2015 Yunnan Sourcing Impression Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake

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Pu-erh Tea
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Bitter, Sweet, Vegetal, Earth, Pear, Apple, Floral, Green Wood, Honey, Sugarcane, Vanilla
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 oz / 117 ml

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This year’s Impression is unique for this year and consists of tea leaves from Spring and Autumn, originating from both Lincang and Jing Gu tea gardens. The tea has been grown naturally and processed in the traditional method. We blended various teas together to achieve a powerful blend that has strong mouth feeling, cha qi and a balanced sweet, bitter and astringent profile.

In 2012 I created the first impression blend to be an alternative to a Xiaguan or Da Yi 7542, but it has far surpassed those mass market teas in both quality and value! I also feel strongly that this tea being very strong in aroma, mouthfeel, bitter/astringent, infusability and Cha Qi, makes it a good choice for long-term aging!

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

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13 tasting notes

This sheng will hopefully improve with aging. The flavor was primarily bitterness, with some underlying vegetal and slightly sweet notes. I did not strongly dislike it, but I will wait a few years if I can before trying this again. I’m hoping this will mature into something great! The wrapping design is stunning needless to say!

Flavors: Bitter, Sweet, Vegetal

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 tsp 4 OZ / 130 ML

I bought it just for the wrapper.

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33 tasting notes

Breaking in my new unglazed pot from TaiwanTeaCrafts while trying this sample. Very excited to have gotten my hands on this pot!

Had a rinse then rested for ~5 minutes. 1st steep is sweet and bright. Citrus, iodine, licking a rock. 2nd and 3rd steeps have rising astringency but I can still taste through it. 4th is getting pretty robust and full. Astringency is there but it’s also sweet. 5th+ was all pretty similar, it did not develop a ton. Astringency kept going down slowly. Flavor was pretty consistent.

Compared to the 2014, this was a bit easier to brew and drink. Tamer I guess would be the word? I liked it more. Awesome for the price, will be ordering a cake.

205 °F / 96 °C 7 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

I bought one just for the wrapper.

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1758 tasting notes

This was a very bitter sheng. I gave this ten steeps. I would say there was strong bitterness in the first eight steeps. It did get better. There was an underlying note behind the bitterness that began to emerge. a sweet note not sure what to call it. No apricots or stonefruits in this one.

I steeped this ten times in a 150mml gaiwan with 8.2g leaf and 190 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. I will put this tea away for a couple of years and see if it improves.

Flavors: Bitter

190 °F / 87 °C 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

Did you get this recently? You may need to air it in some humidity. I bought a few blindly and they are doing great. It does hold a good bitterness for sure but to me in a good way.


Got it just a few days ago.


Needs to age like a 7542.

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57 tasting notes

My overwhelming impression was of bitterness.

Beneath the bitterness, there was a flat, uncomplicated sort of vegetable taste, with a bit of earthiness.

Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Vegetal

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

This one is still too young to drink I think. With a few years age it will transform I think.

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13 tasting notes

Has enough bite to keep me interested and the aftertaste sticks around for a while. All things I like about sheng. The tea is reasonably soft, but still far from the softest Yunnan Sourcing sheng I have had. It is an above average sheng at a ridiculously good price!

Flavors: Bitter, Pear, Vegetal

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 12 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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36 tasting notes

Just had a sample, to some up my feelings about this tea quickly I’ll say this. I’m definitely buying at least 2 cakes.

For 19 usd there aren’t many readily available better deals than this. It has a medium thickness to the body, a long lasting sweet finish which develops dynamically, a solid bitterness and cooling sensation, and a nice flavor profile.

Flavors: Apple, Floral, Green Wood, Honey, Pear, Sugarcane, Vanilla, Vegetal

Boiling 4 g 2 OZ / 70 ML

I love the wrapper on this one. I bought it just for that.

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