Dry leaves smell of slightly sweet cardboard with a lighter stone compression of larger leaves.
The first infusion is a watery sort of woody mellow almost sweet, kind of bland, almost sour cardboard taste.
The second has a slightly sour cherry with a mellow cardboard woody background. There is a bit of sweetness in the sour woody taste. The mouthfeeling is a bit dry puckering. The throat has a mild opening. Slowly awakening Qi.
The third infusion left too cool is a woody almost tart cherry sweet woody taste with a creamy sweet woody finish. Very standard yummy yiwu gushu type taste. Powdery mouthfeeling slight faint throat.
The fourth infusion has a tart cherry sour and slightly sweet taste. It has a nice lively flavor to it here. With a longer tart cherry and creamier finish. The mouthfeel has become a nice chalky. This is nice standard Yiwu gushu in taste and feel. Nice enlivening Qi.
The fifth has a nice creamy tartness to it balanced with some less creamy sweetness. This has a nice mellow Yiwu tart cherry taste. It feels really nice in the body mellow a bit of Heart beat stimulation in the chest. Chalky mouthfeeling mild opening throat sensation. Sticky lips. This infusion is the right balance of tart, faint astringency and sweetness for this profile with a tilt toward tart.
The sixth infusion is cooled down now and is a nice creamy sweetness in a soft silky-chalky mouthfeeling. Less tart when it cools down. Chalky lips. Mild soothing and heart pumping Qi that puts me at a good spot.
The seventh infusion is also cooled down… busy day today… it is a bit more sour and astringent a bit woody with a mouth puckering mild feeling but a nice silky chalky too.
The eighth is a light juicy sweet cherry with less tartness now but a certain sweet tanginess. The mouthfeel is nicely silky-chalky and full. The throatfeeling is empty silky chalky. Some faint sweet tart aftertaste.
The ninth has a more woody astringent dryness to it almost metallic tasting kind of bitterness emerges but mainly sour sweet. Mild relaxing on the mind now. More of a dry puckering mouthfeeling.
The 10th is a woody soury less sweet tart cherry and finish more creamy sweet on the chalky tongue when it cools. Nice relaxing Qi.
11th some light juicy tangy fruity cherry tastes with a touch of creamy finish in a less powdery tongue coating.
12th has some light juicy tang but now mainly watery at flash steepings…. It has a nice soft creamy sweet finish over the sticky tongue coating. It seems longer aftertaste here as the astringency has now disappeared in these flash steepings.
I check things out on this one and find out that it is a previously unreleased Yang Qing Hao production of only 7 tongs. Emmett had the whole lot sent to him and is selling them off for $135.00 for 500g (or $0.27/g) cake which I think is pretty decent for such a thing if you don’t mind a bit of astringency. I think this puerh represents the best/cheapest per gram Yang Qing Hao if you were looking for a solid drinker these days. It’s better for the price than the 2006 Yang Qing Hao blended brick and 2005 Yang Qing Hao Gua Feng Zhi Huang Pian or any of the cheaper Yang Qing Hao options that I tasted through Liquid Proust sample package.
Overall, this is a more typical Yiwu gushu, nothing too fancy but good and satisfying and compares well to these two puerh:
Vs 2005 Yang Qing Hao Yiwu Chawang- very similar to this one in Qi, mouthfeeling… the Chawang tastes much more sweet where this one is astringent and more sour. Because I enjoy a bit of the astringency and sourness, I feel that they are pretty comparable to each other with Chawang obviously being the better of the two by a bit. This Yiwu Chawang is the best of these comparisons but also much more expensive out of this group.
Vs 2006 Rong Chang Hao Yiwu Qiao Mu- I over rated this one a bit in my initial assessment of it but it has gotten better over the last few years and lost its harshness and developed a softened date and plum taste. The 2006 Rong Chang Hao has the biggest Qi out of the bunch but they all have above average Qi sensations which is why I like all three in a general sense.
Overall, this 2006 Yang Qing Hao Old Tree is worth it if you are looking for such things… contact Emmett if you are interested …