2017 Yunnan Sourcing "Big Snow Mountain" Wild Arbor Raw

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Alcohol, Astringent, Floral, Forest Floor, Fruity, Honey, Pine, Spicy, Sweet
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205 °F / 96 °C 7 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “I got this as a sample from Togo, thanks! The dry leaves had a distinct look, silvery and beige and smelled of floral, lemon, mineral soil and pine. This sample was totally loose but it seems...” Read full tasting note
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  • “From the wet leaves I get a sweet, cooling aroma with some conifer forest qualities. On the other hand the empty cup has an incredibly strong beeswax smell. The taste of the tea is fairly sweet,...” Read full tasting note
    78
  • “Amazing floral raw! This is a raw fresh Sheng I immediately felt in love with! Already the scent which conquers your whole scenting experience within a blink of an eye contains such a fresh, cold...” Read full tasting note
    98

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Entirely wild arbor tea from early spring 2017! The tea leaves for this tea cake were picked from 30 to 60 years old tea trees growing wild in the Da Xue Shan (Big Snow Mountain) area of Mengku. Big Snow Mountain is a high altitude area that tops out at 2700 meters above sea level. The tea we used for this production is from an altitude of about 1800 meters on the southwest slope of Big Snow Mountain (west of Mengku town). Big Snow Mountain of Mengku although having the same name as the Yong De Big Snow Mountain area is in fact not the same and quite distinct.

Our Big Snow Mountain is not from old trees, but these small naturally growing trees are healthy and grow in a pure and unadulterated environment. The taste is strong and pungent, astringent and bitter, sweet and floral. The taste after drinking stays in the mouth and throat for a long time. The cha qi is surprisingly strong for such a young tea. If you are looking for a single estate raw pu-erh to age without a hefty price tag then this is an excellent choice!

An incredible value pu-erh which is both worthy to drink now or for the long-term. Clean and pure!

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I got this as a sample from Togo, thanks! The dry leaves had a distinct look, silvery and beige and smelled of floral, lemon, mineral soil and pine. This sample was totally loose but it seems like the cake might be lightly compressed. Warming the leaf brought out a really strong aroma with the addition of fresh apricot. Had me swoonin’ for a minute. The rinse brought out some mushroom, too. The gold liquor was tart and had some characteristic youth bitterness and astringency yet it was very smooth. It was bright and lively in the mouth with some light tastes of apricot, honey and florals. The aftertaste was buttery/yeasty with light honey. Despite the astringency, I could still feel a layer of oil on my tongue.

I really enjoyed this tea’s clean character reminiscent of a damp mountain forest on a sunny day. While it’s drinkable now, I think aging might do some wonderful things. It’s a shame it’s sold out – good deal for $39. Would make an excellent daily drinker. I hope whoever owns a cake enjoys it :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Leafhopper

I like YS’s Big Snow Mountain black, though I haven’t had the puerh. Sounds tasty!

derk

And I haven’t had Big Snow Mountain black, except in the dragon ball form with rose petals. I’ll probably pick up a small bag next year.

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From the wet leaves I get a sweet, cooling aroma with some conifer forest qualities. On the other hand the empty cup has an incredibly strong beeswax smell.

The taste of the tea is fairly sweet, floral and mineral, displaying pine, honey and fermented fruit notes. Liquor is medium bodied and the mouthfeel I get is is sticky, buttery and powdery in the finish. After swallowing I get a throat clenching and contractive feeling as well as chilli spiciness that lasts for a while. After it passes, the aftertaste becomes quite floral and sweet again.

Overall, I didn’t find the tea to be terribly complex, nevertheless it is very yummy.

Flavors: Alcohol, Astringent, Floral, Forest Floor, Fruity, Honey, Pine, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Amazing floral raw!

This is a raw fresh Sheng I immediately felt in love with! Already the scent which conquers your whole scenting experience within a blink of an eye contains such a fresh, cold high mountain atmosphere. I can literally feel the mist covering those mountains within the first morning hours while you breath in this fresh and slightly soaked wet air af

ter a rainy night. The balance of the actual taste is simple said “Breath taking” – it is so well composed with such a distinct floral and fruity sweet atmosphere plus a lovely touch of a beeswax & honey note to it but different as I am normally used to (in a good way). Because most of the time those raw Shengs are quite similar within their typical nuances – what I mean is “Honey and Beeswax” so far it is noticeable it unfolds in most of the cases in a similar profile but not this guy. And again you can literally taste those mountains, all its environment from the soil, to the rocks and minerals, the fresh springs and plants surrounding that area. I love it! Definitely gonna buy the whole cake soon!

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