2009 Mengku Jade Dew Raw 400g

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Pu-erh Tea
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Sweet, Apricot, Smoke, Smooth, Wood
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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 oz / 143 ml

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  • “This tea is outrageously good. Been drinking this all morning and I must say it has really made for a good start to the day! From the opening steeps which present a slight bitter smokiness as...” Read full tasting note
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    Dubalot 27 tasting notes
  • “This tea is excellent. I bought this because of Sarsonator's review. It was on the mark. While I am usually a Shou drinker. I do have a Yixing reserved for Sheng. I brewed this seven times in a...” Read full tasting note
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    AllanK 352 tasting notes
  • “Holy cow. I’m so damn happy!!! Method: 6 g, 6 oz, 200 degrees, rinse-15-15, sheng yixing Aroma: This smells like a beautiful spring day on a tea farm. There is a stream, and amazing trees. The...” Read full tasting note
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    Sarsonator 260 tasting notes
  • “This tea sends me into a very happy place. I probably should not have had it at 11 PM. I might not be able to sleep. In which case, I'll take the newfound energy I have and continue tackling the...” Read full tasting note
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From Shuangjiang Mengku Tea Co., Ltd.

2009 Mengku Jade Dew Raw 400g
Mengku’s premium product – Zhao Chun Yu Lu Puerh cake. 2009 first flush spring tea made from pure wild arbor material from the giant snowy mountains. Large and shiny leaves of spring tea. Beautiful compression and carefully selected material from Mengku factory.

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6 Tasting Notes

90
27 tasting notes

This tea is outrageously good. Been drinking this all morning and I must say it has really made for a good start to the day! From the opening steeps which present a slight bitter smokiness as mentioned in the other reviews through the fruity period in the middle steeps to the final steeps which seem to me to have a slight pine taste to them I thoroughly enjoyed this. So happy I grabbed a cake of this on a whim last week as it seems as if they sold out. I wish I had bought more but I am happy that other people will have a chance to try this great tea. Can’t recommend this enough but not sure if your going to find a place to buy it where it has been stored as well as Garret and Mandala Tea have stored it. More cakes like this please! Can’t get enough.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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This tea is excellent. I bought this because of Sarsonator’s review. It was on the mark. While I am usually a Shou drinker. I do have a Yixing reserved for Sheng. I brewed this seven times in a 140ml Yixing teapot with boiling water. I used 5.2g of leaves. I steeped it for 15 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 30 sec, 30 sec, 1 min and 2 min. There was some bitterness iin the early infusions but none of that Sheng unpleasantness often found in cheap Sheng. By the fourth steeping it was sweet and smooth. If it didn’t contain caffeine I might have brewed it several more times but I will want to drink something from my Teavivre black tea order later. I very much recommend this tea while Mandala still has it in stock.

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 140 ML
AllanK

I steeped it in this Yixing teapot bought from my favorite EBay teapot seller called missteapots.
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Sarsonator

Glad you liked this one, too. I bought it because of a review from Cwyn, and then also TheTeaFairy and MzPriss were raving about it. I spoke to Garrett at Mandala on Friday, and there were only 4 cakes left. I bought one, and then there were 3. If anyone else is interested, they should probably grab one now!

AllanK

I am glad I bought it. I only steep a good tea seven times. Your review was accurate. You should check out the EBay seller missteapots. Everything I have got from her has been great. I think I have bought 5 teapots and one set of teacups, all yixing.
http://stores.ebay.com/MissTeapots?_trksid=p2047675.l2563

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Holy cow. I’m so damn happy!!!

Method: 6 g, 6 oz, 200 degrees, rinse-15-15, sheng yixing

Aroma: This smells like a beautiful spring day on a tea farm. There is a stream, and amazing trees. The farm has happy animals, and no one eats them. You can smell their hay in the barn! Everything smells fresh and clean and there’s a sweetness in the air.

Flavor: Nom nom nom. I’m really excited about this one. It’s amazeballs!

