Classification: 5 Years aged Mang Fei Mountain Ripe Pu Erh - Shu “ripe/matured” dark tea/aged tea
Cultivar: Yunnan Da Ye
Origin: China, Yunnan, Lincang, Yong De county
Grade: Great quality
Leaf: The leaves are of medium size and unevenly twisted, some forming sort of dreads. Aroma is smooth and subtle with notes of cherry, ripe plum and dried fruit.
Infused leaf: Infused leaves are deep chocolate colour with more persistent aroma of green wood, herbs and dingy cellar.
Liquor: Cup has burgundy colour, brilliant and thick yet it is tiny bit lighter than most Pu Erh teas. Aroma is sweet, floral with a hint of camphor. The mouth-feel is complex and full-bodied with notes of black cherry, chocolate and nuts. After-taste is velvety and sweet with persistence of vanilla pod and leather. There is no acidity in the cup and no astringency. The tea is well balanced, smooth and sweet. Only for Gourmet people :)
About: Shu Pu Erh is a modern invention from early 1970's developed because of high demand for Sheng Pu Erh which takes decades to age. Shu processing method is accelerated development of flavour in which Mao Cha is being exposed to bacteria. During this fermentation, mould produces organic acid and pH of tea will be reduced. Due to the mould fermentation, tea is completely fermented in a much shorter period of time, usually about 2 months. The colour of tea changes to dark brown and it gives a mellow taste with thick body. Tea is Grade 5 size tea leaves (neither big nor small). An enjoyable and accessible ripe pu-erh tea that's great to drink now, but will continue to improve with further storage.