2006 – Ke Yi Xing Tea Company – Lao Pai Bi Tong Earth Brick Raw Puer – 375g

This is a 375g brick of raw ancient arbor tea leaf puer from the Yiwu area. The leaf is somewhat broken with a fair amount of stem. It smells so sweet!

 

 

 

 

 

The first infusion has an already delightful amber color and a sweet, pungent aroma. After a very smooth entry I am pleased to report comforting dried fruits, a tingle on the sides of the tongue and a slippery, warming mouth-feel. The aroma quickly translates to aftertaste and is long-lasting and floral in nature. I was semi-impressed with this tea when I purchased it in 2006; now I am looking forward to enjoying its surprises for many years to come. All this after the first steep. I didn’t expect much, so it has surprised me.

The second steep brings with it a more forceful, yet still very pleasant entry. After a slippery passage onto the palate it shakes the sides of my tongue with a mighty tingle and then rest in the back of the throat with a pungent sweetness. Much more full-bodied than the first steep with a continued long-lasting aftertaste.

Haha, lost track of time staring at the characters on the package and way over-steeped the third infusion. It is a lovely color and QUITE a mouth-full. Though very strong (it is only 5yo) much of the character can still be distinguished. The tingling on the tongue is a bit overwhelming at this point, but I still like it. The aftertaste just keeps going with this much time behind the steep. It seems to like to linger in the upper-back area of the mouth, just above the throat. The throaty sweetness is immense and enjoyable.

3rd Steep

7th Steep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little bitterness has reared its head in the fourth steep. I felt it creeping up earlier, but wasn’t sure if it was going to show. Luckily it has brought a company of flavor, fruits and camphor along for the ride, so ti is not unwelcome. The later steeps do have a lot to offer and might be overwhelming for the faint of heart. I am sure my 3rd steep didn’t help matters. It does reinforce my new-found belief that this tea will continue to develop complexity far down the road.

On the fifth steep the body is beginning to wane. The flavor is still at 95%, but small pieces of the complexity of just beginning to drop-off. The color is holding steady and it feels as if it will be fun to drink up until the 10th-12th steep. We shall see.

Steep 6 is slowly dwindling, yet still delicious and well flavored, though complexity is lacking.

Steeps 7-12 are worth-while for the subtle dwindling effect with retained flavor.

 

Steeped Out

 

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