2008 Mengku Purple Buds Green Pu-erh Tea Cake

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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 7 oz / 200 ml

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  • “Just got around to spending a couple of steeps with this tea. Ripe wasn’t cutting it so I decided to whip this one out. Brews up thick and smooth. It is quite smokey but I don’t mind...” Read full tasting note
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    Arster 17 tasting notes
  • “One of my harp students, who also happens to be a friend now (most of my grown up students end up also becoming my friends) stayed for tea after her lesson today. First we shared a pot of Russian...” Read full tasting note
    terri-harplady 3233 tasting notes

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2008 Mengku Purple Buds Green Pu-erh Cake (勐库紫芽青饼)

The purple buds Puerh tea is said to be of the higher nutrition values than the most other teas.

This tea cake was made by using the purple buds harvested from 500-800 year old wild big trees in Mengku area. The brewed tea is clean yellow with nice honey aroma.

Green Pu-erh tea cake 400g
Vintage 2008
Raw/Green/Unfermented
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Loose tea leaves
Caffeine: Moderate
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Model: Mengku Purple Buds Cake – 1280
Shipping Weight: 0.9lbs
Manufactured by: Mengku FH Tea Factory

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Just got around to spending a couple of steeps with this tea. Ripe wasn’t cutting it so I decided to whip this one out. Brews up thick and smooth. It is quite smokey but I don’t mind it.. purple tea often is.. not sure if it’s the way it’s processed or innate to the tea or both. None-the-less, it brews up a deep amber color, lots of viscosity and very smooth. Don’t find it astringent at all with short steeps. I do remember having tried it about 2 months ago and found it bitter. This time, not at all. Can’t imagine 2 months made the difference, it is probably that the first time I drank it, there were a lot of broken leaves and tea dust that had fallen off the edge of the cake. This time, I picked some carefully off the back.

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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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One of my harp students, who also happens to be a friend now (most of my grown up students end up also becoming my friends) stayed for tea after her lesson today. First we shared a pot of Russian Caravan from The Tea Spot. Then I handed her my Tea Index and let her pick one. The last time she stayed for tea we ended up trying a purple black tea (I can’t remember which one), so today I answered her questions regarding puerh, shou vs sheng, purple teas, etc. Then she selected this one.

She just left, after 6 or 8 rounds in sets of 2, and I don’t really have much to say. (I hate that I’m the first to review this….really?). It’s good: nice buzz, a little bitter, a little sweet, kind of smokey, a little rough on the stomach (I had to take a break after 4 rounds to share an apple, and now after a few more rounds I’m reheating my leftover breakfast soup). There’s a nice tip of tongue numbing, sinus clearing aromatics, and though it has mostly been a savory tea, the most recent rounds are yielding a sweeter taste.

Thanks to Tea Explorer for the generous sample :)

TeaExplorer

I like it best with less leaf (4g/100ml), 185F water and moderate steeps (10/15/20/… seconds) to tone down it’s youthful brashness a bit. Huh, I’m surprised I have not reviewed this one yet!

Terri HarpLady

I’m surprised too Dude! You’re slacking ;) LOL

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