For this Pu’er tasting session we’ve gone back to the turn of the century with a vintage Pu’er tea harvested in spring 1999. It is a product of old tea trees from the Pu’er region of Yunnan province, southwest China.
When you look at the dry leaves of this 1999 tea up close (see below), you can see that they are very dark. This is completely natural for a tea of this vintage.
There is a tremendous woody aroma to them. This Pu’er comes in chunks, so you need 3 or 4 infusions before the leaves flake apart and reveal their qualities.
And so we brew a sizeable chunk in a clay pot, discarding the first wash, and begin tasting.
The tea is mellow, with a rich peaty scent that you only get in older teas such as this. It also has a stimulating yet calming effect and works as a very good digestive aid. It settles the stomach as well as the soul. It’s like…
Whisky without the burn
The quote above, courtesy of my wife, captures the appeal of the best aged Pu’er.
There is a genuine pleasure in watching Pu’er unfurl and develop before your eyes and nose. This is how each Pu’er tea reveals its distinctive characteristics to those who hang in there and wait.
Vintage Pu’er Tea at Its Best
This is a rare gem of a tea. It’s like a true friend that knows how to warm the soul every time. We know, having drunk a fair amount ourselves.
So, the bottom line? Pu’er fans should seriously consider this tea while it’s still available. These delicious chunks in 25 gram packs are it.
At Cloud Nine we’re lucky to have tea of this quality and vintage. Order a pack today and discover it for yourself!