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Menghai Tea Factory( sourced by mandala tea)

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A solid little cake. Nice full body, deep fermented taste. A touch of bitterness disappears after a few infusions. I have the 2009 and 2010 versions as well, only tried the 2009 so far and it is at least as good. It seems like these are pretty dependable cakes for a good price. Lots of infusions so it is a good deal. I got mine from tuocha.com.

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Pi Day is also my birthday so we have been celebrating! LOL! Well, it is probably a lot more subdued than most people’s celebrations, but that’s how we roll. Hubby took me out for steak, and although I love it, I rarely eat red meat. We have been eating a lot of vegetarian meals lately, we always have but we have increased it over the past few months. I knew I wanted to have puerh tonight just to make sure my tummy stays happy.

My cake of Red Rhyme is almost fully depleted now. I think I will be able to make this one more time. I made four steeps of 22 ounces each with what I broke off the cake tonight, and my hubby and my son and I drank it while playing game after game of Dominion.

Even though I had chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting AND filling – with strawberries on the side – after dinner, my tummy isn’t complaining. Oh, and there was buttered and seasoned popcorn during Futurama as well.

Even the fourth steep was plenty dark. Each steep was four minutes because we like a good strong puerh when it is high quality and not fishy. This one had a clean, slightly metallic or mineral fresh taste tonight that kept me pushing my cup to hubby for more.

I told him we are getting quite low on puerh, but he assured me that he knew there were ways to make more appear. LOL!

Preparation
3 tsp 22 OZ / 650 ML
boychik

Happy Birthday!!!

Roswell Strange

Happy Birthday! So many Steepster birthdays this week!

Ysaurella

Happy birthday Ashmanra ! très très joyeux anniversaire !

KittyLovesTea

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Ashmanra,
Happy Birthday to you!

looseTman

Happy Birthday Ashmanra!

Ubacat

Happy Birthday!

caile

Happy Birthday!!

mrmopar

Happy Birthday!

TheTeaFairy

Happy Birthday!!

Fjellrev

Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

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Today I “broke open” a new cake – the cake compression is heavy so I struggled to get it started. I ended up with tiny, tiny chunks and a bit of tea dust. Taste is rather smooth with no real astringency. Flavor not that distinctive – think I might have overleafed this time. Plan to turn these next few infusions into iced tea to drink in a day or two. Another time I’ll try breaking off another chunk from the cake and start over with the gaiwan so I’ll save my rating for later.

mrmopar

You need a tea pick for one of these. They are really compacted so tight this is a must or a fine point screwdriver will work too. Did you give this tea a “rinse” to re-hydrate it before brewing? The first brew is always really light. The flavor will increase with the longer subsequent steeps. be sure to use really hot water as this really gets the tea going.

DigniTea

I would answer each question affirmatively. I used a pick; I did rinse; water was boiling; four different brews. What I meant by stating “flavor not that distinctive” was that I could not distinguish anything specific. There was flavor (it was not weak tea) but it was very blah-quite mediocre. I’ve not given up on it but I need a restart. I may actually dump these same leaves into my glass tumbler where I can add more water and sip on it for awhile later today. If that doesn’t work then I’ll work on another chumk one day next week.

mrmopar

Got ya! Pu-erh can be tricky sometimes and +1 on the restart. I do this sometimes myself and hope to get it right. I remember the first time I tried to get one of these disc teas apart, ended up with a stuck hand! Lol.

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I chose this tea for an experiment today. The first company I ever ordered puerh online from was purepuer.com. My husband noticed that they were going to be on NPR and tuned in. Later, I went on their website to look around some more.

I found a video there and discovered that they are selling chia seeds and recommend combining them with puerh. I bought some chia last time I was at Whole Foods in Raleigh, so I gave it a shot. My son joined me for a big mugful.

I made two steeps western style of this puerh, three minutes each. I stirred in about two teaspoons of chia. That may not have been enough, as it didn’t float like the ones I saw in the health food store, but mostly sank to the bottom. Still, there were a few in the bottom of each cup of tea that I drank.

My son really liked the tea, and didn’t mind the chia. I found the tea to be just as hearty and smooth as ever, really dark and earthy. I don’t mind the chia but I think I might enjoy it more another way, like just mixed in with my granola.

gmathis

ch-ch-ch-chia! ch-ch-ch-ch-chia! (Cue schlocky commercial music :) My first experience with a Menghai factory tea was kind of an adventure—this sounds interesting!

mrmopar

This is a really good one! I may have to pull this out tonight.

TeaBrat

I might have to try that. I like chia seeds, they are good in smoothies too.

OMGsrsly

It looks like if you soak 3 tbsp chia seeds in 1 cup of (warmed) water overnight (in the fridge), it makes them gel up and become more floaty. That makes sense to me, as I find my chia cereal better and more chewy if I prep it at night and let it soak, rather than prepping it in the morning and eating it right away. I really want to try this now.

ashmanra

Thank you, OMGsrsly! I will try that!

