"Ice Island Of Mengku"

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Pu-erh Tea
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Edit tea info Last updated by mrmopar
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 10 oz / 295 ml

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  • “Seems I am the first to review this one. Hope I can get it right. Unwrapping it this little cake is pretty well compressed. I got out the tea needle and pulled out 9 grams to start with. I rinsed...” Read full tasting note
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These little puerh cakes come to us from a unique growing region near Mengku in Ling Cang Prefecture. The old tea trees grow in a grove known as the “Ice Island” (Bing Dao) at an altitude of over 7,000 feet. The material was picked in March 2012 from trees that have been producing for centuries – some of them are 500 years old. Teas from this area are potent and known for their cooling effect. Pu’er isn’t really produced north of this area, so these leaves experience some of the coolest weather in the sheng catagory.

The cakes are compressed tightly and wrapped in a beautiful, understated plain stamped wrapper. The characters mean “Bing Dao” or Ice Island. The flavor is quite powerful now, which bodes well for this tea’s aging potential. Very fast steeping s (15-20 sec.) with boiling water yield a thick and woody flavor with a nice sweet aftertaste.

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197 tasting notes

Seems I am the first to review this one. Hope I can get it right. Unwrapping it this little cake is pretty well compressed. I got out the tea needle and pulled out 9 grams to start with.
I rinsed it for about 10 seconds and then did a 15 second steep as per the brewing instructions. The aroma is fresh grass and asparagus . It brewed a pale yellow cup from the yixing. It seems to be "medium " bodied that has the good mouthfeel to it. It gives citrus, wood and some Ku Wei to it. This will seem to slide over the tongue to the back of your mouth to where the sweet side of this one comes out. Easy to drink and wonderful leaf that I pulled out to see. Big and strong and very full.
Mandala another great tea!
I would say best to gong fu this one as I think more complexities will continue to come through. I only have done 2 so far but many more to come.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
MzPriss

Now I wish I had ordered some of this with my recent Mandala order

Sil

That happens anytime I order with mandala…. “Doh I was going to get that too….”

boychik

Looks like Mandala order on a horizon. I really really liked Autumn Song.

MzPriss

@Sil – it happens to me a LOT
@boychick – I got some of that Autumn Sing!!! I can’t wait to try it

boychik

My same was from cake. Did you get a cake or Mao cha? I wonder if they taste differently.

boychik

Same=sample.

mrmopar

I have to get the Autumn Song too, sounds really nice!

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