Wednesday, September 19, 2018
2017 Zheng Si Long Gedeng & Thoughts On the Gedeng Producing Area
Well, I lost this 2017 Zheng Si Long Gedeng sample about a month ago. Tiago, the owner of Tea Encounter, kindly included this in a recent order. It goes for $164.32 for 400g cake or $0.41/g, but is currently sold out. Tiago assured me that his stock gets regularly replenished so watched for its return if this review peaks your interest…
Dry leaves smell of mellow cherry fruits and of distant mountain dew, a rocky and almost forest like odour.
The first infusion has a mineral, rock-like taste, almost like literally eating a rock initially with a slippery almost sticky mouthfeeling. There is a mild cooling and slight sugar and distant fruit. The fruit element slowly expands in the mouth and shows subtleties of a more tropical fruit taste. The mouthfeeling is reasonably long and still carries the mineral rock taste that is a touch forest like.
The second infusion has a very nice and full mouthfeel that is like a dense coating of slightly astringent paint over the tongue and mouth. The throat takes note and opens to such suggestions. The mineral rock taste is there but along with distinct florals in the background as well as subtle fruits. The feeling in the mouth and throat is really nice off the go here. Subtle fruits and floral stretch long into the breath.
The third infusion has much of the second its mouthfeel is nice and strong, thick feeling liquor in the mouth the mineral, rock, mountain top, taste is distinct and dominating throughout. The high notes linger in the back ground distant wildflowers and almost tropical fruit suggestions.
The fourth infusion has a nice full mineral, rock taste with edges of forest and opens up to a more distinct menthol taste with a hallow sugar finish with slight wildflower and honey. The returning sweetness is a nice exaggeration of this with touches of tropical fruit.
The fifth and sixth were much the same the astringent up front mineral and forest base taste is interesting and a signature of Gedeng. The sweetness is all on the back end in the form of almost buttery wildflowers and edges of clear tropical fruit tastes.
The seventh infusion has fruit tastes mix with forest. The mineral, rock taste is less now and the fruity taste with a bit of slight astringency is found throughout. The returning sweetness swells with a touch of cooling in the throat where tropical fruits appear. This infusion is much more sweet and fruity now.
The eighth and ninth is more mellow fruit with slight cooling and edges of astringency. The fruity taste becomes more dominant now. This tea is becoming very fruity and approachable with a distinct cooling aftertaste and long fruitiness. The fruitiness is not that vibrant over powering thing, instead its a mellow almost foresty thing. The qi of this tea is not ground breaking but soft and gentle you can feel a fluffiness in the head but nothing too much. A touch relaxing, a touch alerting- nothing to strong, a mellow qi.
The tenth has a creaminess and sweetness to the fruity flavours which now dominate. The eleventh still has a thicker viscus feeling, slightly astringent.
11, 12, 13, 14 it starts to weaken so I push harder but mainly enjoyable fruity tastes are pushed out. Still a mild menthol, a mineral rock forest is mainly found in the aftertaste now still worthwhile and tasty.
There is lots to enjoy about this puerh mainly in its taste progression throughout the session. There is interesting depth in this Gedeng due to its astringent mineral forest taste that at times is almost or barely bitter which helps to balance the interesting mild fruits and florals that wriggle themselves out especially later in the session where they dominate. It offers a mild qi sensation, mellow. Another thing that might interest people is its very characteristic Gedeng profile. This might be worth a sample for those out there that want to get familiar with this famous (but not that common) classic six mountain puerh producing area. The thing is, I have never really been a big fan of this area. Either way, this is a great example even if just for education purposes.