Mountains Of The Moon 2011

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Pu Erh Tea
Flavors
Baked Bread, Black Currant, Camphor, Chocolate, Cocoa, Earth, Leather, Mineral, Peat, Pleasantly Sour, Smoke, Spicy, Vanilla, Wet Wood
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Average preparation
Boiling 9 g 6 oz / 190 ml

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  • “It’s been a while. I honestly forgot what shou tastes like. I had only 2 steeps last night and was up for hours, packing up tea samples and writing letters, granted I used the whole 9g freebie...” Read full tasting note

From Mandala Tea

We present to you our Mountains of the Moon. This ripe tea got its name not only from the photo we took of it during a tea session, but also for the way it makes us feel when we drink it – out of this world.

Rather than a blend of both larger and smaller leaves, this ripe tea is composed of all mid-sized leaves. This makes it perfect for those who love to brew tea in longer infusions, but still works well in gong fu style brewing as well. You’ll find the brewed liquor of this tea to be very clear and deep red. The flavor earthy, smooth, sweet in shorter steeps. In longer infusions, prepare for lift-off as the power of the leaf is capable of catapulting you to the moon.

Picked and processed in 2011, we visited this area (Lincang) in 2012 and were impressed with the fresh, clean air and lack of cities and traffic. We got a flat tire not far from where this tea was stored for the last 5 years and had one of the best meals ever while we waited for a repair.

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It’s been a while. I honestly forgot what shou tastes like.

I had only 2 steeps last night and was up for hours, packing up tea samples and writing letters, granted I used the whole 9g freebie Mandala sent in a 190mL clay pot. Longish steeps with this pot, which has a 10-12s pour. Finished the session this morning with 7 infusions total.

Dry leaf has notes of chocolate, leather, peat, a hint of smoke and tangy black current.
Aromas coming from warmed and rinsed leaf are of baked bread and the piquant, nose-tickling scents of fermenting sourdough and fruit. Compared to the warm and rinsed leaf aromas, which I found intriguing and pleasant, the tea is exceptionally smooth. Medium to light bodied, clean and initially cooling. Mostly tastes of minerals and damp basement (but not musty) in the beginning. Returning sweetness takes a bit to show. As the steeps lighten, I can pull notes of baked bread, leather, lightly sweet earth and a hint of camphor which is much more evident in the chest than in taste. The liquor develops a short-lived spicy, warming bite in the throat. Aroma transitions from the clean damp basement smell to light vanilla and cocoa.

Overall, this is a satisfying, easy-drinking clean brew that lies more along the savory line than sweet. It is relaxing as many good shou tend to be but it also possesses a smooth caffeine buzz for me. Another quality shou from Mandala, thanks!

Song pairing: Townes Van Zandt — Nothin’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF_3w_gXing

Flavors: Baked Bread, Black Currant, Camphor, Chocolate, Cocoa, Earth, Leather, Mineral, Peat, Pleasantly Sour, Smoke, Spicy, Vanilla, Wet Wood

Preparation
Boiling 9 g 6 OZ / 190 ML
Kawaii433

I haven’t been drinking for much of any Pu-Eerh lately. Just not in the mood, I guess. This one does sound good. Merry Christmas, Derk!

derk

And Merry Christmas to you!

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