2014 Leaf Nei Fei Kunlu

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Pu-erh Tea
Pu Erh Tea
Grass, Herbaceous, Honey, Honeysuckle, Nectar, Citrus, Pine, Spicy, Tart
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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This is a pretty impressive mid-budget sheng for people who love tea with energy. It’s still very young (not incredibly complex in flavor yet) but really fun to drink now. The rinsed tea has aromas of cedar, grains, boiled corn, lemon, with more distant floral and honey. The infusions are golden and viscous. It quickly coats the throat and chest with a potent, warming energy while the mouth is left with a cooled and slightly drying sensation. The “edge” or bitterness is mild and of the intriguing sort – not a weedy, “no thank you” taste but slightly medicinal and rapidly evolving into that clean, cool feeling.

The leaves are very pretty with lots of bud & leaf sets to be found and that big printed leaf nei fei (inner ticket) is a show stopper!

357 grams

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I was skeptical about this tea, for I thought it was solely for a collector’s item. However, I decided to not judge a book by its cover (or a tea by its nei fei) and give it a shot. Regrettably, I immediately caught the scent of cigarette smoke from the warmed leaves. The steeped leaves gave off the scent as well. I disregarded this scent and did not let it influence the review. The taste is actually very good. The initial sip is sweet and smooth. I detected a very slight bitterness in the brew. I was picking up notes of honey, grass, nectar, and honeysuckle. This was a nice smooth daily drinker. The huigan was pretty thick and lasted well after brewing. The qi was spectacular. I had already has some puerh previous, so I was beginning to double stack the qi. Needless to say, I needed to take a break from the tea session. This gives a nice a chest warming feeling and a stimulating head buzzing. I really liked this tea, and I’m glad that I got some. The taste is smooth and steady, and the qi is nice day starter.


Flavors: Grass, Herbaceous, Honey, Honeysuckle, Nectar

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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A very nice medium-bodied young sheng with notes of pine, spice, citrus and tart stone fruits in the cup. On some later steeps I also picked up some Granny Smith apples and a faint herbaceous quality. The flavors were not too complex, but the aromas were! As the session progressed I smelled pine sap, split pea soup, cinnamon, apple pie, Meyer lemons, honeydew melon, lemon meringue pie and loquat. I did the session with fairly short steeps (5/7/9/11/… seconds).

The most outstanding quality for me is how this tea reacted with my Qi. After the first three steeps I had to walk away for a number of hours because I had so much energy I could no longer sit still. That happened again after the next four steeps as well, but to a lesser degree. I was able to finish the session (steeps 8 through 19) in one sitting since the energy had subsided a bit by then. This would be a good tea to drink when I have to get up and get things done.

Mandala notes that the tea is very young and not incredibly complex, and my session bore that out. As of this writing a 357 gram cake is only $37, so it might be worth putting one away for a few years to see what it does.

Flavors: Citrus, Herbaceous, Pine, Spicy, Tart

200 °F / 93 °C 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

Those look very large. :)


Nicole — It’s deceiving. I should have put something in there for scale. Those are on the lid of my little 100ml gaiwan, which is 3 inches (7.5 cm) across.

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