One of the best ripe Pu’er tea products we’ve tried, “The Starter” is harvested from old trees and will be a welcome addition to any Pu’er drinker’s collection.
It offers a perfect companion and point of contrast with the LIMITED STOCK 1999 Raw & Rare, which is also available in 25 gram packs.
How is This Ripe Pu’er Tea Different?
The dry leaves of this tea have the characteristic red tinge of good quality ripe Pu’er.
This tea has a striking flavour profile. Open the pack and the dry leaves almost shout out “umeboshi“–the dried, pickled fruit (related to the apricot) so popular across east Asia.
The first infusion recalls the aroma of wet earth. Later infusions reward the drinker with a sweetness redolent of burnt sugar. Ideal for a cool morning or afternoon, and a fine digestive aid.
Brewing & Enjoying The Starter 2014 Ripe Pu’er Tea
To brew Gongfu style (a quick-pour method):
- Using 125 ml of filtered, boiling water, rinse 5 grams of leaves and immediately pour off the water
- Re-steep for around 5 seconds, then pour into a fairness cup/beaker
- Pour into your guests’ cups from the fairness cup
- Keep steeping. These leaves are generous and will last more than 10 steepings
- Each steep can be a few seconds longer than the last
NB: To avoid any over-steeping, be sure to empty the brewing vessel completely after each pour.
This was the first raw pu'er cake I ever purchased and was a great introduction to what a young raw pu'er is like. By flash steeping, this can last for over a dozen steeps. It has that classic bitterness that the Lincang region is known for, which I find quite enjoyable. After the first few flash-steeps, you'll begin to really notice the sweetness kicking in and a menthol sensation building in the throat. It's fun experiencing the tea changing as the session progresses. There are better young raw pu'er cakes out there but this one is solid, and the unusually small size keeps the price down enough to make it easier to try.
Thanks for the feedback, Cha Crusade! Great to know you're getting so many steeps out of The Mini.
This tea is perfect for vegans or those that crave a creamy warm texture to their teas. It's a perfect middle path for me because I generally don't enjoy green teas. It's like a perfect marriage between a green tea and a black tea. The flavours seem to intensify on a second or third infusion of the tea leaves.
We're very glad you enjoy the Jinxuan oolong, Misbah.
I recently bought this via special order.The earthy aroma and complexity of flavour is something I've never tasted before in a tea.Just magnificent.
It is indeed a wonderful tea. Thanks for the glowing review Konrad!
This sencha is fabulous. Such intensity and purity of flavour.One of the best I've tried
Tried this today at the Melbourne (first) Tea Festival and it was amazing! Smooth, sweet and natural with all its goodness. It was just mesmerizing watching the green tea master perform the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Returned multiple times for more! Definitely how green tea should be known to the general public. Thank you for the awesome experience!
Thank you for the feedback! We're looking forward to sharing this amazing tea again in the near future.