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2019 Shuangjiang Mengku Pre-Qingming Spring Tips Raw Pu Erh Cake (100g)

2019 Shuangjiang Mengku Pre-Qingming Spring Tips Raw Pu Erh Cake (100g)

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December 2nd, 2019

I am very, very impressed by the price-to-quality ratio of these little 100g cakes. Shuangjiang Mengku produces some top notch pu erh, but a lot of their material needs some serious storage to knock down the astringency and bitterness. That was absolutely not the case with this limited run of high quality spring material.

This tea really opened up beautifully after two months in my warehouse here in Hong Kong. I store tea on the 11th floor of a solid concrete warehouse building: I work around my pu erh and run air conditioning as I see fit (to keep me comfortable). This setup has worked extremely well for me over the last several years.

This tea isn't smokey, astringent or bitter, considering it is early spring plantation material. You'd really have to push it to get it go bitter. I tried and couldn't! This is a high quality aromatic young sheng that I expect will age very well, as with all of the Mengku productions I've tried to date. This is from a plantation vs. the wild material Mengku is most famous for, but believe me, this tea hits well above its weight class. I'd take one of these over a Xiaguan JiaJi or Teji any day!

I get lovely fruity aromatics from this material, including Concord grape. I bought ten of these cakes to try at the beginning of August, and just bought nine more from Mengku because I simply can't let these very special (and individually numbered) cakes get by me!

I will update this description after I try the tea again (it's been a few months).

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