Greetings tea journeyers! I don’t know where to begin with this tea so I’ll just start typing and hope it all makes some sense in the end. I ordered a packet of Young Gushu 2018 from Mei Leaf and thought I would share my thoughts on it. I had ordered a sample of this one before, and when I saw that it was on sale as part of their Easter Sale, I jumped at the chance to get a packet. Boy, am I glad I did! This tea is powerful!
Let me start by saying that I don’t know much about Puerh tea and it is a rabbit hole unto itself. There are two kinds of Puerh, Raw and Ripe, also known as Sheng and Shou. The Ripe or Shou is aged and fermented in a piling process and the Raw or Sheng is stored naturally and that’s about the extent of my knowledge. This is the only real Puerh I have tried (other than my first ever true tea that started the whole journey, but that’s a story for another day). I can’t speak to the difference in taste or aroma of the two kinds as I haven’t had a good Ripe Puerh, so I will stick to this particular tea.
As a company, I think Mei Leaf is great and I have never had a bad experience with any of their teas I have tried. Don Mei makes a lot of YouTube videos and they are all very very informative and honestly, it’s where I learned most of the scarce tea knowledge that I have now. I highly recommend them. I also love how they put the brewing insructions for each individual tea on the bag. I used these instructions precisely to brew this tea.
Right off the bat, when I opened the bag, I was hit with the aroma of zesty limes, which was very pleasant. The liquor was quite think and syrupy and smelled both zesty and earthy at the same time.
I went for a total of 12! infusions, I told you this tea was powerful. I will start with the first four, because each of these infusions was completely different from all the others. It is the craziest thing and I have never had a tea like that before. The first infusion was very zesty and citrusy. The second infusion was not zesty but sweet and tasted like pie dough. The third infusion was earthy and fruity and had a sweet finish. The fourth infusion had a flavor of baked bananas. They were all pleasant and enjoyable and very interesting all at the same time. This tea kept me on my toes and it was pretty exciting to see where it would go next.
I went for a total of twelve infusions. After the first four, the taste didn’t change too much. They all had a hit of lime zest on the tip of my tongue followed by sweetness. The taste of pie dough lingered on my tongue after I finished drinking each infusion, which was quite nice.
Now, let’s talk about something called being tea drunk. I have heard this term before but can’t say that I every really understood what it meant, until now. After about eight infusions, I started to get a very relaxed and very euphoric feeling come over me. I felt very light, almost as if I was floating. It was a strange sensation to get from drinking a tea, but I felt it and I have to say it was enjoyable. I know Puerh teas seem to have a reputation for getting people tea drunk and I can see why it has so many fans if it makes everyone feel like I felt drinking this.
The price on this one is $14.24 for a 35g packet. The cheapest shipping option that they offer to the states is just over $9. The price for the tea is pretty low in my opinion and definitely worth it. But if you have to pay for shipping, it might make sense to wait and stock up at once, which is what I have done when ordering from Mei Leaf.
Overall, I loved everything about this tea and I think you will enjoy it. I’m not quite ready to go into the rabbit hole of Puerh just yet, but this tea is making me want to rethink that.