2014 Yunnan Sourcing Jing Gu Old Arbor Raw Pu-erh

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Floral, Peach, Vanilla, Grass, Honey, Spices, Spicy
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200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 7 g 15 oz / 449 ml

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Jing Gu Yang Ta village is in Jing Gu county of Simao prefecture (景谷秧塔寨). It is well known for it’s “Da Bai” (大白 – Big White) tea. Actually the tea here is not Camellia Sinensis rather another varietal called Camellia Taliensis. Camellia Taliensis growing in Jing Gu’s red soil has prominent large fat leaves and hairy white buds. Tea from this region is well-known for it’s beautiful appearance, and tea sellers have been know to blend this tea with Yi Wu tea to make it (Yi Wu tea) more beautiful and bright in appearance while at the same time bolstering it’s sweetness and thickness.

We visited this tea garden in mid-February 2010 (Chinese New Year time) and made contact with the village leaders who manage this village cooperative tea garden. When we went the weather was dry, and the soil had been mulched and turned just two weeks before. This tea garden contains trees between 60 and 350 years old, it is near the village and has been tended for hundreds of years. This year because of dry conditions water was brought in and ladled at the base of these trees by hand. It is a lovely example of a cooperatively run and owned tea garden and one that has been tended lovingly by its participants. The tea here is sought by many producers and the Yang Ta co-op is able to sell all of its tea at prices that allow them to live a comfortable lifestyle. This year we were lucky enough to be able to convince them to reserve 60 kilograms of their wild and ancient arbor tea for us.

400 grams per cake (7 cakes per bamboo leaf tong)

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167 tasting notes

Nearing the home stretch of a taste tour through Yunnan…

Region 4/4: Puer/Simao. Location 2/3: Jing Gu

Well, looks like Yunnan Sourcing will be getting even MORE of my money…

This thing is delicious. It has a great balance of savory and sweet, and both of these aspects are bold and interesting. Tobacco/smoke/hay/foresty notes combine with fruit/cake/herbal sweetness. The balance between the flavors is incredible, and kept me and my palate happily busy for quite a while.

Flavors are long-lasting, deep, and complex. Also, despite its youth, this tea is easily drinkable right now. I mean, this old arbor (60-350 yo, per YS) is no 1600 yo gu shu, but it sure is hard to beat ;)

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Dry leaf – fresh herbal and fruit, mineral sweetness, some floral sweetness, dried fruit (peach). In preheated vessel – stewed fruit, prune sweetness

Smell – wood smoke, wood, forest floor, pound cake (noticeable chocolate cake aromas in empty cup)

Taste – sweet tobacco, very pleasant and light smokiness (like pipe smoke), hay/straw, thick savory sweetness like high-quality chocolate, poundcake (?!), dried peach, light lemon curd aftertaste; some white peppers notes in finish

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

So far, what locations have you particularly liked?


Jing Gu, Qing Mei, and Bang Dong have all been excellent. Full cakes of each will be ordered soon!

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144 tasting notes

Dry leaves are intact and fragrant and brewed leaves are olive green with an orchid-like fragrance. The tea liquid is a cloudy pale yellow and is thick in body. This tea is sweet, vegetal, flowery, medicinal, and packs a strong qi. It leaves a long gentle sweet finish and a pleasing sensation in the throat. Definitely for those looking for a sweeter tea.

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I’m a little enamored with this cake, it’s just SUCH good summer-time drinkin’. Thick, sweet and pungent (if not a little straight-forward), it is suggestive of ripe peaches and meadow flowers. Very sweet, but picks up some bitterness towards the end.

Flavors: Floral, Peach, Vanilla

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a lovely tea :) nice and sweet with a grassy/honey taste with heavy spicy notes

thank you to Scott Wilson and Yunnan sourcing for this lovely tea

Flavors: Grass, Honey, Spices, Spicy

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 25 OZ / 750 ML

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