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2020 Nerd Molieshan Raw Pu Erh Cake (200g)

2020 Nerd Molieshan Raw Pu Erh Cake (200g)

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February 21st, 2021

This tea has changed considerably since December! The green tea-like character entirely dissipated, as expected, and the liquor is now sweet wildflower and nectarine dominant, with some cantaloupe-like character in the finish that is much sweeter and more delicate than usual. The cha qi from this tea was truly excellent today! I'm very happy with how this tea has opened up in my storage and I'm glad to be able to offer this tea and watch it change over time.

December 7th, 2020

These cakes were produced under the Nerd brand by one of the largest distributors of pu erh in Yunnan (and now one of the largest producers of pu erh by volume, as well). While this company's products don't get much attention in Western circles, and some believe their origin claims for their material may be spurious, I was both surprised and impressed by their 2018 PuZiWei Nanpo, which hit well above its price point and also has held up well over time. The Nanpo held up well when compared against a much more expensive Nanpo production from a Western producer, and was much less expensive: the character was undeniably very similar as well. 

These cakes are produced with material from Molieshan, in the greater Bingdao area. Molieshan isn't an area I've heard of before, but this year I bought this tea from a Western-facing producer with strong connections in the region, and then realized this production from Nerd/Dr Pu was also available (and at a nice price point). I decided to buy some to compare, and this tea has been in my warehouse for over a month now, which has allowed the tea to rehydrate some from its time in Kunming. I haven't yet tried the more expensive production from the Western-facing producer, but I will soon. Regardless of whether or not this tea really is from Molieshan (and I do believe the claim), this is a very pleasant young sheng that I think many of you would enjoy.

The cake has a lightly fruity scent that I believe will become much more prominent with more time in the warehouse, once the tea is fully rehydrated and active again. I have a total of five cakes on hand, and have sampled from the first one. I will purchase more as soon as some of this tea sells so everyone gets a properly rehydrated (and possibly, slightly aged) cake.

In the cup, my initial impression was that this tea is very pleasantly fruity and it reminded me of Flintstone's vitamins from my childhood. This is in line with what I expect from Bingdao-region productions. The material has been oxidized to bring out more aroma, but today's productions are often oxidized to just the right level to make tea good for drinking now as well as in the future: the process has definitely become much more precise over time. Of course, the only way to know if a tea will age well is to actually age it, so I won't know what this tea's long term aging prospects are like until 2022 or so!

There is a slightly green herbaceous character under the sweet fruity aromatics that I believe will age out over time: it is mild and doesn't detract too much from the experience. This a young sheng processing note that I believe will dissipate with several more months in storage.

The liquor also has pleasant huigan, which is always something pu erh aficionados welcome. I get notes of Concord grape, blueberry, citrus and tropical fruit as the session progresses. There are also peach and wildflower notes deeper down: they are not dominant (at least not at this stage). The flavor is full and I believe it will get more intense over time here in HK as the tea springs back to life.

This is a great tea at this point, and one I believe will improve with more time in the warehouse. I will update the description as the tea opens up further, and will also update after I compare the material to the 2020 version from the Western-facing producer.

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