It is said that Ai Lao Sheng Pu’er has a uniqueness to it and after tasting this tea, I can wholeheartedly agree! Everything starts out rather predictably, the humid leaf has hints of smokiness, and a touch of thickness or meatiness, but nothing shocking. The liquor infuses to a rich, glistening amber, and then comes the first sip. KA-BOOM! This tea offers something utterly unique, akin to a coffee-like boldness but without any of the characteristic ‘sheng-bite’ I would have expected. The flavor is rounded and complete, without any offensive edges, but encompasses a slight bitterness, savory umami (absent of any fishiness), and a bright, joyful character. The liquor is velvety thick in the mouth and throat. If you love sheng Pu’er you won’t want to miss out on this unique aged Ai Lao Sheng Pu’er. And don’t forget to savor the herbal aroma of the gaiwan lid and the bottom cup aroma, reminiscent of a bamboo forest just after the rain.
Aged Sheng Pu’er 2004 – Ai Lao
$39.00 – $520.00
Leaf Aroma: Fresh Bamboo
Liquor color: Glowing Amber
Liquor aroma: Subtle savory jungle
Flavor: Strikingly bold, savory, unique
Mouthfeel: Viscous, silky, velvety
Gaiwan Lid: Herbal
Bottom Cup: Bamboo leaf after a rain
Yiwu, Yunnan Province.
Early spring, 2004.
5g/125ml at 100°C for 45 sec, add 10s for successive infusions. More than 12 infusions.
Sealed well in a cool, dry, dark location.
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