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The tea that arrived to me didnt look exactly like the photo because I ordered a sample…well, I got one for free for begging, haha.
The tea came in a silver foil bag that looked very unsuspecting. I read about this tea on a blog and had to try it, amongst many other teas. I immediately grabbed a knife and cut the bag and was hit immediatley with the aroma of freshhhh. It was as if I was somehow transported to the mountain this came from and blindfolded and asked to “smell now”.
The tea was very refreshing, much much much unlike other puerh teas I have had. It was not bitter or astringent, it was refreshing and smooth, I even noticed flavors of peaches, which I never get in other teas.
In the box was a little note that was from the owner I assume, and instructions on how to make the tea. They suggested 165 degrees which is really low, but I gave it a try and was actually surprised. So maybe try starting there as well.
Thank you for this tea. I hope on my next payday I can place an order.
I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying a tea from Misty Peaks at a friend’s tea gathering before, but this is my first time sitting down alone and brewing one myself. Thank you to the staff at MPT for sending a sample to try!
The dry leaves smell abundantly like an old forest during the wet season, hints of bark and moss, flowers, fresh green leaves and hints of decay.
The wet leaves smell like roasted chestnuts and flowers in bloom. I am brewing these in a gaiwan and gave them a quick rinse infusion that I didn’t drink. The first infusion is very clean tasting with subtle dried-fruit notes, hints of orange tree flowers, and a slightly peppery, woody finish. There’s a touch of bitterness that lingers at the end of the sip, but it is subtle.
The second infusion yields a more fruity taste, like golden raisins or golden apples, something slightly tart, then I taste wood (a friend said sandalwood, and I think this is just the right descriptor), then again a lingering peppery finish. The next infusion has similar flavors, but smoother and more clear-tasting, less lingering bitterness. The fourth infusion is even more apple-tasting and the lingering taste not so peppery, more woody.
I was able to push, many many infusions out of this tea. The stand-out quality of this Puer for me is its clean taste. While some of the flavors and the balance of flavors are a bit on the woody side for my tastes, I can’t dispute how clean this tea tastes, and the bitterness, even for a freshly harvested sheng, is very low and mild throughout the infusions.
Flavors: Apple, Dried Fruit, Flowers, Orange Blossom, Wood
This tea came to me in one of the 30 gram boxes which I think are intended for retail use. There was no date on the packaging telling me its age, but as the same product marked 2014 is available on Misty Peak’s website I assume it’s of the same vintage.
The leaf both dry and wet carries the scent of raisins or figs, and the big intact leaves and stems are aestheticly pleasing.
The soup is thick and syrupy, leaving a strong honey aroma in whatever holds it, even long after the liquid is gone.
The taste is well balanced between sweet and sour, not unlike one of my favorite green teas, a Mao Jain from Oregon Coffee and Tea in Corvallis, Oregon. The flavor throughout my sessions is fruity, reminding me of dried apple slices. I especially noticed this when bowl brewing only a few leaves. This is one tea that will go a long time before giving up, it was a challenge almost to see the leaves to the end.
The tea is drying to the palate and gives me a very blissful energy that I savor every time I come to it.
I feel like this would be a fantastic sheng to introduce my friends to, as it really does rise to the occasion, giving and giving until you just can’t drink any more.
Flavors: Apple, Apple Skins, Fruity
Many many thanks to Nicholas for sending me a sample of this tea. Just a tad over 4g in my 100ml gaiwan. Initial wet leaf aroma of cooked green vegetables, apricots and white grapes. (I know that sounds like a weird combo, but that’s my nose!) Initial steeps are smooth, soft, no smoke, no bitter, slightly sweet, lovely, & delicious. I found that I needed to push the steep times a bit after about five; later steeps are still ok but it does fade a bit and the first few steeps are the best.
This is a good starter sheng I think, because it’s so mellow. For me, not much in the way of qi, but that’s ok. I don’t need to get ripping tea drunk to enjoy a nice sheng. Unfortunately, I got sidetracked and lost count at my number of steeps, but I’m guessing I got to at least 12. This last one I steeped for 3 minutes and it was just ok. I have to say that if I had a tea friend that was interested in trying pu’er, I would recommend this tea; while not overly sweet, I can’t say enough about how easy to drink it is. I will probably purchase a bing. It would be interesting to see how it ages.
EDIT: I have a good amount of the sample left, and I think I will try brewing more like 6 or 7g in my 100ml gaiwan for my next session and see what happens.
