Nannuo Mountain ‘Leaf’ Assamica White Tea Review

Today’s review is a white tea from Yunnan Sourcing which has been pressed into little leaf shapes and then wrapped in foil.

Tea Specifications

Brand: Yunnan Sourcing
Vintage: Spring, 2020
Origin: Shi Tou Xin Zhai village, Nannuo Mountains, Xishhuangbanna, China


Although the presentation is pretty, the tea itself doesn’t visually appear to be of particularly high-quality, but let’s find out!

I decided to brew this in a small glass pitcher using distilled water, because I don’t have any spring water available today.

I rinsed the tea for 15 seconds in hot water and discarded the rinse.

First Steep

Steeped for 45 seconds.

Bright yellow broth.

It’s a bit low on flavor here.

There is a bit of fruity sweetness but it’s a little underwhelming.

Second Steep

Steeped for 1 minute.

The broth is now much darker, showing more of an orange/yellow color.

Some astringency, bitterness, and a slight sour note have developed in the second steep.

It almost makes me pucker a little bit.

I can’t say this is my favorite white tea. I don’t really like the sourness of it, and overall, it just seems like a lower-quality tea compared to other white teas in this price range. I would much rather be drinking Yunnan Sourcing’s imperial grade Yue Guang Bai white tea cake, which nearly identical in price, and much higher-quality.

Flavor notes: Orange blossom honey, dry hay, field flowers, with a bit of a sour tang.

Third Steep

Steeped for 1 minute and 10 seconds.

I’m not a huge fan of this tea, but I guess I’ll drink another cup of it for sake of the review.

You can taste the minerals a little more now, but the flavor seems to be weakening a bit in the third steep.

It’s worth noting that this tea seems to have a reasonable amount of caffeine.

I don’t have much else to say about the tea.


This Nannuo Mountain leaf-shaped assamica white tea has a beautiful presentation, as it is shaped like a leaf and then wrapped in quality foil, but the flavor profile is not quite up to par with what I was expecting. The sour tang in the second steep is not a flavor I enjoy.

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