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Zhou Family Workshop 2014 Spring Buds Menghai Sheng Pu'er

Zhou Family Workshop 2014 Spring Buds Menghai Sheng Pu'er

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sweet, classically-leaning,
small-workshop sheng
This cake’s balanced profile makes it perfect for aging. Beautiful buds give a juicy texture and lingering aftertaste. Notes of apricot, peony, arugula, nutmeg and oak.
2014 ♦ Blended Province, Yunnan
sweet, classically-leaning,
small-workshop sheng
This cake’s balanced profile makes it perfect for aging. Beautiful buds give a juicy texture and lingering aftertaste. Notes of apricot, peony, arugula, nutmeg and oak.
2014 ♦ Blended Province, Yunnan
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Crafted by Zhou Family Workshop

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 PICKING2014
    • Blended ProvinceYunnan Province
    • ELEVATIONmixed elevation
    • Da Ye ZhongTea Varietal

    This small production pressing features tender young leaf material for a stunningly sweet brew packed with juicy apricot notes, nutmeg spice and a touch of floral aromatics. The nearly ten years of age give this cake a rich almost 'oaky' quality, thanks to Wang Yanxin's careful constant humidity cool temperature cellaring.

  • true
    75
    apricot, neroli
    true
    75
    peony
    true
    70
    arugula
    true
    65
    nutmeg
    true
    50
    oak
    true
    lingering sweetness, juicy aftertaste

    Tasting Profile

    • fruit - apricot, neroli
    • floral - peony
    • vegetal - arugula
    • spice - nutmeg
    • savory - oak
    • texture - lingering sweetness, juicy aftertaste


Wang Yanxin also recommends:

  1. 2011 Najiao Cooperative Yiwu Sheng
    2011 Najiao Cooperative Yiwu Sheng
    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.
  2. 2013 Bingdao Gu Cha Yuan Sheng
    2013 Bingdao Gu Cha Yuan Sheng
    Bingdao has become one of the most famous pu’er growing regions in Yunnan for its unique microclimate that tends to yield cooling lingering aftertaste. This beautiful cake is mainly silver buds and small leaf, loosely compressed for ideal aging. Already cellared for five years, this tea is full of big cooling tingling yun, big minerality and foresty complexity. This is an excellent opportunity to invest in the Bingdao region and see the reward as this continues to deepen with greater complexity over the coming years. It is becoming harder and harder to actually acquire true Bingdao sheng as it is becoming wildly popular (and expensive) in China. Luckily, Wang Yanxin was able to acquire these cakes before the market for Bingdao shot up, and she is passing them on without ‘adjusting’ for market pricing.
  3. Nannuoshan 2006 Sheng
    Nannuoshan 2006 Sheng
    Nannuoshan sheng pu’er is famous for its trademark sticky rice sweet aromatics. This well-aged cake from Wang Yanxin has a “storied” background. It was originally sold to another Qingdao tea vendor who wanted to sell the cake under his own brand and repackaged the tea. When he got out of the business, Wang Yanxin bought the tea back at the original fresh tea asking price. She is sharing this with us because of how outstanding the aging is on this elegant cake. The original packaging and nei fei was from the Yunnan Agricultural Research Institute, and cakes in mint condition sell for over $100 in China, but we’re passing on Wang Yanxin’s discount as a “scratch and dent” cake since it is missing the original nei fei. Nevertheless, the flavor and aroma are beautifully balanced and full of deep rich complexity.
  4. 2013 Heng Yi Banzhang Sheng Cake
    2013 Heng Yi Banzhang Sheng Cake
    One of Wang Yanxin’s first collaborations all the way back in 2001 was with a Banzhang farmer’s cooperative. Over years Banzhang has become one of the most popular (and expensive) sources for pu’er in Yunnan, but Wang Yanxin’s deep connections there have helped her secure true Banzhang 2013 sheng at 2001 prices. This beautifully-pressed bud and silvery leaf cake is full of the signature and unmistakable nutty banzhang aftertaste that gets sweeter and almost numbing after multiple infusions. We’ve been aging Banzhang teas for almost twenty years, and can say that they continue to deepen while becoming sweeter, and even more cooling and texturally stunning over time. This tea has a five year headstart with big cedar notes and deep minerality. Don’t miss this chance to explore the utterly singular terroir of the famous Banzhang region.
  • '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