2005 Mengku "Mu Shu (Mother Tree) Cha"

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Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Mint, Pine
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 oz / 93 ml

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  • “Decided to finish off a sample today that I’ve had lying around for a little over a year. This is a strongly minty tea, both in the aroma and on the tongue, with some initial pine-iness, as well. ...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is the first year of production for the Mu Shu Cha and this premium cake is now seen as a classic production from the Shuangjiang Mengku Tea Co. Early spring material from the Shuangjiang...” Read full tasting note
  • “I really need to start logging more teas. I’m drinking tea, I am! The problem is a bunch of the ones I’ve had recently are not in the Steepster database, so I have to go through the trouble of...” Read full tasting note

From Hou De Asian Art & Fine Teas

Harvest Year: 2005

Production Year: 2005

Manufacturer: Meng Ku Tea Factory

Type: slightly aged green cake

Weight: 500g +/- 10g

Description: Acquired by Hou De in 2005 and have since been stored in Houston. I liked the intensity, woodiness in fragrance and have been happy with its aging progress. How much it has mellowed since the first tasting of it!

The appearance of the cake is very clean, with a good portion of golden-colored leaf buds decorating the surface. The aroma blends the spiciness of camphor/almond, floral scents, and a robust woodiness. The taste has been mellowed significantly from what it was in 2005. The storing condition in Houston, much drier than in Hong Kong or Taiwan, contributes to the cleanness in both aroma and taste. Very good brewing durability.

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Decided to finish off a sample today that I’ve had lying around for a little over a year. This is a strongly minty tea, both in the aroma and on the tongue, with some initial pine-iness, as well. The durability here is unremarkable; neither is it a marathon tea nor giving up in a few steeps. Similarly, qi is debatable, with the tea leaving a vague calmness that, while pleasant, may be mostly caffeine. That said, the flavor’s great and the mouthfeel thick and syrupy, so on the balance, this is a winner. I’m not mourning the fact that I missed out on this tea, but I do feel an indistinct regret.

Flavors: Mint, Pine

Preparation
Boiling 8 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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This is the first year of production for the Mu Shu Cha and this premium cake is now seen as a classic production from the Shuangjiang Mengku Tea Co. Early spring material from the Shuangjiang region in the county of Lincang. Stone pressed – a mix of many whole leaves with stems and pieces. The tea liquor is a rich deep golden color and the early infusions are very aromatic, pungent and slightly astringent, with a mature sweetness. Strong aftertaste and thick mouthfeel. The tea becomes a bit creamy and fruity in later infusions and rather full in the mouth with a thickness that stays long on the tongue. 2005 was a particularly good production year for S.Mengku and many of these teas have become highly regarded mid-age shengs. The prices are very fair given the quality of the material and the age. This tea sells for $72 (500g = $0.14/g) and last year I purchased the 2005 DaXueShan (Big Snow Mtn.) from White2Tea for $60 (357g = $0.17/g). Two very good semi-aged teas. If you happen to run across either at a good price, definitely worthy of consideration.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 2 OZ / 60 ML
DharmaTea

Funny, I had this in my cart overnight and it was gone when I went to buy it the next day. Good score.

igo_cha

Managed to grab one of the last two.

tanluwils

I have the 2006 version of this guy which seems to be expertly aged. It’s much fruiter than I expected. It seems there aren’t many of these mid-2000s S Mengku cakes left.

DigniTea

Yes, I am a fan of both the 2005 and 2006 as well as the 2005 S.Mengku DXS/Big Snow Mountain.

tanluwils

I’m familiar with teas from Yong De’s Da Xue Shan, but I don’t think I’ve actually had tea from the Da Xue Shan of Mengku. Is this recipe from that terroir?

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I really need to start logging more teas. I’m drinking tea, I am! The problem is a bunch of the ones I’ve had recently are not in the Steepster database, so I have to go through the trouble of adding the tea.

Anyway, I did it! Thanks to Grill for this sample!

I haven’t developed a taste for sheng with some years on it, but this one ain’t bad! Very clean taste. Brews up amber in color with a slightly minty aroma. Tastes kinda fruity, like dried fruit! Mmm! It has some bitterness, especially in early steeps. Not super thick, but decent. It’s also very reasonably priced. I really like the dried fruit taste, so this one is wishlisted!

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