Classification: Golden Needle Ripe Pu-Erh Yong De 2016 - Shu “ripe/matured” dark tea/aged tea
Cultivar: Yunnan Da Ye
Origin: China, Yunnan, Lincang, Yong De county
Grade: Great quality
Leaf: Small, lightly twisted leaves composed mainly of golden buds. Aroma of wet hay, forest floor and herbs.
Infused leaf: Infused leaves are deep chocolate colour with more persistent aroma of decaying wood, herbs and dingy cellar.
Liquor: Cup is reddish-brown colour, brilliant and thick yet it is lighter than most Pu Erh teas. Aroma is sweet, floral with a bit of moss. The mouth-feel is full-bodied with leather, stew and geranium notes and hints of bitter chocolate. After-taste is velvety with sweet persistence of burnt sugar. There is no acidity in the cup and no astringency. The tea is well balanced, smooth and sweet. Only for Gourmet people :)
About: Shu Pu Erh is a modern invention from early 1970's developed because of high demand for Sheng Pu Erh which takes decades to age. Shu processing method is accelerated development of flavour in which Mao Cha is being exposed to bacteria. During this fermentation, mould produces organic acid and pH of tea will be reduced. Due to the mould fermentation, tea is completely fermented in a much shorter period of time, usually about 2 months. The colour of tea changes to dark brown and it gives a mellow taste with thick body.