Leaf Type: Pu-erh
Where to Buy: Wymm Tea
This shu pu-erh brews with a rich and honey flavor and long-lasting jasmine rice aroma. Small buds from high mountains in Menghai County, located in west of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan Province, are picked to make the tea in 2008. Pu-erh tea has the potential to ferment over time, and this tea has been post-fermented for 6 years since production. Post-fermentation gives the tea vibrant flavours and richer aroma as well as deep wine colour.
Learn more about this tea here.
I was so excited when I received my package from Wymm Tea! What a fun presentation I received from them! They sent me four samples of Pu-erh and they were all nestled in this really cute carton. I really love it when a tea company puts thought into their packaging like this. It’s a little like getting a gift in the mail. And the only thing that’s just as much fun as getting tea in the mail is getting a gift in the mail – when the two are combined – we’re talking Pure Tea Joy!
And it may surprise you to hear that the tea inside that carton is also eliciting joy from me too! Yep, it’s pu-erh, and yep … it’s making me happy! Each of the samples was wrapped in rice paper (I love rice paper) and it was like a little gift inside each rice paper bundle!
I’m really enjoying this Menghai Shou Pu-erh Third Grade (2008) from Wymm Tea. My first two infusions were very mellow – mild tasting with very little earthiness (I like that a lot!) but with a deep, lovely flavor that evoked thoughts of molasses. I also pick up on some slight woodsy/earthy notes that remind me of a walk through the woods after a rain. (There are a lot of places up here in the Pacific Northwest that offer that kind of experience!)
These first two cups disappeared so quickly, that I’m having to write most of this from the memory of them.
My third cup has a stronger flavor than the first two. It’s a very mellow tasting tea with a very delicate earthiness to the flavor. The earthiness slowly emerges with this tea and I like that. I’m not being hit over the head with a strong, earthy flavor.
I taste notes of jasmine rice (a favorite staple in this house). The texture is smooth and there is no astringency. No bitterness. It’s sweet, molasses-y, with hints of rice. I’m not tasting any briny, fishy or other ‘odd’ undesirable flavors that sometimes are tasted with Pu-erh – this is the GOOD stuff.
I find that with each new cup of this tea – the flavor gets deeper with a more developed sweetness. I never encounter any bitterness or strong, off-putting flavors. Just a lovely, mild, remarkably smooth tea experience.
And, just in case you’re wondering what the different “grades” mean, according to the website:
First grade contains the smallest leaves while seventh grade contains the largest leaves. There is marginal difference in the taste; first grade has a slightly stronger and woodier flavour, while the seventh grade has a milder and sweeter flavour. The third and fifth grades fall in between of the first and seventh grade.
And if this tea is something “in between a stronger/woodier flavor and the sweet/mild flavor, then I’m in for a real treat when I get to the seventh grade tea!
A really lovely, delightful ancient tree pu-erh – I highly recommend it!