Today I am reviewing a 2019 Spring Morning raw puer tea cake from Yunnan Sourcing.
This tea cake is made from wild arbor huang ping (large mature leaves) from Jinggu, China.
It also has some pretty nifty artwork on the packaging.
Brand: Yunnan Sourcing
Tea: Spring Morning
Harvest: Spring, 2018
Location: Jinggu, China
The leaves comprising this tea cake are rather large, as I found a dried leaf nearly the length of my hand.
The cake is extremely easy to break apart, as it is not tightly compressed.
I decided to brew 5 grams of this tea in a Yixing teapot I have which is dedicated to puer tea.
The tea was brewed using spring water and strained through a stainless steel mesh strainer.
Steeped for 25 seconds.
Very mellow taste.
Flavor notes: Autumn leaves, baked bread, fig fruit, minerals, and a little bit of a tang.
Steeped for 30 seconds.
Became a little sweeter, but the flavor has not changed very much.
Hope the third steep has more of a story to tell.
Steeped for 40 seconds.
The color of the brewed tea is a deep yellow/amber color.
A little more bitterness is present in the third steep, but it’s still pretty smooth.
Despite the bitterness, it seems the flavor has maybe gotten a little weaker.
If you were introducing somebody to puer tea, this is relatively easygoing and would likely be a good choice. But for those who are already experienced in puer, this tea doesn’t bring much to the table.
I found myself wishing it had a more complex or distinct flavor.