2011 Pure Mengsong Raw Puerh Tea

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1410 tasting notes

Another I haven’t had in a while. Enjoyed 5 cups. This is a green puerh. Still haven’t figured out how to remember if that means sheng or shu. After the first steep the leaf smells like mushrooms – like springtime morels. Yum. I love green puerhs. They are so light and clean. Sweet and sticky on the lips. Seems creamy today.

I gave the third cup to a co-worker- traditionally the best cup. He grumbled, “it tastes like sweet dirt” and poured it out. Guess he is entitled to his opinion, even if he is a stupid head.

TeaBrat

I believe it’s a sheng – because it also says raw on the description. The world of pu-erh, confusing it is…

Charles Thomas Draper

Definitely Sheng

E Alexander Gerster

“Sweet Dirt” … hah! I guess some of us like it and some don’t!

K S

I keep trying to widen his tastes. I got him off the bag, but so far having no success moving him past Twinings loose. I like it too but there is so much more. Honestly I knew he wouldn’t like this. It was worth it to see his expression. Sometimes I’m like that.

ashmanra

I bought Harney’s ziyun puerh maocha but don’t care much for it. It is a raw puer. Will it get better if I keep it on the shelf for a few years?

K S

Ashmanra, that’s what I read but being new at this must admit I have never had a sheng puerh long enough to find out. Shu according to some sites also improves with age but to a lesser degree. I have some poorly prepared stuff in a can I am hoping gets less fishy with time.

ashmanra

My raw puer isn’t fishy, but it IS…minty! And the is a mineral quality to it as well. It isn’t awful, but I don’t reach for the tin…if you would like, I can send you a bit to taste and compare.

TeaBrat

They are supposed to get better with age, this one is still very young….

K S

“The very young do not always do as they are told”. Geek points for anyone who knows where that quote comes from.

Finally figured out a way to remember sheng and shu. Sheng sounds a little like green. Cheap Shu smells like poo.

Ashmanra, I add chocolate mint to my fishy puerh to tame it. It makes a great drink that way. Lemonade out of lemons. pm sent.

E Alexander Gerster

Anteaus in “The Nox” of SG-1…. So I am not the only SF Geek! (And Tea Geek, Buddhist Geek, Etc…)

K S

I am impressed. Major SF Geek kudos. Live long and prosper!

ashmanra

LOL! And my youngest daughter says she is pretty sure that T’ealc later quotes this line in a different episode, but she wasn’t sure. Geeks here, too! :)

K S

Your daughter is almost correct. O’neil repeats the line in an episode about the Tolan. Do we need a life or what?

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I did not really enjoy this tea. It had a fishy taste and a bitterness that lingered on my pallet.

K S

Interesting. How did you prepare this one? My experience with this tea was positive. I believe it was my favorite of the bunch.

K S

I used cooler temp like for green tea. If you have any of the sample left you might try chamging parameters. Also I did a wash first.

Spot52

I did play around with the parameters, and that was the best of the methods I tried. I have had success was Raw Pu before. This is just a tea that I do not like, nor do I appreciate the profile.

K S

Again, interesting. This is a good reminder to me how important personal preference is and how that needs to be considered when reading reviews. Better experiences on your next cup!

Doug F

It’s not surprising that this tea was bitter. Raw Pu erh teas need aging. I believe it is rare for lovers of Sheng to drink teas this young. Even a cake that is a few years old is still considered immature.

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I don’t think I used enough leaf! this is so weak… on the first steep it came out as I would expect a seventh or eighth steeping to be.
Then again, I’m a little under the weather so probably can’t taste the subtle notes all that well.
From what I can taste, the pu-erh is very mild, a little earthy, but not fishy at all. There is a mild sweetness that I’m getting but that could be my cold (when I’m sick, I can’t taste spices but everything has a sugary tinge to it)
Oh and I added a tiny bit of white sugar to bring that out. Ok so I know I said in another post that there was only one perk to being sick, but I guess this is more a flip side of not being able to taste spices haha.
Anyhow, I won’t rate this now… I’d rather give a proper review when I can trust my senses more :)
(though I’d rate this particular tea experience an 83)

Thank you Jerry Ma, this is indeed quite lovely!

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On the first steeping the scent is very light… almost not there.

It is sweet with a refreshing quality. I’m not well versed in Pu-Erhs, but have tried a fair number and this is different from any I’ve had so far.

It is a bit grassy, but not in an over-powering or putting-off way… Just clean and vegetal. There’s a little of that earthy, almost fishy, flavor at the bottom of the sip but not At All as strong as in other Pu-Erhs I’ve had. Instead it’s gentle and rounds out the flavor some.

Second Steep: The earthy/lightly fishy scent has started to come out. A sweetness, too.

This is still green, but more earthy with that slight sweetness still there. A tiny bit of astingency is coming out, too.

Third Steeping: The scent is a bit more earthy with that light fishyness coming out. Not strong like other Pu-Erhs I’ve had. This is still a very light tea.

The flavor is lighter this time, I feel. Earthy with a touch of green. No sweetness now.

I won’t go on any further about the steepings; I think what I wrote gives a good introduction to this tea. It is a bit green, a bit earthy, a bit sweet… how much and what depending on the steep. It is a Very light and refreshing Pu-Erh, not like anything I’ve tried before.

This may be a buyer. I’ll find out after a few more steepings, probably.

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138 tasting notes

So this is my third puerh I have drank. The other two where dark in liquor color and very strong right off the bat. To my delight this was completely opposite. I put a table spoon in my gaiwan, and it opened me up to a different experience.
It is vegetal and smooth compared to what I have had in the past. Golden yellow in color and the characteristic “fish” taste and smell is subtle.

on to the next puerh in the box :)

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