Year of the Monkey 2016 Spring Mengku Raw Puer

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Floral, Fruity, Grass, Nectar, Sweet, Vegetal, Wood, Candy, Blueberry, Brown Sugar, Fur, Mineral, Nutty, Potato
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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 oz / 85 ml

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One of our two Year of the Monkey raw puers, this tea uses Mengku arbor material, and has an excellent, balanced profile that is very easy to accept. There is a prominent sweetness that stays with you well after drinking it.

As with most Lincang region teas, this one is low on bitterness and roughness, and a good starting point for those new to raw puers. This tea can easily be described as refreshing, yet still has plenty of body and substance, making it an enjoyable daily drinker.

In honour of it being Year of the Monkey here in China, we’re extremely happy to be able to feature the artwork of Kelly Puissegur for this tea. Like the monkeys on the wrapper, this tea is playful, agile, and wholesome fun for the whole family!

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21 tasting notes

I received this as a sample from Bitterleaf .
The tea has a lingering sweetness which was enjoyable.
It’s nice enough, I feel their description is accurate, “low on bitterness and roughness, and a good starting point for those new to raw puers.”

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475 tasting notes

I prefer this tea to the Yiwu of the 2016 Year of the Monkey.

The tea is nice and long with sweet floral and grassy high notes. I am noticing that most of bitterleaf teas smell alike with the perfume-y thick sweet scent with nectar. I warmed my pot up and tossed some inside. The scent opens further into warm maple syrup and fruity tones with some light florals. I washed the tea and prepared for brewing. The tea is sweet and smooth with a grassy/veggie base along with a delayed huigan. The brew goes down quickly and smoothly with some bitter in the back. This tea is pretty decent, and I feel it fits its price quite well. The tea is nothing extreme or dramatic, but its a good no fuss sheng. The tea is light, but it carries some buzzing tones that follow around my body.

Also, this tea does superb grandpa style. I often brings this to the office and just throw some in a mug and sip at it.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Grass, Nectar, Sweet, Vegetal, Wood

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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The first steep or two have very noticeable notes of vegetable broth, wheat, thick in the throat, grass, bamboo, medicinal, || after that it’s not super flavourful, it’s thick and brothy but ….. my tongue feels tickly.. it’s oatmealy, and there’s a pretty noticeable qi, it’s hard to find notes honestly, I mean.. pu’er is usually hard for me but this is like expert difficulty, I mean it goes down easy and has really nice mouthfeels, but the flavours are really muddied and too medicinal and light for me, I’d only drink this for the qi and that’s not really the main thing I’m looking for in my tea when it comes down to it.

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1231 tasting notes

This is a good, inexpensive sheng for the new pu drinker or daily drinker. In the youngness I’m drinking it at now, it is pretty green tasting. It’s got a nice slick creamy body, with well balanced notes of fruity sweet, mineral, and light floral. I got 10 decent infusions. There is a light dryness, but I think you can steep this a bit lower temperature to avoid it.

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML

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363 tasting notes

Trying another Bitterleaf Sample! This tea is quite sweet. Unfortunately, that was about all it was. The dry leaf smelled like candy, and the flavor lived up to that aroma. The whole session was about the same except for some bitterness in the first few steeps. A light vegetal or greener floral flavor (slightly bitter in first 3-4 steeps) with a sugar sweet finish. It was pleasantly thick for steeps 3-6 or so. I didn’t notice any qi from drinking this one, even on an empty stomach.

I wouldn’t describe this tea as nasty or unpleasant, it’s simply boring. Between Bitterleaf’s two budget cakes this year (The two Year of the Monkey cakes) the smoking monkey Yiwu blows this one completely out of the water.

Flavors: Candy, Sweet, Vegetal

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

i wasn’t that into this one, either. i should try it again, though.


Yea I’ll finish my sample of it for sure – maybe just a bad day for it, who knows :P


trying it again today, i’m finding it has a nice interesting fruity-floral aftertaste. i’m liking it a lot more than i remember. innnteresting. :)


Interesting – I’ll try to revisit my sample in the next couple of days as well :)

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Another awesome value from Bitterleaf ($0.10/g). Very, very floral (as an Yiwu should be), with a really aromatic 回甘 (sweet finish) that is quite persistent and develops nicely. Slight mineral astringency but no bitterness overall. Very smooth for such a young tea.

Flavors: Blueberry, Brown Sugar, Floral, Fur, Mineral, Nectar, Nutty, Potato, Sweet

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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