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2006 Jay's HK Storage Yubang Ripe Pu Erh Tuo (250g)

2006 Jay's HK Storage Yubang Ripe Pu Erh Tuo (250g)

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November 3rd, 2020

These 250g Yubang tuos have been stored in my own warehouse since November 2016. In that time, this tea has transformed remarkably. These tuos were purchased from a large-volume dealer in Kunming and were stored very dry indeed until they got to me. 

Yubang is a brand under Kunming Guyi, a pu erh manufacturer most well-known for their ripe mini tuos, which I see everywhere. I believe Yubang mini tuos were some of the first ripe pu erh I ever drank at home back in 2012 or so. What I didn't know until a few years ago is that Yubang also produced (and produce) more than just mini tuos: they even do some sheng productions and gushu ripe bricks!

The dry tuo has a light scent of activity: my warehouse moves my tea along quickly without my tea ever getting too 'wet', and this tea smells like it's just past the initial flurry of activity that occurs for the first few years after I get new shou in (or shou that has been stored too dry until I get my hands on it). The dry tuo has loosened up nicely, and has some sweet aromatics as well. I was able to pick a chunk off the tuo with very little effort.

The looser compression of these tuos (and the more vigorous pile fermentation) means this tea has aged remarkably quickly. The liquor is sweet with light jujube-like aromatics, as well as a flavor note that is almost ginseng-like. The flavor profile of this tea takes me back to my early years drinking HK-market ripes: this recipe is very different from the modern big factory stuff I tend to drink nowadays, where lighter fermentation is back in vogue. 

The liquor is very smooth indeed, which is expected with ripe pu erh I've held for this long. The initial aromatics subside in later infusions, but the delicate, playful sweetness returns as the tea cools in the cup. 

This is an excellent daily drinker of a fermentation level I don't often come across in today's market, and this tea has a very familiar flavor profile that really takes me back to my early forays with ripe pu erh!

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