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Saturday, December 18, 2004

Famous Chinese Author, QiuYu Yu, tasted Pu-erh at JinYuXuan

Recent news from Yunnan: Mr. Qiuyu Yu, a well known author in China, visited JinYuXuan as his last stop during his highly publicized visit to Kunming. Mr. Yu tasted three types of Pu-erh at JinYuXuan.

The first tasting was Golden Da Mo, JinYuXuan 2004 Young Green Ancient Tea Tree Pu-erh Bing Cha. The tea showed nature of a new tea. It tasted strong and astringent at first sip, and then quickly turned into sweet aftertaste in mouth. Mr. Yu said after a sip: “This tea is really very young”.

The second tasting was very unusual. It was neither a tea cake, nor a tea brick, or loose tea. It was tea powders that JinYuXuan has collected over the past many years. The mixed tea powders had an unique combined taste with hints of an 100 year Tong Qing, an 60 year old Jing Chang, a 1986 Ban Chan Tuo Cha, or a 1990 Zhong Cha Qi Zi Bing. The tea liquor at the fifth infusion was as dark as that of the first infusion. The clear brownish red liquor looked like well aged red wine when looked through a wine glass.

The third tasting was 70s Tuo Cha 7663. This famous tea traveled from Yunnan to France, then traveled back to Yunnan. This tea had strong sweet taste. After a few infusions, tea liquor started to change into thick and smooth brownish yellow color – like a Shao Xing old rice wine.

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