This is a bit of a famous cake stored by the more famous and at times controversial Cloud’s Tea House… I got this sample from LiquidProust. It was a damn cold Spring day with lots of wind and cold and this seemed like a very satisfying drink to warm up to…
Dry leaves smell of cardboard-woody damp paper bag.
First infusion has a soft fluffy onset with some watery humid notes, some dirt notes, then a mild bitter astringency pop and a cooling almost creamy sweet finish. The mouthfeeling is really gripping and engaging. There is a tobacco note that appears minutes later.
Second infusion has a rye-whiskey woody onset with a smooth woody creamy sweet transition in the mouth. There is lots movement in the taste from a woody rye whiskey onset a bit of bitter astringency then returns a creamy sweet almost wine like long finish that sort of merges with cooling. Then there is a lingering aftertaste minutes later that has a tobacco taste to it. The mouthfeeling is chalky and tugging and really full. It reaches down the throat deeply stimulating it.
Third infusion has a strong rich smoke woody rye-whiskey slight dirt with strong mouthfeeling and dry chalky gripping feeling with a strong returning sweetness of cooling menthol with a creamy sweet finish. The flavours are very strong and distinct. Very intense gripping full mouth and deep gripping throatfeeling. Long tobacco finish in the mouth many minutes later. Very subtle warming feeling in the body. Subtle focusing and relaxing.
The 4th infusion has a woody wine whiskey vibrant pop of flavours that has a plum taste kind of layered in there. There is a strong menthol cooling with pops of plum cherries and a long cooling creamy sweetness with long tobacco finish. Very strong full tugging mouthfeeling and throatfeeling. This infusion has stronger cherry-plum sweet vibrancy. The mouthfeeling continues in be quite intense and the Qi is this subtle warming relaxing focusing energy. You can feel a warmth in the diaphragm.
5th has a strong woody whiskey barrel onset with some distant smoke and distant sweet plum there is a strong mouth and throat presence here with a bitter astringency underneath and strong simulating mouth and throatfeeling. Camphor woody and not as creamy sweet. Intense mouth and throatfeeling taste centered by very soft warming relaxing Qi and comfortable bodyfeeling. Have never experienced the extremes of this dichotomy in a tea this old and aged. Qi has a distinct warming heavy sensation in the Stomach and diagram.
6th infusion has a strong woody whiskey barrel taste with some developing cherry-plum some lesser camphor wood. Nice tobacco and creamy sweet finish. Very strong pulling mouth and throatfeeling. Nice strong warming diaphragm and stomach. Relaxing focus.
7th infusion has a creamy sweet woody onset with a touch of bitter astringency. The mouthfeel is more oily and velvety with a long plum camphor taste. There is this tobacco finish in this puerh that I just love in Yiwu puerh. The creamy sweet profile is long throughout the profile.
8th has a plum woody whisky barrel onset that is mainly sweet with lesser bitter astringency in the last few infusions. Nice camphor cooling with a creamy sweetness and some bitter finish in the mouth. There is a creamy sweet and tobacco with bitterness in the finish. Strong diagpragm warming feelng. Very full chalky gripping mouthfeeling and deep and strong throat stimulation. Long cooling in the throat. Some faint dirt and plum tastes initially.
9th is left to cool and gives off a subtly smoke, subtle dirt coco bitterness, and soft creamy sweetness initially. The initial tastes go long in this cooled down cup. There is more smoke and more dirt taste in this infusions. The throatfeeling has more tugging strength than the mouthfeeling which is more of a dry chalky. Nice relaxing focusing with strong warming digapragm and Stomach. The warming centering Qi is really compforting.
10th has a silky full mouthfeeling with a stimulating pulling throat feeling with a creamy sweet coco dirt onset with an expanding creamy sweetness. Longer creamy sweet profile now with lots of creamy coco taste. Strong warmth in Stomach and diaphragm.
11th is cooled down and gives off more dirt tastes than creamy sweet coco. There is this dirt and bitter taste that has a certain brackish taste to it. This infusion has some faint camphor and barely sweetness but is mainly this bitter dirt taste. The Qi is still strongly warming and relaxing.
12th has a bitter dirt with some creamy sweet notes underneath. The bitter dirt taste pretty much tastes over the taste here. The mouthfeeling is dry tugging with strong throat stimulation only faint creamy sweet coco tastes now. Strong relaxing….
I put these same leaves into mug infusions….
The result is a bitter dirt bland strong tasting broth that is not that enjoyable tasting but strong relaxing and warming Qi remains. Nice warming and relaxing feeling on this slow moving unseasonably cool and windy day.
This is a powerful factory Yiwu puerh with power in its taste and mouth- and throat-feeling. Yet very warming and relaxing and comfortable in its Qi. The dichotomy is striking. The strength and power of the mouth and throatfeel in an aged puerh like this sort of reminds me of the 88 Qing Bing. It also offers an interesting contrast to the Black Stamp of the same year which is quite refined, smooth, and very tasty fruity taste with high quality body feeling. Very opposite this Fuhai in almost every way.