2008 Mr Feng’s ‘Selected Trees’ – Essence Of Tea
Price: £0.60 / g £15 for 25 g.
Dry: Med brown with some grey leaves. Med compression. Sweet wood, but they all seem to smell like that from my Essence Of Tea order so far.
Wet: Concentrated herbal, quite smoky, dark fruit. Yiwu-style sweetness.
8 grams in Gaiwan.
Summary: Power house of bitterness, but of high quality material. Full flavour in the mouth unlike the Mengku 2007 Mu Ye Chun light flavour. Gives good energy. This tea does not have a lot of character, and for a 2008 tea it has incredibly strong bitterness, something which surprisingly is not mentioned in the description.
Rinse: Very clear, light golden.
10s – Light golden. Sweet. Very clear tasting. Mild bitterness. I feel like a cool breeze has gone down my throat. Very mild flavours though. Bit like a Yiwu.
15s – Med golden. Strong bitterness and tart sweetness with some smoke. The after-taste is dry bitterness. This reminds me of Pu-erh.sk’s 2014 Naka. It is a youthful, bitter sheng of quality material.
5s – Light golden. Very bitter and energetic. Smoke is clearing slightly. Consistency is thick just as the description says.
10s – Light golden. This tea has a solid body, which is like a rainbow of bitterness.
7s – The bitterness is softening.
The bitterness can be tasted minutes after drinking.