Purple Bud

Ye Sheng Zi Ya

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    It had a very strong earthy flavour and I couldn't taste anything else.

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    Acquired taste. Very strong earthy overtones.

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    Rather light in flavour and aroma, not all of which I found pleasant.

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    Sweet and fresh.

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    I get a strong earthy/funk flavour. There might be some floral notes as well, though they are stronger in the after taste.

A beautiful and hard to source tea made from Pu Erh buds. Picked from the ancient Ye Sheng Assamica Dehongensis Purple trees in Yunnan province. These trees are naturally rich in Anthocyanins to give a dark purple hue to the leaves and a light purple to the liquor.

Arguments may rage about whether or not we can technically call this tea a PuErh but since it comes from the Assamica trees in Yunnan and it does undergo sun drying we are throwing it reluctantly into this tea category. Currently there is no official category for Purple tea and in any case this is produced in a completely different way to the Purple tea being made in Kenya.

These Dehongensis tea buds come from ancient and wild Ye Sheng tea trees which are quite powerfully astringent and bitter but once the tea is processed and sun dried it chages to become sweeter and delicious.

Ye Sheng Zi Ya Assamica Dehongensis Purple Tea from Yunnan


Gong Fu Brewing Western Brewing
Amountg per 100ml 1st Infusionseconds + Infusionsseconds Number of
Amountg per 100ml 1st Infusionseconds + Infusionsseconds Number of
3.5 10 +5 12 0.6 120 +30 5