Plum Beauty 2019 Mengsong Raw Puer

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Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Apricot, Astringent, Bitter, Cedar, Floral, Flowers, Herbs, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Malt, Meat, Metallic, Peas, Pepper, Pine, Plants, Popcorn, Salt, Stonefruits, Sweet, Tart, Thick, Umami, Vanilla, Vegetal, Wheat
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Edit tea info Last updated by Roswell Strange
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 oz / 90 ml

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  • “Mengsong seems to produce a lot of good tea. Plum Beauty sold by BLT is one of them, and at a very good price too. It has a complex bouquet, strong and well-integrated bitterness, and a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Gongfu! Had this one last night with my Arbee Ceramics pot – I still can’t get over how gorgeous this pot is and how smoothly it pours! The sheng was unsurprisingly lovely – so far I’ve enjoyed all...” Read full tasting note
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From Bitterleaf Teas

A perennial favourite with both our customers and ourselves, this tea carries a deep fragrance and floral flavour. There is also some gentle, but pleasant, bitterness and plenty of sweetness in the throat, making this an exceptionally balanced tea.

Disclaimer: If you’re expecting plum or stone fruit notes based on the name, those may be slightly detectable at this stage, but will become increasingly obvious as the years go on. 5 or more years of patient storage will be rewarded.

The material for this tea comes from ~40yr “fangyang” (放养/left to grow) trees that are not treated with pesticides, fertilizer or any other intervention outside of picking. This is hands down our preferred type of material as it often lends a richer flavour and texture, but at a more affordable level than gushu or old trees.

Picking period: Pre-April 6

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Mengsong seems to produce a lot of good tea. Plum Beauty sold by BLT is one of them, and at a very good price too. It has a complex bouquet, strong and well-integrated bitterness, and a long-lasting aftertaste, all being hallmarks of a quality tea in my opinion. It does, however, upset the stomach a little bit, make sure not to drink it on an empty stomach!

Before the session, the aroma is sweet, floral, and metallic and it explodes into a multitude of directions after the rinse. There are notes of popcorn, stewed beef, green peas, semolina, vanilla ice cream, cedar, and honeysuckle as well as other plants and flowers.

Already the rinse is very flavourful. It has a bitter and savoury profile with a peppery finish – a sign of things to come. The bitterness is continually present throughout the session, but it is well-integrated as I mentioned already and doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. Complementing it are various vegetal, floral and tart flavours. I can detect hints of apricot pits, stone fruit skins, jasmine and pine needles.

The tea has a medium to full body with a colloidal mouthfeel and a medium astringency. The aftertaste is crisp and cooling and shows a lot of sweetness alongside the persisting bitterness – the huigan is pretty strong. Despite being floral and sweet, it is not a honey-like aftertaste I’d often associate with teas from He Kai and some other nearby Menghai areas. Instead, there are also notes of malt, rosemary, and salt. Rounding out the experience is a fairly lively and energizing qi that is not overpowering in any way.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Bitter, Cedar, Floral, Flowers, Herbs, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Malt, Meat, Metallic, Peas, Pepper, Pine, Plants, Popcorn, Salt, Stonefruits, Sweet, Tart, Thick, Umami, Vanilla, Vegetal, Wheat

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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Gongfu!

Had this one last night with my Arbee Ceramics pot – I still can’t get over how gorgeous this pot is and how smoothly it pours! The sheng was unsurprisingly lovely – so far I’ve enjoyed all of the Plum Beauty variants. Fragrant as soon as the water hits the leaves, this starts sweeter and syrupy with floral stonefruit notes (white peach, magnolia, a hint of jasmine) moving into a bit of baby bitterness and greener edge on the finish with great huigan!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CB8IXR_AkvH/

I feel like the first photo really well captures the level of chaos and clutter on my desk – I thrive on it though, it’s like this little alcove where I’ve strategically “domed” this around it and so when my tray is nestled in there it feels very beautiful to me.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1WxBAdknpw

Martin Bednář

I know that song, right?! I I certianly heard it before. And nice one. As well the tea :)

Martin Bednář

And photos! :)

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