Jing Gu "Zi Cha" Purple Pu-erh Tea Mini Cake

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Black Currant, Blackberry, Cherry, Cranberry, Honey, Blueberry, Pleasantly Sour, Plums, Autumn Leaf Pile, Stonefruits
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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 15 sec 52 oz / 1534 ml

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Entirely late Autumn 2015 harvested purple tea from Yang Ta village in Jing Gu county of Simao. Purple Tea (Zi Cha) is a naturally occuring mutated Assamica tea plant.

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It is interesting how many sweet and sour berry/fruit flavors could be discerned in this tea: sour cherry, cranberry, lingonberry, honeyberry, cloudberry, rowan, bird-cherry, green plum… Most of them are not even an option in the Steepster’s drop-down flavors/scents menu and that shows that this tea is pretty unusual.

I like it, it is a nice change of pace from other puerhs.

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My first experience with a purple pu’erh, I must say I enjoy this. It’s so cheap, too! Notes of plum, freeze dried blueberries and earth. Another great tea from Scott @ YS, check it out!

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Blueberry, Plums

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My husband is out with work friends and I almost regret offering to give him a lift home. His problem is time escapes him and before he knows it the bar will be closing and he stumbles into the street at 4am. I have work in the morning and it’s already 10:30pm, hopefully he phones me early so I can snuggle in my bed. I got a teddy bear soft sheet that Oliver kitten loves, he has a thing for sucking soft wool things. Apparently wool sucking in cats and kittens shows that he was taken too early from his mother and he is trying to find a way to bond with her. I had him when he was 4 months, he was the one found on the street and so I took him in. I do worry about him sometimes, does he even remember his mother? What about his siblings? I can only pray that they are alright.

Anyway, back in the world of tea I am drinking this in the hopes that it will keep me busy to help me stay awake. My eyes are feeling heavy and a little droopy but if I’m not clear minded I cannot drive. Enter some purple tea in a beautiful cake form. I’m three steeps in and am impressed by it so far. It tastes like you expect for Sheng but it’s darker in colour than you would expect, of a normal Sheng that is.

It’s sweet and smooth with earth, musk and floral notes. On the whole it’s easy to drink and would make for a nice everyday tea. The cake was $8 for 100g which I feel is a very good price. Usually I cannot stomach cheap Pu Erh, it’s either too strong, too sour or it lacks flavour altogether. This may not be top quality, but it’s certainly nice enough to make me want more. I think I’m going to steep the shit out of this tea!

BTW steep three in a teapot was large enough to open the leaves fully and for the most part they are whole. I love seeing the leaves after, it’s a reminder that I’m drinking something natural.

I will be here, steeping and waiting for a drunken phone call.


It is commonly instinct for cats to remember their mothers feel, but they don’t remember their mothers at all and won’t get depressed missing them (unless they were taken a few days ago and are really too young). This is why when cats get on a blanket that is really squishy they start to kneed it because they mistake it for their mothers!


So no need to worry at all, I used to live on a farm where kitten’s mothers often got killed by coyotes, and the kittens will really miss their mothers for the first month or two, but after this they will be normal and treat you as if you were their mother.

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661 tasting notes

Had this one today. What stood out was the creaminess of it. I only had a few infusions but they were all good. No bitterness. Smooth and creamy with a bit of sweetness. Also a nice stone fruit taste with a bit of sourness. The sour note was not unpleasant at all. In fact quite nice, adding a new dimension to the tea.


is it like citrusy?


I didn’t get any citrus notes but the stone fruit notes were a bit different than other shengs. Apricot seems to be a common note with some shengs but this one was not quite apricot. I couldn’t really describe it so I just said it was stone fruit.


I really like the flavour of purple teas. It took me a while to get my head around the complexity but I love them now


I liked this one right away and would consider buying a cake (only $8 for 100g) but I have too many teas right now. I’ll just put it on my wish list in my Yunnan Sourcing account.


haha the ever growing wishlist …


It is getting pretty big!

Yat-Fung Yeung

Is Purple pu-erh really Camellia Sinensis? The leaf just not look right and the taste is not like tea either. The taste is good, definitely no complain about the taste. I did not have the exactly same brand as your though.

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347 tasting notes

A sample from the Sheng Olympics. :) I had this yesterday and I’m already having trouble remembering the details. This is why it’s necessary for me to log as I sip! Anyway, it was 6-7g in my 4oz gaiwan, water in the 90C range, 10sec steeps to start, and continued until I was steeping for 2-3min. One of the things I found interesting about this was that when I first smelled the wet leaves, I had a moment of being reminded of a black tea – there was this malty note that I’ve never detected in a green/sheng type of tea before. Anyway, it wasn’t there in the flavour, but the early steeps did have a fruitiness that was somewhat reminiscent of a fruity black, that stone fruit thing. After those early steeps it got very vegetal and mellowed out quite a bit. Sweet and smooth. I didn’t really get the bitter/sour notes that other people have described? Anyway, it was good but it didn’t blow me away or anything. Good for drinking now, anyway. :)

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2016 Sheng Olympics

Not being a fan of the purple variation oolong I have drank, I was still optimistic about this tea. Its really dark and has that funky smell to it, yet I hoped for something mild and unique. Unique I got. At first I was conflicted about my like and dislike for this. In the end I was glad to have tried it and find that this is something I do not enjoy. Its not anything to do with mouth feel, steeping abulity, or price. .. There is just a level of funk to this that makes it seem to be something that was made against its own desires; if a plant can taste such a way.
I am not done trying purple variations though. I will find one I enjoy!

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2016 Sheng Olympics

This one was a bit different. It has a slightly different flavour, like all the purple varietals I have tried before – this has a similar pleasantly sour flavour, and is quite lively in the feeling it gives you. I had to stop every once in a while because caffeine started kicking in.

Its an interesting flavour, not something I am really used to, having only tried a few different processing types of purple tea.

Throughout the session the sourness got sweeter. I am on the second day drinking it and it is stonefruit flavour and aroma. With also something softer, but I am having trouble picking out the correct term for it. I am preferring today, I think mainly because this is still a flavour I am trying to wrap my head around. I dont know if its for everyone – but you could say that for a lot of sheng, right?

I would love to see what this tea tastes like aged. Maybe I should start buying some?

Flavors: Pleasantly Sour, Stonefruits

S.G. Sanders

You should try the “Ying Shan Hong.” I made 8 24 ounce pots of it yesterday, and had it throughout the day. However, I was unable to fall asleep when needed. It’s very sweet and has a great mouth-feel at the back of the throat. It was almost “refreshing” as well as rejuvenating to the body! It was the “I feel awake, but not shaky” kind of feeling. Or, what I’ve been told in the past, “positively tea drunk.”

S.G. Sanders

PS. I’ve been struggling with “naming that flavor” in the “Ying Shan Hong,” too. I want to say “sweet river water” or some kind of unnamed fruit(?). Ha. Ha.


I get slight kinesthesia/mental images from tea, sometimes its things like ‘tastes like a ship in a storm’ and thats the image it gives me haha. sweet river water I can actually understand :)


I’ll try that one. it wasnt in the sheng olympics was it.? I’m on tea buying hiatus until I have more cash. Theres a few cakes from YS I know I want but also waiting until after ive drank all these to have a bit more knowledge on what I like.

S.G. Sanders

Rasseru- it wasn’t. I just buy teas at random, and hope for the best! Ha. Ha. I’d buy more tea, but I’m on a tea hiatus merely for the fact that I’ve spent too much in January on tea, and increased my tea cabinet by 15 tea cakes/bricks! Which, is quite a lot. Ha. Ha.

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