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12 May 2006 @ 12:08 am
Winter Yellow-Green Large-Leaf Bing (Seven Cups)  
2001 Winter Yellow Green Large Leaf raw bing - Closeup

Perhaps the most unique pu'er I've tasted to date.

2001 Winter Yellow Green Large Leaf raw bing - Face

Year: Quoted at 2001...?
Producer: Not specified
Region: Yuxi City, Eshan. Hundreds of years old trees
Bought at: Seven Cups (Direct link to cake)
Leaf: See for yourself! It's green-yellow, as the name indicates. Leaves are very large and papery when dry, leathery when wet, much like the leaves of the 2005 raw baoyan brick. Huge stems are still attached. The leaves are not rolled, and this makes them difficult to detach. Dry, the leaves smell like long jing. Wet, they smell just like a Mexican herbal remedy called ruda (latin: Ruta graveolens), which is somewhere between mint and nori.
Infusion Parameters: 6g in 90ml gaiwan. 10s rinse, 60s+ rests, 15s, 15s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 45s, 60s, 120s. ~200 degree water.

THIS PU IS VERY STRANGE. It looks, tastes, smells unlike any other pu'er I've tasted.

Firstly, it is very oily in the mouth, like olive oil (which it also resembles when brewed). Because of this, it is very smooth.

Secondly, it tastes the way ruda smells. The smell of ruda and this tea remind me of my childhood when we used to jump over our neighbor's daisy bushes or cut their stalks and use them like whips in role play. The smell of those cut daisy stalks is about the smell and flavor of this tea. Add butter/oil on top of that and that's the flavor. No bitterness, and not the slightest hint of smoke.

Thirdly, the flavor never really changes across infusions. It does not develop anything new, except perhaps that it tends toward sweet at the end (in my tasting notes I have written, "like lemon but without the sweet or sour...?")

Lastly, it packs a qi punch like no other pu'er I've had. I went flush and sweat a lot drinking this tea, even when I was drinking it after it cooled, it would bring a rush of blood to my skin. Also, I usually have terrible circulation in my hands and feet, and they usually get cold, but they warmed up and have stayed warm since drinking the tea. Furthermore, I got extremely hungry after drinking this tea, even though I had recently eaten!

Overall: A unique tea, I don't know how to categorize it. I can hardly believe it's made with leaves from the same species of plant! Truly, this tea testifies to the expansive range of flavors, aromas, and "textures" that pu'er has to offer, and my ideation of the flavors of pu'er has been rebuilt to include it. Does the odd winter picking season explain all of this away?

Ageability: Too unique to tell. The heavy qi is a good omen, but the flavor was not strong, bitter, floral, or any of the usual flavors. It's also too unique to tell how old the cake is: if it's 5 years old, I couldn't fathom what it tasted like fresh-picked.

Would I buy this cake?: Well, I already did. I think that a sample of this tea would have been enough, but I am kind of glad that I get to see if anything happens to it over time.

2001 Winter Yellow Green Large Leaf raw bing - dry leaf1
2001 Winter Yellow Green Large Leaf raw bing - dry leaf3
2001 Winter Yellow Green Large Leaf raw bing - dry leaf2
soups on
2001 Winter Yellow Green Large Leaf raw bing - brewed leaf
2001 Winter Yellow Green Large Leaf raw bing - big leaf solo
2001 Winter Yellow Green Large Leaf raw bing - little buds
(little buds growing on a bigger leaf)
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Current Mood: hungryhungry
In My Cup:: nada
ogun_funmito on May 12th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
The leaves definitely look "different" compared to other tea leaves in your posts. I wonder if they are truly "wild" leaves versus cultivated ones.

You definitely grabbed my curiosity with this beeng. Thanks for the report!


PS - Congrats on finishing your mid-term. :)
[satyriasis] - Jason: 6ftmbearsbearsbears on May 13th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
I think a lot of the difference has to do with the season that the leaves were picked, but I've never seen any other winter pu, so I don't have much to go on for that.

I also wonder is if these are actually bud combos (bud +1 leaf, bud +2 leaves) or just picked leaves?
davelcorp on May 15th, 2006 05:41 am (UTC)
I also wonder if it is due to the leaves not being rolled? I imagine that could have a big affect on the taste, as well appearance, of a tea.

Thanks for this post. This tea and the one below it are two of the strangest looking cakes I've ever seen.

ps. I like the fish tea cups in the photos. very understated and minimal.