2008 Menghai Qizibing Pu-erh Tea Cake

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Pu-erh Tea
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Spices
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  • “I may need therapy ... I'm developing an unusual obsession with this tea. There are about 75 Pu-Erh selections in my stash if you count samples, and I keep coming back to this. I've had the bing...” Read full tasting note
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    TeaExplorer 20 tasting notes
  • “Thank you so much TeaExplorer for sharing this fabulous tea with me. Your notes are great and I can only add that I love it. It's clear red sweet and not boring. I'm on 7th steep. Only short...” Read full tasting note
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    boychik 302 tasting notes
  • “Yixing pot (150 ml) with a couple chunks of tea and boiling water: Rinse: Very typical Menghai smell. Like wet soil and camphor. 1st infusion: Notes of cinammon and oak. Not a powerful flavor at...” Read full tasting note
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    lukep 15 tasting notes
  • “A nice everyday shu. It has a deep flavor and is tasty. It is a bit rough, though, with noticeable astringency and not so easy on the stomach. It is lacking in smoothness. But is pretty good...” Read full tasting note
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    Rdeitz 61 tasting notes

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2008 Menghai Qizibing Pu-erh Tea Cake(勐海七子饼)

Certified as a Chinese Organic product, this tea cake is the best 7572 we have ever tasted, but it’s made by Yunnan Tea Research Institute instead of Menghai tea factory. The cake won a gold medal in 2009 and it was selected as the official tea for Chinese news organizations.

It’s creamy, sweet, a tasty treat indeed.

Pu-erh tea cake
Typical weight: 357gram
Vintage: 2008
Cooked or fermented
Premium class
Loose tea leaves
Caffeine: Moderate

Model: Menghai Qizibing – 1199
Shipping Weight: 0.85lbs
Manufactured by: Yunnan Tea Research Institute

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5 Tasting Notes

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I may need therapy … I’m developing an unusual obsession with this tea. There are about 75 Pu-Erh selections in my stash if you count samples, and I keep coming back to this. I’ve had the bing for two weeks and it’s nearly half gone.

I bought this in my quest for a reasonably priced every-day shu. I have numerous other ones that range from acceptable to pretty good, but this one continues to stand out.

It’s color starts as a dark red-brown, moving through coffee-color, then into the ruby red range over 6 or 8 steeps. It’s always been clear, never cloudy. There is a powerful sweetness in the aroma starting with pralines, moving through raw cane sugar and into brown sugar, which accompanies a scent of shiitake mushrooms. Flavors of cedar and leather are underscored by a strong sweetness that ties them together very nicely, and the flavors vary in prominence over the steeps. A delightful citrus note makes an appearance in the middle steeps. A hint of spice in early steeps gives way to pepper in later ones. There is a liveliness on the tongue in the aftertaste. I find this flavor profile to be amazing in such an inexpensive shu!

I’ve tried various leaf quantities and steep times, but have settled on 6 grams to 100 ml water, one 20 second wash, then letting it sit for two minutes to allow the tea to open up. I use steep times of 15 / 10 / 15 / 15 / 15 / … seconds until the flavor starts to fade around steep 7, then either lengthen the steep time significantly or dump the leaves into the iced tea container in the fridge.

I’ve over-leafed this by 20% with good results when I want an even stronger flavor profile. Doing so introduces a pleasant bitter note to the mix.

To use a dating analogy, I have some fine sheng and shu varieties that are like that best girl you would take out to dinner on a Saturday night. But when it’s Wednesday and you just want to have a great time with the girl next door over bowling and pizza, this is the one I keep turning to.

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boychik

goes on my shopping list. thank you

Roughage

Sounds like my view of the Xiaguan Tibetan Flame. :)

Roughage

By which I mean that it is a bit rough round the edges, but I still love it. Must learn to finish typing before posting.

TeaExplorer

I think it’s those slightly rough edges that I find attractive, especially since they strike my palette in such a good way.
BTW: If anyone wants a sample, send me a PM.

Terri HarpLady

We all need therapy, or maybe we are here in group therapy, like a 12 step meeting…full of enablers :D

TeaExplorer

So would that be a 12 steep meeting?

boychik

i would like to sample. send you pm

Terri HarpLady

12 steep…I like that :)

Roughage

I’m up for a 12 steep meeting! :)

mrmopar

On the list it goes.

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Thank you so much TeaExplorer for sharing this fabulous tea with me. Your notes are great and I can only add that I love it. It’s clear red sweet and not boring. I’m on 7th steep. Only short steeps like 15/15/30 sec. My 10 yr old daughter came to me asking " whatcha drinking" and finished my cup and asked for more. On my shopping list 100%

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__Morgana__

Sounds wonderful!

Stephanie

Added to my try someday list :D

boychik

Stephanie, when I’ll finalize my shopping list for Puerhshop and order ill be happy to share

Stephanie

:-O! YAY! I’d love to swap samples sometime!

mrmopar

Start them young! Yay!

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Yixing pot (150 ml) with a couple chunks of tea and boiling water:
Rinse: Very typical Menghai smell. Like wet soil and camphor.
1st infusion: Notes of cinammon and oak. Not a powerful flavor at all. It is enjoyable. As Wang Jidong would say, it has “lost [some of] its tea property”.
2nd infusion: I let it brew for maybe 30 seconds by accident. However, it was still smooth. Not much complexity, much very solid tea.
3rd infusion: Good. A little spicier and stronger, even though I brewed it for about 10 seconds. Leaves are probably starting to unfurl.

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Flavors: Spices

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lukep

I should add that the color of the cake is substantially darker than in the website’s photograph. The photo is four years old, however. It’s pretty cool how these cakes age.

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A nice everyday shu. It has a deep flavor and is tasty. It is a bit rough, though, with noticeable astringency and not so easy on the stomach. It is lacking in smoothness. But is pretty good nonetheless.

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WOW this is good shu! Extremely sweet and flavorful but not “dirty” tasting at all. A little nutty and creamy, too. I will enjoy drinking this one all day. Thanks very much boychik :)

boychik

I’m happy you like it. I wouldn’t know about it if TeaExplorer wouldn’t send me a generous sample. After I got the whole cake. It’s very pleasant, sweet and full of flavor.

Stephanie

Yes! Exactly. It is hard to describe the flavor but it is very flavorful :) Thanks for sharing!

mrmopar

Yeah i have heard good things on this one.

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