2011 Autumn Mang Zhi Ancient Arbor Raw Pu-erh Cake

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Kale, Maple Syrup, Oak, Smoke
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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Mang Zhi is a small village of Yi and Yao people living just north of Yi Wu town in the vicinity of Yi Bang and Xi Kong villages. Like the teas from Yi Bang and Xi Kong the tea is a primordial mixed large and small leaf varietal. The tea leaves are not as big as Yi Wu mountain (proper) large leaf varietal but have a higher level of aroma (香气高) but not lacking in cha qi (茶气). The brewed tea is aromatic, thick and sweet but not entirely lacking in bitterness and astringency. Mang Zhi village tea leaves are dark olive green color when brewed. Careful attention was paid to the processing of this mao cha giving it an even taste and color with little or no black flecks (if the leaves are signed during the kill-green process). The mao cha was carefully steamed and pressed with 40 kilogram stone presses in the traditional manner and each stack of 7 cakes was packed in the highest grade bamboo leaf tongs for collection and long-term storage.

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This was my meditation tea today. I picked this because the ceramic jar was staring me down, and I should treat myself. The dry leaf has a very sharp and dry “green” scent if that makes sense. I warmed up my sheng yixing and threw in a generous amount of maocha. The aroma that filled my tea room was so succulent. I could hint at a deep maple syrup tone. This was such a sweet and warm smell, so I let it set in there for a few more minutes to take in its aroma. I washed the leaves once and prepared for brewing. The steeped leaves turned dark green and smelled of smoked hickory and bitter greens. The flavor was amazing. This was a perfect tea to pick to meditate with. This brew had a smooth smoky flavor with a dry white wood undertone. The flavor was encapsulated with a lasting huigan. The qi I felt was amazing. This was not a brew that had me floored and taken aback by its sheer power. Instead, I was mesmerized. My body became silent and cooled. I was put into a calm and almost sleep like state. I began to feel everything calm down with each additional sip. This tea has some power in it, but it’s of the calm and focused variety. Although, this brew didn’t stand up to a great many steepings (less than 10) it was an amazing tea session. I was so calm by the end of it that I decided to go lay out on the sun bed and take in some rays while I rest. This will be a treat for when I wish to unwind and become quiet for a bit.


Flavors: Kale, Maple Syrup, Oak, Smoke

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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