Today I am reviewing a Wu Liang Mountain Wild Arbor Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake from Yunnan Sourcing.
Producer: Yunnan Sourcing
Vintage: April, 2020
Origin: Zhong Cang village of Wu Liang mountains, Jingdong county of Simao, China
Altitude: 2300 Meters
Yunnan Sourcing states that this tea is from 200 year old tea trees growing naturally on steep hillsides and ridges. They also mention that it is some of the highest altitude puer tea in the world.
Steeped for 20 seconds.
Malty, yet sweet and sugary with a bit of a fruity tang.
Not much decompression on the leaves thus far, so the flavor has yet to develop.
Steeped for 30 seconds.
A pleasant earthy bitterness clings to the palette, but it’s smoother than some other puer teas.
Beyond the malt and honey horizon are fresh fig, earthy forest flowers, lychee, molasses, dark spice, green moss, and wood notes.
The tea broth has a reasonably thick texture and a relatively complex flavor.
In my opinion, the most interesting part of the flavor profile are the sweet and tangy fruit notes.
This is a very delicious tea, and as James Schergen from TeaDB would say, this would pass the ‘mom’ test, which means that it’s an easily approachable tea, and even somebody who doesn’t know all of the intricacies of tea would likely still be able to enjoy it.
Flavor notes: Malt, honey, fig, earthy forest flowers, lychee, molasses, dark spice, green moss, and tree trunk.
Steeped for 40 seconds.
A little stronger in flavor, but the flavor profile is similar to the second steep.
The fruity tang and clinging mouthfeel is very pleasing to the palette.
Steeped for 50 seconds.
Much of the malty bitterness is gone now, and the tea has become lighter in flavor.
Mineral notes have become much more prominent.
Brewed for 1 minute.
The fifth steep is still quite delicious and does not yet taste like water.
This could probably go for another steep, but I think I’ve had enough tea for now.
If you’re looking for an old-tree young sheng puer which is smooth and approachable enough to be an everyday drinker, while maintaining an interesting flavor profile through sessions, then this definitely a tea that I would recommend.