After drinking this multiple times, I think I am finally able to make the remarks I’ve tried to but couldn’t in the past.
First, I got suckered into buying this because it has the leaf pressed on top. The aesthetics of that kind of pulled me in as well as the 500g size. I was looking for a cake to buy and send to many people on Instagram and decided on this. Now, to be honest, King Tea window shopping is fun but making a purchase is rough. They have THOUSANDS of puerh items so I had no idea what to do. I ended up choosing Mengku because I have yet to come across someone who reviews a lot of their products so I decided to try my luck on finding something amazing.
My findings are as follows: The tea has been stored well, but the characteristics that the liquid brews is not my type of sheng. This raw material brews medium smokiness to it. This is also a medium soupiness; I actually prefer my sheng to be light rather than thick. The taste for me, with these two qualities, ended up being semi dry and as the sessions went on it became more dry at the back of my mouth. I’m unable to say this is bad or recommend it. Since the smokiness and soup type sheng are not my thing, it’s hard to know when one of the ones I come across might be something considered ‘high quality’. Thankfully, I have figured out my preference so I know which samples to accept from people rather than take all the tea as I did before
p.s. I think 20+ people have a part of my cake somewhere :)