2016 Yunnan Sourcing "Green Mark" Ripe Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake

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Bread, Smoke, Dark Chocolate, Fishy, Floral, Fruity, Metallic, Mushrooms
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 oz / 78 ml

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With this lovely cake we celebrate an age-old tradition of mixing raw and ripe pu-erh tea together to create a harmonious blend worthy of aging. Like the famous “Purple Heaven” bricks and cakes from the 80’s and 90’s, we have blended ripe and raw Pu-erh tea together. The raw and ripe pu-erh both came from the same area as the tea leaves used in our 2016 Spring Mengku Huang Shan cake. The ripe pu-erh is fermented from Huang Shan 2015 spring tea leaves, but both are from the same organic garden!

The addition of raw pu-erh tea to this predominately ripe pu-erh tea cake results in a lovely experience. It’s not so different from ripe pu-erh tea, but there is a an additional layer of texture that enhances the overall taste/complexity of the tea but never detracting from it. I tirelessly blended teas together and experimented with ratios to find the best possible outcome. I hope you’ll enjoy this lovely tea!

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Date drunk: 2023 Jan 14

- 5g in 100ml gaiwan [[Gongfu brewing]]. Filtered water in stainless steel kettle with bamboo charcoal.
- Rinsed once but wet leaf smelled fishy so I had to rinse a second time. Wet leaf now has smell of baked bread.
- 1st infusion (100˚C, 0:15)
- Liquor smells slightly fishy. I guess even neglectful ageing in Singapore counts as “wet storage”. Texture feels flat (or sharp?), slightly metallic flavour. Do not like.
- Rating: 50
- 2nd infusion (95˚C, 0:15)
- Ah, much better. I’m getting a slightly rounder body now, a tinge of sweetness on my tongue. Fleeting hints of dark chocolate and mushroom. Still a bit of that flat/sharp texture that I dislike though (leather?).
- Rating: 70
- 3rd infusion (99˚C, 0:20)
- Far stronger aroma of baked bread now, a bit of roasting coffee – promising.
- Liquor tastes more chocolatey and full-bodied now. It’s the classic ripe pu-er (chocolatey, mushroomy, baking brown bread) but with a touch more floral and fruity quality. This tea has finally hit its stride! Again, still that flatness in the aftertaste which is quite disappointing. But it pairs well with my oatmeal with bananas and dried cherries; I think drinking this tea together with fruit is very nice.
- Rating: 82
- 4th infusion (100˚C, 0:30)
- Rating: 81
- 5th infusion (100˚C, 0:45)
- Ah finally – a smooth, full-bodied infusion! No more flat or metallic taste. This is wonderful when drunk warm.
- Rating: 87

Verdict: Now looking back on my glowing (yet lacking-in-concrete-notes) review from 2020, I have no idea whether I just stored / aged this poorly or if my tastes have evolved. Whatever the case, I simply did not find this tea very complex nor enjoyable today. I might try this in an Yixing / Jianshui clay pot next time. Even at 6.5 years of age, it needs something to even it out a bit to make it more drinkable for me.
Rating: 74

Flavors: Bread, Dark Chocolate, Fishy, Floral, Fruity, Metallic, Mushrooms

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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pulled this out of the cupboard last night (a little too late last night) … 5 grams in the tiny white gaiwan and wow! smooth, subtle, interesting after many, many steeps – just couldn’t stop brewing it, one little cup at a time. Didn’t get much sleep but it was worth it. The only word that comes to mind is beguiling

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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Mixing shou and sheng together is something I’ve played around with myself with various cakes I’ve owned, but it’s never turned out nearly as good as this. The ratio of the two as well as the quality of leaves is much better than anything I’ve used. Nice large leaves in the sheng and seemingly quality shou.
Good mostly shou flavors with maybe a bit of bitter, floral sheng flavor in there. The smell of the steeped leaves alone makes this worth it for the cheap price tag however. I couldn’t get enough of the strong aromatic profile of the leaves after each steep. There’s some really nice spicy, rich shou odors mixed in with young sheng floral notes. This is something I would consider picking up a cake of however I have no idea how the two teas would age together and if that would take away from the strong aromatic qualities as the leaves settle in. Also cakes of mixed leaves always scare me as the ratio of the two types will vary so much between sessions. I would definitely recommend sampling this one if you’re looking for a daily drinker.


I bought this as well but have not yet tried it. Your review makes me want to get to it sooner rather than later.


I definitely would. I didn’t really expect anything special with this cake, but found myself enjoying it more than most shou in this price range.

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