• Puerhtea,  Raw,  Teaappreciation,  Yiwu

    2019 Zheng Si Long Xiang Chun Lin Yiwu Sheng Puerh @Teaencounter

    2019 Xiang Chun Lin

    • Xiang Chun Lin, Yiwu, Mengla, Yunnan China
    • Gushu production
    • Spring picked 
    • 0.52 CAD per gram
    Very dark leaves, matured, and for a Yiwu cake quite a few buds.

    I received this tea a while ago from Tiago via Tea Encounter; and I couldn’t make a review until now. Supposedly a Gushu production from the Xiang Chun Lin area in Yiwu, close to Yishanmo and Wangong. It had very foresty, dark glossy leaves with few buds that are quite common for Yiwu spring dashu/gushu productions. Very excited to try this one now.

    5g of leaf for 50ml, 0.45 ppm water that comes from my personal blend of half RO water and half filtered tap water. Brewed in a tall, porcelain gaiwan. 

    5 g in my Gaiwan.

    Aroma of dry leaf

    Muscat, green fruits, sour apple skin. Crispy honey aroma, light but very pleasant. Green, peppery sweet fragrance. A very pleasant young raw smell, but more on the citric flowery fruity side. 

    Aroma of Wet Leaves

    – sweet, sweet mix of boiled sweet potato and peppery grapefruit honey 

    – Later when leaves open up it becomes like salted potato, pomelo skin; citrusy sweet. 

    -Very fresh, clean tea that is not at all petroleum like or ‘gas station’ like at all.

    First brew

    First to Third brew

    Light sweetness, very berry like sweet hay, blueberry stem like flavors and a little astringent on the tongue and very quickly fades into sweetness. The Qi is quite strong, and hits right after the first brew. The body itself isn’t the thickest yet, but the fragrance depth in the soup for sure makes it very enjoyable. 

    Fourth Brew

    Fourth to Sixth 

    Heavier mouthfeel, lighter aroma but deeper taste of peppery grapes, fresh bread and wild lilacs. The butteriness of the tea is also very prominent. Very sweet,  refreshing and has a deep aftertaste. The soup definitely developed into something thicker, richer, and with more complexity in the sweetness as well as flavour.

    Sixth brew

    Sixth to Eighth 

    Same mouthfeel, stronger bitterness but heavier fragrance. Aroma changed into something greener, slightly more veggie like than sweet. I would say it reminds me of melon, and a bit like a tropical beach. Slight umami like flavor. Corn and slightly nutty as well. 

    Ninth to Twelfth 

    Not very dark, light aroma; milky, creamy light umami, green peas and black pepper. Sweetness is still there, but coming to an end. 

    In Conclusion
    Very decent to drink on a day to day basis, as the flavours are very balanced for a young tea. The tea doesn’t have an overpowering fragrance, as the body and flavours are in quite a good place. However, the mouthfeel and how smooth the tea is really goes to show how good the tea was processed and the material to be something high-quality. The tea has a lasting character, and throughout the infusions stay very soft and rounded without much harshness. A very well processed, good quality Pu Erh Tea. Good amount of Qi as well. 

  • Puerhtea,  Raw,  Tea Review,  Teaappreciation,  Teainfo,  Teareview,  Yiwu

    2019 ZSL Walong/ Tea Encounter

    2019 Walong

    This tea is the 2019 Walong from Zheng Si Long, which is a company that is founded and still produced by Mr. Zheng. Mr Zheng is a Yiwu native and a Pu Erh specialist that mainly deals with Yiwu & the surrounding six famous tea mountains.

    Basic info about this special tea:

    • Dayezhong Assamica Varietal
    • 2019 Spring Tea.
    • From Walong, Manzhuan, Mengla Yunnan
    • Gushu

    Temperature of Water ( 95-100 degrees celsius)

    Brewing Vessel (100 ml Jingdezhen gaiwan)

    Grams of Leaves ( 7 grams)

    Steeping Time ( less than 10 seconds per infusion, and every  infusions increasing the time by 5-10 seconds)

    Main Info

    Number of Total Steepings: 12 strong infusions.

    Aroma of Dry Leaves: Very sweet sticky honey, with some dry fruit and banana peel. 

    Aroma of Wet Leaves: Intense sweet sweet honey, layered with a nice sandalwood spiciness with a mango undertone. 

    Taste Profile: See Below

    Texture Profile: Very bright, without much astriengency until later on in the steeps. Clear structure and very easy to understand the tea. Medium thick

    Feeling/Aftertaste: Very strong sugarcane sweetness, that lasts around 20-30 min. Body is warming, especially around the forehead and the shoulders.

    Price: 157 dollars/400 grams

    Rating 8.4 out of 10.

    Glossy, huge leaves with a really lovely sweet aroma coming off of it.
    First steeping

    First to Third steepings: Super sweet, little lilac but very pure old tree relaxing mouthfeel and throat feel with some lingering green floral that wraps barbecue pineapple. Very balance sweet subtle sheng. No smoke what so ever

    Fifth steep

    Second to Fifth steepings : mango, peach with various other subtle florals and more slight astringency that comes in the way. However it’s nicely balanced and very sweet, with lovely lasting aftertaste. Some savoury, various aromatics and balance between the base notes and higher aromas was impeccable. The best. 

