Appearance & Taste
Unlike other Pu’er teas that have a very strong mouthfeel, even some bitterness, the taste of Yiwu Mountain tea is very gentle, mellow, and sweet. When tasting the tea, it has an earthy, woody, and floral aroma. As it has been aged for years (six years now to be exact), it also has a very special Chen fragrance. The tea soup is pure and clear, dark wine-red to amber in colour.
Adjust the amount of tea based on your own taste
For simple glass vessel/teapot brewing:
You can brew fewer tea leaves with more hot water for a longer brewing time. Use 2 teaspoons of the tea for 125ml teacup, 4 teaspoons for 250ml glass or 8 teaspoons for 500ml teapot. Use 100°C hot water to infuse tea leaves for around 3-4 minutes. Re-steep around 6-7 times. Adjust it according to personal taste.
For Gongfu Style: (Recommend using (Yixing) Clay Teapot and Gaiwan)
- Warm the Gaiwan/tiny teapot with hot water; discard the water afterward
- Add 1g Pu’er tea for every 50ml of water (recommend 7g-10g tea leaves, adjust by personal taste)
- Pour hot water (100 °C) into the clay teapot / Gaiwan, tilt it, slowly rotate it two times and quickly discard the water (this step is for waking up tea leaves and stimulating the special aroma of the Pu’er tea)
- Refill clay teapot/Gaiwan with hot water
- Infuse tea for around 10s – 20s for the first brew, extending an extra 20s infusion time for the following brew.
- Pour the steeped tea into a serving cup and divided into small teacups and serve
- Repeat 8-15 times depending on personal taste.
The Yiwu tea area is one of the most famous tea plantations in Yunnan province. The altitude of Yiwu Mountain there is between 656 to 2,023 metres. The big difference in altitude leads to two typical climate characteristics for the mountain – warm and humid, and it is also foggy and rainy quite often there. The land there is fertile, containing laterite and latosolic red soil and yellow soil due to the tropical/subtropical monsoon there. The soil is faintly acid with a pH value between 4.6 and 6.5, while the nutrient accumulation and decomposition of the soil are fast. The organic matter content of the soil there is 4.6% or more, with thick soil humus which is greater than 5cm.