This is without a doubt among the very best sheng I have ever drank. It was sweet with very little bitterness, just a little bitter aftertaste. It had the commonly found notes of young sheng apricots and stonefruits. In there I’m pretty sure I detected notes of green grapes too. It is my understanding that this comes from quite old tea trees. Why Nicholas doesn’t advertise it as Gushu I don’t know. I am just now starting to feel the effects of the qi of this tea after some sixteen steeps. Even in the sixteenth steep the tea was not watery. I I had the patience for five minute and ten minute steeps I’m pretty sure I could have taken this to twenty steeps. I put his in the catalog as Yiwu sheng because previous years Misty Peaks were described as such. I hope I am right and it is Yiwu sheng. I don’t think that is actually on his website. Throughout all sixteen steeps there were no negative notes, no smoke and no sour notes. This tea was processed by a master, that is for sure. I seriously wish I had bought two or three bings but at the price of this I bought just one. If these go on sale again I may find myself picking up another.
I steeped this tea sixteen times in a 60ml gaiwan with 4.5g leaf and 200 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 second 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, 2 min, 2.5 min, 3 min, 3.5 min and 4 min. Again the leaves were not spent. If I had the patience to steep it for five and ten minutes I am quite sure this tea would have gone twenty steeps. I cannot remember a raw puerh that I liked as much as this tea. I think it is better than his Spring 2015 tea.
Flavors: Apricot, Stonefruits, Sweet, White Grapes
Decided to drink this today. The leaves even look tasty with this puerh. There are a variety of notes to this tea. There is a barely perceptible bitterness to it. There are sweet notes to this tea, the traditional descriptions of apricots and stonefruits apply. After thirteen steeps I am feeling an effect from this tea, I am feeling its qi I guess. I’m not quite teadrunk but I feel the effect of this tea. I suppose I could be feeling the caffeine but I think it is the qi. The reason I was able to give it thirteen steeps in one session is I recently bought a very small gaiwan from Dragon Tea House. They rate it at 50ml, I have been told it is 60ml. I have not gotten around to measuring it yet but I assume it is 60ml. There is a strong aftertaste to this tea. I can taste it even in between sips. No doubt I will be tasting this tea long after I have finished my cup. I don’t know if I would rate the loose Misty Peaks tea as better or worse than their puerh cakes of which I have several. This is definitely among the very best raw puerh. I don’t even think it is considered gushu but I could be wrong.
I steeped this tea thirteen times in a 60ml gaiwan with 3.7g leaf and 200 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I don’t know if ten minutes is enough time for the leaves to open up but it’s all I had patience for. 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, 2 min and 2.5 min. I expect that this tea would make it to twenty steeps but I am at my caffeine limit. I might save the leaves for tomorrow, we’ll see.
Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Stonefruits, Sweet
Two years ago I contacted Misty Peak Teas with a simple question, ‘Which of your teas has the most Cha Qi?’ The reply stated that the Autumn tea was the most complex, containing the most Qi and that if I used a code provided that I would get a discount. I did just that and ordered the 2012 Autumn cake. It arrived and I got my pu-erh tray, pick and yixing pot dedicated to Sheng out. I picked the leaves, noticing that most were whole and that the cake was not over pressed. After a rinse, I drank the first steeping….I drank the second steeping……I drank the third steeping. I sat back, feeling the Qi course through my body and felt like I was missing something. Over the next few days I steeped this tea and other raw pu-erhs too. I came to realize that what I was missing was the bitter broken leaf, smoke, and in general poor quality sheng that I had grown accustomed to drinking. I continued to drink this tea and gave away those other cakes. I found myself gravitating to this tea. If I steeped, the laoshan blacks, the white nights, the greens, the big red robes, I found that I would toss them and go get this Misty Peak YiWu from my tea cabinet. As the years have gone by, I drink this tea daily. I have become friends with Nicholas. He is a stand up guy….he does what he says and says what he means. If you take nothing else from this diatribe,take this…..This tea is being sold at a third of what it is worth. There is No better Sheng available in the U.S.A. at this time, for such a low price. So please do yourselves a favor and order yourself some of this tea. Then call Nicholas and tell him how much you enjoyed it. I hope that I will always have this tea to enjoy, daily, for the rest of my days on Earth. To quote Nicholas……‘Sip Peace’.
I have been buying from these guys since 2012 and just found this website when I googled Misty Peak Teas. Cool to see that so many people like them also, I didnt know it had such a following.
The tea, to me, is perfect. I used to be a smoker, but since finding tea, I have been able to cut the habit. I tried probably 50 different pu’erhs the past few years, then I emailed this company and they called me right away and walked me through their teas and we ended up talking about camping somehow, and now I order every few months. Its a straight up tea, very smooth on the mouth and an easy swallow. Not a nasty bitter like most of the pu-erhs out there.
I’d recommend this to anyone starting out or experienced. It seems people describe it as “stone-fruit”, and I have to concur. It really opens up after the second steeping and after the first wash, the smell of fresh leaves takes over my loft.
