Results: A delicate pu’erh with faint woodsy & stone fruit notes. An interesting Wild Arbor Tea worth sampling if you can find it – Yunnan Sourcing is already sold out.
Vendor: Yunnan Sourcing
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Type: Raw (Sheng) Pu’erh
Origin: Big Snow Mountain of Mengku County, Lincang Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China
Tasting: 6 grams / 212°/ 100ml / Rinse 20-15-20-25-30-35-40-45-50-60-65-90-120 (seconds)
Gong-Go Gear: Gorumia GTP9815 (get your’s via my Amazon Affiliate Link)
Average number of infusions: 5-6
Another new tea I was really excited to try. Pu’erh, in general, is new to me. I’ve had ripe (shou) but this is my first raw (sheng). The difference lies in the fermentation. Raw/sheng pu’erh is not piled and fermented but allowed to age naturally.
Harvested from wild trees on Big Snow Mountain near Lincang, if you look at this area via satellite or Google Earth, its verdant green and covered by forest. Having moved to the desert from the Pacific Northwest, it sent longing pains for the shades of green forest right to my heart – I do so miss the forest of my old home.
If you’ve been following my blog you know I’m not a big fan of bitter or dry teas. I like them juicy and mouthwatering. If reduced to one word I’d have to call this tea “parched.” Having reviewed/tried a number of Wild Arbor teas and only ripe pu’erh, I may have had some unrealistic expectations. Only time will tell as I try more raw pu’erh (I’ll be reviewing another this month).
For a Wild Arbor tea, this one lacked the complexity I’ve come to expect from teas that Mother Nature has played a big hand in growing. I found the flavor pretty much indistinct and could only pick up slightly woody and stone fruit notes – it just didn’t punch my tastebuds. Don’t let that stop you from trying it if you can get your hands on some – Yunnan Sourcing is already sold out so obviously this tea has a substantial fan base.
Faint woody notes
Uniform lightly pressed cake w/whole and tippy leaves
Beautiful golden peach
Faint stone fruits with a woody background
Parched mouth puckering dry
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 1 :
Slippery and silky with faint notes of stone fruit & bone dry
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 2 – 3:
Lovely apricot notes but still very dry
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 4 – 5:
A bit juicier but, fruit notes faded to indistinct vegetal
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 6-10:
Dryness disappeared along with the flavor
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 11-15:
Tried to get the flavor back with longer steeps, but it just wasn’t there