2011 Menghai Sheng Tai Tuo Cha

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Clay, Earth, Leather, Loam, Oak wood, Resin, Wet Earth
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Caffeine
Medium
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Average preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 oz / 150 ml

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  • “Something I drank during the week – Western style. I don’t know why, but this just tasted funky to me this time around? Had to nail exactly what element was off to me as it wasn’t the...” Read full tasting note
  • “Breweing this way early, could easily use another couple years to lose some of it’s more astringent properties. Pleasant level of soil smell and taste, muted though, more like oak because of its...” Read full tasting note
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Originating from ecological plantations (Sheng Tai), this shou Pu Er was compressed in the traditional form of the bird’s nest (tuo cha). Its liquor, opaque and deep, has a dense and silky texture, enhanced with classic notes of damp undergrowth and roots (licorice). Subtle aerial nuances of incense and oat flowers confer lightness and softness to well-rooted tea. An entry-level aged tea of excellent quality.

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Something I drank during the week – Western style.

I don’t know why, but this just tasted funky to me this time around? Had to nail exactly what element was off to me as it wasn’t the “oily/muddy/fishy/dank” type of funk that is often described with unpleasant shou. What this did taste like was leathery and sweet. Maybe too sweet? I don’t know. Bottom line is that this tea wasn’t vibing with me.

Maybe next time.

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Breweing this way early, could easily use another couple years to lose some of it’s more astringent properties. Pleasant level of soil smell and taste, muted though, more like oak because of its astringency. Clay, old leather, mushroom flavors all present. This would be a good shu to mature, but if you drink it now (2017), brew it short and expect that astringency you get from alkaloid rich herbs like Yellow Dock or Goldenseal.

Flavors: Clay, Earth, Leather, Loam, Oak wood, Resin, Wet Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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