2003 Dehong "Wild Tree" Raw Pu-erh Tea Brick

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Astringent, Bark, Biting, Bitter, Herbaceous, Honey, Metallic, Sap, Sweet, Wood
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 oz / 110 ml

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  • “I’ve gone back and forth on whether I like the wild “ye sheng” varietal. There is a certain mystique about these teas that makes me want to like them more than I really do. I recently watched an...” Read full tasting note
  • “Compared to the more aged 2004 Dehong “Ye Sheng Zhuan”, this tea has a much more of the Ye Sheng character. This is especially noticeable in the woody and honey-ish aroma, but also in the...” Read full tasting note
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This made entirely from Spring 2003 wild-harvested “Ye Sheng” varietal (Dehongensis) tea harvested in the mountains west of Mangshi area of Dehong prefecture (Yunnan province).

The compression is tight and the tea has been entirely Kunming. The tea soup is orange-red in color as one would expect of a tea with this amount of aging. The taste is so mellow and sweet, completely lacking the very bitter character that the younger ones have. There is a mushroom broth sweetness with some vanilla notes. Very clean taste and ultra smooth.

Highly infusible tea, that will go 10+ steeps!

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I’ve gone back and forth on whether I like the wild “ye sheng” varietal. There is a certain mystique about these teas that makes me want to like them more than I really do.

I recently watched an interview with MarshalN done by Crimson Lotus. During this interview MarshalN said that these teas aren’t really pu’er and even went so far as to call it “tisane” and that it’s not really tea at all. Well this certainly wiped away the mystique for me and helped give myself permission to forget about the wild varietal completely.

Then surprise surprise my tea order that was lost in the mail for almost four months has a sample of this tea that I had completely forgot I had ordered. I figured it would be good to drink this tea and evaluate it with a blank slate.

This is the oldest wild varietal tea I have had. And like all wild teas I have had, despite a reputation for being bitter, it lacks real bitterness and instead has a sharp brittle boring thing going on that could be thought of as bitter though is nothing like the true satisfying bitterness that one would find with some Lao Man ‘E or many other teas. The mouthfeel is good. I didn’t really enjoy the taste for the first few steeps though it got better in the mid steeps.

What this tea does have going for it is an immediate and strong body feel. I don’t have much experience with tai qi and qi gong or yoga so I can’t really say definitively though I imagine the cha qi on this tea is strong.

I ended up dumping the leaf and went on to drinking something else if that tells you anything.

I haven’t given up on this tea or the wild varietal completely though I don’t have high hopes. Will try again when the weather is warmer.

derk

Welcome back, jamin. Looking forward to your puer reviews :)

jamin

Thanks derk. Glad to be back.

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Compared to the more aged 2004 Dehong “Ye Sheng Zhuan”, this tea has a much more of the Ye Sheng character. This is especially noticeable in the woody and honey-ish aroma, but also in the herbaceous, metallic taste. There is a nice woody bitterness, tree sap sweetness and a note of wet grass, but overall the taste is fairly muted. Texture is smooth and buttery, but not overly thick. I get quite a strong numbing sensation in the mouth. All in all, the warming and defocusing effects of the tea are very strong.

Flavors: Astringent, Bark, Biting, Bitter, Herbaceous, Honey, Metallic, Sap, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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