Great tea. Thank you
It has been a while since I’ve had a nice puerh. Most of mine has spoiled over the dry winter unfortunately. Oh well, lets move on! I recently contacted Nicolas at Misty Peak Tea and inquired about recent products. He sent me this bing which, I must say, has beautiful intact leaves. There is a nice compression as well. The liquor itself seems to have a dark colour for its age. Definitely a good mouthfeel. General profile is very characteristic to the region… notes are on the lighter side. Nice stuff.
I have a lot of tea in my cupboard. The variety is constantly changing as my moods change. However, there is on constant: my Misty Peaks Tea… it is my very favorite. My inventory now stands at one recently opened bing of Autumn 2013 and waiting (and aging) are two bings of Autumn 2014 and one bing of Spring 2015 (after just finishing a small cake (100g) of Spring 2015. While I move to various oolongs in all their forms, and various shu puerhs, my very favorite tea turns out to be a sheng puerh. And Misty Peaks takes the trophy! I am so glad I found this tea!
This tea was my first experience to Puer tea. I tried it without any big expectations and I loved that it is smooth and easy to dink. I wouldn’t be able to describe notes yet, but the feeling of drinking this tea first thing in the morning in your body is awesome.
Thanks Nicholas for a great customer service during the purchase process, I definitely recommend you to get these lovely puer teas!
This little ball of tea was sent to me from my beloved tea sister, Sil.
I have a little time today, in between loads of laundry, students, & house projects, so I’m enjoying this tea, some time for being present, and just breathing.
This tea is perfect for this moment…and this one…and this one…
First off, I love the hand rolled ball of tea! I tend to shy away from sheng when it’s been machine pressed into touchas, they usually just aren’t that good. They tend to fall apart into tea dust, or have sticky rice taste. Not my cup of tea.
This, on the other hand, is beautiful, the real deal. Beautiful full budsets, lovingly gently rolled into a ball, they opened out to fill my yixing with a deep olive drab (my most favorite color in the world) and the aroma of clean hay with a little pot mixed in.
The tea itself is immediately a beautiful amber, & tastes of minerals, sweet grass, a little caramel, and a slight apricot tartness. There’s a pleasant eucalyptus sensation as well.
I combined 2 steepings at a time in my mug, and the first mug cured my headache, and gave me an almost immediate buzz, opening my sinuses & chakras, so energy can flow. I can especially feel this one in my shoulder blades & neck. Energy is now flowing freely down my arms, and I think I might want to go play my harp in a few minutes.
Round 2 (steeps 3 & 4…20 seconds each) is equally energizing & more tingly, slightly more bitter, & now my head is glowing from the inside out, like a light bulb. This is why I love raw puerh, and I need to stop being so busy all the time, & make more time to drink it.
I will continue enjoying this until its lost its power. I’d really like to have a beng & will add this to my wishlist. I feel fantastic! Thank you Sil!
Boychik was kind enough to send me a sample of this.
This is better than a lot of the young sheng, but still not to my tastes. The earlier steeps are pretty sweet, a little hay ish, but it’s sharp. Nit really bitter, but lots of top notes. The more I steeped it the grassier and more bitter it got. I can understand why others like this, but it’s not for me.
Thanks boychik for the opportunityto try it.
I believe this is the 2014 raw pu’erh I got a sample from for Misty Peaks:
The leaf is quite appealing as there are a few silver strands in the dark green sheng. I thought that the first few brews would be bitter since it’s a newer pu’erh. Interestingly enough this was not bitter from steep #1. Quite nicely done. Though, I’m still a shou guy for sure :/
9g ball of tea. 2 Short rinses, water just under boiling. The aroma of this tea is amazing. First steep five seconds, second ten. Smoky and sweet flavor. Lovely golden color. I don’t think I’d want to steep any longer than that actually, a tiny hint of bitterness is there now. Will go back to five for third steep. Mineral. Wet. Mossy (don’t ask me what that means). The tea has really opened up now, and is filling my gaiwan. I’m was still getting a little bit of bitterness even with the short steeps, but it did calm down and mellow out in later steeps. I tried to upload a photo of how gigantic the leaf is, but the site won’t let me. If anyone happens to be reading this (why are you reading this? I havve no idea what I’m talking about!) and wants to see it, click here: http://i.imgur.com/zPknuZd.jpg
I kid you not when I tell you that I have never before had such an amazing experience with Pu’er tea. I first would like to explain that Misty Peak Teas are 100% organic, no pesticides, sprays, or anything used in any way shape or form, just traditional farming styles. They are also certified fair trade and work with the family who makes the tea. All of this makes me smile as I sip my incredibly delicious cup of Pu’er knowing that not only is the tea amazing, but is also good for my health since it is organic ( Pu’er also has numerous health benefits listed on Misty Peak Teas website) and conscious knowing that the family who made the tea are treated fairly. Now on to the tea!
