Ripe "Shou" Pu-erh Cake

Earthy, sweet, hints of vanilla

 A ripe or "cooked", Shou style Pu-erh cake from the Cangyuan area of Yunnan Province. Cake is 357 grams of pressed, texture-rich leaves. Cake was processed using the "Wo Dui" method - a process whereby the leaves are steamed and stacked to ferment the leaf and develop the "aging" of the leaf. 

Lot Notes.
This bing cha is made from the DaYe varietal, a large-leafed varietal species of Camellia assamica. Varietal grows throughout Yunnan Province, both wild and farmed. In the fermentation process the leaves are exposed to high temperatures and steaming to develop the traditional, sweet flavors and bright colors for which this tea is famous. Tea is grown on a farm Silk Road Teas has worked with for a number of years.

Tea Facts.
Grown at an elevation of 2200 metetrs in the mountains of Cangyuan area. Climate is sub-tropical, highland which brings the area gentle temperatures as well as distinctive wet and dry seasons. Harvesting is by hand, commencing in late February into March with successive harvests to the summer months. Cake was produced in 2019. It continues to ferment and develop flavors. 

Tasting Notes.
Aging of the DaYe leaves creates the range of flavors to be enjoyed. Texture of the tea brew is rich and thick. Aroma is earthy, sweet, showing some hints of vanilla. Flavor is very pleasant, well-balanced and non-astringent. Tea will only get stronger, with no increase in astringency using longer steeping times.

Brewing Suggestions.
We recommend 5 grams for 8 ounces of water. Use boiling water and briefly rinse the leaves and pour off. If time allows, let the leaves steam for a few minutes, then re-infuse. This should release more flavor and enhance its bouquet. Steep for 3-4 minutes and taste. Leaves will yield multiple steeps. 

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  • 5
    Ripe "shou" pu-erh cake

    Posted by Unknown on 4th Mar 2021

    Really smooth yet complex flavor. So delicious.

  • 5
    Something Different

    Posted by Chris Whitehorn on 27th Apr 2019

    Picked up this beeng in addition to my usual small leaf order and couldn't wait to try it. Earthy humus, cedar, cacao, very little to no wo dui, and rather lean in body even when oversteeped while dark in color (which I just did on accident). My brother always said the signature of a quality tea is when you forgot you were steeping it for a half hour and come back and it's still smooth. This is the case for this tea lot!