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10-Year-Old HK-Market Xinhui Chenpi (Premium Grade) (100g)

10-Year-Old HK-Market Xinhui Chenpi (Premium Grade) (100g)

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October 3rd, 2021

This is a more expensive and higher quality chenpi than my other offerings. While sold by the merchant as ten years old, this chenpi seems to be much older than that. This family only sell two grades of chenpi: this is their standard grade, which is already of a very high quality.

This chenpi is laid flat and then tied into bundles with red twine, which is not something I'd previously encountered. Wherever possible, I will keep the stacks together, but if you're buying less than 250-350g, I will have to break a stack down.

In the cup, this is much smoother than my 2012 chenpi, and there is no old book taste here. The fresh citrus aromatics are much more mellowed, and this is also significantly less bitter to brew than the 2012 chenpi I also offer.

The flavor of this chenpi when brewed is agarwood and citrus dominant. You really have to push this hard to elicit bitterness, but it's possible it would present more bitterness when brewed with tea, which occurred when I brewed the 2012 chenpi with liubao.

There is some lovely huigan here (sweetness after the swallow). There is barely any astringency in this chenpi when brewed at full boil. I even got some sticky rice aromatics in the cup, which was very unexpected. I definitely need to try some of this with shou to see what happens.

I usually eat chenpi after several infusions to better determine the quality: this is not bitter at all when chewed. This chenpi feels more aged than my 2005 chenpi, likely due to different storage conditions.

This is an excellent quality chenpi, and I may soon offer the family's next grade up (which I believe is from the 90s).

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