davelcorp (davelcorp) wrote in puerh_tea,

2001 Menghai YiWu Single Estate

Ok, I'll try this again, I've been having trouble with this entry, so I'm starting again.

This tea is one of my pride and joys. Enjoy the pics, and I'll post tasting notes later...

Front and back...


1st, 3rd, and 12th infusions... this stuff goes on and on...

Wet leaves...

Ok, the tasting notes.
As you can see from the photos, I used a lot of dry leaf -- enough to fill the gaiwan once they opened -- this is how it was originally recommended by Seb at Jing Tea.. I know one person who tried this tea with less leaf and longer brewing times and did not like it, so my guess is that this tea benefits from using more leaf.

One thing that cannot come across in photos is aroma. The aroma of this beeng, when smelled as an entire beeng, is incredible. It contains elements of vegetation, chocolate, leather, and many intangibles. I wish I could bottle this smell and share it with others.

Brewing: 5s rinse, 45s rest...10s, 10s, 15s, 15s, 25s, 30s, 35s, 45s, 60s, 90s, 2m, 5m, I quit.

10s the aroma is very similar to its dry state with strong leather and chocolate notes and a dried mushroom element. The flavor on this first infusion is quiet and mostly sweet like honey with only slight bitterness. The texture is thin and silky. The aftertaste cools the tongue and fills the back of the mouth with sweet flavors.

10s Stronger and larger now. A bitter element comes forward and is equal to the sweet flavor. A very slight sour note is noticeable on the side of the tongue -- similar to the tartness of raspberries. Lingering aftertaste that fluctuates between bitter and sweet.

15s Very full flavor that fills the mouth. It is hard to name the flavors and sensations beyond just saying bitter and sweet.

Ok, I quit trying to describe the individual infusions. This is one of the teas that defies description. I have been putting a lot of though into describing the flavor and sensations and I'm stumped -- it has so much going on that it baffles me trying to pin it down. What is amazing is that it manages to keep all of this in harmony. What I do have to say, is that this tea is a wonderful balance of bitter and sweet with an outstanding aftertaste. It has incredible strength that never seems to wain. This is a tea that I am very proud to own and I will enjoy watching grow older. I want more.
Tags: 2001, menghai region, raw, sheng, yiwu shan

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