These shu Pu’er coins brew an amazing sip of tea and are great for travel and personal brewing sessions (they can easily be broken in half for a quick sip). Since it’s pressed into a coin, the dry leaf is very reserved as far as aroma goes, yielding only slight woody and mushroom elements. The wet leaf was more forthcoming with leather and fresh-cut hardwood (I want to say birch) in abundance. My first infusion was a deep orange with more leather and woody aromas and flavours in abundance. However, once the leaf loosened up a rich orange-brown, more typical for shu pu’er of this age, was definitely the desired liquor colour. As I continued to infuse the tea (infusions 3-6), the leather and woody notes were joined by a subtle spicy aroma (nutmeg? clove?) that became more apparent, but still subtle, as I progressed through the infusions. At the same time, the leather and wood notes became subdued and started coalescing into the spices wonderfully, creating their own unique tasting experience. Sensational mouthfeel was apparent from the first sip, a smooth and thick broth that was a perfect match with the bold rich flavours of the shu Pu’er and left the mouth clean. Don’t miss out on the gaiwan lid with this tea either! The mushroom hints in the dry leaf all float up to the lid and combine with a Chinese herb note offering a little aromatherapy during your shu Pu’er brewing session. Continue the aromatherapy with a quick smell of the bottom of your empty cup. I detected a notion of hardwood tree bark. I easily got 8-10 infusions from the tea and towards the end, extra long steeps continued to yield great tea soup, so I suspect I could’ve pushed on even further.
Shu Pu’er Coins 2017
$16.00 – $140.00
Dry Leaf: Woody, mushroom
Wet Leaf: Leather, Wet wood (birch?)
Liquor Aroma: Echoes of the wood and leather aroma
Flavour: Rich, bold. Leather, wood and hints of spiciness (dry nutmeg)
Mouthfeel: silky smooth thickness
Gaiwan Lid: Mushroom and chinese herbs
Other: Great travel format. Powerful body warming after 15-20 minutes
Hand-pressed. 7~8g per coin.