I was recently informed that much of what was previously Yi Shan Mo is now, considered a state protected forest area or as they say “GuoYouLin”. This 2021 Tea Encounter Yishanmo Gushu($175.10 for 250g cake or $0.70/g) is Tea Encounter’s first pressing of the Yi Shan Mo area and it really impressed me..
The dry leaf has a deep gamey distinct wild floral sweet odour. The smell is mysterious and deep but very inviting with that floral. Pretty compressed and looks like the Bing hole…. Mmmm….
The first infusion has a clear wildflower watery profile almost like a tisane with a faint long cooling breath and woody wildflower finish. There is not that much sweetness here but some edges in the aftertaste. The mouthfeeling is a very mild lubricating with an open mid-throat. The profile is a clear watery pure image. Minutes later there is a kind of rubbery brackish taste in the mouth.
The second infusion has a woody spicy almost mild bitter and wildflower-like not that sweetness. The initial taste is condensed and has a chalky cottony mouthfeeling and faint open mid-throat. The aftertaste has a woody wildflower with a slight creamy sweet edge. There is a subtle upper throat stimulation that makes it feel like a blob of saliva is caught there. Nice calm and reflective feeling to the Qi.
The third infusion has a spicy pungent onset with a woody not really bitter nor that sweet distinct wildflower taste. There is a nice oily and lubricating mouthfeeling and a slow release of strong wildflower finish. The floral is not that sweet but very floral and expands into the aftertaste with edges of more candy and creamy sweet tastes over a faint cooling throat. Not much for bodyfeelings but a nice calm reflective energy here.
The fourth infusion has a peachy woody spicy taste with the sweet peach taste coming through here over a thick oily mouthfeeling and open mid-throat. There is a bit of a saliva gob at the back throat and a faint cooling where peachy woody and wildflower tastes seem to expand and grow in the viscus mouth. The Qi is a really nice chill vibe with relaxing and easygoing feeling to it.
The fifth infusion has a peachy woody a bit spicy condensed taste onset which pop in the mouth and with a cooling mid-throat and saliva gob in the upper throat produces a full expanding peachy woody wildflower finish in the mouth. Nice expansive relaxing. Nice full oily lubricating mouthfeeling. Clear, simple, condensed taste and oily rich feeling puts me at ease and seems to relax me deeper.
The sixth infusion is a pop of dense peachy woody with wildflower distinct finish over a lubricating mouthfeel and some faint cooling that has a bit of pungency to it and seems to expand the sweet peach but especially the wildflower taste in the mouth. Nice relaxing chill vibes here. Subtle tingling in the face.
The 7th is a bit creamy sweet buttercup like floral sweetness there is a very mild spice initially then a cool throat with a dominating wild flower finish with some sweeter and woodier touches. The mouthfeel is still quite oily and a bit chalky. The aftertaste just sticks in there. Nice happy chill feeling to this tea that I’m totally into today as the leaves start to change around me.
8th has a dense woody buttercup floral faintly peach not that sweet and not really bitter wildflower onset. There is some throat cooling and a thick oily mouthfeeling then a returning stronger wildflower in the aftertaste. Strong happy vibes to this puerh as well as this engaging relaxing that is deeply energizing like lying in the sun.
9th has a peachy woody floral onset with the spice note gone the last few infusions. The initial condensed woody sweet floral rests on a lubricating mouthfeeling that is subtly mouthwatering but mainly just oily. The aftertaste shows some more clear sweetness but mainly more wildflower taste. Nice Happy uplifting but not overtly or excessively energizing- a really happy smooth ride here. There is some Abdominal opening body sensations which are really subtle.
10th has a condensed woody wildfloral and sort of not that sweet peachy taste. There is some throat cooling and more of a dry sticky mouthfeeling. Wildflower notes stick out in the aftertaste with a bit of woody and less sweet. Nice strong deep happy feel good Qi with some Abdomen and rib spaciousness.
11th has a woody wildfloral onset there is some cooling throat then an expanding peachy wildflower woody sweetness in the aftertaste. The thick somewhat lubricating mouthfeeling holds and so does the feel good Qi.
12th has a woody oily wildflower and almost faint mushroom taste. The mouthfeeling is still somewhat oily and there is still some saliva producing effect. The Qi is just really satisfying for me- deeply feel good Qi with some faint bodyfeeling opening lower ribs and abdomen. Happy.
13th opens up with a floral almost peachy that ends in a woody taste. The floral and peach is still quite satisfying to me still. The mouthfeeeling is chalky. Qi is feel good with stronger bodyfeelings as the session progresses.
14th has a similarly strong condensed onset… its weird that this tea seems to get better and better this late into the session. The taste is almost but not really bitter and has a bit of a mushroom touch to it now. Feelin’ Good.
15th has an almost sour fruitiness with woody and floral onset there is some faint mushroom… interesting things are coming out of this one. The mouthfeel is still quite lube and strong cooling. Feel good Qi… I’d hate to stop this session.
16th the next day has a more distinct but sweeter and clear pure floral onset with a melon edge of sweetness. A brighter and fruitier floral today. The mouthfeel is softy oily now with an expanding slow fade sweet melon floral.
17th was left to cool and gives off a woody floral with a more distinct melon sweetness over a chalky sticky mouthfeeling with some oily texture still. The melon floral taste stretches in the aftertaste becoming the dominant note and devlopling a melon-creamy-sweet taste with floral, for the first time being secondary. Nice feel good Qi in there today as well.
18th has a woody almost bitter wildflower onset there is not much coolness here but a retuning creamier sweetness with not much melon taste. The mouthfeeling starts to become more gripping now. Nice easy going Qi.
19th is left to cool but still pounds out very thick viscus and very flavourful taste. Nice low sweet floral finish. There are lots of puerh out there that won’t even taste this full, vibrant, and delicious in the first handful of infusions than this 19th! Infusion. The stamina is very good and tastes very consistent but slowly and gently evolves throughout the session.
With how much I packed the pot with these leaves I’m convinced they could go on a lot longer at flash infusions… but I decided to mug steep out the rest of the leaves…
Very thick dense forest taste with a thick chalky mouthfeeling, still quite oily, with a distinct strong wildflower finish. Not a bright sweet floral but more of an almost weedy floral wild flower taste to it. There are glimpses of melon, pear, and creamy sweet nuances as well as subtle mushroom- all notes that appeared in the session underneath. Mild saliva returning here. Nice almost euphoric feel good happy feeling. Very dense and thick and powerful tastes and mouthfeeling and Qi in these longer infusions. There are also abdomen opening and lower rib opening feelings in the body with some Heart and Chest expansion in these longer stronger infusions. Super tasty and satisfying to me.
This is the nicest Yishanmo that I have sampled and for those who like this region, I can’t think of a better treat! It is very condensed and clear in its taste, of note is the distinct wildflower note which usually shares a bit of space with some woody and some lesser fruity/creamy sweetness. The taste expands nicely in the aftertaste as there is a bit of saliva returning but overall a very sturdy oily lubricating mouthfeeling for the flavours to hang out in. The Qi is really wonderful here it has this strong happy feel good vibe to it that is a powerful mood enhancer. There are some bodyfeelings that come out later in the session such as abdomen, lower ribs, and even Heart/Chest feelings. The slow and steady evolution of narrow but engaging and dense tastes coupled with the buillding Qi and the powerful stamina of these leaves as well as the signature lubricating mouthfeeling make this the best Yishanmo I have yet to try.