“In the Beginning” ft. 2012 Yunnan Sourcing Wuliang Mountain raw puerh

First of all I want to say welcome! Or should I introduce myself… Or some combination of both? Welcome to The Mellified Cup, a blog about all things tea. Here you will find a log of unbiased tea reviews, comparisons and experiments, hype about new products and vendors, as well as thoughts on the state of the Western tea drinking community.

To begin I will be reviewing Yunnan Sourcing’s 2012 “Wu Liang Mountain” wild arbor sheng puerh. I’ve selected this tea because, while I finished drinking that cake long ago, the 2012 Wuliang was my first cake of sheng, and so it carries a special place in my heart.

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This tea was an excellent bargain when I first purchased it; if I recall correctly it was only cost around twenty five dollars. The price has gone up considerably since then (see doubled) but I still think it is a good tea for the price, and it now has nearly six years of age. I open the cake and pry off six grams to brew in my 90mL Jian Shui pot.

The leaves smell of a bit of tobacco and dry grass, but most prominently of honey. This is the second reason why I chose this tea; it has a strongly honeyed taste which fits with the “mellified” theme.

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It brews a light golden-yellow. Light for it’s age, but it is a bit darker in person than in the photo. This tea was purchased from yunnansourcing.us, so has probably been in pretty dry storage for most of it’s life.

The taste is more mature than is hinted by the color of the brew. Flavors of wildflower honey, tobacco, toasted grain, and dry oakwood. This tea is fairly sweet, but not to the point of being cloying. The mouthfeel is moderately thick and I would describe it as somewhat oily. Bitterness and astringency are low-moderate, but linger on the tongue and cheeks before returning to sweetness.

As far as physical/mental effects or “cha qi”, I find that this tea has a slight sedating effect, and I feel a light tingling on the sides of my head.

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The spent leaves are olive green with plump and healthy looking stems.  While this tea doesn’t show a lot of age for being six years old, I enjoy it greatly and think it has room to grow.

Stay tuned for more interesting tea related content!

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