Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark brown, slightly twisted
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: deep brown, almost opaque
Sometimes I feel like the drawer where I keep my “to be reviewed” stash leads to Narnia. Things magically disappear when I am looking for them and then they reappear at a later date. Wymm Tea is a company that I reviewed back in 2015 and 2016. At the time, I could have sworn that they had sent me a shou puerh sample but it was nowhere to be found. Fast forward to 2018, I was doing a bit of organizing and came across a small sample of this tea. Luckily it was already an aged tea and it was still listed on their website.
The dry leaves were fairly large and a rich, chocolatey dark brown in color. Puerh leaves are graded by size from 1 to 10 but this system can be deceiving. While 1st-grade leaves are generally considered “imperial” it’s important to understand that grade does not necessarily indicate quality, much as you might see with black tea grading in India and Sri Lanka.
Menghai Wangshuji Shou Pu-erh in Seventh Grade 2008 sample provided for review by Wymm Tea.