2015 Chawangpu Hekai Gushu Xiao Bing

5.0 stars  5.0  1 review  Added 05.10.2015 by Eternal Spring, Tea status: [425] A 3413x
2015 Chawangpu Hekai Gushu Xiao Bing
2015 Chawangpu Hekai Gushu Xiao Bing 2015 Chawangpu Hekai Gushu Xiao Bing 2015 Chawangpu Hekai Gushu Xiao Bing
2015 Chawangpu Hekai Gushu Xiao Bing 2015 Chawangpu Hekai Gushu Xiao Bing 2015 Chawangpu Hekai Gushu Xiao Bing
2015 Chawangpu Hekai Gushu Xiao Bing 2015 Chawangpu Hekai Gushu Xiao Bing 2015 Chawangpu Hekai Gushu Xiao Bing

Category: Pu-erh

Country: China

Province: Yunnan

Harvest: march 2015

Producer: Cha Wang Shop Exclusive Products

Shop: Cha Wang Shop

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Description:

Material for this cake came from Man Nan Lao Zhai in Hekai mountain. Man Nan Lao Zhai is home of Lahu minority. There are very few small trees in the tea gardens, most of the tea trees are really old, which have lived for several hundred years. We picked out the first picking tea in late March before the rains came.

Silver and fat buds, dark leaves, strong aroma. The taste is rich, oily and full in mouth, bitter as Hekai is, aftertaste is fast and sweet. This tea come from the same tea garden which we sold as maocha in 2013. The price for 2015 is very friendly and we are happy to offer this high quality puerh tea !

Production date : March, 2015
Harvest Area : Man Nan Lao Zhai, Hekai mountain, Menghai county
Weight : 200g per cake, 5 cakes in bamboo tong (1kg)


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Eternal Spring
11.11.2015 10:49:28
Eternal Spring

Bitter, still honey sweet

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This is the most expensive cake from 2015 ChawangPu Collection and the only tea tagged as Gu Shu – wild tea trees. We were able to taste the same material 2 year ago, when Cha Wang was offering 2013 Spring Hekai moacha from the same location. I was admiring the size of leaves and pleasantly bitter body. So, how is this year’s tea standing?

Rinsed leaves smell deeply flowery and fruity.

The first cup is sweet after honey with pleasantly light bitterness. The tea immediately starts to heat up chest and the energy is rising up…

The second cup is already quite bitter with a nice honey flavour. The bitterness is outstanding, but not unpleasant, it is not disturbing. The aftertaste is pleasantly bitter-sweet and very very long. The bitterness in aftertaste is first woody, then it’s softening and finally there remains just honey sweet taste in your mouth. If you smell an empty cup after drinking, the nose is filled with lovely honey scent. The bitterness contains nutty flavour in later infusions.

I was checking other reviews on the net and almost everyone was repeating that this tea is very good to drink now, but not suitable for aging. No doubts the teas is very good now, I totally agree and I recommend it to taste.

Well, in regards to possible suitability to againg or not. It’s true that Hekai is not one of those famous locations, where you are more sure a tea will mature well. Nevertheless you can find a few single mountain teas from Hekai. I had a chance to taste 2007 Repave from White2Tea and I was not much keen on this tea (maocha from 2007 was pressed in 2014), yet I don’t want to judge Hekai by this one experience.

Hekai from Cha Wag is very likable tea. Tea trees are looking very nice, leaves are dark, beautiful, big and looking alive. It contains a lot of big and fair buds. Outstanding and promising bitterness … to buy or not to buy? An eternal question of puerh collectors ;-)
This tea is Gu Shu, so the price of $36 for 200g cake is perfect! Personally I will buy a few pieces to watch this tea.


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„Ku Cha; 苦茶 - Bitter Tea. The tea from a variety of tea tree (Camelia Sinensis Assamica var.Kucha) found in an area around Mensong.“

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„There is also a lack of formal definition for "gu shu." Some say "gu shu" should only refer to trees over 300 years of age, that is left to grow tall, and not pruned back. But in reality, most "gu shu" trees are cultivated, which entails annual pruning to encourage regrowth & lower branches for easy picking. A lot of "gu shu" on the market comes from trees as young as 100 years old, some of which is as short as 1.5m high. But a 100 year old tea tree growing in the wild can also grow higher than 3m high. Eventually the government will legislate what classifies as "gu shu." Until then, let the buyer beware!“

Source Web: The Tea Urchin. Learning how to identify gu shu & make maocha[online]. 2011. Available on WWW: <http://teaurchin.blogspot.cz/2011/09/learning-how-to-identify-gu-shu-make.html>. [q937] [s107]

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