Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Tea Review: 2015 Gao Shan Chen Yun (Yunnan Sourcing)

2015 Gao Shan Chen Yun (Hai Lang Hao)
Yunnan Sourcing
Type: Puerh
Origin: China
Product Description: 
This is a plantation Yi Wu from Spring 2012, and it's been aged as Mao Cha for 3 years.  It was discovered this year and I really enjoyed the tea and wanted to offer it as a bargain tea that would bring enjoyment without a heavy price tag.  Many people would be fooled into thinking this was from old tea trees as the leaves are thick and stout and the tea soup is quite thick and full in the mouth.

The tea starts with a golden colored tea soup.  The aroma is that of dried fruit, mushrooms and hay.  The tea is balanced and thick from the get go, while retaining a decent power up to 7 or 8 infusions.   While not up to the standard of more expensive old tree tea, this is nonetheless an enjoyable Yi Wu tea and thoroughly a bargain!
Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes

The dry leaves have a light aroma of dried fruit and wood.

The orange amber infusion has an aroma of dried fruit, wood, and dried mushrooms (I was reminded of dried shiitake).  The taste has notes of wood, mushroom, and just a bit of earth.  

It took an initial steeping time of 4 minutes to really wake the leaves and bring out the flavor.  Once the leaves began to unfurl the funky, earthy flavor and aroma were fully present throughout multiple infusions.  This brought to mind rainy forest walks which I need to do again soon.

This tea was received as a gift from a third party.

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