This is one of my favorite teas. Feels for me less caffeinated than other shengs so even works as my bedtime tea. Very fragrant and even herbal by its taste, fresh, light but full of taste. Yummy.
As many wild Camellia varietals, it has a quite eccentric personality. Small, almost minuscule leaves, accompanied by a few leaf scales and even some moss for good measure. Although the loose sheng has been stored in humid Thailand for three years, it hardly shows any signs of darkening, keeping a vibrant, yellow-green hue. It brews into a bright, sweet, fragrant soup exempt of any bitterness, reminiscent of a white tea. The leaves exude warm, spicy notes of dried fruit, cereal and tobacco, the liquor is slippery and slightly resinous, with a pinch of soft acidity and astringency. Its watery clarity translates into a bodymind sensation of just that - gentle and lively like sunlight reflecting on a forest stream. Thank you Valery.
It is a Ye Sheng Cha, i.e. a wild cultivar, which due to wild cross breeding might not be a “pure” Camellia Sinensis. As you can see the leaves are beautifully inconsistently colored, which I have seen before especially with Ye Sheng tea.
The sweetness is quite strong, nothing for everyday but definetly enjoyable. I heard that some people defy Ye Sheng cause it tastes too much like herbal tea hehe.
Comparing the 2 brewing styles (5g vs 7.5g on 100ml) for the 2016 Myanmar Ye Sheng Cha: I rather prefer less than more! Even though the lighter brew is resulting in a more light mouthfeel and less thickness and density I feel that the sweetness and flavors come out much better and clearer! And the tastes nicely lingers on! The stronger dosage creates more thickness but lacks clean flavors! The body sensation of this tea is clearly visible, especially drinking it alone! Its not too strong but I definetly felt a rising heart rate with a relaxing feeling in my temples! Definetly an enjoyable tea!
raw puerh from 1000-year-old tree in myanmar gives a green plum-like aroma and a sweet after taste, while its mild qi makes my head feels light after many steeps. i’m feeling calm and sleepy.
Wonderful opportunity and fantastic taste profile from 1st to 6th steep thus far. Long elegant leaves, and a deep plummy scent to the dry that translates to a softer more ripe plum in the wet. Will be featuring this tea in a article soon.