2008 Meng Song Arbor Tree Sheng

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Pu Erh Tea
Flavors
Baked Bread, Brandy, Broth, Buffalo Grass, Camphor, Dates, Eucalyptus, Fig, Flowers, Honeysuckle, Leather, Lemon, Medicinal, Mushrooms, Pleasantly Sour, Red Fruits, Savory, Smoked, Spicy, Walnut, Wet Rocks, Wood
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  • “Dry, this smells a lot like the other teas I received from White Antlers — kind of perfumey and like buffalo grass. It’s pretty brown leaf though and as Life in Teacup states, had been subjected...” Read full tasting note
  • “ok…I’m embarrassed to admit that while I spent all of yesterday afternoon drinking this tea, I didn’t write anything down and seem to have amnesia about it. I do remember that it was enjoyable, a...” Read full tasting note
  • “I think some of you sheng heads might really enjoy this tea from Life in Teacup. It is a nicely aged 2008, and brews up a dark orange thick soup. It’s got a little smoke, some fruit, and slight...” Read full tasting note

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Production Year

2008

Production Season

Spring

Production Region

Producer

Yunnan, Menghai County, Mengsong region

Xiangming Factory

Style

Sheng
Size

Price per unit 357g, 15g

$70, $6

Product #

6hpuerhymms08

Why we chose this tea?
Mengsong is a late-rising star in the most recent puerh market boom. The raw tea price in this region back in 2008 was still relatively low. Besides, the tea trees in the region didn’t suffer from over-exploitation as some other puerh producing regions. Therefore this tea is available at a very good price, and in our opinion, the quality exceeds its price level. More importantly, with very nice and clean dry storage in Guangzhou, the tea seems to have completed its first aging stage and is quite enjoyable now.

This tea was in completely dry storage in Guangzhou between 2008 and 2013.

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3 Tasting Notes

1005 tasting notes

Dry, this smells a lot like the other teas I received from White Antlers — kind of perfumey and like buffalo grass. It’s pretty brown leaf though and as Life in Teacup states, had been subjected to 7 years of dry Guangdong storage. I can definitely smell the storage in the warmed and rinsed leaf with lots of traditional Chinese medicine character.

The brew tastes a lot like mushroom broth and smoky leather. Nuances of cognac fruitiness, sweet mushroom, walnut bread, wet rocks, eucalyptus and camphor, old flowers, spicy wood. It’s oily but a little flat feeling. Mild bitterness and an astringent undercurrent. Date-like returning sweetness only last for the first several infusions. Handles absent-minded infusions well. Very long-lasting stimulation.

For the price of 20c/g, this is a fair gem of an aging tea and an easy drinker with no heavy wet storage character. However, if you’re picky, there is a sour, lemony aftertaste that might deter. I’d personally like to try this with another 3-5 years of that same Guangdong storage it had from 2008 to 2015.

Thank you White Antlers for sharing, and I do hope you come back soon!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Brandy, Broth, Buffalo Grass, Camphor, Dates, Eucalyptus, Fig, Flowers, Honeysuckle, Leather, Lemon, Medicinal, Mushrooms, Pleasantly Sour, Red Fruits, Savory, Smoked, Spicy, Walnut, Wet Rocks, Wood

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ok…I’m embarrassed to admit that while I spent all of yesterday afternoon drinking this tea, I didn’t write anything down and seem to have amnesia about it.
I do remember that it was enjoyable, a little bitter at the beginning but not in a bad way, and gradually sweeter, and it had a nice tanginess. Also a little shroomy brothiness at some point.
I know…that’s pretty generic…sorry…

Ubacat

It’s happened to me plenty of times.

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286 tasting notes

I think some of you sheng heads might really enjoy this tea from Life in Teacup. It is a nicely aged 2008, and brews up a dark orange thick soup. It’s got a little smoke, some fruit, and slight mushroom tones. A little astringency rounds out the flavor nicely. Definitely worth a sample, it’s $70 a cake at present, which seems like a very fair price given the quality.

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