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2014 Mengsa Ancient Trees (T4-)
This tea was personally commissioned and pressed by one of my contacts in Taiwan, he made it for his own pleasure and like the best private label productions, this usually means very interesting Tea from some very good material (T4-)!
Immediate strong smell, the aftertaste game of this tea is very strong through the session!
For its age it’s already remarkably thick and there’s a great deal of flavour intensity, this is a very good sign for further aging.
Qi is not mind-blowing but the Tea is a very interesting mouth experience which left me very satisfied with its patient thickness and aftertaste.
Show taste rating system description
Bitterness - a moderate level is considered pleasant, even if it's a bit of an acquired taste
Astringency - neutral but most people will prefer balanced astringency (see "smooth")
Aftertaste - how long does the taste/smell remains in the cup and the mouth?
Thick - is it more soupy or watery?
Patient - how many steeps does it go on for?
Aroma - both in the dry leaf and from the teapot, includes presence of flavour "high notes"
Complex - are there different layer easily recognisable? For a high rating there should be high notes
Huigan - returning sweetness from the throat, lingering in the mouth after drinking
Intensity - how much flavour is there? this is a very good indicator of a tea that will age well
Sweet - neutral though most people like it a lot
Smooth - are astringency and bitterness well balanced with sweetness and thickness? does it go down the throat easily without having to swallow? a lot of drying and salivation can be good indicators for aging, but would diminish the current smooth value
Clean - are there any flavours that are not to do with tea? this is a serious defect and can indicate pesticide or improper processing. Most tea I drink is a 5, with the odd 4 that will "clean" up with aging. Steeping the tea for relatively long will bring out the truth.
I mainly look for high aftertaste and intensity, with decent thickness and smoothness (3+), most tea I drink are .
Puerh tends to be thicker, smoother, have more aftertaste, be less complex, less bitter, less astringent as it ages.
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Calming - does it bring a sensation of stillness?
Intense - how much does the tea affect your mind and body? does it cause heat, burping and/or energy? different from a caffeine rush
Depth - does it keep you interested for a long time and satisfied? does it significantly clarify your thoughts? not just "feeling high" but more "feeling transformed"
Comfortable - is there any anxiety during or after the session?
I mainly look for a high depth value, though usually depth is a combination of calming+intense. Also a comfortable value of 4+.
Qi tends to be deeper, more comfortable, and less intense the older the Tea is.
Of course, higher tier puerh has higher values, particularly in depth, comfortable and one of the two between calming and intense.
Storage: Natural (dry taiwan home storage)
Aging potential: T4 or possibly T4+ in a 5/10 years span, it’s aging well
12g sample, 24g sample, 357g Cake