As I mentioned in my last post, I bought a bunch of samples from YSLLC recently, with the intention of trying out some of the lesser known cakes, some of which are of the YSLLC label. The first I tried among these is the Gedeng, which is one of the six famous tea mountains in Yunnan, but one which has almost no tea trees left because they were decimated over the years (mostly growing rubber trees now). Gedeng, like some other mountains (such as Youle) have generally small leaf tress. This is in contrast with Yiwu and Manzhuan, for example, which have large leaf trees. The teas behave somewhat differently because of that.
Initial impressions of this tea is that it’s quite decent. It’s got some strength, but not overly so, and lasts a while. It seems to be processed decently, and the price is not terrible. However, I find myself not used to drinking fresh puerh anymore. I much prefer the taste of something a little older, preferably stored in somewhere desirable.
Tomorrow maybe I’ll give the Yiwu a spin.