Menghai Tea Factory (Finepuer)

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I have had great fun with this tea throughout the day— stressful day and I chose this special tea as both an escape and a reward. It worked oh so well! High quality Yiwu material; good storage; nicely aged. Full of flavor; smooth with enough complexity to make it interesting; nice longevity (six infusions so far and my maximum steeping time has been only 8 seconds). An expensive tea but well worth the investment. This will not be a daily drinker for me but one reserved for those I would consider more special or important tea sessions. I am really excited about this one and highly recommend!

Note: Can become astringent and smoky when over-leafed or over-steeped.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
JC

Sounds like a treat at work. I’ve done that on heavy days :)

DigniTea

JC — It’s a special tea! Was not at work, by the way, but I agree with the point you were making. Family issue has taken all my time over the last 2.5 days.

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Got this out to celebrate with tonight. Been saving this.
I got the pack out the box even has a picture of the tea inside. Nice packaging points given.
The dry leaf has a bit of the old book aroma to it. The leaf is an almost pitch color.
I tossed it in the Gaiwan and did a quick rinse. The wash looked very dark so I will steep this quick 2 to 3 seconds. The color is a light gold and I had expected a darker brew from a tea of this age. I would think dry stored. The aroma is a bit musky with a bit of campfire in there as well. This may have been due to the makers still doing hand processing instead of machine. The taste is smoky a good sharp citrus flavor and a good hit of bitter, I have had 6 steeps and this one is still doing well holding up. The Cha Qui of this one is slowly creeping in and I am getting some of the cooling and camphor notes.
A great tea to celebrate with. The car re-build went well and the Dyno results are in.
410 horsepower at the wheel and 448 ft lbs. of torque. For the goal of 500 hp. on pump gas has been met! Come on Summer!

Flavors: Citrus, Smoke, Tannic

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
JC

Congrats on the re-build!

MzPriss

Congrats mr mo!

Sil

woohoo!

Kirkoneill1988

i take it it is ripe? i never heard of raw being camphor tasting

JC

Kirkoneill1988 there are plenty of Sheng that offer camphor, usually more a sign of age but there are young exceptions :D

tea123

A specially selected tea to celebrate with – nice!

Kirkoneill1988

JC, i did not know that.

mrmopar

Yeah I think the Camphor comes with the age as well.

Kirkoneill1988

oh, I see :)

Cwyn

Might improve with a few months airing out.

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Still has that “punch you in the face” bite in the first infusion. The green taste is still strong in this one . It has been dry aged I believe as much of this remains. The leaves are still showing a lot of green with the red starting on the edges. It became less harsh after the third infusion and became nice and easy to drink. I think this one with the strong qi will age very nice in proper storage.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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