Year of the Monkey 2016 Spring Yiwu Raw Puer

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Pu-erh Tea
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Cranberry, Fig, Hay, Mineral, Raisins, Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Honey, Sweet, Astringent, Cut grass, Earth, Fruity, Metallic, Butter, Graham Cracker, Candy, Caramel, Herbaceous, Lemon Zest, Sugarcane
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Use 15 oz / 435 ml of water
Set water temperature to Boiling
Use 5 g of tea
Steep for 0 min, 15 sec
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“Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Seven- Tea #46 A tasty sheng! Sadly as usual with sheng, I probably couldn’t tell any of the shengs apart in the teabox. Sheng is all so very similar to me. ...” Read full tasting note
“I feel like I’ve had this one in my cupboard for a long time; and I feel bad that I just haven’t gotten around to trying it. In fact, I probably would have continued to take ages trying it were it...” Read full tasting note
“The leaves, dry or wet, smell absolutely amazing! Steep/Time: Notes 1/12s: Light and sweet with a very soft touch of astringency. 2/15s: Picking up some nice fruit notes. Plum, honey and currant....” Read full tasting note
“Dry leaf: Prune, raisin, and figs with an overarching sharp, tart dried cranberry aroma. Very hard compacted dry cake material. Dried hay comes out when leaves are sitting in a warm vessel before...” Read full tasting note


This Yiwu raw puer is one of our two Year of the Monkey puers. The material for this tea comes from a recently transitioned fang yang (“left to grow”) garden that receives minimal human interference. The tea itself has an initial and surprising honey-like sweetness at the front, which yields to some slight roughness and unique lasting aroma. With good cha qi/tea energy and a solid mineral fragrance that lingers, this is a strong candidate for storage.

Typical of Yiwu teas, this one is on the softer side of things, but still maintains a solid backbone with plenty to offer. This also makes it a very drinkable young raw puer, and well suited for beginners and experienced drinkers alike. Don’t be fooled though, Yiwu teas tend to age well, even if they seem lighter in their early years.

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