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Jin Damo Raw Puerh 2018


An exceptional sheng (raw) puerh tea hand made under the Jin Yu Xuan label by the Liu Family primarily from ancient tea trees between 500-800 years old, that grow on their farm on Mt Mengsong. Master Liu uses traditional production methods like hand firing, hand rolling, sun drying, and stone pressing of the cakes or bings while his wife Master Dong Bi Lian is responsible for blending the maocha. The pinnacle of their yearly production is their Jin Damo cake made solely from gushu (old tree) material and named after the monk Bodhidarma who was responsible for bringing what would become known as Zen Buddhism to China.

The 2018 tea has had a year’s storage in Kunming and is still fresh and vibrant, with a buzziness in the mouth and throat and long, sweet aftertaste typical of good gushu puerh. The aroma is floral with a vegetal grain-like aspect, while the flavour is strongly reminiscent of dried apricots. While relatively soft, there is still a bit of bite and pleasant astringency that will dissipate as it slowly ages.

Break off a small amount of tea and use off-boiling water to make many infusions of this tea.

Liu Family/Jin Yu Xuan (Mt Mengsong, Yunnan Province, China)

500-800 year old trees, Camellia Sinensis Assamica. Harvested and pressed Spring 2018.

95°C, 6g per cup, 10 + infusions

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