Thursday, June 19, 2008

2007 Menghai Jewel Pu-erh Tea (Pride of Menghai)

Yunnan Menghai Jewel Pu-erh Tea

Pride of Menghai tasting kit - Puerhshop

This cake is a QS certified Green product made by Nanqiao Tea Factory, a tea factory located in Menghai, Xishuangbanna. As a batch # 701 product it uses 2007 early Spring raw material with a real nice floral smell, and the aroma was very soothing. It had variable hints of honey, floral, fresh grass and the slightest melon.

It is a Gold award winner in Chengdu like Nanqiao 753, some believes that it would become a prized collectable.

  • Manufactured by: Nanqiao Tea Factory
  • Vintage: 2007 unfermented or raw
  • Premium class
  • Loose tea leaves
  • Caffeine: Moderate
  • Model: Nanqiao Menghai Jewel - 217

My thoughts:

Boiling Rinse 10sec X 2 then waited 60sec
1st Infusion - 10sec
2nd Infusion - 15sec
3rd Infusion - 10sec
4th Infusion - 30sec

The aroma coming off the wet leaves has a nice scent of floral, hint of sweet honey, and I got nothing of melon.

The first sip hit me with bitterness, and a strong flow. The liquid has a potent aftertaste while swallowing. Left a lingering peppery buttery taste on my tongue way after finishing the last cup.

The color was a beautiful golden liquor.

There were no "qi" effects for this puerh.

This is a 2007 puerh and has the potential to be something big a few years down the road. For right now, I am going to put this one on the shelf and age a bit.

Rating: 6/10

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