The taste of the tea is unlike anything that I have ever had before. Imagine the great stone fruit like qualities of a great cup of Yunnan Black teas, mixed with an Oolong like mineral water quality, combined into one and with its own unique twist with not a touch of any bitterness or astringency that you would get with an Oolong or Black tea. The smell of the dried and brewing leaves have an exact smell of dried plums/cherries and smelling the tea instantly makes my mouth water. You can literally tell that the tea is of high quality just by looking at it, long whole leaves of even length and color.
While sipping the tea I held it in my mouth and with every sip I noticed a new complex flavor that would light up my eyes. The most prominent flavors are stone fruits, dried plums, and dried cherries. They hit you instantly with a calming warm sweetness that is very comforting. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and leaves me wanting another sip. On later sips I noticed a mineral like flavor note that was extremely refreshing. I could not help but brew myself more. I drifted into teaphoria! The tea left me in a peaceful lucid mindset feeling ready to write music, write reviews, and simply just think about life and all the wonderful things it has to offer.
I am going to be very sad when my Pu’er from Misty Peak Teas runs out so I will be sure to keep this tea in my collection once it does! I can’t wait to share it with other tea lovers in my area. If you haven’t tried Misty Peak Teas Pu’er then you need to as it is a wonderful spiritual experience that will not be forgotten!
Flavors: Dried Fruit, Fruity, Mineral, Peach, Plums, Smooth, Stonefruits, Sweet
a decent tea:
when i smell the leaves dry, they smell musty.
when i smell the leaves wet, they smell like veggies and fruits.
when i smell the brewed tea, i smell honey.
when i taste the brewed tea, i taste honey and slight spices and a little bitter sweet taste (in a good way).
the color of the brewed tea is a light amber color.
i rate this a 90 because its good but ive had better :)
many thanks to misty peak teas for this free sample
Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Musty, Sweet, Vegetables, Vegetal
this tea is a nice tea :)
when i smell the leaves dry, they smell fruity instead of musty.
when i smell the leaves wet they smell like honey and a tad bit of floral.
when i smell the brewed tea, it smells like honey.
when i taste the brewed tea, it tastes like honey and a tad bit of spice.
i rate this tea a 90 because i think it is not as good as some others i have tried.
many thanks to Amanda ‘SoggyEnderman’ Wilson for this nice tea :)
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Honey, Spices
Backlog from last night.
Many thanks to Ubacat for adding this to the box! I had about half the sample last night in my gaiwan. I got about 10 steeps before I called it a night.
I used 80-85C water, rinsed it for 2-5 seconds, then did steeps of 10s/10s/15s/15s/20s/20s/25s/30s/35s/40s.
All throughout, the tea was a lovely clear yellow. The taste remained quite consistent from steep to steep – a bit haylike, a bit fruity, a bit mineral. However, I did notice the mineral note become more prominent on the last 2 or 3 steeps.
By the time I was done, the leaves had greatly expanded in the cup, but they hadn’t completely unfurled – they were still quite twisted up.
Unfortunately, I noticed that as I drank this tea, I developed a stomachache. For the last year and a half I’ve had unusual stomachaches that I can’t pinpoint the cause of; I thought it was one of those. However, boychik wrote recently in a note for a different sheng that really young sheng gives him stomachaches, so I think the tea is a possible culprit. His sheng was from spring 2015 — quite a bit newer than this maocha. But still, I think it’s possible.
Despite this, I’m glad I got to try a new vendor. Thanks for adding it to the box, Ubacat!
I’ve been drooling over this companies products for awhile, and I have finally received one! This was a strange but wonderful brew! The cake is a forest of colors. It is spotted with deep green, mudded yellow, and golden brown. The cake broke apart smoothly without harming the integrity of the leaves (good sign). It carried a light forest scent and granite. I brewed this in my yixing. I washed the leaves once and gave it a whiff. My tea was filled with a sweet tone. This tone carried a heavy earth flavor and slight citrus undertone. The liquor was a deep yellow and thick. The taste was incredibly surprising. I did not encounter even the slightest of bitterness in any of the steepings. It was completely smooth and sweet. I actually added more leaves to increase the potency. The flavor was a smooth apricot and mineral. Once I reached about the sixth steeping it released an amazing syrup. My mouth became engulfed with a honey and oak flavor. This brew lasted well into the double digits and is incredibly silky. If you don’t enjoy a bitter Sheng then this is the brew for you. I am very grateful to have enjoyed this cake!
Flavors: Honey, Mineral, Nectar, Oak wood, Sweet