2011 Pure Mengsong Raw Puerh Tea

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1719 tasting notes

Another I haven’t had in a while. Enjoyed 5 cups. This is a green puerh. Still haven’t figured out how to remember if that means sheng or shu. After the first steep the leaf smells like mushrooms – like springtime morels. Yum. I love green puerhs. They are so light and clean. Sweet and sticky on the lips. Seems creamy today.

I gave the third cup to a co-worker- traditionally the best cup. He grumbled, “it tastes like sweet dirt” and poured it out. Guess he is entitled to his opinion, even if he is a stupid head.


I believe it’s a sheng – because it also says raw on the description. The world of pu-erh, confusing it is…

Charles Thomas Draper

Definitely Sheng

E Alexander Gerster

“Sweet Dirt” … hah! I guess some of us like it and some don’t!


I keep trying to widen his tastes. I got him off the bag, but so far having no success moving him past Twinings loose. I like it too but there is so much more. Honestly I knew he wouldn’t like this. It was worth it to see his expression. Sometimes I’m like that.


I bought Harney’s ziyun puerh maocha but don’t care much for it. It is a raw puer. Will it get better if I keep it on the shelf for a few years?


Ashmanra, that’s what I read but being new at this must admit I have never had a sheng puerh long enough to find out. Shu according to some sites also improves with age but to a lesser degree. I have some poorly prepared stuff in a can I am hoping gets less fishy with time.


My raw puer isn’t fishy, but it IS…minty! And the is a mineral quality to it as well. It isn’t awful, but I don’t reach for the tin…if you would like, I can send you a bit to taste and compare.


They are supposed to get better with age, this one is still very young….


“The very young do not always do as they are told”. Geek points for anyone who knows where that quote comes from.

Finally figured out a way to remember sheng and shu. Sheng sounds a little like green. Cheap Shu smells like poo.

Ashmanra, I add chocolate mint to my fishy puerh to tame it. It makes a great drink that way. Lemonade out of lemons. pm sent.

E Alexander Gerster

Anteaus in “The Nox” of SG-1…. So I am not the only SF Geek! (And Tea Geek, Buddhist Geek, Etc…)


I am impressed. Major SF Geek kudos. Live long and prosper!


LOL! And my youngest daughter says she is pretty sure that T’ealc later quotes this line in a different episode, but she wasn’t sure. Geeks here, too! :)


Your daughter is almost correct. O’neil repeats the line in an episode about the Tolan. Do we need a life or what?

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I did not really enjoy this tea. It had a fishy taste and a bitterness that lingered on my pallet.


Interesting. How did you prepare this one? My experience with this tea was positive. I believe it was my favorite of the bunch.


I used cooler temp like for green tea. If you have any of the sample left you might try chamging parameters. Also I did a wash first.


I did play around with the parameters, and that was the best of the methods I tried. I have had success was Raw Pu before. This is just a tea that I do not like, nor do I appreciate the profile.


Again, interesting. This is a good reminder to me how important personal preference is and how that needs to be considered when reading reviews. Better experiences on your next cup!

Doug F

It’s not surprising that this tea was bitter. Raw Pu erh teas need aging. I believe it is rare for lovers of Sheng to drink teas this young. Even a cake that is a few years old is still considered immature.

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1759 tasting notes

I don’t think I used enough leaf! this is so weak… on the first steep it came out as I would expect a seventh or eighth steeping to be.
Then again, I’m a little under the weather so probably can’t taste the subtle notes all that well.
From what I can taste, the pu-erh is very mild, a little earthy, but not fishy at all. There is a mild sweetness that I’m getting but that could be my cold (when I’m sick, I can’t taste spices but everything has a sugary tinge to it)
Oh and I added a tiny bit of white sugar to bring that out. Ok so I know I said in another post that there was only one perk to being sick, but I guess this is more a flip side of not being able to taste spices haha.
Anyhow, I won’t rate this now… I’d rather give a proper review when I can trust my senses more :)
(though I’d rate this particular tea experience an 83)

Thank you Jerry Ma, this is indeed quite lovely!

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309 tasting notes

On the first steeping the scent is very light… almost not there.

It is sweet with a refreshing quality. I’m not well versed in Pu-Erhs, but have tried a fair number and this is different from any I’ve had so far.

It is a bit grassy, but not in an over-powering or putting-off way… Just clean and vegetal. There’s a little of that earthy, almost fishy, flavor at the bottom of the sip but not At All as strong as in other Pu-Erhs I’ve had. Instead it’s gentle and rounds out the flavor some.

Second Steep: The earthy/lightly fishy scent has started to come out. A sweetness, too.

This is still green, but more earthy with that slight sweetness still there. A tiny bit of astingency is coming out, too.

Third Steeping: The scent is a bit more earthy with that light fishyness coming out. Not strong like other Pu-Erhs I’ve had. This is still a very light tea.

The flavor is lighter this time, I feel. Earthy with a touch of green. No sweetness now.

I won’t go on any further about the steepings; I think what I wrote gives a good introduction to this tea. It is a bit green, a bit earthy, a bit sweet… how much and what depending on the steep. It is a Very light and refreshing Pu-Erh, not like anything I’ve tried before.

This may be a buyer. I’ll find out after a few more steepings, probably.

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138 tasting notes

So this is my third puerh I have drank. The other two where dark in liquor color and very strong right off the bat. To my delight this was completely opposite. I put a table spoon in my gaiwan, and it opened me up to a different experience.
It is vegetal and smooth compared to what I have had in the past. Golden yellow in color and the characteristic “fish” taste and smell is subtle.

on to the next puerh in the box :)

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