Reviews

Yunnan Sourcing Jingmai Mountain Wild Arbor Black Tea of Spring 2015

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark, long and twisted
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: deep reddish brown

I placed an order with +Yunnan Sourcing recently and was happily surprised to find a sample of this tea in the box. The words “wild arbor” immediately caught my attention. I was further intrigued when I read that this tea is made is from a naturally hybridized assamica varietal that is smaller than pure assamica. Cacao was the dominant element of the flavor profile right from the get go. The finish took more of a floral lean but there was still a lot of sweetness. This is one of the least malty Yunnan blacks that I’ve tried so it would be a good choice for folks who don’t like that aspect of them. The mouth-feel was smooth with very little astringency. The caffeine buzz that I got from gongfuing it was pretty strong so I wouldn’t recommend drinking it on an empty stomach. If I didn’t have more tea than I know what to do with, I’d actually consider getting a kilo of this stuff. There’s no way I can do that but I may just pick up a bit more the next time that I need to order.

Jingmai Mountain Wild Arbor Black Tea of Spring 2015 sample received with paid order from Yunnan Sourcing.

A photo posted by Nicole Martin (@teaformeplease) on Aug 27, 2015 at 5:04pm PDT

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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.