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2011 Mahei Sheng Ancient Tree Pu-erh from Wymm Tea

2011 Mahei Sheng Ancient Tree Pu-erh from Wymm Tea

MaheiSheng2011Spring1Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Pu-erh

Where to Buy:  Wymm Tea

Tea Description:

This is a sheng pu-erh that brews bright yellow liquor with a delicate taste and silky texture. The tea is full-bodied with minimal astringency, and brings back a prolonged honey-like aftertaste.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This 2011 Mahei Sheng Ancient Tree Pu-erh from Wymm Tea is quite a wonderful tea!  It has a really lovely honey note to it that I don’t usually expect when I drink pu-erh.  It’s not often that the first thing I really notice about a pu-erh is the strong honey tones!  

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One of four little bundles of pu-erh that I received from Wymm Tea.

This has a light vegetal flavor that is – to me – reminiscent of a buttery green tea.  I get a slight creaminess from this cup: a light, buttery vegetative note.  It is wonderfully smooth with no astringency and no bitterness.  It’s mellow yet flavorful and really quite pleasant to sip.

My second infusion was a little less smooth than the first and I’m picking up on some citrus notes as well as a hint of astringency toward the tail.  The creaminess of the first cup has waned and while I’m finding this tea to be different than the last cup, it’s still quite lovely!

The vegetal notes are a little more defined now and I’m not sure if that’s because the creaminess has waned or if it’s because these notes are emerging.  They are lightly herbaceous.

My favorite thing about this cup is the aforementioned citrus notes and the honey notes – I like the way these two profiles taste together.  There is a nice balance to the flavors of this tea and this is something that remains consistent through it’s many infusions.

Later infusions maintained their honey-like tones.  As I continued with the infusions, I noticed that the vegetal notes that I noticed especially in the second infusion began to transcend into a fruit-like note, reminiscent of melon.  Some floral notes began to emerge.

What I didn’t get – throughout those many infusions, I lost count after about six! – was a briny or fishy flavor.  I didn’t taste a strong, earthy quality that I normally associate with a pu-erh.  If you’re someone who tends to shy away from pu-erh because you don’t care for those strong flavors, you really should try this one!  This is a really lovely pu-erh and a very interesting tea – one that’s well worth trying!

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