2015 Red Rose

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2015 Red Rose

Red Rose is a strong shou from older trees.

Origin, processing, trees

I’m very careful to promote “old tree” pu’er but this is one I feel comes from significantly older trees. Only about five shou pu’ers have left me with this impression ever.

Mika Hannola’s tasting notes

Mika is a tea professional in Finland and was kind enough to help and give his impression of this tea.

The dry leaves have a thick barnyard smell to them, but it faded away as I brewed the tea. The brewed tea has a surprisingly light and bright character, and the aroma has an earthy mushroom vibe. The mouthfeel is slippery, brothy and very smooth, leaving a fresh breathing sensation. The taste is quite neutral and simple, with very low bitterness. Sometimes this type of minimalism is exactly what we need from a pu’er.

The tea didn’t feel especially warming nor cooling. It did give me a feeling of stillness in an almost sneaky way, as I caught myself just stopping everything, even drinking. There’s a quiet, spacious and comforting ease and simplicity of being when drinking this tea, almost like a nice peaceful fireplace.

I had two very different sessions with this tea with regards to its mental effect. In one session, I had a very quiet and grounding experience, but in another one I had a pretty lively internal experience with vivid mental images. Red Rose seems to be a versatile tea in its effects, apparently meeting you halfway to where you’re comfortable going at the moment.

Taste, aroma, mouthfeel

Strong and a bit smoky taste. Overall very good without any extremes.

Red Rose is a very patient tea offering many more infusions than “normal” shou.

Qi, TCM, my experiences

With old tree pu’er I always feel that there is a certain rather strong “presence”. Kind of like when a strong personality enters the room. This tea has a vibrant energy that few shous have.

I recommend Red Rose to more “shamanic” style or meditative sessions rather than casual.

According to TCM shou pu’er has a warming character.

Brewing tips

Works best in a teapot (gong-fu or side-handle) but it’s also good boiled or brewed in a thermos.

Availability, price, source info (updated 22.09.2022)

Not available (big amounts) during this group order (September 2022). If you would like to have this tea please let me know and I might be able to arrange!

Most likely price will increase 5-10% annually.

This tea comes from a friend of mine in Malaysia (not Chantingpines or Cha Zhi Ji). And I don’t think it makes sense to share his information. It is produced by Cha Zhi Ji. You can get the 2017 version from Chantingpines.com: https://chantingpines.com/collections/shou-puerh/products/2017-lao-shu-357g

Additional information

Weight N/A

15g sample (5 business days processing time), 15g sample (8 weeks processing time), 15g sample (group order processing time), 357g cake (8 weeks processing time), 357g cake (group order processing time)


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