2008 Raw Loose Leaf Pu-erh Yunnan Broad Leaf from ESGreen

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Pu-erh

Where to Buy:  ESGreen

Tea Description:

The raw material of this tea has been stored since 2008. Now it has been naturally fermented. The aroma is strong with the special raw tea note. But the tea soup is in amber color, mellow, smooth, a little bitter but has very sweet after-taste.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m always just a little bit leery when it comes to trying a new-to-me Pu-erh.  I haven’t been disappointed by a Pu-erh lately, but my first few attempts with Pu-erh some years ago led to an automatic thought that I do not like it.  I don’t know if my palate has changed or if it’s that I’ve gleaned information along the way, including better ways to brew teas like Pu-erh.  Probably a combination of these two things.

This Pu-erh is a bit different from what I’m used to when it comes to raw Pu-erh… this almost tastes like ripe or Shu Pu-erh as opposed to raw or Sheng, because this is much more earthy than I am used to from a Sheng Pu-erh.  It has a strong mushroom-like flavor to it, reminiscent of wild mushrooms.  The flavor is mild, and there is a hint of bitterness to this which is also surprising me about this Pu-erh because very rarely do I notice a bitter taste in Pu-erh.  It is almost a sour/bitter taste, somewhere in between these two flavors.

The earthiness is a little bit off-putting at first, I will admit.  But once I got past that, I was able to discover this very intriguing sour/bitter taste that then morphs into a delicately sweet aftertaste.  It’s very interesting and unique … as I said, it’s quite different from any Pu-erh that I’ve tried.

Because this is so unique in flavor, I would recommend this to experienced connoisseurs.  It’s really quite lovely and interesting, and I think that those with some experience with Pu-erh would find much to enjoy with this Yunnan Broad Leaf.   I don’t know that I would recommend this to those just starting out with Pu-erh because of the strong earthiness of this tea.

This is the first tea that I’ve tried from this company, and I would say that this is a promising start!  And, after taking a look around on their website, I must say I’m intrigued, especially by this amazing tea set!  OH my goodness – I WANT!


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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