Year of the Bull 2021 Yiwu Raw Puer

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Astringent, Bitter, Drying, Floral, Fruity, Green, Herbs, Mineral, Sweet, Tart
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 oz / 110 ml

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Our largest and one of our favourite productions each year, this tea is as “Yiwu” as it gets, exemplifying the typical character of the region: a pleasant and unique fragrance that is accompanied by an underlying sweetness.

As with our 2020 Rat, drier weather has contributed to a denser tea than previous years. Even with this denser flavour and a little bit of extra bitterness, this tea is still quite approachable and very suitable for beginners, both in terms of flavour and budget.

Our experience storing this tea over the last 10 years has been the development of more noticeable honey and fruit notes within 3-5 years.

As we highlight each year, a big draw with this tea is the quality of material used. The trees were planted by this farmer’s family over 45 years ago. At the time, plantation style terraces were in vogue (along with platform heels and disco… maybe not so much in China). However, since the 2000s, these trees have been converted to fangyang (放养, or “left to grow”). This means no pesticides, weed killer, pruning, fertilizers or over-picking.

While this style of farming isn’t ideal for producing maximum output, it does contribute to much higher quality tea than neighboring taidi productions, which adhere to conventional farming methods. The other downsides are the trees left to grow taller on their own tend to compete for space and may require relocation, which isn’t always successful. Additionally, manual weeding is a laborious task that takes at least a month each year to complete. Picking tall trees, even if they’re only middle-aged, is also a more difficult task than pruned bushes.

But if we had our way, every tea would be like this. The deeper roots and more concentrated yield produce a tea richer in fragrance and flavour than typical plantation productions in this price range. And of course, all this without the presence of any pesticides or harmful substances.

In previous years (2017-2018) we tested this tea against the EU Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) of 191 and 440+ pesticides, both passing with ease. Although this particular year’s tea has not been tested, the tea is from the same land and our confidence in this tea and relationship with the farmer remains strong. If you would like a copy of the lab results for previous years, please contact us.

This year’s wrapper features artwork by Mexico City based artist Lourdes Villagomez. You can find more of her beautiful work on her site and on Instagram, as well as in her shop here and on Instagram.

Picking period: 1st and 2nd flush, pre-March 28

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Gongfu!

I met up with a tea friend from IG who lives here in Montreal yesterday – we’ve been trying to find a time to have tea together for close to two years now, but the pandemic has added an extra layer of complication to the equation. It was great finally catching up in person though after several years of zoom tea sessions and similar!

We brewed multiple sessions, and this was one of them. He’d never tried anything from Bitterleaf before so I brought over a random selection of cakes and samples to pick from to try. I’ve had this before in dragonball form as part of the Spring pu’erh sampler, but looking at it this was the beautiful greener leaf really stands out! Very soft and sweet throughout with pleasant vegetal notes of sugar snaps. Grounding, approachable, and with a pleasant body warmth!

This was actually the third session of the afternoon (I’m writing notes out of order) so I was BLITZED by this point – I totally lost track of steeps but it was a lot and we pushed this guy until it was completely dead.

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CTuVsEIgfz4/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyGfzTFVDkE&ab_channel=MsWhite-Topic

mrmopar

In person meetups are always nice.

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I got a couple of blind cakes from BLT this year, their yearly plantation Yi Wu being one of them. The tea is on the green side with a bit of a jade oolong profile.

The aroma is savoury with notes of fried greens and nettle. It has a astringent, light to medium bodied, liquor with floral bitterness and flavours of green vegetables and dry grass. Really, the tea is quite bitter and drying, reminiscent of unripe fruit.

The aftertaste, however, is long-lasting and fragrant with a nice tartness and a fruity sweetness that emerges after a while.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Drying, Floral, Fruity, Green, Herbs, Mineral, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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