2012 Autumn Mengku Ba Nuo Shan Raw Puerh Cake

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  • “Dry – Sweet, faintly flowery and fruity, refreshing. Wet – Honeyed sweetness, faint bittersweet floral notes, some thickness, fruity. Liquor – Golden/Light amber. The initial cups are sweet that...” Read full tasting note

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We are happy to find this nice autumn Mengku cake with reasonable price – far away from “Mengku fever prices”.

Banuo is one of Mengku villages with typical character. In Bingdao, the Mengku ancient tea mountain is divided into east and west part, and each has its own characteristics. Banuo is the representative of east mountain and has the biggest ancient tea garden (over 1500 mu) currently preserved in this area. Big leaves tea has a long history in Banuo. Lahu people have grown it for more than 500 years. The biggest tea tree in the ancient tea garden rounds 1.4 meters much.

Selected arbor tea, picked in late October and pressed in November 2012. Compression is medium to tight. Strong and excellent flower scent, balanced but powerful taste with floral sweet aftertaste. We recommend this cake for customers who like our Nanpo Autumn cake which has been sold out. 357g per cake, 7 cakes per bamboo tong. Sample 25g here.

Manufacturer : You Gu Chen Xiang Tea Shop, Kunming

Production date : 11/2012

Weight : 357g

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Dry – Sweet, faintly flowery and fruity, refreshing.
Wet – Honeyed sweetness, faint bittersweet floral notes, some thickness, fruity.
Liquor – Golden/Light amber.

The initial cups are sweet that resembles mellow honey and has subtle fruity and floral notes. The body is medium to full, but not the most lasting. I would describe it as being full initially and keeps a medium body as it washes down. The broth is sweet, fruity,floral and mellow with a smooth body and some thickness. The bitterness is very subtle, almost non-existent at this point.

Mid session the liquor has some more floral notes and the sweetness is not as strong as the initial two or three cups. The Honey notes are still there, but take a backseat to the floral that is still gentle and smooth, the liquor maintains a medium body and is mostly smooth with minor astringency appearing at the end of each sip.

The final cups have an initial floral with faded fruity notes and some ‘vegetal’/green notes with some astringency. There’s still sweetness left in the cup, just not as apparent or as forward, but still enjoyable. The tea is holding up pretty well for the age and most of the young notes are herbaceous with astringency.

Final Notes
A very nice tea, specially for the price range. This is a recommended for those who enjoy mellow teas or people still getting used to Puerh. It isn’t flashy, it is subtle and mellow with not much change in the session. The huigan fairly lasting and the final astringency is not overwhelming at all.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Honey

205 °F / 96 °C

I have still to order from here. I wish their shipping policies were a little more “set in stone” so I would know what the final tally would be. Maybe we can get them to implement something like this. I love their line up of products. Just wish they had a set price on shipping.


mopar – I can tell you from a recent order that I was charged $20 for EMS shipping for 3 puerh cakes.


Yeah, they have to fix that. My first order wasn’t that bad, but granted it was all samples, except fro one 150gm cake. I’m looking at some others they have and this one to pick up. The price vs quality is great.


$20.00 EMS for 3 I can live with. I have actually paid that on EMS for one. Thanks for the info both of you.


How does this contrast from the Misty Peaks Yiwu you mention above?


Yeah, I don’t think my shipping was over $20.
Yang To me they sound similar on ‘paper’, but hit different spectrum of taste. The NanNuo is very pronounced in honeyed sweetness and fruity notes, some floral with thickness and hay like vegetal notes. Misty Peak’s Yiwu is Honeyed sweet and floral with fruity notes, but they are much more subtle and balanced with the vegetal notes that are more ‘savory’ or even faintly brine-y. I always say that Yiwu has an olive oil or faint artichoke taste in the middle. :)

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