2017 Yunnan Sourcing "Jinggu Ye Sheng Cha" Wild Tree Purple Tea Cake

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 3 oz / 89 ml

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An incredibly fantastic raw Pu-erh made from Wild Pu-erh tree leaves that have a dark purple color. This 野生茶 (Wild Tea) is naturally dark in color, and is heavy in anti-oxidants and catechins.

Ye Sheng "野生“ varietal aka “Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze var. assamica (J. Masters) Kitam.” is a primeval varietal that pre-dates Camellia Sinensis var. Assamica and is a naturally occuring non hybridized varietal. It’s potency in cha qi arises from it’s unadulterated nature. It is naturally bug repellent, and grows wild in the forests of Yunnan at an altitude of 1600-2200 meters.

The quality of the leaves and the meticulous processing ensures excellent storage and aging potential. The infused liquor is bright and is almost completely without bitterness. There is strong full taste in the mouth and a warm stimulating feel in the mouth and body after drinking this tea.

Our Jinggu Wild Tree Purple “Ye Sheng” is very different from other Purple Pu-erh varietals we have offered before. It’s heavy, bitter, sweet with a flower and fruit aroma. It grows near Ye Zhu Tang village in Jinggu county.

Producer: Yunnan Sourcing

Vintage: Spring 2017

Production area: Ye Zhu Tang Village, Jinggu County of Simao Prefecture

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Fruity as expected, but also juicy. Plum. The hay punches you in the face every once in a while. Qi was strong, time slowed down.

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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And another SIPDOWN goes to Puerh. Still lots of tea remains.

Made about 20 seconds rinse. Or — stove → my table rinse ? Haha. Yep, it was that “far”.

Rinse was fine. Bit bland and vegetal, but yes, there was some taste. Now I let the leaf absorb humidity, I think it is for 5 minutes (reading some not important things all over the internet), thinking about my cross-US trip that I want to make happen, but not anytime soon. Train stops in Elko, NV; but what to do there? There are amazing mountains, but not sure if I want hike there alone?! And where is any public transport (okay, to be honest I know I need car rental)

First steep is around 20 seconds as well. Apparently humidity entered the leaves well, as it is more flavourful, though not a big leap forward. It seems to me roasted which is weird for sheng and for that I noticed before. But pu-erhs have so weird paths sometimes. For example, wet leaf smells after jasmine, okay!

Second, I decided to make bit longer (30 seconds actually, if somebody even cares); and wet leaf aroma tends to be more malty-honey-black tea like. I feel like my nose is playing some game with me today because I couldn’t recognize twice the same stuff even it doesn’t changed since then (no additional steep or anything like that). Taste buds are feeling another vegetal notes with some menthol cooling effect. Interesting and very enjoyable.

Following steep was just a tiny bit longer. 10 seconds to be exact. Steeping slowly don’t kill the tea fast. It just keeps nice qualities and while I would say that vegetal notes aren’t great, they actually aren’t. But it suits the tea session today and yep, would like some fruits, but hey, there is nothing wrong with vegetals.

Another steep. I somehow lost myself in thoughts, and ideas and everything. Well, I actually indeed enjoy the free time and free mind I have now! And result is long, a minute long (maybe bit less) steep. Huh… Results are nice though and I got the wished fruit notes. Yes, it started getting a peach taste.

Uhh, now it is herbal. But like too much basil and nettle. Not very tasty. But it was shorter than last time.

I guess this is one of the last steeps. Little fruits and herbals. But it was at least smoother than last time.

Okay, last steep. I am steeping this tea for an hour, which isn’t a problem, but ran out of water in thermos. It was nice session, but it’s time to move on. The tea is past its best time as well. It reminds me now only a bitter water without much pleasing taste. Interesting how it can go so abruptly.

3 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

Love all the steeps here. Of course the most intriguing to me is the malty-honey black tea.

It will be exciting to hear more about your trip, whenever it will be able to happen!


We have to go to the beach, you need to stop in Branson, Missouri and then have tea GMathis on your to Cali to see derk!


Stop by in Virginia as well.


(internal soundtrack playing "Get Your Kicks on Route 66…Start in St. Louis, Joplin, Missouri, Oklahoma City….)


Depending on the time of year, Elko area is a stopover for migratory birds. Probably some good hikes around there. Ghost towns all along the I-80 corridor if you’re adventurous. Hell, I’d drive out to Elko, pick you up, go on some hikes so you’re not alone (you become isolated extremely quickly in NV) then chauffeur you out this way. But then I’d want to drive you to southern California for some amazing sights before bringing you here and then taking you waaaay up north where you’d see the biggest trees you might ever see in your life. Consider this a fair warning that I’ll be taking you hostage.

Mastress Alita

Martin, I live 2 hours and 31 minutes from Elko, NV. :-)

Martin Bednář

Courtney: We all have different likes. Why not the “boring” malty-honey black tea, right? I have no idea when my trip will happen though. Flying there and back is first step, but stopping by in the US is second step and so many things to do over there!

ashmanra: Yep! From beach to beach. How simple is that? But one is on Eastern coast, while second is on Western coast. Hopefully I will be able to manage it one day!
mrmopar: Okay, I will try my best :) It is by off California Zephyr and Palmetto routes. But certainly there would be a way. Maybe long, maybe would need a ride, but certainly there will be a way.
gmathis: Listened to it. It was familiar and… yes; why not listening to that while travel over the US :)
derk: I would be gladly your hostage. It seems I need a week for each state, ehm county, ehm… city/town? Yes, I know it is 15 hours from Elko by train and by car it is half; but finishing the route would be lovely (though the most interesting sites would be already behind my back). Ahh, I don’t know what to do! But as I said, being hostage will be a pleasure.
Mastress Alita: Great! Good to know. I found out that public transport around Elko is non-existent, so hitchhiking or… maybe I could rent a car. I don’t want you all being my drivers :) But automatic transmission would be tricky


Derk: I might have to tag along with Martin for the last half of that journey because I have wanted to see the California redwoods all my life. I think I would break down and cry uncontrollably if I stood beside one.

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