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A while back I e-mailed my long lost brother Scott at Yunnan Sourcing asking him for some recommendations. This Shou is one that he suggested. The color of the soup is a deep mahogany that borderlines on red wine. The best way to describe the taste is a sweet and earthy combination. I really liked the “Hui Run” which the website refers to as “the sweet, slippery and soothing feeling that lingers in the mouth and throat even after the tea drinking session has ended.” I tend to like my Shou pu’er a little more earthy, but I will definitely enjoy drinking this excellent Shou. This would be a great tea for someone who is new pu’er teas and might be afraid of being overwhelmed be a really earthy tasting Shou. Also, at $27 for 357g, I almost feel like I stole it!!!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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It is no secret that I love young Sheng pu’er. This tea really intrigued me when I saw it on the White 2 Tea website, Sheng pu’er and honey are my two favorite things. However, at $122.50 for 200g the price was a little too steep (no pun intended) for me. Then that little voice in me started bugging me and told me you only live once. I will let Paul’s words describe this tea: “Pure ancient arbor Spring gushu tea from Manzhuan. One of the six famous tea mountains, Manzhuan has a long history of puer production. This raw puer is soft and supple with a taste of honey and sweetness.” You only live once and right now my taste buds are living very large on cloud nine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Another Shou Menghai snob alert. I had never heard of a Cha Tou which is “a kind of tea nugget that forms naturally from the pressures of compression and heat that occurs during the fermentation process”. My interest was peaked so I ordered a 250g brick. For $22, this tea is a steal!!! The soup is a beautiful mahogany color. The taste is not only a wonderful earthy flavor that is a joy to the taste buds, it stays with you long after you have drunk the tea. This is another very consistent tea. I am on steeping six and it really does taste like the first steeping. Shou, Menghai, delicious, I see a trend here.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML
TheTeaFairy

That’s a great find, congrats!

mrmopar

Good stuff! I get a brick of this each year. I have them back to 2007. The only downside is you have to let them set a year or so to get the fermented funk out of them . Re-steeps fantastically. It is made a lot of times with several years of nuggets when they press the bricks….Forgot to say …Menghai shou snob here also…

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drank 2011 Dashu Bulang by White 2 Tea
104 tasting notes

This is just a tasting note. After tonight this lovely tea is really starting to grow on me. The lovely tobacco flavor was highlighted by a very subtle smokiness that wasn’t present on my first tasting. Once again, the kuwei was perfect. I just may have to rethink my rating for this tea!!!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML
Yang-chu

I agree the smoke didn’t really jump out at me, but a nice compliment.

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I know I have already reviewed this tea, but man is it good. The flavor is an excellent earthiness that is just perfect. It is not overpowering nor is it too meek, like Goldilocks said, it is just right. Do I ever love this Menghai Shou!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Okay, be forewarned, this is another Sheng Yiwu Snob alert. This tea is another of the Canton Tea Company Single Mountain Puerh Collection. The color of the soup is a beautiful golden color. The taste is excellent, it is neither too strong or weak but right on the money. It has a very nice earthy/grassy/vegetal flavor with very nice kuwei and a hint of astringency. I really liked the fact that the taste lingers for quite a while after you are done drinking it. An excellent Sheng and at $16.80 for 100g, it is a very nice bargain.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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This is a frustrating Sheng for me to review. Is it an excellent tea, in my opinion no. Is it a really good tea, yes. Am I glad I bought it, yes. The soup is a beautiful golden color. The problem for me is the taste, way too muted yet at the same time it is very pleasing to drink. There is a very muted earthy/smokey flavor to it with a hint of astringency at the end and as far as I can tell no kuwei at all. I really like this tea, I just wish the flavors were a bolder since that is how I like my Shengs.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Another sample from Scott at Yunnan Sourcing. The soup is a light gold in color with a nice floral smell. The taste has everything I like about a young Sheng: kuwei, astringency and an earthy/grassy taste with a hint of smoke. Unlike the 2012 Yunnan Sourcing “Impression” Raw Pu-erh tea cake that I sampled, this Sheng is very bold and I really like that. After two steepings I really wished that the astringency would back off a bit and the kuwei would step up a bit more. By steeping four I got what I asked for and the smoke flavor had also become more pronounced. If steepings one thru three had tasted like steepings four plus, this tea would have rated higher. An excellent Sheng that is at the top of my order list!!!!!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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I have been a tea drinker almost all of my life. In 2008 I was able to accompany my wife to a conference she had in Shanghai. At one of the dinners I was introduced to the Nectar of the Gods – Pu’er and I have been hooked ever since.

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