This was last night’s tea for me. I enjoyed it quite a bit. I think Mengku is “my” region for raws so I wanted to try a few more in my most recent tea order to be sure. I don’t think the description mentions Mengku at all but it’s in the tags on the product page. For some reason the Mengku raws I’ve had have been easier on my stomach than raws from other areas. I also have the Golden Pig small cake so it’ll be interesting to compare the two little piggies.
This reminds me of a younger version of YS’s Buddy raw, which is also a Mengku tea. A little fruity, a little floral, a little bitter, a little sweet. It seemed a bit more astringent than Buddy and gets bitter faster if you oversteep. You know how sometimes you smell or taste something and you think “this is like [some thing]…but not”? There’s something there that reminds you of something but it’s not exact? I smelled orange blossom but spicy. I really like spicy floral scents and orange blossom. Putting the two together was unexpected but it kind of worked for me. I wasn’t able to steep this one until it lost flavor because it made me so sleepy. I think I did 5-6 steeps and it probably could have gone for several more. I’ll try to make better notes while I sip next time if I’m not as sleepy. Definitely going on my reorder list so I can keep drinking it but have at least a few of them stashed away to age a few years.