2013 MGH 1301 Ultimate Ripe Pu-erh Tea Brick

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  • “Gaiwan brewed this one and unlike other times I did not break up the little block before brewing. With a short rinse the block had mostly expanded after the first infusion. Light tasting with a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “7.8 g / 130 ml / 212 F / 1 wash Steeps: 15 / 10 / 15 / 15 / 30 / 45 / 60 First steep was astringent and lacked depth of flavor. In retrospect this tea could benefit from two rinses. The next two...” Read full tasting note
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2013 MGH 1301 Ultimate Pu-erh Brick Tea (美国号1301至尊熟砖)

Each one brew brick is less than $ 0.29, a great bargain.

The great tradition continues with ready to drink ripen tea leaves that are 5 years old.

We decided to use old vintage imperial grade Menghai tea leaves fermented in 2008 for our MGH 1301 brick. Now you would enjoy a smooth drink without ‘Duiwei’ (People describe it as pond, fishy, a strange smell of new ripe Pu-erh that many not used to).

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Three Pu-erh Tea Bricks about 50g (1.76 ounces)/each, total 150g ( 5.28 ounces) Break into 24 pieces/one-brewing small 6 grams bricks Fermented/Cooked/Shu Vintage 2008 Premium class Loose tea leaves Caffeine: Moderate

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Gaiwan brewed this one and unlike other times I did not break up the little block before brewing. With a short rinse the block had mostly expanded after the first infusion. Light tasting with a more complex brew when being mellow and not earthy. If you are looking for more traditional premium lighter fermentation ripe puerh that is more interesting this is the best of the 2013 Puerh Shop private label or at least of the 3 that I tried.

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7.8 g / 130 ml / 212 F / 1 wash
Steeps: 15 / 10 / 15 / 15 / 30 / 45 / 60

First steep was astringent and lacked depth of flavor. In retrospect this tea could benefit from two rinses.

The next two steeps yielded a dark, coffee-colored liquid. Astringency was diminishing and flavors were integrating such that no one thing stood out, which was enjoyable. Nice earthy aroma with no off-smells. These were my favorite steeps.

Steeps 4 and 5 were lighter in color, a reddish-brown. Astringency is gone, aroma diminishing, flavor becoming more delicate, but still enjoyable.

Steeps 6 and 7 are now a reddish-amber, aroma is faint but still slightly earthy. Flavor is very light like a green tea.

I consider this to be a decent value every day drinking tea when you don’t want to have to pay as much attention as you would a fine Pu-Erh. Caffeine level is moderate, so I could drink this after dinner and not be too wound up to go to bed three or four hours later.

Next time I would do two washes and stop drinking after the fourth steep. It might be interesting to see how this matures in another 5 years.

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SimpliciTEA

You mention doing two rinses. I have read that some Chinese Pu-urh drinkers do as many as three. So, doing a second rinse here would help mitigate the astringency?

TeaExplorer

Sorry for the delay; was AFS (away from Steepster). I don’t believe that astringency is generally reduced by additional rinses. In the case of this shu, the extra rinse helps the tea open up in preparation for a better first steep. The astringency in this particular tea diminished as the steeps went on, but that won’t always be the case with all pu-erh.

SimpliciTEA

Got it. Thanks TeaExplorer!

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