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2007 Guangdong Dry Storage Yunnan Tulin 852 Raw Pu Erh Tuocha (100g)

2007 Guangdong Dry Storage Yunnan Tulin 852 Raw Pu Erh Tuocha (100g)

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October 16th, 2020

These tuos were produced by Yunnan Tulin, which was originally known as Nanjian Tulin until the company was reorganized in 2007. The original company was started in 1985 by a former high-level Xiaguan employee, who had extensive experience with tuocha production. Nanjian Tulin got their start with raw pu erh tuos, and the recipe number on this tuo, 852, indicates it was their second ever recipe. Interestingly the number also corresponds with Hong Kong's country code, which caught my interest. 

Whether or not this tuo was specifically produced for a Hong Kong dealer, I don't know, but Nanjian Tulin's products have long been exported here. I'm a big fan of their productions, especially those made with wild material, but this is a lovely aged tuo for the money and a very good example of Guangdong dry storage done right.

The dry tuo only has a light aged sheng scent to it, but the magic begins when the water hits the leaf, of course. The liquor is pleasant and smooth with light and tolerable astringency with my soft Hong Kong water. I get a dominant aromatic note of sarsaparilla and some root vegetable-like notes as well, but I believe these are from the material itself and not from humid storage. There is also a little 'old book' flavor here, but it isn't a major note. This tea has good, calming and longlasting cha qi, bordering on the dissociative/trippy kind of cha qi I like Tulin's wild Wuliangshan productions for, so I'm quite happy with this tea. 

I alternated between my electric kettle and my tetsubin for infusions with this tea. My tetsubin reduced the astringency significantly and made the liquor much smoother, but also reduced the overall breadth of the flavor in this tea and the top note came across as almost saffron-like. The old book note also became more pronounced. While saffron is quite a pleasant aromatic note, I did miss the full breadth of what this tuo could offer up, so I definitely preferred to use my electric kettle with this tea, although perhaps a blend of water from the two would work best.

These tuos are very good value and as always, I am interested in witnessing their development in my dry storage here in Hong Kong! This sample tuo will be placed into plastic, which tends to increase the aromatic complexity of all of the pu erh I transfer from uncovered to plastic covered storage. I will update this description as these tuos continue to age with me, as I now aim to do with all of my offerings.

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