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 6 OZ / 177 ML
TheTeaFairy

Oh, a farm where no one eats the animals makes me happy :-) and I’m glad you liked this one, I thought my sample was amazeballs too!!!

cookies

Oh, a happy animal farm sounds like absolute heaven!

Sarsonator

You guys can come visit my farm utopia! And in the meantime you can drink this and picture it!! :)

MzPriss

Happy animal farm! Of Happiness! I’m HOME where ALL he good tea is and I got a Mandala box and a Whispering Pines box and my day just got a whole lot better. There is a big fat cake of 2009 Mengku Jade Dew Raw 400g in there too – so WOOT!

I missed my other two teaplets. If I can scrounge up ANY energy at all – I’m gonna sheng.

Sarsonator

If I ever begin a tea farm with animals, I will be calling it the Happy Animal and Tea Farm. Of Happiness!

So glad you made it home and that you had some lovely surprises waiting! Missed you!!!!

MzPriss

How much do you love this Jade Dew?? I s home!

MzPriss

Why does Steepster hate me? It keeps eating my syllables.

Sarsonator

I knew what ya meant. And I love this so very much. It’s deeeelish! And I was all happy sniffing and drinking it!

Cwyn

Yah me too, got 2 cakes of this, insane I know but Mandala did an awesome job aging this.

mj

LOL, Sarsonator, you’re going to have a total sheng over from all the shenging you did today

Sarsonator

Never!!!! I may be tea drunk, but I can never have too much sheng, or a sheng over :p

MzPriss

I love the way Mandala cares for these babies too Cwyn. It is a bigass cake too. Will make me happy for a long time

Sarsonator

I’m buying more to keep for later :)

MzPriss

Best hurry – my not from Garret says there isn’t much left.

Sarsonator

Well poo.

MzPriss

I think 4 cakes. I bought some more Wild Mountain Green too but I love that one so very much. And some kinds I haven’t tried before. You will be getting some of those too in your box.

MzPriss

And that’s “pu.”

mrmopar

I have one of these I need to get out again soon.

Sarsonator

Good idea, mrm. It has the Chairman Meow seal of approval!

AllanK

Where did you buy this tea?

AllanK

Saw in earlier chat you got it from Mandala. I ordered one.

mrmopar

Chairman Meow wasn’t born when I got this one.

Cwyn

Cracks me up every time I read that kitty name.

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This tea sends me into a very happy place.

I probably should not have had it at 11 PM. I might not be able to sleep.

In which case, I’ll take the newfound energy I have and continue tackling the neverending readings I have.

Brewed with my new gaiwan, 10 second steeps.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C
Cwyn

Did you get this from Mandala? I bought 2 of this cake from them, their storage of this cake is excellent. Really like this cake and I don’t expect the current price to stay so low once other purveyors sell out of this.

Ag

Yep! I tried a sample from them a few months ago and wound up getting 2 cakes not long after. So glad I did. I think they’ve sold out of them now. (Which might be a good thing for my wallet/limited apartment space, haha.)

Cwyn

Holy cow, it is out of stock!

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Received an 8 g sample of this from Mandala Tea, and thought it is one of their pressings, so I didn’t think anything in particular, aside from expecting the usual fruit n floral pleasantries that Mandala is known for in their young sheng cakes. Not the “tie me down and make me beg for mercy” type of drink. In fact I was eating ice cream at the time. Noted the compression in the cake chunk, took two rinses to git ’er to open up. Nice amber tangerine color. Took a whiff n sniff of the liquor.

Wait, what? This isn’t a Mandala tea at all. Whiskey, leather and apricot wood with a touch of smoke, this is serious. Nope this is a factory tea, but it is only 2014 and this cake is a 2009? Something is going on here. We have the usual aged flavors of what I associate with a Menghai, but at half the kick and not the astringency Mengku has had for me before.

