Name: „2000 Yi Wu Shan Aged Raw Brick“
Source: Yunnan Sourcing
Link: Tea at Yunnan Sourcing
Description from vendor:
Guangdong stored raw pu-erh brick from Spring 2000 Yi Wu tea leaves. The brick is medium to tight compression which has preserved the character of this despite it wettish storage. Early infusions have a slight floral and damp wet storage taste, but this quickly dissipates as the tea leaves loosen and de-compress.“
When i opened my 25 g sample pack i immediately associated the smell of this tea with a shu/ripe puerh.
The dry tea leaves are mostly dark, some have a nice coppery shine color.
On the leaves there seems to be a kind of raster/pattern as if from some pressing machine (nothing special, but unlike anything i ever noticed before).
Apart from this ripe-kind of smell, i could not smell anything from the dry leaves.
Smell of the rinse:
apricot, almond, pleasant … i like -partly- wet storage type of teas, but dislike shu/ripe puerh … so i was happy, that the smell of the wet leaves of this tea here did not bring any negative associations, it was smelling good (not reminding me of shu puerh any more).
First steeping: Almond! Still a bit thin, i expect the leave to open up much more in the next round… Wet-Storage aroma, but very clean… a bit of molasses … not as earthy as i expected it. Good.
2: i gave the tee some 20 seconds i think, for my taste still a bit weak now, but the taste is very nice, so far i expected it to be with much more wet storage aroma than it actually is now.
A hint of camphor, nutty (almonds)…
The mouthfeel is not noticeable good, it is ok though.
4: now i think the tea is fully awake and here with me… and it reminds me a bit of coffee now, yes… coffee. This sort of bitterness … maybe the foam of a good fresh espresso. Not much sweet notes in this brew.
5: this is the best round so far… very clean and round taste, subtle sweet notes mix with some almond, old books, maybe a hint of marron
7: Leather, books … enough sweetness in the back to balance it. Good.
8: Good tea!! (but for mouthfeel, still scores very low)
What this tea does not have, and probably that`s why it is still kind of very affordable for a 16 years old Yiwu: no high tones of dried fruits or in any way very complex aroma nuances and not a very good mouthfeel (it is rather thin).
But I would definitely not call this tea boring or flat, or not complex at all… it is just what it is, good aged well tasting tea, without aroma explosions or any super-special sensation.
I would buy a brick, but at the moment i prefer to invest in a lot of small amount samples (aged and young puerh).
Mutability from brew to brew:
How i personally like the tea: 79%