Reviews

Tribute Tea Company 2004 Yiwu Mountain Raw Puerh

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: small, dark
Ingredients: puerh tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 200 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: deep orangish gold

In case you couldn’t tell by the amount of puerh reviews that I’m doing, my obsession with this category of tea is steadily growing. I was really excited to try this offering from +Tribute Tea Company because Yiwu was heavily discussed in a book I reviewed last week, Puer Tea: Ancient Caravans and Urban Chic. I was also jazzed to get to try some slightly older stuff than my usual. The leaves were fairly dark in color and brewed up a gorgeous orangish gold. The taste was mellow and sweet yet pungent at the same time. I was surprised to find that there was no bitterness at all. I had heard that Yiwu puerh is generally sweeter than other areas but this one almost bordered on fruity. The finish had a cooling menthol-like affect that I found very refreshing. It’s hard to explain but this one of only a few teas that I truly felt physically affected by. Sometimes I feel as though the English language is too limited to explain such things. Simply put, this is a damned good puerh and a relatively well priced one at that. I highly recommend it!

2004 Yiwu Mountain Raw Puerh sample provided by Tribute Tea Company.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.