Celebratory Sheng PuErh from my Private Collection to commemorate reaching 100K subscribers on YouTube!
This Bing Dao 2012 Lao Shu PuErh is one of my favourite aged raw teas in my Private Collection and I have decided to share it with Teaheads worldwide by breaking up my cakes into 20g chunks.
The tea itself was produced by a friend of one of our closest scouts in Yunnan. It is made from old-tree pickings (estimated 100-150 years old) growing in one of the highest regarded PuErh areas of Yunnan - the legendary Bing Dao forests.
Pressed over 10 years ago, this tea has been ageing in relatively dry storage in Yunnan to give the tea an elegant, antique taste without any dank or mustiness.
Antiquity Island reminds me of the tobacco, dried fruit and antique wood profile which I associate with some high-quality famous factory PuErh recipes but with an added level of refinement and artisan perfection.
It is thick and oily yet clean and cooling. On the nose, it is rich in summer forests - resinous and herbaceous. The raisins, prunes and apples rise out of this woodsy aroma and the whole experience is enveloped with a rock sugar and mint-toffee sweetness.
This tea is a seemingly immortal brew - I usually stop after 20 or so infusions but it just keeps on giving.
The body sensation starts a little rushy but then settles into a deep and clear stimulation which rides along with every infusion.
I am a little sad to break these beauties up but I think it is a fitting tea to offer on such a momentous occasion for us.
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