2014 Yunnan Sourcing Mu Shu Cha Old Arbor Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Floral, Forest Floor, Jasmine, Oak wood, petrichor, Wet Wood, Winter Honey
Sold in
Not available
Caffeine
Not available
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Togo
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 oz / 80 ml

Currently unavailable

We don't know when or if this item will be available.

From Our Community

1 Image

1 Want it Want it

8 Own it Own it

3 Tasting Notes View all

  • “At 34 cents a gram this tea gets my bang for the buck award. There are too many floral, spicy, fruity and umami flavors to list and they change with each steep and as the cake ages. This tea...” Read full tasting note
  • “As I was recording my tasting notes for the 2014 Autumn Mu Shu Cha, I discovered that I have the Spring version as well. I couldn’t resist doing a sequential review. The difference was surprising....” Read full tasting note
    88
  • “I’m surprised no one has reviewed this one. Welp, I guess I’m the first one again. This is one of the tea sessions that I don’t want to end. I could drink this brew forever. The cake is fresh...” Read full tasting note
    100

From Yunnan Sourcing

Our 2014 Spring “Mu Shu Cha” (母树茶) refers to the mother tea trees of Mengku where the oldest and most primitive Yunnan Large Leaf varietal tea trees still flourish. Our Mu Shu comes from 100-300 year old tea trees growing near Bingdao village in the south of Mengku county of Lincang.

This tea cake is an intense cha qi filled experience for the drinker. It is powerful with some astringency and bitterness, that is moderated by it’s old tree origins. First flush and picked fairly early in the growth stage makes this tea a pungent and floral affair. Even with just a few months of aging as mao cha we have noticed a distinctive “兰香” orchid aroma and taste.

A strong tea that will likely cause tea drunkenness in even the most seasoned lovers of young sheng!

Stone-pressed in the traditional manner.
400 grams per cake (7 cakes per bamboo tong)

About Yunnan Sourcing View company

Company description not available.

3 Tasting Notes

69 tasting notes

At 34 cents a gram this tea gets my bang for the buck award. There are too many floral, spicy, fruity and umami flavors to list and they change with each steep and as the cake ages. This tea strangely reminds me of a good Chinese stir fry in liquid form and goes perfectly with such a meal . The qi is of a chill variety, not bombastic or brain melt, just warm fuzzy contentment. If you want a rewarding gushu without paying a buck or two a gram look no further…

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

88
316 tasting notes

As I was recording my tasting notes for the 2014 Autumn Mu Shu Cha, I discovered that I have the Spring version as well. I couldn’t resist doing a sequential review.

The difference was surprising. The Autumn tea tasted of straw and wood, with hints of fruit underneath. This tea is all about the fruit. The first steep showed a sweet, tropical fruit flavor with hints of straw underneath. I immediately felt a powerful cha qi, but it is building on a base from the previous tea, so wasn’t sure how much is due to this tea. 2nd steep had the same tropical fruit flavor at the beginning of the sip, but builds up a strong astringency going into the finish, which is dominated by the slightly bitter astringency. REALLY feeling the qi. By the fourth steep, it was still fruity, rich and sweet. There is a bit of wood underneath the fruit that adds depth, much as a bassoon does in an orchestra. Still too astringent in the finish, which detracts from an otherwise really good tea. Still tons of cha qi.

I’m a fan of young sheng, and this one was clearly the better choice for current drinking. It was fresh and fruity, with enough hints of other flavors to be interesting. The Autumn version wasn’t bad, but was just a slightly above average woody sheng. Of course you pay for quality: as of May 2015, this tea was $118 per cake vs $45 for the Autumn.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

100
506 tasting notes

I’m surprised no one has reviewed this one. Welp, I guess I’m the first one again.

This is one of the tea sessions that I don’t want to end. I could drink this brew forever. The cake is fresh loosely pressed maocha. The beeng is an array of dark greens, silvers, golds, and platinums. It carries a strong and deep vegetal aroma with a slight spice scent with just a hint of floral. I placed a generous amount of maocha and compressed cake in my warm yixing and gave it a heavy shake. The scent that filled my tea room was like no other. I inhaled a warm thick honey syrup scent mixed well with a fresh oak tree in the throes of spring. I washed this treat of dry leaf once to prepare for brewing. The steeped leaves were a vibrant green and smelled of wildflowers and a hearty vegetable garden. The flavor was amazingly complex! I was getting creamy tones of watercress and jasmine. Then, I would taste a deep forest flavor with light petrichor. This may sound strange, but this brew reminds me of a thicker Longjing with a fuller body. The tea had deep tones of plant life and finished with a long lasting huigan. The qi was something else entirely. The qi was subtle and built around the tea session almost unnoticed, until I’ve finished, and i’m struck with an expansive qi feel. This is by far one of my favorites sheng of all time. This is exactly what I would want in a sheng for a sunny day! Thank you so much tot his company for supplying such a treat. :)

https://instagram.com/p/3ymjP3TGak/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

Flavors: Floral, Forest Floor, Jasmine, Oak wood, petrichor, Wet Wood, Winter Honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
TheTeaFairy

What a horrible, horrible review (each word made me drool) it did NOT make me want to order this cake in a heartbeat (attempting at chaining myself in order to resist), pfft I don’t even like sheng all that much (sweet nectar of the gods!)

Are you kidding me? Omg, what have you done? I need this!! ;-)

Haveteawilltravel

hahaha xP whats one more cake going to do? I mean c’mon, whats the harm… (as his tower of tea begins toppling over and burying him alive)

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Exactly!!! Sigh… You’re the second person to tell me I should buy this…I don’t think I can resist it anymore

Haveteawilltravel

It must be fate. :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.