OMGsrsly

I soaked some seeds, and am drinking them diluted with water and “limeade syrup” (lime juice and maple syrup) and they’re so good! They do still sink down, I think I’d have to dilute them less or soak them even longer.

ashmanra

Perhaps I should keep some soaking in the fridge to add to things, although in the video he just stirs them into the puerh. But maybe he then let it stand for some time. I think there may have been a ton of them in the kombucha I saw, or maybe they had added a thickener to the drink.

OMGsrsly

There might have been a ton of them in the kombucha. :) I kept researching recipes, and I think about 2 tbsp per 1 1/2 to 2 cups makes it really thick. I don’t mind stirring, so I think I’ll stick to my ratios.

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I figured since i was having purple rhyme today, i’d have red rhyme along side it just for kicks. this one is different from the other puerhs i’ve enjoyed from mandala…it’s smoother almost. more to come as i go through more steeps

ashmanra

I have both of those! Mrmopar helped me….um, I mean my husband….choose them for my Christmas present last year. LOL! They are quite good!

Sil

i am enjoying them a bunch

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This is not the first time I’ve drank this, or even the 2nd, but apparently it is the first time I’m logging it here. It is very nice, with flavors of semolina & perhaps a dark dried fruit, like raisins or prunes. It’s very smooth, a nice depth to it, & doesn’t have any of the compost pile flavors that some Puers feature. It’s a little late at night for me to be drinking tea, but I’ve had a busy couple of days & I feel that I deserve some Shu, plus it doesn’t ever seem to keep me up, so I’m enjoying my last cup (steep # 8, I think).

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I made seven steeps of this tea tonight! I pried off about a teaspoon of leaf and put it in my eight ounce porcelain pot. This was infused three times and poured into a larger pot. The fourth steep was poured directly into our cups and was the first steep we actually drank. Hubby remarked right away at the strength of the tea. Amazing for a fourth to taste like it could be a first steep.

We drank the whole pot of tea after that, and I really wanted more. I went back to the kitchen and made steeps five, six, and seven, once again combining them into a larger pot. (We were watching Lord of the Rings.)

The seven steep at last shows some lessening of color so I stopped there, and we have finished off the last three steeps now. These leaves have had a good run.

JC

Nice! It’s great to be able to share lovely tea with loved ones. I need to make a ‘mandala’ budget soon.

mrmopar

Oh this is a good one! It was one of the first compressed dayi cales that i bought.

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Tonight was writers’s group at my house but we had fewer people than usual thanks to colds and work related issues. This meant more time for tea! My partner in culinary crime loves to experiment so I asked her if we had ever tried puerh together and she said no. I gave her a brief history of the drink, let her sniff this cake, and since she didn’t run in fear I started steeping.

Five steeps later, we have a convert. She really liked it. I steeped it for over a minute each time…one steep was quite a bit longer and every steep was good. I used about a teaspoon of leaf pried off the cake into my eight ounce pot and we used a fair cup. Very good, with a nice cedar oil mouthfeel this time!

Bonnie

I’m telling you girl…just as I was saying to I-bloom, that a year ago, I remember some ladies shakin in their boots at the mention of Pu-erh who are lovin it now. Who would have thunk it! We’re a pu-erh sisterhood, like pu pioneers (some were ahead of us though like Amy Oh).

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My first puerh cake! I have been really excited about getting these for Christmas. I knew in advance because hubby had me pick the tea I wanted and he did offer to let me try it early, but I waited!

I wasn’t sure how good this first try would be because I took the wrapper and shook off the loose leaf. Then I struggled to pry off a bit of leaf but was really bad at it! I did manage to get about a teaspoon loose and started steeping in my smallest pot.

I was going to rinse but I tasted the rinse and it was good, so I drank it! I did thirty second steeps at first and then increased by just a little for number four. The first steeps are fresh, clean, bright, and horsey, just how I like it. Steep four had chocolate notes! Steep five…oops. I was cooking and doing other things and there is no telling how long it steeped. Several minutes at the very least. But it is still drinkable, and not just drinkable but good!

I am really looking forward to drinking all these puerhs with friends and family for a long time.

TeaBrat

sounds good to me!

mrmopar

glad you liked this one it is a favorite of mine! merry Christmas!

ashmanra

Merry Christmas! I do like this one – very much!

mrmopar

you are quite welcome! .. welcome to the dark mysterious world of pu-erh.

Indigobloom

sounds yummy!!

Bonnie

You are doomed! We are puerh zombies! Love It!

ashmanra

I have had loose puerh and mini tuo Cha, but having the cakes makes me feel all grown up. LOL! Which probably means I’m not, but I think they are so cool!

Bonnie

Me too! Like displaying art! I can see how a person could get addicted…so pretty and exotic looking!

mrmopar

uuuhhhh zombie want your pu-erh……..good stuff! this pu-erh!

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a really great 100gram dayi. rich in flavor great for multiple infusions(already at 5) keeps giving and giving! a really great cake!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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