Palate 2017 Fall Raw Puer – Xiang (200g Cake)

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Picking a representative for this category was a no brainer. Jingmai is known to produce very high fragrance teas that produce an orchid-like scent and a honey sweetness. This tea characterizes this perfectly, with a signature Jingmai scent prominently on display.

One of the most noticeable aspects of any young raw puer is its fragrance, whether it be floral, fruity, grassy, barnyard hay-like, or perhaps something less desirable. It’s what you notice before the cup even touches your lips. Regardless of whether this is what one prioritizes in a tea, the presence of some kind of fragrance is arguably necessary. Teas that lack fragrance can be described as flat, flavourless and otherwise uninteresting.

We could perhaps be off in this assessment, but can you recall any great teas that you would say generally lacked fragrance? Would you want to drink it regularly? Didn’t think so.

This cake is made from the “tian” material of our Palate tasting set, which also includes examples of soft (rou), bitter (ku) and a sweet (tian) puer.

<!–Of course, the following characteristics far from create an exhaustive list. Are these teas the singular most typical examples of each trait? Of course not. They are hopefully noticeable relative to each other and relative to most other puers, but it would be a virtually impossible task to discover the most extreme of any characteristic.

The teas are:

Fragrant (Xiang) – This mixed picking (young and old tree) material exhibits the upfront and highly noticeable fragrance that good Jingmai tea is known for. In some cases, the notes of the fragrance are more definable, such as an “orchid fragrance” for Jingmai.

Soft (Rou) – This tea has a softer texture that rolls in the mouth. This trait is often common with older tree material, but also a lot of Yiwu region teas, such as this one.

Bitter (Ku) – While some Bulang region teas can exhibit an overwhelming and uncomfortable amount of bitterness, this mixed picking tea was intentionally chosen for its less extreme properties. While it is more bitter and arguably rougher than the others in this set, it is still drinkable and enjoyable without the need for years of storage.

Sweet (Tian) – A self-explanatory trait. A puer’s sweetness can be described in many ways, whether it’s the soup and immediate taste, a sugar vs honey sweetness, sweetness in the throat or a lasting huigan. Many regions have their own version of sweet, but we feel this mixed picking material from Guafengzhai area is particularly suitable.

How do these teas fit your idea of what they should be? Overlap is inevitable and tastes are subjective, but we encourage you to examine the noticeable differences and where these particular teas fall on your own scale of reference.–>


Additional information

Weight200 g
Dimensions11 × 11 × 1 cm

2 reviews for Palate 2017 Fall Raw Puer – Xiang (200g Cake)

  1. 5 out of 5

    DJPAS (verified owner)

    Wow ive ordered the Tian and Xiang and I could definetly taste them apart
    Tiang had that sweetnes of Yiwu tea but for a more affordable price and Xiang has this really orchid fruity smell and taste
    Bang for Buck is really awesome on this collection
    Dont sleep on this

  2. 5 out of 5

    wingnut4096 (verified owner)

    This is a delicious tea at a really great price. This sheng puer is true to its name, and has a really delightful floral aroma that I have not tasted in many other raw puers. The strong floral flavor is complimented by a gentle sweetness and light astringency. So far I’ve tried this tea a couple of times in my Jianshui pot and been very satisfied. I’m really looking forward to seeing how it will age!

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