Sunday, January 19, 2014

Tea Review: Shu Yunnan Golden Palace Grade Loose Puerh

Shu Yunnan Golden Palace Grade Loose Puerh (Ripe)
Alan Laszuk Private Reserve
Type: Puerh
Origin: China, Yunnan Province
Product Description:  Yunnan "Golden" Puerh is made by a special process of fermentation.  The Ripe Puerh is fermented in bags instead of piling and the fermentation period is more than 70 days, normal Ripe Puerh is fermented for about 45 days.  This Golden Puerh is composed entirely of buds.  Slow fermented Ripe Puerh is sweet in taste with sugarcane flavor tones and thick almost oily mouth feel.  The liquor is bronze-red and this special tea gives subtle but full textured flavors.

Temperature: 202° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of salty nori, smoky with a hint of moss.

The liquor is copper red and slightly opaque with a mild smoky, earthy, and salty aroma.  The taste is smooth and mild, earthy and nutty with a long, sweet, velvety finish.

This puerh shares some similarities in productions and final product with yellow teas.  The spotting on the buds is also similar to what I have seen on some yellow teas.  The result is a puerh with a mild character that was enjoyable through over three infusions.

This was tea was provided as part of a workshop.

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