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The 2012 Ailao Puerh sample comes from an outfit I ran into in Kunming. They’re Buddhist inspired, using no pesticides and not even rinsing their tea. They offer one raw and one ripe and have a bit of a following in Shanghai and Sichuan.
This Ailao Puer has been dry-stored since arriving in ’17 where conditions tend to be warmer than Kunming. No item in the collection has a more explosive tropical fruitiness. The liquor is rich and sweet. It has gan. It’s mouth watering and cheeky with a pleasant measure of astringency coupled with the bubble gum taste of jackfruit. There is also a kick of spice in the aftertaste, a shade of ginger maybe.