013
1990 Old Arbor Yiwu raw puerh
One of the advantages of the loose form is that there are many whole leaves to be found. This makes studying the origin, type and quality of the leaf material easier. It's also easier to prepare small samplers. And the price per gram is also lower than for pressed cakes, because it comes without any wrapping paper and neifei. It's like a 'no label' product. (Unfortunately, even mao cha, loose leaves, have seen their prices rise sharply in recent years).
To test this raw puerh, I opt for a gaiwan and my pine and bamboo Cha Bu. Such a rare tea deserves better than a simple competition set! Nevertheless, for any first encounter with a tea, I still recommend to use a standardized approach. Here, I use 3 grams and a 6 minute first brew. (It's a tea that can be brewed many more times).
The tea's energy is potent, warm and harmonious. The mouth is cool and clean.
At 23 years, these leaves still feel and look very young. They all open up after brewing. The buds and small leaves almost turn green again, while the big, mature leaves and stems are dark brown.
Amazing old puerh...