|The 250g cake has nice jacket- besides Chinese, there is also (if I am not wrong) Burmese description and post-printed logo of the Slovak seller.|
It came to me from Slovak eshop Pu-erh.sk, with few more samples, in late autumn. I didn't know this shop before and I was agreeably surprised. I haven't found any weak or unpleasant leaves in my package then. What we can say about my favorite one? According to supplier the cake came from Mannuo village from Bulangshan. Leaves are from ancient tea trees which are pluck by Bulang minority. But what leaves say ?
Cake is natty, pressing is medium-strength. Leaves are smaller to middle sized. When smelling to the whole cake, there are heavier scents of fruits, from apricot to citrus, and also light hint of tabacco. In wet leaves, those fruits are still there, just more juicy and pungent. It makes my mouth water, just like slice of lemon. It is really funny...we can call it sheng-reflex.
|Testing new stove and kettle...|
First brew is light in color and thick, strong in mouth feel. Though I feel a bitter tastes (citrus like) on beginning, it disappears before I swallow the sip. I have oversteep the third brew and this bitterness was stronger and very similar to fresh teas from LaoManE. But those pungent fragrances, which remind in empty cup, are more fruity and sweet.
What makes this tea so special? It is probably that there is nothing special, nothing to spare. It is clean and strong raw puehr and that it is. There is nothing "interesting", striking or strange. It is not fawning but on other hand I dont have to look after taste and character- my mouth are full of it. Its stamina is outstanding. I also like the energy of this tea. I call it forest qi. It makes me breathe deep. Mind is focused, body energize. That the place where my love to Pu-ehr comes from and what with is feeded.
|Coltsfoot- the first wild flowers from our garden. I am going to pick them and dry them- it is one of my favorite herbal teas when I get cold.|