This is a delicious raw Pu’er tea with a bold fragrance. It is naturally astringent, as you would expect from a young Pu’er. And it has a honey-sweet aftertaste and wonderful honey aroma that lingers in the cup, especially after a few infusions.
What’s handy is that it’s quicker to prepare than many Pu’ers because it comes in loose-leaf form. Just brilliant!
Brewing & Enjoying RAW & WILD Loose Leaf Pu’er Tea
To bring out its essential oils, raw Pu’er is best brewed at around 90 degrees Celsius with filtered water.
To brew gongfu-style:
- First “flash pour” for 2-3 seconds and watch the leaves open up
- Then discard the water (the first wash)
- Re-steep and drink the second infusion onwards. If a little too astringent, drain the pot/gaiwan*, remove a few leaves and re-infuse
- You can lengthen the infusions as you go by 5 to 10 seconds each time
This raw Pu’er tea sustains up to 8 infusions, though the first few infusions offer the most flavour.
And enjoy the raw Pu’er tea buzz!
*A gaiwan is a tureen used in traditional Chinese tea preparation (gongfu cha). It is used to brew younger Pu’er teas such as this one. Read about that in this post.
This was the first raw pu'er cake I ever purchased and was a great introduction to what a young raw pu'er is like. By flash steeping, this can last for over a dozen steeps. It has that classic bitterness that the Lincang region is known for, which I find quite enjoyable. After the first few flash-steeps, you'll begin to really notice the sweetness kicking in and a menthol sensation building in the throat. It's fun experiencing the tea changing as the session progresses. There are better young raw pu'er cakes out there but this one is solid, and the unusually small size keeps the price down enough to make it easier to try.
Thanks for the feedback, Cha Crusade! Great to know you're getting so many steeps out of The Mini.
This tea is perfect for vegans or those that crave a creamy warm texture to their teas. It's a perfect middle path for me because I generally don't enjoy green teas. It's like a perfect marriage between a green tea and a black tea. The flavours seem to intensify on a second or third infusion of the tea leaves.
We're very glad you enjoy the Jinxuan oolong, Misbah.
I recently bought this via special order.The earthy aroma and complexity of flavour is something I've never tasted before in a tea.Just magnificent.
It is indeed a wonderful tea. Thanks for the glowing review Konrad!
This sencha is fabulous. Such intensity and purity of flavour.One of the best I've tried
Tried this today at the Melbourne (first) Tea Festival and it was amazing! Smooth, sweet and natural with all its goodness. It was just mesmerizing watching the green tea master perform the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Returned multiple times for more! Definitely how green tea should be known to the general public. Thank you for the awesome experience!
Thank you for the feedback! We're looking forward to sharing this amazing tea again in the near future.
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I had only tried about half a dozen pu'ers prior to this one, and while I always found them delicious and incredibly grounding in nature, I also found them all very challenging due to their often intense earthy/ashy flavour, and I didn't really get what all the pu'er hype was about.This was the first one that I drank that made me 'get it' with pu'er; the first one I really noticed subtleties in and made me seek out pu'ers further. It's a very nice tea.
Only too happy to help spread the goodwill that flows from great Pu'er tea.
Thanks for the feedback!