17 Tasting Notes
Chawangshop has a lot of bargains for an attractive price. It’s one of them.
This brick has an extremely strong flavor of dry/wet leaves (one of the strongest aroma I’ve ever smelled from pu cakes) and typical floral character of Mengku. I feel notes of different flowers and honey and it reminds me smelling the most beautiful wild flowers. The taste is smooth and sweet with overwhelming scent of meadow. BaHu puerh is pretty light to be refreshing and very easy to drink.
Aroma: strong, reminds me dried apricots and other ripe fruits.
Taste: smooth (yes, almost silky), full in the mouth, sweet and dried apricots again.
Aftertaste: very sweet (typical Bada sweetness) and pretty noticeable.
Very pleasant tea. It’s an excellent example of aged Bada puerh. Recommended for everyone! Especially if you like cookies with dried apricots :)
P.s Chawangshop offers this pu for a very decent price, even lower than Taobao.
It’s definetely strange example of Youle. I’m not sure how to rate this pu because it’s almost bland. It’s not awful but very weak and strange, especially for it’s age. Sweet and mild taste reminds me Bada, but in a more “feminine” way.
I think that it’s one of the best-valued YS offers.
Very potent and thick cake with hints of vegetables and mushrooms. Little bit of tobacco, strong qi, but no bitterness at all. Definetely great aging potencial! It’s a pity that so good cake is gone!
Another real bargain from Chawangshop. I really like pu with a strong character and I like to hunt for them. Yes, it’s pretty unique sheng: decent price for an aged cake, outstanding aroma/taste of boiled prunes, unusual pu area (Mengma).
Very similar to aged Xiaguan tuos, but more interesting for my taste. I’m not sure but I think that it’s a purple puerh. Hard to say because leaves are almost black :)
What a wonderful smell of brewed leaves after ending tea session! Love it, just an example to me how good aged sheng can be!
P.s I recommend to do few rinses with boiling water before brewing. It helps to remove all odours of wet storage. But then you should brew tea with water slightly cooler than usual to get more flavour and more delicate taste.
Probably one of the best (and safe!) buys. If you are going to make an order at Chawangshop (or taobao maybe) I recommend to try this pu. Highly recommended to anyone. At this price, it’s a steal!
I didn’t expect that cheap Mengku cake could be SO good. I tasted a lot of Mengku young shengs: different vendors, different villages, different prices. This cake is a winner!
When I smelled the sample, it was outstanding! The strongest “floral & honey” aroma. When I tasted the soup, I was surprised again… Beautiful scene without any doubts! Reminds me a lot of a mix of the best of Mengku, excellent Nannuo and good green tea.
Thick and potent for a Mengku sheng. Definetely more “beefy” than most of Mengku. I can only imagine how good is pure Xigui gushu. Maybe I’m wrong but I believe in aging potencial of this cake.
One of my everyday choices. Usually I blend it with something different: something nutty (jingmai) or something solid as a rock in terms of taste (menghai/bulang) or something fruity (some autumn youle/yiwu). Everytime the result is great!
Love it. From many young shengs I tasted for last year it’s the best one. My personal favorite.
If you are a fan of yiwu, especially GFZ / GSZ / Mahei, you have to taste MGH 1103. Strong aroma (fresh grass & flavorful flowers), great mouthfeel and long lasting anise-like aftertaste. I can feel it for a few hours after ending gongfu session. The taste is very grassy and masculine (no flowers, sweet, but not too much!). This pu is strong and thick (almost oily). I know how good is aged Mansa pu, but I can only imagine how good can be really EXCELLENT young Mansa in future.
P.s Don’t overbrew and don’t use boiling water! Another hint is not to use yixing teapots. MGH 1103 is “too sharp” to be rounded by the effects of the clay. Use gaiwan instead.
When I first tried this pu I thought that it was a joke. I had strong feeling that i drink a tea from a chunk of very old board. It was extremely woody!
After airing and storing for a few months I’ve loved this cake. Now it’s one of my favorites.
The taste is very woody and reminds me a lot of excellent FuZhuan and good aged sheng.
Keynotes: extremely woody (with camphor hints), sweet and longest aftertaste.
It’s a very unusual pu and I don’t recommend it to beginners. But it’s a great experience for every tea drinker and you will love it or dislike it at the first sip.
Very good sweet Menghai shu with chocolate notes. Not the best but very good pu. Recommended as inexpensive “everyday shu”.
Just an example of good menghai shu and it’s my favorite YS ripe pu.
Main notes: chocolate, walnut, little bit of spice and bitterness (in a good way!). Very similar to the best Dayi offers but much cheaper.