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10 August 2006 @ 10:55 pm
Mengku Rongshi 2005 Green Label Minibing  
Sample courtesy of davelcorp
Original review HERE

Year: 2005
Producer: Mengku Rongshi
Region: Shuangjiang (Lincang)
Buy it at: Yunnan Sourcing LLC (eBay# 4424337242); M and J's (2004(?) here)
Leaf: Leaves are forest green and silver, mostly broken, with very few twigs, and smallish. Brew to an olive green. Compression is not tight, but not very loose.
Infusion Parameters 1 : 6g in 120ml gaiwan. 10s rinse, 15s, 15s, 20s, 20s, 20s, 25s, 35s, 50s, 70s, ...

Flavor Notes:
1: Clear brew, silken texture and mellowness surprised me. I was expecting something brasher and hyperactive. Similar texture to the XZH Nannuo bing, for those who have tasted it, but without the complex sweet herbal flavor. A bit of metal in the aftertaste.
2: Same: good, but mild and lacking aftertaste.
3: Stronger without bitterness. Aroma lacking, and a bit unbalanced towards floral flavors. This is what I was expecting from the first infusion.
4: Continuing on the same path. Silk gone, now astringent and florals on the rise. Still, the flavors link somehow to each of the previous infusions--a nice continuity.
5: More complex now, which is good. Strong but light, less floral, more forest.
6 & on: Much the same, progressively weaker.

I liked it. Versatile.

I could drink it now or drink it in 7 years. I don't know if it'll last much longer than that.

Would I buy this tea?:
Minibings, again...probably get one or two at that price. Maybe a tong in China if the price is very cheap.

Current Location: 90004
Current Mood: thirstythirsty
In My Cup:: Menghai 2003 Crab's Claw
davelcorp on August 11th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
just being picky, but that is the sample I provided. I recognize the knife-cuts on the nei fei from butchering the mini-beeng into sample sizes. I believe hster had a different contribution.

Overall, I believe we had similar tasting notes. Here is my original posting.
[satyriasis] - Jason: teabearsbearsbears on August 11th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
HA!! i was drinking hster's sample so that's what i wrote. LOL. will fix and add link!
thsu on August 19th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
2005 Mengku Rongshi Green Label Mini-Beeng
Young small/medium leaves. Machine pressed.
Heated Leaf aroma:
Mild sweet smoke / hint of wood-chip / camphor.
Water temp: Crab/fish eye.
Infusion and ratio:
6g in 150ml gaiwan. brief rinse, 90 sec. rests, 15s, 20s, 20s, 30s, 60s
Liquor color:
lacking clarity, light golden amber.
Flavor Notes:
Wood-chip. Mild stringency, veggie, lots of floral, medium sweetness, refreshing / cool aftertaste, long sweet finish with clean, cooling back of throat. Mild complexity/strength.
Best Infusion: 4th infus. less bites and sweet aftertaste.
Cha Qi: Medium.
Smell smoky but no smoky taste. Good floral and lingering sweet cool aftertaste. Very pleasant young bing. Clarity problem.
Age-ability: flair.
Would I buy this tea: Too young to judge.If the floral faded in time, then what character will replace?
estif on September 1st, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
Finally getting around to brewing this one.

Parameters: Small Gaiwan (ml?), with 1/4 full of leaf. Infusion times--15, 15, 15, 20, 25, 30, 30, 35, 45, 45, 45...

I really enjoyed the color of the dry leaf. Nice mix of light and dark green. Pretty firmly compressed--I guess this is how one can tell that it's been machine pressed, right?

This one took a couple of infusions to get going, mostly due to the tight compression. I ended up with a lot of leaf in the cup (almost completely full), once the leaves fully unfurled around the 6th infusion.

I liked the balance of this tea--it seemed to play between sour and bitter with nice floral notes as well. Given the amount of leaf, I did find it a bit harsh in infusions 3-6. By the later infusions, I noted a slight oaty (grain) sweetness--not very pronounced, but there.

This tea left my cheeks dry but my throat very well cooled. I'll have to brew this using less leaf and see what I get.

Would I buy this? Hmm, I haven't had a lot of experience yet with young sheng to be able to differentiate. On the other hand, David does have a whole tong of these just sitting around. He'll never be able to drink all of that by himself!