Blind Tasting with Shinzo Shiratori----Sample D 2012 Bodhi Leaf Ripe Pu-Erh

2012 Bodhi Leaf Ripe Pu-Erh Cake (357g)

The dry leaf I suppose was quite heavy on buds, and a very tipical ripe Pu-Erh. the smell of the dry leaf was like dry hay, with some soil, or a deep smell. I suppose it wasn’t a very old Ripe Pu-Erh, because I still smelled the Wo-Dui, which is part of the process of making Ripe Pu-Erh, the artificial fermentation stage.  However, the Wo-Dui was not one of those which is fishy, but very deep and rich. It was a pleasant kind. I used a porcelain gaiwan to brew this, and 5g for a mass of 95ml. The wet leaves smelt very different from the dry leaf, kind of like crackers, biscuits, and a hint of a dark berry. The first infusion was very rich, creamy and complex. I couldn’t really distinguish many tasting notes, due to the complexity and richness of the tea. The tea went smoothly down my throat and I didn’t feel the typical “dryness,” that a lot of Ripe and Raw Pu-Erh tend to have. After the third or fourth infusion, I experienced very relaxing energy being released from my heart area, all throughout my body. It was fantastic. The feeling of this tea was very relaxing and almost felt sleepy. It was such a calming tea, I think I will sleep like a pro tonight!  This definitely assures me that this Pu-Erh was a Old-Growth tea free, possibly from 250 years old and up.Old-Growth Tea Tree Leaf Size

I had 11 or 12 infusions with it, can’t remember quite clearly. Finally, I feel this tea would be a great introduction to Ripe Pu-Erh, especially if you are a beginner, and want to know the true characteristics of Ripe Tea without having special features or unique flavors. This tea was great, and it was because it was showing the really nice taste of a classic Ripe Pu-Erh, the simplicity really captured me. Thank you, the SC team for letting me enjoy this beauty!   This was 2012 Bodhi Leaf Ripe Pu-Erh

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