"Drinking Buddies" 2008 Menghai Sheng Puer

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Pu'erh (sheng) Blend
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Apricot, Camphor, Creamy, Grain, Leather, Mineral, Muscatel, Pine, Resin, Smoke, Sweet, Tannin, Tobacco, Tree Fruit, Wet Rocks, Wintergreen, Wood
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Drinking Buddies

2008 Menghai Sheng Puer
Type: Aged Sheng Pu
Harvest: 2008
Cultivar: Da Ye Zhong
Elevation: Unknown
Location: Menghai, Yunnan
Tasting Notes

Dry Leaf: Herbal Tinctures.
Wet Leaf: Pine Kindling, Smoke, Marshmallow.
Liquor: Light-yellow to orange-gold.
Taste: Old Leather Jacket, Rolling Tobacco, Ginseng.
Slow and Steady

Experience the aged flavors of 2008 Menghai Sheng Puer with our Drinking Buddies. Perfect for after a hearty meal, this tea is said to aid in digestion while simultaneously elevating your senses with its medley of smoky flavors and botanic aromas.

Upon brewing, you’ll discover the subtle notes of the first few infusions, leading up to the ultimate revelation of a cosmos of flavors between the 4th to 6th infusions. This tea is focused on the journey, not an immediate experience.

Drinking Buddies comes wrapped in unmarked white paper in a compressed nest-shaped of ~5g. Please note that some abrasions and damage to the paper may be present, attesting to its journey since pluck.

Aged in Taipei

While originally produced in Menghai County in Yunnan Province, this tea was hand-selected by a collector and aged to perfection in Taiwan before we acquired it in 2022. The dry climate of Taiwan has allowed for the natural development of Chen Xiang or “aged aroma,” while minimizing the development of transformative microflora.

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391 tasting notes

All this Life be damned: I took a breather to sit with a new tea. Really sit. This is a tiny tuo I grabbed from Austin’s, their only puerh. Rather nice, especially for a company that is far more focused on not-sheng offerings.

The warming leaf opens with camphor and some sweet promises around the periphery. Took a few steeps to open up, as tuos do, but the wet leaf was heavy with camphor and basement. Some pink mints/wintergreen.

In the mouth, smoke and minerals started peeking out in the second steep; a touch of tree-fruit-sweet and oily mouth coating in the 3rd. I was a bit stuffy from allergies and sniveling (sigh)… took a Claritin and let the tuo steam while my nose cleared up. When I came back, it was basement camphor with some huigan whispers.

I pushed the next (4th, I think) steep a bit harder; the smell became sweeter with grainy notes; taste opened up to old furniture, pine, leather, tobacco. Muscatel, apricot, wood resin in the wet leaf. Best steep vibes.

Longevity was great, I think I probably got 12 or so. Tobacco/leather/tannins persisted. I wouldn’t say it ever got outright fruity, but it was interesting and enjoyable flavor regardless of the lack of Big Sweet. Old furniture is pretty much my favorite thing to find, so I was a happy camper.

I found the liquor’s nose generally lacking, but that could have been partially due to my cup shape (goblet-ish with a narrow top) and stuffiness. Probably not an immediate rebuy for me due to the tuo-struggle factor, but these would be heckin’ handy for travel/work/out and about. I have a feeling they’d handle long steeping well — I only had one to poke at, though, so that experiment will have to wait.

Flavors: Apricot, Camphor, Creamy, Grain, Leather, Mineral, Muscatel, Pine, Resin, Smoke, Sweet, Tannin, Tobacco, Tree Fruit, Wet Rocks, Wintergreen, Wood

5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

Glad you took some time to sit with a tea <3

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