Year of the Monkey 2016 Spring Mengku Raw Puer

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Candy, Sweet, Vegetal, Blueberry, Brown Sugar, Floral, Fur, Mineral, Nectar, Nutty, Potato
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 oz / 80 ml

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  • “Thanks to bitterleaf for this sample The first steep or two have very noticeable notes of vegetable broth, wheat, thick in the throat, grass, bamboo, medicinal, || after that it’s not super...” Read full tasting note
    cowsdef 132 tasting notes
  • “This is a good, inexpensive sheng for the new pu drinker or daily drinker. In the youngness I’m drinking it at now, it is pretty green tasting. It’s got a nice slick creamy body, with...” Read full tasting note
    awkwardsoul 1226 tasting notes
  • “Trying another Bitterleaf Sample! This tea is quite sweet. Unfortunately, that was about all it was. The dry leaf smelled like candy, and the flavor lived up to that aroma. The whole session...” Read full tasting note
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    Matu 320 tasting notes
  • “Another awesome value from Bitterleaf ($0.10/g). Very, very floral (as an Yiwu should be), with a really aromatic 回甘 (sweet finish) that is quite persistent and develops nicely. Slight mineral...” Read full tasting note
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From Bitterleaf Teas

One of our two Year of the Monkey raw puers, this tea uses Mengku arbor material, and has an excellent, balanced profile that is very easy to accept. There is a prominent sweetness that stays with you well after drinking it.

As with most Lincang region teas, this one is low on bitterness and roughness, and a good starting point for those new to raw puers. This tea can easily be described as refreshing, yet still has plenty of body and substance, making it an enjoyable daily drinker.

In honour of it being Year of the Monkey here in China, we’re extremely happy to be able to feature the artwork of Kelly Puissegur for this tea. Like the monkeys on the wrapper, this tea is playful, agile, and wholesome fun for the whole family!

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The first steep or two have very noticeable notes of vegetable broth, wheat, thick in the throat, grass, bamboo, medicinal, || after that it’s not super flavourful, it’s thick and brothy but ….. my tongue feels tickly.. it’s oatmealy, and there’s a pretty noticeable qi, it’s hard to find notes honestly, I mean.. pu’er is usually hard for me but this is like expert difficulty, I mean it goes down easy and has really nice mouthfeels, but the flavours are really muddied and too medicinal and light for me, I’d only drink this for the qi and that’s not really the main thing I’m looking for in my tea when it comes down to it.

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This is a good, inexpensive sheng for the new pu drinker or daily drinker. In the youngness I’m drinking it at now, it is pretty green tasting. It’s got a nice slick creamy body, with well balanced notes of fruity sweet, mineral, and light floral. I got 10 decent infusions. There is a light dryness, but I think you can steep this a bit lower temperature to avoid it.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/year-monkey-2016-spring-mengku-bitter-leaf-teas/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML
Cwyn

As always, your brewing gets a tea to give up its secrets.

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320 tasting notes

Trying another Bitterleaf Sample! This tea is quite sweet. Unfortunately, that was about all it was. The dry leaf smelled like candy, and the flavor lived up to that aroma. The whole session was about the same except for some bitterness in the first few steeps. A light vegetal or greener floral flavor (slightly bitter in first 3-4 steeps) with a sugar sweet finish. It was pleasantly thick for steeps 3-6 or so. I didn’t notice any qi from drinking this one, even on an empty stomach.

I wouldn’t describe this tea as nasty or unpleasant, it’s simply boring. Between Bitterleaf’s two budget cakes this year (The two Year of the Monkey cakes) the smoking monkey Yiwu blows this one completely out of the water.

Flavors: Candy, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
twinofmunin

i wasn’t that into this one, either. i should try it again, though.

Matu

Yea I’ll finish my sample of it for sure – maybe just a bad day for it, who knows :P

twinofmunin

trying it again today, i’m finding it has a nice interesting fruity-floral aftertaste. i’m liking it a lot more than i remember. innnteresting. :)

Matu

Interesting – I’ll try to revisit my sample in the next couple of days as well :)

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Another awesome value from Bitterleaf ($0.10/g). Very, very floral (as an Yiwu should be), with a really aromatic 回甘 (sweet finish) that is quite persistent and develops nicely. Slight mineral astringency but no bitterness overall. Very smooth for such a young tea.

Flavors: Blueberry, Brown Sugar, Floral, Fur, Mineral, Nectar, Nutty, Potato, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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