Monday, August 24, 2015

Tea Review: Sheng Tea 104 (Laos Tea)

Sheng Tea 104 from Ban Payasi
Laos Tea
Type: Puerh
Origin: Laos, Phongsaly Province, Ban Payasi Village
Product Description:  This was our first attempt to make Sheng (green)/Raw Pu-erh Tea. The technology we used is quite old and hasn’t been changed for centuries. Collected tea leaves are roasted in a wok pan, and rolled on bamboo trays then dried under the sun, spread in thin layers on the ground.

Sheng/Raw Pu-erh tea can be stored and matures in flavor over time. The storing quality is related to the fact that after sun-drying, the fermentation process in tea leaves continues in slow motion, creating a totally unique product called Aged Pu-erh tea. However, even if not aged at all, the taste of freshly made Sheng tea is very flavored and aromatic.

Temperature: 195° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaf aroma is light, sweet, and peppery.

The golden infusion has a sweet green aroma and taste reminding me of green beans fresh from the vine, with light earthy notes.

This sheng puerh reminds me of early-summer with green vine notes throughout, a hint of sun-warmed earth, and light floral notes developing by the third infusion.

This tea was provided as a free sample without guarantee of a review.

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