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2011 Douji “Nuan Jiang Shan” Ripe Puerh Tea from China Cha Dao

October20

doujiPuerhTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Pu-erh

Where to Buy:  China Cha Dao

Tea Description:

Douji’s Riped Puerh Series.

2011 Douji “Nuan Jiang Shan” (Warm River Mountain) Ripe Puerh Loose Leaf Tea 200g

Recommend Douji Product, good for collecting, limited product due to its low production!

Aroma – Mellow, unique.

Flavor – Thick, Smooth and Sweet.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

With my first sip of this 2011 Douji “Nuan Jiang Shan” Ripe Puerh Tea from China Cha Dao my first reaction was one of surprise!  I couldn’t believe I was sipping a Pu-erh!  This tastes so sweet and fruity!  Where’s the earthiness I was expecting from a ripe Pu-erh?  After a couple of sips, a slight earthiness does develop, but only after I had the opportunity to explore the other flavors that this unique Pu-erh has to offer.

The aroma of the dry leaf is sweet and mildly earthy.  The wet leaf has a stronger earth note, much more like what I’d expect from a Pu-erh.  The brewed tea has very little fragrance.

The sip starts out pleasantly sweet – not at all cloying – and the sip is abundant with fruit notes.  Like juicy, ripe peaches and melon.  There is a distinct vanilla tone to this as well … almost creamy!  As I continue to explore the tea, I notice notes of wood.

The earthiness doesn’t reach the palate until I’ve consumed about half the cup, and even then, it is such a faint hint of earthiness that if I wasn’t so intently focused on everything I was tasting … I might have missed the earthy tones all together.  This is the kind of Pu-erh I’d recommend to someone who typically avoids Pu-erh because of that earthy/fishy/brine-y sort of taste … because I’m not getting that at all.

After reading TeaEqualsBliss’s thoughts on this tea, I found myself surprised again … because I just didn’t get the earthiness that she experienced from this tea.  I got a delicious, delightful sweetness and an incredible smoothness.  This is a lovely Pu-erh – one I’d highly recommend to all tea lovers out there!

PS:  I’d love to hear any of your thoughts on this tea as well!

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Our mutual love for tea and writing about it inspired us to start this blog so that we could better share this love with others.

One thing I (Anne) learned very early on in my career as a tea artist is that everyone has different preferences, and every single tea tastes differently on every single palate.  So just because one of us doesn’t happen to like a tea, doesn’t mean that YOU (the reader) will not.

We try to be as impartial as we can.  We do have our favorites.  We are human.  But we do our very best to be as fair and as honest about a tea as we can be.

You might not agree with my assessment – or with Jennifer’s assessment – of a tea.  But that’s OK… if we all liked the same exact tea – we’d only need ONE kind of tea and … wow… that sounds really boring, indeed!

What a beautiful world it is that we have so many teas to suit so many tea enthusiasts!

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