Old and Rare Pu'er
The ever-changing weather caused my coughing, and it seemed like the prelude to a flu! It is time to drink some old tea to nourish my throat. Since I discovered the beauty of Acient Arbor Tea 4 years ago, I simply forgot my collections of old tree tea. Many of them have been sitting silently in my cellar. And my old tree broad leaf Puer is now at least 70 years old.
It is in loose tea, there is no label, but the faint fragrance of green camphor and light red dates tell me that it should be Yibang District tea. This tea has been kept in the antique purple clay vat of the early National China, and the condition is still very good and healthy. The first brew was inevitably dusty, the juice was a bit cloudy, the second brew was bright and clear, the lotus fragrance was overflowing, and the taste was clean and crispy. I thought that after drinking the full bodied millennium Ancient Arbor Tea for several years, I would think that the conventional tea is thin and the tea “Qi” may not be as surging as that of Ancient Arbor, surprisingly, the Qi of this has a strong stamina. The first two brews were nothing, and after three minutes, my back sweated unnoticeably.
It is similar to the Chinese martial art theory: Do not challenge a young Chad of free fight, nor senior weapon player. I had made 15 infusions with this tea and it was still sweet. Then I further extracted the flavour by distilling it for 3 times.
The producer of this tea is unknown, after ageing for 70 years, it is complex, concentrated, and intriguing. No wonder old tea sold at an unreachable price is still mostly sought after. It's a pity that there are too many fakes and bad stuff on the market. Some tea after six or seven brews, the juice is like muddy ink. Seeing someone being subdued, how can I tell the truth and disappoint the tea owner while having fun! When I come across these scenes, I shall either drink slowly, or find an excuse to leave early.
Although telling the truth might cause negative result to some tea merchants of both good and bad faith , I still can't help telling the tea buddies, whether it is <Seal-Grade > tea or < Old Tea House-grade> tea, no matter how old it is, juice will become clear after three to five brews，even it is still deep in colour. After six or seven infusions, if the juice is still like muddy ink, it is most probably a bad bacterial infection, or it is artificial colouring.
Many tea lovers do not collect Purple Clay tea vat thinking that the resell value of a vat is much lower than that of a pot, especially for the big ones. Value as a collectible is low also. Well, if one collects for speculating, I shall have no comments. To experience real artisan back vintage Pu’er tea without ageing it in a proper purple clay vat; it is exactly like ageing Havana cigars without a humidor; one cannot get the best out of it.
70 Years Old Broad Leaves Puer
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