2014 Green Mark Meng Sa Tea Tasting (Puerh.uk)

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2014 Green Mark Meng Sa puerh uk Tea Adventures

Last year, Paolo from puerh.uk sent me a box full of samples and I haven’t tasted all of them yet. That’s why I wanted to taste another one of his teas and the tea I went with today is the 2014 Green Mark Meng Sa shen puerh.

2014 Green Mark Meng Sa

This tea comes from a secret garden in Meng Sa in the Lincang region. This garden is full of ancient trees and has been made with the ‘traditional technique’, according to the website. I wonder what is meant by this and how this is different from other/regular puerh processing?

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Tea Tasting

  • 5g for a 100ml zisha teapot
  • Water 99°C

The leaves have a uniform faded brown color. I see some stems, but mostly bits and pieces from medium-sized leaves. There are some buds as well. The aroma of the dry leaves in the warm pot has strong notes of wine barrels. The wet leaves have the aroma of aged tea, but I can’t really name what it is exactly. It reminds me of old books but there is also a freshness in the aroma.

2014 Green Mark Meng Sa puerh uk Tea Adventures

Infusion 1 (15 sec): the color is a kind of dark beige. Not much is going on at the surface, but I feel a certain potency towards the finish. It feels as if my throat is completely filled with a warmth from the finish onwards. This one is definitely about the feels. It feels as if there is a warm sphere in my throat that is spreading throughout my whole body.

Infusion 2 (20 sec): the flavors are a tiny bit more intense as I’m getting some of the aged notes I also got in the aroma. The energy is still present in my throat, but it’s spreading to the rest of my face. I’m starting to feel a warmth around my eyes now. I did some chores before sitting down for tea and it seems that I did those chores in a distant past. The tea makes me forget and focus on this moment only. Everything else seems trivial. It’s difficult to explain, but this tea certainly has an effect on my body that goes a lot further than only the flavors.

Infusion 3 (25 sec): more of the aged notes are popping up, but the energy keeps on rising. It’s right above my eyes now. There is a slight bitterness from the middle onwards, but it changes into a sweetness that slowly diminishes. After this one, I’m experiencing a slight astringency, but it’s just right.

Infusion 4 (35 sec): it’s still rather subtle flavor-wise, but the aftertaste sticks around for a while and the Qi feels pleasant. It feels similar to the previous infusion.

Infusion 5 (45 sec): I boiled some fresh water for this infusion because it had cooled off quite a bit. This infusion has a beautiful golden color. I smelled the leaves again after brewing this infusion and it reminded me of green apples. There was a certain freshness/sourness present. Some of this freshness comes through, but it’s all rather subtle. I’m also getting some of the aged notes again.

Infusion 6 (60 sec): the Qi is still going strong and it’s just what I needed to start the day. I feel energized while being calm. It’s also becoming sweeter now, especially in the aftertaste.

Conclusion

The energy of this tea is what makes it really enjoyable. I feel the flavors were lacking a bit, but the Qi more than compensated for this because I have felt it throughout my whole body.

If you’re drinking tea just for flavor, this might not be the right tea for you. However, if you’re a puerh enthusiast and you want the whole experience (texture, body feels, flavor,…), this is a tea you have to try.

I’ve had many puerh teas before, but it’s rare to have one where the energy is this intense and noticeable. I’m pretty sure this will help me get through the day.

2014 Green Mark Meng Sa

From a secret forest tea garden in Meng Sa (Lincang) comes this very unique, powerful tea. It has very good flavour intensity, strong aftertaste, unique single estate character, deep Qi and flavour transformation.

Pleasant bitterness in the first half of the session that later becomes sweeter and sweeter without losing character, it has had Taiwanese natural storage and will get even sweeter and thicker with ag

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