Tea: Fengqing Wild Tree Yesheng Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake 2013

A Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh from TeaVivre

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

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Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh
Region:Fengqing, Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Compressed
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Review of Fengqing Wild Tree Yesheng Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake 2013

AromaFlavorValueTotal
10 of 105 of 54 of 597 of 100
OutstandingExcellentGood Value

Wow. Exceptional, unique. The dry leaf of this smells completely unlike any other tea I've tried...and so does the cup when brewed. The leaf smells like honey and flowers, but with a smoky quality. Definitely the smoothest raw Pu-erh I've ever had that was effectively un-aged (being less than a year old when I tried it).

Upon brewing, 3 minutes as recommended but with less leaf, produces a cup with an intense and unique herbaceous character. Some rather edgy smells, almost skunky and tobacco like, or suggestive of the hops in beer. There's also a strong fruitiness, suggestive of grape, and not muscat grape like Darjeelings, but more like concord grape. I love it!

Very enjoyable to drink when hot. Has a pleasant, cooling effect, much like a green tea with a little more depth. When the cup cools, I don't like the flavor as much. The mouthfeel is very smooth so it tastes a little thin when cold, but still enjoyable.

Easily brews three cups from the same set of leaves. Second and third cup are smoother and somewhat oolong-like, reminiscent of some of the traditional green oolongs. I find the third cup brings out some floral tones, almost more orchid-like. Really delightful. With skill you can brew 4 or more cups, with long (Western-style) steepings.

I found I liked using a teaspoon of leaf and a 3 minute first steeping, then gently lengthening them. This tea infuses more slowly than most of the other Pu-erh samples form TeaVivre, probably owing to the large leaf size.

This cake is very expensive. 357 grams for $62. It definitely is something exceptional, and I understand wild-harvest teas can be very pricey. Would I pay this price for it? Probably not. This is the sort of thing that I wish could be sold in smaller quantities...it's such a singular tea, unique, and not the sort of thing I would want or need to drink every day. Perhaps it would be a good cake to split with your friends. The leaf being larger, it would probably be easier to separate.

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