Nannuo Shan Cooked Puerh 2006
An excellent shu (Cooked) pu-erh made from young and old trees on Nannuo Shan in 2006 by the Liu family under the Jin Yu Xuan label. Like all shu puerhs this has undergone a quick fermentation (wo dui) when young to mimic the earthy taste of aged sheng puerh. Eleven subsequent years of ageing has made this even smoother and richer with deep earthy textures and tastes combining with notes of sweet liquorice and cherry to give a thick, full flavoured and clean tasting tea.
Break off a small amount of tea from the cake and use boiling water to make many infusions. This tea may need to be washed once or twice before brewing with boiling water.
Liu Family/Jin Yu Xuan, Nannuo Shan, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China
PLANTS AND PROCESSING
Mixture of young and old trees, Camellia Sinensis Assamica. Harvested and pressed 2006.
100°C, 6g per cup. Wash briefly before brewing. 8-10 infusions.
Master Liu and his family who are custodians of part of a hillside of ancient tea trees take their responsibility very seriously. Making pu-erh from old trees that grow naturally, they carefully blend their maocha and stone press the pu-erh onsite in a tiny tea pavilion. Later they move the tea to the drier climate north of Xishuangbanna to slowly and gently age it. The older teas are already showing signs that they may one day be great aged examples of this fascinating tea.
Master Liu and his wife Master Dong Bi Lian come from families with long tea traditions in Yunnan. Together Master Liu’s skill in hand processing tea and Master Dong Bi Lian’s experience in blending and tasting tea have combined to make wonderful Pu-Erh teas at their tiny tea estate among the ancient tea trees of Mount Mengsong. We are honoured and delighted that their daughter, the tea scholar Didi Liu, opened our exhibition with a special tea ceremony.