Menghai Tea Factory (yunnan sourcing)

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This is said to be Menghai Tea Factories highest grade ripe. While this one needs to age a couple of years it was good overall. There was, however, a lot of fermentation taste in the first few steeps. The first steep of this was a little unpleasant. It had a noticeable fermentation taste for the first four or five steeps. After that it was not a factor. It was also bittersweet at the start, slowly changing from bitter to sweet. I’d say there were some notes of chocolate in there. Didn’t really get a fruity taste but I used a lot of leaf, maybe if I used less leaf. This is one I will probably put away to age a bit. I was hoping I would want to drink this on a regular basis but I think it needs to age at least two more years. I do think it is a high quality ripe.

I steeped this twelve times in a 160ml Ruyao teapot with 14g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min.

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 14 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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88

Full review to come eventually. Sample from YS.

This tea is like a dirt path leading up to a temple deep in the woods. It actually reminds me of Haruna Shrine in Gunma haha.

Rich and clean earthy flavors with hints of fragrant wood, faint incense, dark fruits, vanilla, and cocoa. Great throat characteristics and mouth feel with a smooth qi. I would love to get my hands on a cake.

Preparation
Boiling 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
CWarren

“This tea is like a dirt path leading up to a temple deep in the woods.”

Love that description!

Whiteantlers

@ pmunney, that is an exquisite description. I just had to sit and stare off into space for a bit after I read that.

pmunney

@cwarren @whiteantlers Thank you!

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100

Ru Yao teapot gongfucha

The dry leaves smell musty and slightly earthy.
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The wet leaves smell slightly musty and a mellow earthy smell
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Light steep: I taste medium earth, camphor, minerals, old books and autumn leaves. I taste slight mushroom and metallic notes.
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Medium steep: I taste strong earth, camphor, old books and autumn leaves. I taste between medium and strong mushrooms, minerals and metallic notes

Heavy steep: I taste heavy camphor, earth, autumn leaves, old books, metallic and minerals. I taste little to no mushroom.

All in all a very yummy tea. For beginners, use 5g and brew western style.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Camphor, Earth, Metallic, Mineral, Mushrooms, Musty

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 6 OZ / 165 ML
mrmopar

The translation on this one is “One with the strongest flavor” if I recall correctly. I try to get a cake of each years production on this one if I can.

Kirkoneill1988

funny thing is, its not that strong, especially western style brewing. its stronger than its brother/sister recipes. ;)

Kirkoneill1988

i have not tried the others

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100

this time i brewed for one minute:

stronger than the last but still quite mellow. still, i love this tea!

i recommend this tea for those who like mellow shou puerh :)

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100

an amazing tea!:

when i smell the tea leaves dry, i smell earth, mustyness and a bit of dui wui (fermentation smell).

when i smell the leaves wet, the smells are intensified (minus the mustyness).

when i smell the brewed tea, i smell some earth (quite mellow)

when i taste the brewed tea, i taste light earth.

the color of the brewed tea is a amberish brown.

i rate this tea a 100 because its mellow.

even though the description says its very strong and has a camphor taste, i dont really notice that. oh well i still enjoy this tea! :D (note: ill try steeping this longer and add a new tasting note).

Flavors: Earth, Musty

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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90

This is an excellent ripe from 2005. Yunnan Sourcing says this was dry stored and I believe it. There was no taste of wet wood and no spice. There was a moderate amount of fermentation flavor left. It was there until about the fourth steep. This tea was sweet with little bitterness. There were some notes of chocolate in there and it developed a fruity taste in later steeps. This was not a cheap tea at $66 but was not horribly expensive either. This is in my opinion a classic example of a Dayi ripe cake that has some age to it. It could have been much more expensive.

I steeped this tea ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 10.2g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. I’m sure I could have gotten a few more steeps out of it if I was not at my caffeine limit.

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 10 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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91

This is a very tasty ripe with a moderate amount of fermentation taste. I’d say the fermentation flavor started to lessen by the third steep and was gone by the fifth. There were also a variety of sweet notes to this tea. I get quite the fruity note to this tea, not sure if I would say dates or what but very fruity. The tea cake itself was loosely compressed. This could explain why it already seemed to have aged a little despite being from 2014. This tea was a bargain at only $31 from Yunnan Sourcing. As for qi I am getting a little out of it, a very relaxing qi but not a potent one. It has a lot of qi for a ripe tea. I usually don’t get any qi off of a ripe tea. Because it is from Yunnan Sourcing I don’t doubt it to be a real Dayi tea. I didn’t bother to test it with the black light but all looks right. This tea just tastes good. There is another note too but I can’t quite put my finger on it, a pleasant note.

I steeped this tea eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 8g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. Judging by the color of the tea in the eighth steep I am sure I could have gotten four or five more steeps out of it but as always for me caffeine is a factor.

Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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95

My favorite Menghai shou recipe! Even more so than golden needle white lotus, dragon pole, 7572, 7262, etc. I just love it! Smooth and sweet, dark and rich, creamy and earthy, this one gets me every time. I fell in love with the 2008 version, but this 2007 is a notch better I believe. It’s not a “magical” tea per se… only a mild cha qi, but it’s a solid daily drinker, one I’ll keep in my rotation for years.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 12 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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86

This ripe is pretty good. It has a fair amount of fermentation flavor left. It has partially but not completely cleared. It was a good price for a 2007 tea too. Only $35 at Yunnan Sourcing if I recall correctly. There were a lot of sweet notes to this tea, even fruity notes in the later steeps but I wasn’t really paying attention to the specifics.

I steeped this eight times in a 180ml teapot with 12g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. If I wasn’t stopping because of the caffeine I am sure I could have gotten another four or five steeps out of it.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 12 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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95

This is a delicious raw puerh that I bought about a year ago and stored in my pumidor. I am just now getting around to drinking it. It is too bad they are out of stock at Yunnan Sourcing USA or I would think about another. There was a very slight bitterness in the early steeps, not an abiding bitterness. It was smooth, very smooth. It developed into a nice sweetness that could be described as apricots or stonefruits. I don’t know if storing this for a year in my pumidor improved it as I hadn’t tried it before.

I brewed this ten times in a 150ml gaiwan with 6.6g leaf and 200 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. I didn’t use a great deal of tea for this one but still could have gotten at least a couple more steeps out of the leaves. They weren’t quite finished.

Flavors: Apricot, Stonefruits

Preparation
6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Stephanie

Love apricotty sheng!

AllanK

This one was good, it’s a pity they are now out of stock.

mrmopar

Yeah now you make me want to get one….

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