2005 Mengku Gold Award Mini Pu-erh Tea Cake 145g Ripe

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Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 6 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “a super smooth aged pu-er. faint aroma of a forest undertones of berry taste.a complex assortment of flavors. only downside is i only got 4 steeps from it till i exhausted it.” Read full tasting note
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    mrmopar 206 tasting notes
  • “Smooth, sweet, dark amber color. Small leaves. Makes me wonder if its whole leaves. I think I had around 5 steeps and it looses taste. I got it from Dragon tea house” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is a nicely priced somewhat aged shu I purchased from Dragon Tea house, a 2005 145 gram cake for around $10. It is a very nice tea. It brews somewhat dark, roasty, and is fairly smooth though...” Read full tasting note
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    RichD 104 tasting notes
  • “I call this "the bottle rocket". It's lifespan is brief but intense. That's not necessarily a bad thing, depending upon what you are in the mood for. I reach for this shu when I want a modest...” Read full tasting note
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From Shuangjiang Mengku Tea Co., Ltd.

2005 Mengku Gold Award Mini Pu-erh Tea Cake 145g Ripe
The cake was won 2002 International Pu’er Tea BrandName Gold Awards. In 2005, Mengku Tea Factory produced the cakes again. The cakes are made from exquisite slender and tender tea leaves in 2002~2004. The cake surface is marked by clearly observable fine and shapely tea leaves with golden hairs. It yields a crystal clear broth with mellow and smooth flavor and pure aged aroma.

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a super smooth aged pu-er. faint aroma of a forest undertones of berry taste.a complex assortment of flavors. only downside is i only got 4 steeps from it till i exhausted it.

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Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

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Smooth, sweet, dark amber color. Small leaves. Makes me wonder if its whole leaves. I think I had around 5 steeps and it looses taste. I got it from Dragon tea house

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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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This is a nicely priced somewhat aged shu I purchased from Dragon Tea house, a 2005 145 gram cake for around $10. It is a very nice tea. It brews somewhat dark, roasty, and is fairly smooth though there is some bitterness. It’s not a perfect tea, but great for the price. It faded rather quickly, but the first few infusions were quite good. Similar to a Menghai shu, that kind of deep compost earthy flavor. I would recommend giving it a try!

DigniTea

Yea short life is what I’ve experienced with these Mengku minis but as you suggest small in price and good flavor for a few cups makes it OK.

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I call this “the bottle rocket”. It’s lifespan is brief but intense. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, depending upon what you are in the mood for. I reach for this shu when I want a modest infusion of energy, a rich and full bodied cup, and a minimal time commitment.

This shu comes out of the gate fully opened up in steep one, burns intensely through steeps two, three and four, and will give a flavorful medium bodied cup in steep five.

This mini bing is composed of tiny leaves that appear to be chopped up, yielding a cake where you can just snap a piece off the edge with your hands. My normal regimen is 6 grams shu in my 100 ml gaiwan, 212 F water, 15 second rinse, 2 minute pause, break up large clumps with a toucha pick, then 15/15/30/60/120 second steeps.

This is very smooth puerh with no harsh or off flavors or aromas. It is very rich in a good way. There is a mild pepper note, some cedar, a slight yet pleasant bitterness, and an underlying sweetness. I get sweet notes in the aroma (raw cane sugar, vanilla) over wood, clean earth and leather. It leaves me feeling energized but not wired.

I’m reminded of the scene from Blade runner when Roy Batty meets his maker, Dr. Eldon Tyrell, and is told “The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long – and you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy.”

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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Yang-chu

Great review.

TeaExplorer

Thank you :)

Terri HarpLady

Nice review! And of course, I love the Blade Runner reference. I’ve only watched that movie SO MANY Times, although it’s been a few years since my last viewing, but I always seem to notice something new each time I watch it. :)

TeaExplorer

Blade Runner is among my top 10 favorite movies and, like you, I’ve seen it many times and I notice new things on every viewing. It’s one of those rare cases where the ideas explored in the movie far exceed those of the book it was drawn from. I’m going to put it in my rotation for a re-watch as soon as I get some free time :)

Terri HarpLady

I actually was thinking I’d watch it on netflix, but it’s not available for streaming, so I’ll have to add it to my Q

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