Review: JING Tea 2008 Raw Puerh Mini Tuo (Xiaguan Factory)

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Thumbs up!"Gotta love a tea that gives you a full-bodied response. This was such a time...and that was after an "improper" brew-up."
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JING should be appreciated for one thing, and that is their "Puer" section. In parentheses they list the different ways to spell it. I had it drilled into my head via other more experienced teaterati that the correct (i.e. pinyin) way is "puer"; no hyphen, no "H". However, others use different variances. I happened to like the hyphen, but I try to be as "proper" as I can. At least JING realizes that it's a syntax issue that won't be solved overnight by showing the alternates. Bravo.

These raw tuocha bowls were - what I gathered - the smaller kind, given the "mini" pre-label. They certainly looked smaller, but still possessed the lovely earth-and-fruit aroma of a good aged puer. JING mentioned that the dry aroma is "straw-like", but I didn't get that impression. Rather, I thought it seemed rather sweet and wilderness-y - like smelling the leaves of a blackberry bush on the side of a freeway.

Brewing instructions called for near-boiled water and successive steeps of thirty-to-sixty seconds. Since I had three such mini-cakes to play with, the first time 'round I brewed it as I would any tea on the go. I took one cake, plopped it in a do-it-yourself teabag, grabbed a 16oz cup of hot (190F) water, and steeped it for four-minutes-thirty.

Well...it actually turned into more like five minutes. I got distracted with a task. Moving along, though.

The infused liquid brewed to a very vibrant gold. The steamed aroma was a lovely shade of flowery, herbaceous, and lightly sweet. Taste-wise, it had lemon, apricot (like JING touted), and apple notes with a woody center. I reared my head back and crooned silently. Gotta love a tea that gives you a full-bodied response. This was such a time...and that was after an "improper" brew-up. Major kudos all around to this for being the naturally sweetest puer I've ever tried. And that's using both definitions of the word "sweet!"

— To purchase JING Tea 2008 Raw Puerh Mini Tuo (Xiaguan Factory), or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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