Secret Garden 2018 Spring Raw Puer



This year’s Secret Garden has reverted back to its “original recipe” and we couldn’t be happier about it. This Yiwu region tea comes from a remote garden buried at the end of a several hours vertical hike. At the end of this hike, fangyang “left to grow” trees are scattered in a field just above a stream, with plenty of bugs, green grass and wild banana trees throughout to keep them company. However, we are not implying that banana/fruit trees growing nearby directly impart a fruity flavour, as that’s not exactly how it works, more so that this highlights the biodiversity and quality of the land.

The tea itself does have a fruit-like sweetness in its younger age though. It is very fragrance-forward with some roughness and astringency that will mellow with age, as we have already noticed with the 2016 pressing. This tea is highly recommended for drinkers seeking a quality Yiwu region tea, as it embodies a lot of the best qualities of East Banna teas, with its own unique flavour.

After skipping a year, this year’s material for our Secret Garden is the exact same as used for its original incarnation in 2016. Hail storms in the spring of 2017 and difficult weather caused this tea to slip between our fingers last year. This year required significant effort on our part to secure material for even a small pressing, as our concerns around this village’s rising popularity have been validated since the time we first sourced this tea.

For 2018, most of the fresh leaves picked from this area in Spring ended up being purchased before the pickers even made it down from the mountain. Needless to say, prices for this region will almost certainly climb year on year, causing uncertainty around this tea’s future and our ability to offer it in the future.

This tea’s artwork was provided by our friend and Portland-based artist, Lisa Cline (aka @space_notes). Check out more of her work here and be sure to follow her on Instagram as well.


Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions 16 × 16 × 1 cm

3 reviews for Secret Garden 2018 Spring Raw Puer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris (verified owner)

    //Eyes dry leaf
    The leaves are easily detached from the cake; loosely compressed. Hairy silvery-beige buds. The color of the leaves changes from warm brown to steel blue. Beautiful dimension!

    //Nose dry leaf
    Sweet smell of flowers and clean clothes that dry on the clothesline.
    Nose wet leaf
    Steamed vegetables. Hay under the sun on a hot and humid summer day

    //Eyes liquor
    Shy yellow, pear cider. Light and translucent

    //Mouth texture
    Medium to thick texture. Tingling on the tip of the tongue. Generous coating of the mouth

    //Mouth taste
    Sweetness and velvety side as a cantaloupe

    //Mouth finish
    Creamy finish but with the bright side of the lemon or lime zest

    //Eyes wet Leaf
    Olive green leaves and ocher stems

    //Body sensation
    Calming effect for all parts of the body except the brain that is in action

    //Brewing notes
    1 gram per 20mL | 95C water
    Infusion 1 : 10 seconds
    Infusion 2 : + 5 seconds

    //Overall impression
    Very pleasant and positive moment

  2. 5 out of 5

    JosiahB (verified owner)

    This one is quite lovely. Great aroma, heavily floral. Strong and sweet.

    That aroma comes with no sacrifice on flavor or mouthfeel. Really great medium body. Wonderful after taste that really lasts.

    Just a high quality, really well rounded sheng!

  3. 5 out of 5

    hollywaxwing (verified owner)

    You can really push this one without being punished. I enjoyed using 8g in an 80g brewing vessel for my gongfu sessions. My only complaint is that the mouthfeel and deep character of this tea can get a bit washed out with lighter doses / flash steeps and the session seemed to give out earlier than I expected. An exceptional tea regardless, and it is still very young to pass any serious judgement :^) I loveee their previous secret garden as well…I can still taste the boysenberry syrup on my lips. Hoping to get a cake of this before its gone, the leaves and wrapper are stunning.

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