Sarsonator said

Your Three Favorite Pu'erh Teas

I’m just starting on my own pu’erh journey, so I really want to know:

What are your three absolute favorite pu’erh teas? The ones you just can’t live without?

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Dexter said

Mandala – Special Dark (shou)
Mandala – Wild Monk (sheng)
Mandala – Noble Mark (shou)
(I also really like Mandala Silver Buds…)
I really don’t think you can go wrong with any of the Mandala pu’erh, they are my favorite.

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awilsondc said

1990’s Ding Xing Hao from thechineseteashop.com (sheng)
Imperial Dark Bulang Gong Ting from shopmandalatea.com (shou)
2008 Menghai 7452 (shou)

Honorable mention: noble mark from mandala, 2005 CNNP 1938 anniversary

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Mandala Wild Monk Sheng *specifically 2012 harvest which is sold out
Mandala Special Dark
Butiki 2009 Banchang Tree Puerh
Butiki Organic Japanese Puerh

Ooooh yeah, I forgot about Butiki’s Japanese Pu’er – that one is really unique!

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Sil select said

Mandala Wild Monk Sheng specifically 2012 harvest which is sold out, to echo stephanie’s comments..

Sarsonator said

These are some interesting responses so far. I recently bought Wild Monk but I haven’t tried it yet. I got the Wild Monk Raw Pu’erh 2012. Is that different than what you mentioned? I’m guessing yes because the item I bought is still in stock on the website. Thanks!

Dexter said

(I’m also showing 2012 available on the web site…)

Sil select said

http://shopmandalatea.com/mandala-wild-tree-sheng-pu-er-100-gram-2012.html

looks like there are a few cakes left but i thought? garrett had said they were getting down to the last of it..

Sarsonator said

Oh man, I got lucky then! I thought that maybe you were referring to a tea that was harvested in 2012, but pressed in 2013, so it might have been something else completely.

Now I’m extra excited to try it!!!!

Garret said

Hey there, pals! There are around 14 or 15 cakes left of the 2012 Wild Monk last I checked in the vault. I bought a tong so I have 7 cakes to age! I cannot believe that there are so few left. But I did just do a session with the 2014 Wild Monk yesterday and loved it.

Sil select said

it’s got a smokey feel to it, so hopefully that doesn’t turn you off. When i first started getting in to puerh (i still consider myself a total noob) i tried this one and immediately bought a cake…then bought a second one and a 2014 pressing when garrett said they might go away. I haven’t yet bought a cake of anything else, though i do enjoy Imperial Dark Bulang Gong Ting – 2009/Noble mark/Special Dark and a number of others from Mandala…

Stacy also has a few really nice puerhs that are loose that i have really enjoyed too

Sarsonator said

Thanks for the info, Sil. I don’t mind a tea with a little smoke, as long as it’s not the only flavor.

Stephanie mentioned Butiki, too. I’ll have a look at those!

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boychik said

I have so many favs
mandala loose shou puerh
mandala cakes ripe puerh
anything by Haiwan ripe shou if you like leather and dried fruits notes
I’m exploring sheng, Wild Monk comes to mind
my recent tasting, I just bought a cake after sampling
2011 yunnan sourcing hui run ripe puerh tea cake of Bulang mountain
2005 Tibetian Flame fr YS
2013 autumn misty peak
I suggest you to follow thread puerh of the day: sheng or shou

Sarsonator said

It’s official. iPhones are evil.

But at least we can still read your choices. :)

I think it’s the dashes

apt said

Where does Misty Peak give samples?

boychik said

apt, code freesample
Sheng or shou pg57

boychik said

Marzipan you are right! that’s the dashes. Fixed

apt said

Doesn’t work… I emailed them

boychik said

Maybe that promo is over:(. Anyway for $3.5 he sends generous sample and ship is free

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Garret said

Wow! Thanks for the love everyone. This thread just put a big smile on my face. I really really really am happy that each of you are out there in the world. Not just because you like/buy our tea, but because, well, you’re all just such good people.

Sarsonator said

I have enjoyed the Mandala teas I’ve tried, and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about your pu’erhs. Now I am extra excited for my big order to arrive. Eeeeeeee!!!!

weegeebee1 said

Hey Garret. How many of those 2008 Menghai Red Rhyme you have? I might buy a ton soon. Cracked into it last night and really enjoyed it.

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tperez said

Just three is tough!
-2011 Yunnan Sourcing Hui Run (ripe)
-2002 Yiwu Ancient Spirit (raw) from Yunnan Sourcing
-2012 Mandalla Wild Monk (raw)
Some close runners up:
-2004 Verdant Peacock Village (ripe, would be a top three, they don’t sell it anymore)
-2012 Pu’erh Shop MGH 1206 (raw)
-2011 Mandala Noble mark (ripe)
-2012 Yunnan Sourcing Qui Yun (raw)
-2011 Yunnan Sourcing Mang Fei Aged Maocha Mini-cake (raw)
-2012 Misty Peaks Yiwu (raw)
-2009 Menghai Red Rhyme/Aura (ripe)
-2011 Yunnan Sourcing Pasha Mountain (raw)
-2012 Pu’erh Shop MGH 1214 Eco Big tree (raw)

boychik said

I recently tried 2011 YS Hui Run and love it. Just ordered a cake.

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mrmopar said

Mandala’s “Wild Monk” Sheng
Menghai’s “100 Year Centennial” Shou.
2007 Menghai “Jade Luster” shou.
I am sure I have some in the wings that I haven’t posted about but these are really good for me at the moment.

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Sarsonator said

So many people listed sheng or shou, even though I didn’t know to ask for that. Thank you! It’s helpful. :)

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AllanK said

2008 Yunnan Menghai Dayi Song of Chi Tse Ripe (Berylleb)
2010 Menghai Golden Needle White Lotus (Yunnan Sourcing)
2010 Tong Qing Hao Black Puer Tea Cake (Purepuer.com)

mrmopar said

The “Song of Chi Tse”is good also. +1 on Allank’s recommendation.

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