Friday, May 12, 2017
2008 Fangmingyuan Nannou
This is the last bing remaining of what used to be three cakes from my personal stash. My tea drinking friend in Victoria convinced me to go in on a Taobao order on this one back in 2011 after reading a review on The Half-Dipper. We also picked up a cake of the 2008Fangmingyuan Jingmai which I drank completely up last year. I am slowing savoring about 1/3 of a cake of the 2008 Fangmingyuan Bama which is a very good chunky robust cake which we also picked up in the same order. The Jingmai was my least favorite of the bunch but to be fair I don’t prefer the Jingmai profile too much. Last time I heard from my old Victorian puerh drinking bud he was bugging me to post about this wonderful 2008 Fangmingyuan Nannou that we acquired with the others.
Taking a break from the business of life, I sneak up into the loft at work where I sit in meditation, drinking this tea… please join…
I peel back the dry leaves which give off odours of very sweet cloying sweetness of raisons and dried fruit.
First, steeping emits deliciously creamy florals in a deep fruity syrupy date-like odour. Taste of soft fruits on a full tongue and opening throatfeel has a nice cool finish buried underneath. Has a deeper taste of wood underneath but very light and creamy overall. Very nice cooling aftertaste that coats and opens the throat. The throat feel coupled with the profound cooling returning sweetness immediately tells me this tea is very good.
Strong creamy sweet cherry odour is emitted from the wet leaves. The second is much richer and creamier. This tea excels at leaving these flavours painted on the tongue and throat. Breaths bring a cool menthol taste mixed with these flavours. There is a soft creamy wood underneath. The second infusion is quite dynamic and significantly relaxes the mind. This tea is very sedating and is great for meditation.
The third is more rich, more woody, but overall quite fruity and creamy. More mature tastes reveal themselves as the leaves open up. Overall this is good Naunou representation in mouth and feel. The qi is very relaxing stronger as the session progresses. The thickness of this tea is quite apparent.
The 4th is creamy & woody the throat and mouth feel are great and hold to these flavors with suggestions of fruit and cool menthol still ringing in the throat. This tea really coats the teeth, mouth, pallet, and deep throat- its quite full. The deeper notes up front add depth.
The 5th & 6th the higher notes drop off a bit but the thick feeling of the tea remains strong. The cooling returning sweetness remains. The mind starts to feel mild tunnel vision and the heart races with qi softly jaunting around the body.
The 7th & 8th show more cherry woody sweetness with thick mouth feeling. A mild hyperactivity pings through my body and mind now. The taste, fragrance, and feel of this tea lasts for many more steepings. When it gets too weak I put it in an overnight steeping to draw out what’s left. The long steeping rewards me with very fruity tastes with very little bitterness.
Unfortunately this cakes is no longer for sale. It is my favorite cake from Nannou and I would reorder if I could. I also couldn’t find any information on the current price of this cake. It was stored in China (Beijing, I think) for the first 3 years, then two years in Victoria, then 4 years in a Ziplock in the dry prairies. There is no signs of improper storage or off tastes.
Thanks for joining me in meditation…