2007 Meng Song Gushu Tea Tasting (Teasenz)

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Last week, the friendly people at Teasenz sent me several samples. There’s a wide variety of sheng and shu dragon balls, several phoenix oolong teas, and a 2007 Meng Song Gushu sheng puerh. The 2007 Meng Song is the tea I picked for today’s tea session.

2007 Meng Song

This tea was harvested in the spring of 2007 in the Meng Song region. The leaves were aged in loose form until November 2022, when they were pressed into cakes.

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The fact that the leaves were aged in loose form first was to allow for a more uniform aging process.

Tea tasting

  • Water 99C
  • 5.5g for a 120ml zisha teapot

The leaves have a dark uniform brown color but the buds are a lighter shade of brown. It’s a mix of medium-sized and larger leaves. I also see smaller ones, but those are some bits that seem to be broken off. I only have a sample and not a full cake…

2007 Meng Song Teasenz Tea Adventures

The aroma has notes of dry wood to it and there is also a touch of something sweet and fruity. After rinsing, I’m getting notes of tobacco without any of the smokiness usually associated with it.

Infusion 1 (15s): the liquor of this infusion is clear and has a golden color. The overall experience is quite intense already, even for a first infusion. There is a honey-like sweetness present, but it’s beneath the surface. I’m also getting some aged notes, but those are really subtle.

Infusion 2 (20s): tobacco is coming through right from the start. There is also a slight smokiness from the middle onwards. The finish becomes sweet and this is also the case for the aftertaste.

Infusion 3 (25s): the liquor is not changing that much as it’s still the same color and it still looks thick. It starts to show a bit of a bite but in a nice way. The tobacco smokiness is also there beneath the surface and a slight astringency pops up from the finish onwards into the aftertaste. After a couple of minutes, a honey-like sweetness fills the back of my throat.

Infusion 4 (30s): I feel this tea is fairly consistent across the different infusions. Subtle notes of tobacco with a sweet undertone. I do feel the flavors are fading a bit in this one so I’m boiling fresh water for the next infusion. It’s still a good infusion, though.

Infusion 5 (40s): reboiling water has a big effect on the liquor as it seems oily now. Pleasant smokiness from the start and this slowly dies out towards the finish. The astringency is still noticeable from the finish into the aftertaste. After a couple of minutes, faint notes of honey stick to my throat.

Infusion 6 (50s): this one feels similar to infusion 5, albeit a bit less intense.

Conclusion

This is a consistent tea that didn’t change much with honey and sweetness at the start and more smoky and tobacco in the second part of the tea session.

I only have a sample to work with so I can’t get to know this tea that well, but I think it’ll be an interesting journey if you brew a full cake of this tea.

2007 Meng Song Gushu

As a saying goes “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” We think there’s no better way of describing this raw pu erh tea.

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