2006 Guan Zi Zai Sheng Puerh Meng Ku Bing Dao Ancient Tree Tea from Life In Teacup

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Pu-erh

Where to Buy:  Life in Teacup

Tea Description:

Production Year – 2006/Production Season:  Spring/Production Region:  Yunnan, Lincang, Mengku

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Wow!  What a name, huh?  With a name like that, this had better taste good.  I want it to be worthy of so many keystrokes.

And I’m happy to say that it is – at least, in my opinion!  This is remarkably sweet and incredibly smooth, with a pleasantly broth-like mouthfeel, and without some of the stronger earthy notes that I often expect from a Pu-erh.  Sure, this has an earthiness to it, but, it doesn’t taste like dirt.  It is more of a vegetative earthiness, but without tasting grassy.  It has a nice warmth to it, as if it had been gently spiced with subtle notes of pepper.

Very often on Steepster, I read tasting notes from tea drinkers who describe the Pu-erh that they’re drinking to have a brine-y or fish-y taste to it, and I’m happy to say that I don’t taste that here either.  The aforementioned earthy tones have a slight “saltiness” to them without tasting like brine.

Mostly what I taste here is sweetness.  It is a sweetness that I find difficult to describe.  It isn’t a caramel-y or honey-esque sweetness, it tastes like rock candy (aka rock sugar).

Overall, I find this tea to be quite mellow and enjoyable – a very pleasing Pu-erh.  This is a Pu-erh I’d recommend to someone who has tried Pu-erh in the past and decided they didn’t like it because it tasted too earthy or fishy.  This Pu-erh is deliciously different!

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