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2011 Najiao Cooperative Yiwu Sheng

2011 Najiao Cooperative Yiwu Sheng

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Iconic Yiwu sheng
with a decade of age
Picked in 2011, this classic Yiwu sheng is packed with camphor notes, cooling aftertaste, and hints of fennel, pear, sandalwood and anise.
March 26th, 2011 ♦ Yiwu, Yunnan Province
Iconic Yiwu sheng
with a decade of age
Picked in 2011, this classic Yiwu sheng is packed with camphor notes, cooling aftertaste, and hints of fennel, pear, sandalwood and anise.
March 26th, 2011 ♦ Yiwu, Yunnan Province
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Crafted by the Najiao Farmer’s Cooperative & Tian Long Tea Co

Small farmers and micro-workshops across Yunnan are often denied the chance to show off their incredible work, overshadowed by big labels. Wang Yanxin believes in small producers, helping them reach a wide audience without big brand labels.
 
The result is pristine, hand-finished tea, aged offerings and regional collaborations that inspire new styles. Wang Yanxin has devoted her career and formidable palate to these collaborations, searching far and wide for the very best.
    • DATE OF PICKINGMarch 26th, 2011
    • YiwuYunnan Province
    • ELEVATION1400 meters
    • Da Ye ZhongTea Varietal

    Wang Yanxin has been working with farmers in Yiwu for over fifteen years. She has recently partnered with the Najiao Farmer’s Cooperative to offer this extraordinary example of Yiwu’s trademark zhang xiang, the camphor-like cooling flavor that the tea picks up from such a high elevation biodiverse environment. The loose compression was expertly handled by Tian Long Tea Co, giving the tea enough circulation for even aging and easy breaking when it comes time to drink. Wang Yanxin has been able to age this tea out seven years to bring out rich sandalwood spice and forest flavors.

  • true
    80
    camphor
    true
    65
    fennel
    true
    65
    pear, lime leaf
    true
    50
    sandalwood, anise

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - camphor
    • vegetal - fennel
    • fruit - pear, lime leaf
    • spice - sandalwood, anise


Wang Yanxin also recommends:

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    Banzhang Xingyi Workshop 2021 Sheng Pu'er

    Banzhang region is famous for its sweet, numbing spiced sheng pu'er with its iconic ringing aftertaste. Yet, it is rare to get to try a Banzhang tea so freshly-pressed. Old-school Banzhang was often too smoky to taste young, but Xingyi workshop relies on careful low-temperature finishing for a sweet, dessert-like sheng pu'er that is ready to drink less than a year after picking. A tea this good at this age is destined for even more complexity and nuance over the years to come.

  2. Pasha Mountain Big Tree 2019 Xingyi Workshop Sheng Pu'er
    Pasha Mountain Big Tree 2019 Xingyi Workshop Sheng Pu'er

    This younger sheng from Xingyi workshop is packed with beautiful herbaceous spice and floral notes. With basil, mint, chervil and rose, the first sips are like a Mediterranean garden. As the tea opens up, it reveals a deep juicy cooling mouthwatering quality that hints at incredible complexity that will continue to develop for years to come.

  3. Banzhang Qiaomu 2012 Organic Certified Sheng Pu'er
    Banzhang Qiaomu 2012 Organic Certified Sheng Pu'er

    This certified organic pu'er tea is unique in the collection for holding a specific certification from a China-based program working to incentivize more producers to transition to full organic production. Of course, in Banzhang chemical-free farming has long been embraced since the region's produces some of the more sought after (and costly) Pu'er tea out there, but the official certification is a good step in building that recognition. Expect classic Banzhang numbing licorice spice but with a big fruity Longan or dried lychee quality.

  • 'Most pu’er does become more complex over time. Astringency mellows out, darker and richer flavors come through. Textural complexities become more pronounced. Starting with an intriguing young pu’er of high quality with lots of textures and flavors at play will increase your chances of graceful aging.'

  • 4
    8
    212
    60 seconds
    30-40
    4
    5
    212
    20 seconds
    10-15
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    4 g.8
    oz.
    use 212° watersteep 60 secondsresteep many times
    add 30-40 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    4 g.5 ozuse 212° watersteep 20 seconds
    add 10-15 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    4 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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