2014 Chawangpu "Lao Yu" Xiao Bing Cha

4.5 stars  4.5  1 review  Added 05.10.2015 by Eternal Spring, Tea status: [419] A 1955x
2014 Chawangpu "Lao Yu" Xiao Bing Cha
2014 Chawangpu "Lao Yu" Xiao Bing Cha 2014 Chawangpu "Lao Yu" Xiao Bing Cha 2014 Chawangpu "Lao Yu" Xiao Bing Cha
2014 Chawangpu "Lao Yu" Xiao Bing Cha 2014 Chawangpu "Lao Yu" Xiao Bing Cha 2014 Chawangpu "Lao Yu" Xiao Bing Cha
2014 Chawangpu "Lao Yu" Xiao Bing Cha 2014 Chawangpu "Lao Yu" Xiao Bing Cha - Comparison of Lao Yu 2013, 2014 and 2015

Category: Pu-erh

Country: China

Province: Yunnan

Harvest: March 2014

Date of production: pressed in Jan. 2015

Producer: Cha Wang Shop Exclusive Products

Shop: Cha Wang Shop

Cha Wang Shop

Tags: , , ,

Description:

Lao Yu (老妪) : old woman

Material for this cake came from a small Bulang minority village in Bada mountain. This village have very small quantity of tea trees that grow in the forest. Trees are relative old, but farmers cut the branches when trees get too tall. Tea trees are kept at easy-picking height because the tea is picked and made by old women in this village. They follow ancient ways to produce tea. Many of them make tea only for themself.

We selected and bought good materials from different families. They picked one bud and two leaves. This tea is nice example of old-time puer tea and traditions of Bulang minority.
2014 cake is a bit different with previous year. We keep nearly one year loose leaves "maocha" in Menghai town and pressed in Jan. 2015. Stone pressed in small tea factory.
Taste of this tea is full, strong with bitterness, huigan is fast and sweet.

Production date : March, 2014
Harvest Area : Bada, Menghai
Weight : 200g per cake, 5 cakes in bamboo tong (1kg)


  •   Display count: 1955  


Eternal Spring
09.11.2015 09:05:07
Eternal Spring

Look in to the future

5 stars 4.5 This review helped: 0 / 0

This Lao Yu is a bit different comparing to 2013 and 2015 model. Processed tea in the form of maocha was stored more than one year in Menghai. The final pressing into 200g cakes was done in January 2015. Maocha matures more quickly and also differently. This is a common process used by big tea factories as Xiaguan and Menghai Dayi to speed up aging of their fresh products. Loose leaves access more air and humidity and that is why tea matures faster than in pressed form.

In case of Lao Yu 2014, the tea had enough time to move forward and that’s why we can have a sneak preview of Lao Yu’s future. The tea from 2014 is actually more matured than the oldest Lao Yu 2013. You can easily see difference in brew’s colour coming from testers.

 Comparison of  Lao Yu 2013, 2014 a 2105

Rinsed leaves smell fruity as overripe fruits.

The first sip will surprise you with a nice sweet character. Lao Yu is coming from BaDa mountains and you can taste it there. After a while here comes expected bitterness and astringency. The final aftertaste is sweet.

You can find a slightly matured taste in this tea. Well it definitely doesn’t taste like 1,5 years old tea processed normal way and aged as cakes. First three steeping are dominated by great astringency. You can sometime spot a trace of smokiness as well. Later steeping are herbal and bitter.

The tea is giving a way many full and tasty brews (10+). The energy is quite pronounced. Well, at the moment I consdire Lao Yu 2014 as the best model of all three available Lao Yu teas …. I must admit that Lao Yu 2013 is also very good and it’s drawing close…

Lao Yu 2013 is now about 2,5 years old tea and out of this 1,5 year stored in Europe. Well, I would say that 2013 is more settled and there is more complexity in the taste. It also contains bigger fruity body. But it lacks this slightly matured character of 2014. There is still quite enough of chaqi and astringency.

Lao You 2014 is a very good tea. Storing maocha before final pressing was good for this tea. The processing of Lao Yu’s maocha is generally not perfect and you can feel some smokiness just after pressing. There is not much smoke left in 2014. Considering the price it is very good material. Recommending for aging. The price is $17 (2015). I am looking forward to observe this tea.


Was this review helfule? Yes / No





Teas - Pu-erh

2014 White2Tea New Amerykah 2

2014 White2Tea New Amerykah 2
4.5 stars 1 review

An old arbor Menghai blend. Thick body, lingering kuwei [pleasant bitterness], and...

2009 Menghai "Spring of Menghai" Raw

2009 Menghai "Spring of Menghai" Raw Pu-erh tea 357 grams
4.5 stars 1 review

This is a newer Menghai release, first released in 2005 and then again in 2006, 2007,...

2003 CNNP "Yi Wu Old Tree Round Cake" Raw

2003 CNNP "Yi Wu Old Tree Round Cake" Raw Aged Pu-erh tea cake
4.0 stars 1 review

Probably a small tea factory in Yi Wu area pressed this cake under the "zhong cha"...

NaKa 2013 - blind tasting set 3

NaKa 2013 - blind tasting set 3
5.0 stars 1 review

this tea is sold only as a sample, each order is limited to have only 2 samples of this...

2007 Boyou "Man Lu Da Shan" Meng Song

2007 Boyou "Man Lu Da Shan" Meng Song
4.2 stars 2 reviews

Boyou tea factory was started by yet another ex-Menghai tea blender. Boyou is well...

2015 Spring Xiao Hu Sai Old Tree Cake

2015 Spring Xiao Hu Sai Old Tree Cake 357g
0.0 stars 0 reviews

This cake is made by friend´s shop in small quantity just 150kg in total. First spring...


Quotes - Pu-erh


„Once dry, maocha can be sent directly to the factory to be pressed into raw pu'er, or to undergo further processing to make ripened pu'er. Sometimes Mao Cha is sold directly as loose-leaf "raw" Sheng Cha or it can be matured for 2–3 years in loose leaf form due to the faster rate of natural fermentation in an uncompressed state. This product is then pressed into numerous shapes and sold as "raw" Sheng Cha as a more matured final product.“

150px-Haiwan_bingcha_md
Source Web: Pu-erh tea[online]. Wikipedia. Available on WWW: <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pu-erh_tea>. [q496] [s62]





Remember what tea did you drink year ago?

Create your own collection of favorite teas and keep the track what you have drunk.

How to add a tea?

Public or Private tea catalogue?

We will help you with tea selection.

Do you like quality loose tea?
We will help you to find the right one for you. Be inspired by tea ratings of other tea lovers. Rating stars could help you.    5 stars    5 stars 

More tea reviews

Photos

Tea production in
Organic Mountain -
Chengdu, the capital
Chengdu, the capital

Review your cup of tea.

Review the tea you are drinking and help other tea lovers to find the right cup of tea.


      5 stars  3 stars   1 stars

Theme

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Quotes

„guan mu; 灌木 - Literally means bush or shrub. 灌 - guan, to irrigate. This style of cultivation is relatively new in Yunnan, having only started in the early to mid 20th Century. Tea bushes are cultivated in rows. Guan mu cha is the tea from cultivated bushes.“

Source Web: Zhi Zheng Tea Shop. Puer Tea Glossary[online]. Available on WWW: <http://www.zhizhengtea.com/>. [q609] [s78]

Photos

Tea Mountains Map,
Camellia sinensis
Chengdu, the capital
banner 4SUP.CZ - Nafukovací Paddleboardy