Monday, December 22, 2008

'05 Jinzhen "South of Cloud" shu


I guess it's time to start writing tasting notes now that I got my order from puerhshop today.

South of Cloud

5 grams of loose tea found in the wrapper in a 35cl mug. I brewed it loose in the mug.
The smell of the tea wasn't as sweet as other shus. The smell is more outdoorsy. Woody, dirt, possibly forest floor?

'04 Nanjian tuocha
4g in 8 cl pot. Rinse, 15s, 15s, 15s,
Dry leaf aroma: smoke, hay, vegetal.
Wet leaf aroma: smoke, hay, wood, vegetal. Doesn't seem like an additional year made any difference.
1: Maybe another year did make a difference. The '05 isn't very harsh, but this one is noticeably mellower than the '05. In terms of flavor, grape seems to be upfront. The smell of smoke from the leaves didn't make it into this infusion. It's mostly woody, vegetal, and slightly fruity (grape and berry).
2: Basically a stronger, harsher, cloudier version of the first. I'm assuming this has been stored in very dry conditions as it is very drying.
3: It's starting to show that it's entering the transitional period. [adolescent pu?]

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