    Eighth steep

    Sixth to Tenth steeping 

    More vegital, with a strength that coats the mouth and the throat. Less fragrance, but more aggression in the mouth and in the throat. The general taste is poached veggies, grapefruit skin bitterness and lemon zest. Lasting huigan for about 10-15 min.

    Eleventh Infusion

    Eleven to Twelfth steeps

    Lower register, very died down, more astringent. Slightly drying on the throat, and pretty much the very last infusions. Very light nutmeg aroma and super refreshing.


    In essence, this tea very sweet, and very enjoyable on any occasion. I personally think it could be thicker and last a bit longer, but 12 infusions is already not bad. The lasting aroma and very balanced notes were indications of the quality and meant that the leaf had potential. The energy was strong, but not too much. I would say for the value, it’s a very good choice and something I would consider having in my own collection. 8.3 /10

  • Puerhtea,  Raw,  Tea Review,  Teaappreciation,  Yiwu

    2018 Yiwu Wild Sprit– Yiwu Mountain Tea

    Yiwu has always remained as one of my personal favourite areas, as the taste is so classic, unique and very elegant. The classic, most important Pu Erhs in history were mostly from Yiwu, such as Song Ping and the lineage of SP cakes from 1910 onwards. I have a personal love relationship with Yiwu, and it was actually my first aged raw Pu Erh to try at The Best Tea House in Vancouver. It was a 2005 Old Tree Yiwu cake. Full of exotic honey, fruits and very soft to the tongue; while spreading quickly around your entire mouth. While I have tried some Yiwus that taste very harsh, the common terminologies associated with are “soft, sweet and very elegant like the queen of Pu Erhs”

    Phillip Lee, is a tea merchant that sells mainly Yiwu Pu Erh and Pu Erh from regions surrounding Yiwu. His family produces tea within Gaoshan, but also produces private productions from other areas. Today, I have decided to taste one of his teas, and do a proper review on it.

        The 2018 Yiwu Wild Spirit is a Sheng Pu Erh from an unmanaged, “secret” garden that was left to grow in the wild for a long time. They found it while searching for any “lost” gardens. Sounds intriguing, right?!

    Stunning leaves, silvery goodness

    7g, close up

    Let’s get straight into the review, shall we.

    Basic info about this special tea:

    • 2018 Yiwu Sheng ( Uncooked)  Pu Erh Tea
    • Da Ye Zhong Assamica Cultivar
    • 30 year to 100 year old tea trees.
    • From Yiwu area, Mengla, Yunnan, China.

    Temperature ( 95 degrees celsius)

    Brewing Vessel (100 ml Jingdezhen gaiwan)

    Grams of Leaves ( 7 grams)

    Steeping Time ( less than 5 seconds per infusion, and every infusions increasing the time by 5 to 3 min depending on infusion) * This tea is very durable, and can handle being pushed. Doesn’t really get bitter.

    Main Info

    Number of Total Steepings: Over 13 infusions.

    Aroma of Dry Leaves: Wild honey, plum

    Aroma of Wet Leaves: Wild paprika, veggies, and some cream

    Taste Profile: See Below

    Texture Profile: medium to medium thick

    Feeling/Aftertaste: Calming, not much Qi. Easy to drink/great morning tea.

    Price: 34 dollars/100 grams

    Rating 7.7 out of 10.

    First Infusion: Was very silky, and light.

    First Infusion : Clean, pure very crisp aroma without any astringency nor bitterness. Very light, soft, and floral. But not really honey. More like a fresh sweet sencha, and that crisp quality was there in the brew.

    Deeper, slightly richer, but is super fresh and awakening.

    Second and third infusion: Stronger, but not bitter. A tiny bit of astringency, but again. Sweet, lingering floral character. Easy drinking.

    Fourth and fifth brew: Taste is quite simple, not super complex. Wild veggies, honey, and very crisp. The satisfying mouthfeel makes me want to have more. The aftertaste is subtle, but still noticeable. Notes of jasmine and lychee sort of light floral, and sweet aftertaste.

    Sixth brew. Getting more and more similar, characteristics of Yiwu shining bright!

    Sixth to ninth brew : Very consistent. Solid, and taste like what a good, well made Young Pu Erh should taste like. The aroma, taste, texture and aftertaste is all present. The crispness and the fresh, wild character stands out as being the most prevalent character of this tea.

    Slightly fruitier, plummy and soft.

    Tenth to Thirteenth brew: From the tenth to twelfth brew, I brewed it for 20, 30, and 40 seconds. Very light, soft, and like spring water. Makes the water taste cleaner and with a little something. For the thirteenth brew, I brewed it for 2 mins and the result was quite different. Slightly bitter, stronger, and more fruity. Tropical!

    Spent leaves, very nice Mo Li Si color.

    In Conclusion: This tea will be a great morning tea, and is nothing crazy– but is very much enjoyable, refreshing and is a good quality Pu Erh. The outstanding part of it is the crisp and very fresh zesty character of it. Thank you to Phillip for sourcing this tea. It is for sure a well made and forgiving tea even if you potentially over-brew it.