A few small burnt particles from the wok gives the touch of smoke here, but it is not overpowering. Digging around in the Yixing I see a few tips, small leaves and a couple larger whole leaves. Six steeps and I am feeling mighty fine, beautiful cha qi, got my mental clarity on. But looking at the listing on Mandala, I am either really, really tea drunk or confused. A 400 gram cake for only $29? I am hallucinating or this is the deal of the century.

Researching this cake, I found it priced at $18.90 on EBay from Red Lantern Tea. Yep, that would be AllanK’s hated seller of the slow mule courier shipping. (Aside: seller has 100% feedback, 3000+ ratings). Then I found a review from shogun on TeaChat dated 2008, for this 2009 cake. A mistype? Or did shogun drink an Autumn cake. Or is this cake pressed from older material? Would that explain the nice aging going on…shogun noted a yellow tea soup, high astringency, and a “hay like” flavor, none of which I am tasting here. He paid $7 for this cake back in the day.

Or…has Mandala taken a middling tea cake and turned it into something wonderful. What I might be tasting here is a fine aging job from incredible storage. This cake is a bit of a conundrum with how old it actually is, but I can definitely conclude 100% that Mandala’s storage is fantastic, simply has GOT to be. No storage flavor and I think this tea is perfect now. I punished these leaves with boiling water all the way and got only a mild bitterness and astringency throughout, at a level I personally prefer. I want my tea to have at least some light bitter and astringency, I am not a drinker who likes tea to taste like food.

Could go another year or two for the lightweights new to sheng, but to me this is ready. The market for this cake prevents Mandala from charging a whole lot more, which is a boon for us, and sad for them because their fine storage here should be worth more, here is the breakdown:

Mandala: $29+ 5 shipping = $34 × 15% coupon = $28.90 for 400 g of tea at top quality storage.

Red Lantern: $18.90 + 9 shipping (by mule) = $27.90 for 400 g of tea at unknown storage.

Garret, I hope this doesn’t make you cry, because your aging here is top notch. Go buy this, people, 10+ steeps in and this is still going for me, tea this finely stored is a steal of a deal. Mandala will raise the price someday, once the other sellers wash out of this cake, and it will still be worth twice the money. Bravo, you have made a silk purse of this one.

Hope some pu-heads with better harvest knowledge than I can clear up the date conundrum I found on TeaChat.

Flavors: Apricot, Smoke, Smooth, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 115 ML
TheTeaFairy

Lord…just placed two orders within two days with Mandala…why oh, why are you doing this to me now??? Lol, sounds too good to pass…sigh.

Cwyn

Yup, that was my horse galloping off with two cakes of this one outta Rochester. Back over the state line in Wisconsin, cops can’t get me now. For I have stolen 800 grams for $53 and change.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Beware, now that I know about this best kept secret, I might have to hunt you down!!

Cwyn

Eep! I got no chance with a winged creature!

awilsondc

Man, I’m in the same boat as Tea Fairy. I’ve already placed 2 Mandala orders within the last 45 days! My wife is growing tired of my tea orders, but this one is going on the short list. Thanks for the review!

TheTeaFairy

I’ve only recently started collecting pupu cakes, I’m a total novice and I feel like a kid in a candy store…I’m all over the place and I can’t keep my hands off!

Sarsonator

Wishlist. sigh

:p

DigniTea

Cwyn – Nice tea notes on this little gem. I have appreciated this tea since I acquired it last year but your thoughtful comments have enhanced my appreciation.

Cwyn

Thanks! Hope we can figure out what the dating is for it, maybe the TeaChat date is an error.

mrmopar

I guess I need to pull my Mengku cake out and see how it has aged.

TheTeaFairy

I’m having this right now cwyn…I can’t get over how good it is!!

awilsondc

I just got this one for my birthday. Haven’t tried it yet, but after reading this, I’m excited to!

Cwyn

Yes I think Mandala could probably charge a little more for this cake because of their storage work. Can get cheaper elsewhere but who knows how good the storage is.

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