Monday, June 23, 2008

2001 Yiwu Zhengshan Old Tree Pu-erh Tea (Spirit of Yiwu)

2001 CNNP Yiwu Zhengshan Old Tree Pu-erh (易武正山)

This is a lightly aged authentic CNNP (China National Native Produce and Animal By-products Imp. And Exp. Corp., Yunnan Branch) product. The liquor has started to show a beautiful reddish/amber color and quite pleasing to the eye, not cloudy or hazy but truly wonderful. The taste was woody and floral, smooth and lasting, with a silky finish.

It is regretable that the tea is still a great tea, but it was damaged by rough handling during the shipping. The original packing was smashed badly. Now we offer it at 20% off.

  • Pu-erh Tea Cake 357g/12.6 ounces
  • Unfermented or raw
  • Vintage 2001
  • Premium class
  • Loose tea leaves
  • Caffeine: Moderate

My thoughts:

Boiling Rinse 10sec then waited 60sec
1st Infusion - 10sec
2nd Infusion - 15sec
3rd Infusion - 10sec
4th Infusion - 30sec

5th Infusion - 15sec

6th Infusion - 25sec

7th Infusion - 45sec

8th Infusion - 60sec

The smell of this soup is a honey floral scent. With a beautiful golden amber color. I can now respect Puerh to the biggest extent. All my other reviews were on 1 - 2 year old shengs with the majority of bitterness. This one is almost 9 years old and there is a major difference here.

It is amazing to see the aging process take effect on sheng. This is one delicious treat. There is no bitterness at all. Drinking this puerh is very smooth and sweet. There was a hint of honey and wood. The aftertaste was as if there was honey resting in my throat.

Qi - This puerh gave me a strong buzz, but mellowed out.

This is one you would want to purchase. Normally it would cost $47.00, but due being damaged this aged sheng is $37.60 I am going to jump on this one shortly.

Rating: 8.75/10

1 comment:

Salsero said...

My initial impression is that this tea tasted younger than its given age, but in the single session I have had with it, I pushed the brew times farther than I usually do and got 14 infusions, with an overnight hiatus in there somewhere. My notes don't mention astringency as an issue, so I guess it is mellowing out.

Who knows, but it also seemed to me like a tea that would be better (or at least good in a different way) in 5 yrs, in 10 yrs.