Yunnan DeHong Wild Trees
I really did not know what I could expect with this tea. The dry leaf smelled fairly musty, there were no reviews on Steepster, and the information I have been collecting in preparation for the next Tea Series has been few and far between.
What I can say for sure is that this tea is "made from wild tea plants in the region of Lincang." DeHong, a city in region of Lincang located in Yunnan Province, is very close to the Burma border. A bit more searching and I found that "This wild tree varietal grows wild in the mountainous areas west of Mang Shi town in Dehong. Ye Sheng " 野生“ varietal aka "Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze var. assamica (J. Masters) Kitam." is a primeval varietal that pre-dates Camellia Sinensis var. Assamica and is a naturally occuring non hybridized varietal."
What we have here is an ancient, wild tea varietal. Now, the Yunnan Sourcing varieties are said to be "Purple," meaning that the leaves are affected by mutations in oxidation, similar to the Wu Yi Purple Sheng Puerh. I did not find this tea to be "purple," nor were the leaves as large as the ones at YS.
All of this highbrow analysis went out the window upon tasting it. All I can tell you is PEACHES PEACHES PEACHES. This tea tastes like peaches and it is awesome! Honestly, the brewed leaves and the tea itself smells and tastes like peaches. It has a smooth taste and I could easily drink this all day.
Steeping at 200F with the 1st at 30s; 2nd at 30s; 3rd at 45s