(1 customer review)

This tea – 2021 Secret Forest Gushu Sheng Puerh – comes from the tropical forest located in Yunnan near the Laos border. The maker wants to keep the origin in secret. I chose that tea in spring blind maocha tasting when I tasted more than 25 samples from different places in Xishuangbanna.
You know… I like to have all possible information about the tea but this time I need to handle the “mystery”.

This is rather challenging tea.
Quite small leaves where the youngest leaves are nicely oval shaped smell sweet- with notes of fruit candies and floral freshness.
It starts slowly with excellent sweet jade like liquor but after second brew it opens to powerful and strong tea.
Huigan is so fast – just after swallowing the tea you can taste the amazing sweetness. Salivating effect is strong.
Taste: fresh, grassy with notes reminding me pomelo and grapefruit with their specific citrusy bitterness. When you try to eat the grapefruit seed… I mean this kind of bitterness.

In 2021 batch bitterness is more gentle than one you can find in 2020 SF cake, but it’s still present!
Some herbal notes are here too.
Energy… I can only say I can’t drink it in the evening – it’s very strong: invigorating and making you tea drunk instantly.

Before ordering cake we recommend to try the sample first.

Origin: unknown, we only know the trees grows in north east of Xishuangbanna near the Laos Border, Yunnan, China.

Vintage/Harvest: April 2021

Tea vartietal: Camellia Sinensis var Assamica

Tea trees age: gushu trees at least 200 years old.



Temperature of water and amount of leaves: 100 C 5-6g/100ml.
Suggested brewing method: Yixing clay teapot or gaiwan of low capacity. First, you should pre-heat empty teapot/gaiwan and tea cups with boiling water. When the teapot is warmed, then you put the tea leaves in. After smelling hot and dry leaves in the pot, rinse the tea for 5-10 seconds using boiling water and afterwards pour out all the water from your pot. The process of rinsing tea leaves is often defined as a waking the tea and is very important for quality of next brewings. Main aim of waking the tea is to remove caffeine and eventual pollution from old tea aged for many years. First drinkable infusion should be very short- not more than 10-15 second. We suggest to increase brewing time for 5-10 seconds in each next brewing.

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14g, 200g cake, 30 g, 50 g, 100 g

1 review for 2021 “Secret Forest” Gushu Sheng Pu-Erh

  1. Baron

    The smell of leaves – nuts, dry leaves, forest, citrus
    In a pre-warmed teapot additionally mint, fruit, flowers and a meadow

    Taste – very crisp; flowers (violets), herbs (mainly mint), meadow, dry leaves, citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit), bitterness (white part of lemon peel), returning sweetness (hui gan), long aftertaste
    Delightful tea 🙂

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