A perplexing sheng, for sure. The cake had intense, iron-fisted compression that made flaking new leaves difficult. The opening aroma was a stellar display of fresh strawberries. Unfortunately, this character quickly faded. The first three steeps were thin, dry soups of green-tea-like grassiness, a faint hint of bile, and some raw grains. Around the fourth steep, the soup thickened up and gave a very generic sweetness, losing raw edges, but not gaining much depth. I’m not in much hurry to return to this one.
2008 Menghai "Peacock of Bada" Raw
Menghai tea factory has released this Peacock series of single-estate tea mountains since 2001. They represent some of Menghai Tea Factory’s most sought after teas and are produced in very limited quantities. Bada Mountain Bada Tea Mountain is one of the oldest tea mountains. Among this vast sea of tropical rainforest is an abundant and precious natural resource of tea tree varieties. It contains clusters of wild tea trees as well as ancient gardens of cultivated tea trees. Among them, a large wild tea tree over 1700 years old has been discovered growing on Bada’s Dahei Mountain. This is the world famous “Bada King of Tea Trees.” It has become Bada tea growing area’s unique natural attraction and is a living fossil for research into the origin of tea. Bada Peacock tea is a 400g fresh Pu-erh cake. Strips of tea are tightly and evenly distributed. The leaves and buds are plump, strong, and tender. The cakes are dark green with marked fine hair. Brewed tea is bright yellow with a mellow, sweet, and refreshing flavor. It is stimulating and mouth-watering. The flavor is long-lasting with a delicate fragrance. Its aroma fills the mouth. Net Weight: 400 grams per cake Ingredients: Yunnan Large leaf varietal fermented pu-erh Produced by Menghai Tea Factory