2018 Yiwu Hongjun Workshop Yuanshengtai Shu Pu'er
2018 Yiwu Hongjun Workshop Yuanshengtai Shu Pu'er
Crafted by Hongjun Workshop
- DATE OF PICKING2018
- YiwuYunnan Province
- ELEVATIONmixed elevation
- Da Ye ZhongTea Varietal
Yiwu is famous for its cooling foresty Pu'er, and this cake is no exception. Notes of fresh mint and cardamom show the best of classic Yiwu with extra nuance and complexity of tulsi, juicy muscat grape and a deep rye flavor. This depth comes from the "yuanshengtai" designation which means that the tea was harvested in a balanced ecosystem with forest cover and wild plants left intact.
- truespice80mint, white pepper, cardamomtruefloral40tulsi flowertruesavory40brown sugar, ryetruefruit45muscat grapetruetingling, cooling, deep
- spice - mint, white pepper, cardamom
- floral - tulsi flower
- savory - brown sugar, rye
- fruit - muscat grape
- texture - tingling, cooling, deep
Wang Yanxin also recommends:
- 2019 Sui Yin Zi Shu Pu’er
Sui Yin Zi (also called "Broken Silver") has swept China in the last few years as a new craze, thanks to the fact that good Sui Yin Zi is impossible to over steep and can be brewed all day without exhausting the leaves. The flavor is sweet, clean, and cozy. Sui Yin Zi is not that different from Lao Cha Tou (shu pu'er nuggets), formed of individual leaf clusters that clump together during fermentation. This Sui Yin Zi is from Wang Yanxin’s longtime partners at Longyuanhao workshop, ready for further aging or drinking now.
- Ba Jiao Ting 2008 Qiao Mu Shu Pu'er
This organic-certified pu'er cake from Li Ming Chen Workshop carries their Ba Jiao Ting mark, a designation of their finest pressings. The old tree leaf material combined with over a decade of aging makes this a deeply complex, richly-spiced tea, packed with minerality and depth.
- 2006 Hong Fu #6676 Shu Pu'er
The #6676 blend shu pu'er from Hongfu Workshop is about sweetness and balance, with notes of grains and sugars supported by vanilla and a hint of cedar and nutmeg. Over ten years of age have mellowed this classic tasting profile for beautiful sipping now. The decade of careful storage in relatively dry northern China lifts the sweetness with spiced depth, and adds a thick rich texture that can only continue to age into even more complexity over time.
- 2007 Rose Shu Tuocha
Rose petals have become a highly traditional pairing with shu pu’er, and Longyuanhao workshop’s pressing is a wonderful example of how these two flavors can work together in harmony. The florals of rose are already deep and textural. When they combine with a clean high quality shu pu’er, over time they bring out vaporous spice and texture in the tea. Longyuanhao's slow clean fermentation means this tea is not weighed down, but rather unfolds delightfully on the pallet, bolstered by nearly two decades of aging.
- 2011 Nuomi Xiang Shu TuochaWang Yanxin has just released this rich and incredibly clean shu pu’er after a generous eight years of aging to deepen its complexity. When brewed, this tea has a striking aroma of sweet sticky rice. This aroma comes from the unique blend of Nuomixiang or Semnostachya menglaensis leaf with Wan Yuan workshop’s high grade shu pu’er. As the yunnan native Nuomixiang leaf ages with the pu’er they come together in a uniquely clean mineral-forward tea.
- Jing Mai Mi Yun 2020 Shu Pu'er
Jing Mai has become one of the most famous and sought after pu’er microclimates in Yunnan, thanks to the velvety, rich, luxurious teas that come out of Jingmai, home to some truly ancient wild tea trees. This particular cake was pressed in 2020, but Wang Yanxin remembers the leaf material as picking closer to 2014, which would explain the deep spiced rich complexity this Jingmai cake shows off with notes of ginger, sandalwood, dried currants, barley and honey. The tea for this cake was picked and cellared by Hua Cheng Jia Mu Workshop, but blended and pressed in partnership with De Hou Workshop.
- Bulangshan GongTing Lao Shu 2018 Shu
This 2018 buds-only gongting pressing comes from one of Wang Yanxin’s oldest partners and favorite blenders - Yongming Workshop. She loves Yongming for the way that they highlight the flavor profiles of specific regions- in this case, Bulang Shan. This pressing has rich sweet notes of brown sugar and biscotti, with a touch of nutmeg and candied rose - like a perfectly considered plated dessert.
- Ba Da Shan Shu Pu'er
Wang Yanxin has been collecting pu’er for almost twenty years, and has built her reputation around scouting out the smallest workshops doing the best work regardless of brand name. This cake from her personal cellar lacks all the trappings of a fancy label and nei fei. Indeed, Wang Yanxin has lost track of exactly what year she acquired this offering, but we are thinking around 2018 at the latest. Of course this cake is priced to reflect the lack of collector’s clarity, but having opened a few cakes to taste for ourselves, we are pretty excited about the flavor profile. This cake is all about its sweet, slightly cooling cedar forest flavor, the touch of toasty marshmallow in the aftertaste and the light clean feeling on the palate.
'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.'
- 4821260 seconds30-404521220 seconds10-15412room temp8 hours
oz.use 212° watersteep 60 secondsresteep many times
add 30-40 sec. each infusion
Gongfu4 g.5 ozuse 212° watersteep 20 seconds
add 10-15 sec. per steepingenjoy many steepings
oz.use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
8 hoursadd ice & enjoy