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2010 Jay's HK Storage Oak Flavor Ripe Pu Erh (100g)

2010 Jay's HK Storage Oak Flavor Ripe Pu Erh (100g)

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April 6th, 2021

This is a high quality bricked ripe from a major producer that was originally stored in Kunming. There is no foreign matter in these bricks, and they were produced to the highest of standards. This is the third of my old school-style house offerings: sold loose after breaking down into chunks, as is traditional in Hong Kong. I've stored these bricks for just over three years in my own 11th floor warehouse and this tea has aged beautifully! I don't have much of this tea, but I will definitely get more of this as soon as I can.

Dry, this tea now smells active, and the material is very easy to break apart from the three years in my storage. The initial aroma in the cup is sweet and alluring, and I even get cherry-like aromatics in the air.

The liquor is very smooth and very tasty. I get flavors that remind me of high fermentation shou, but there are assorted grades and fermentation levels in this brick. The blending was done extremely well here, and this has aged beautifully. I have the same tea in my home storage and the difference between my home stored bricks and the warehouse-stored ones is massive. I wouldn't be able to tell they were the same tea!

This tea has a lovely calming effect that I get consistently from infusion to infusion. I get jasmine and camphor-like notes early on in the session. The jasmine-like character recedes, but the hint of sweet camphor persists. I also get surprising mouth cooling early on, which was very unexpected.

There is a hint of sheng-like astringency to this tea that makes for an interesting cup. I also get pleasant bitterness and longlasting huigan (returning sweetness). This is really a lovely tea and blended beautifully. I would keep infusions short with this tea (around ten seconds) since it got dark very quickly in the first four or five infusions.

There is quite a caffeine wallop here from the higher grade material, but also a powerful calming theanine effect. This is really a unique ripe and I'm astounded by how this tea has turned out. I will definitely buy more of this tea as soon as I can. The powerful calming effect of this tea rates very comparably against Dayi shou, but this is a unique tea with a very interesting flavor profile.

There is low down jujube in the flavor profile as well: a little of everything in this production. This is a pleasant, warm and tasty shou with interesting oak flavor that reminds me of good Scotch whisky later in the session. I also detect fleeting almond, date and chocolate. This is a complex shou for sure, and a steal for its price point. 

Oak, camphor and jujube round out the session. This tea has good longevity and I get around eight infusions. I could probably squeeze more out of this tea, but my porcelain pot doesn't have the heat retention to keep the heat up!

I only have a limited amount of this tea, so please act quickly if you'd like to try this one. As with many of my teas, I expect this tea to change dramatically in bagged storage, and milder storage environments may also cause this tea to change significantly.

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