thanks wrote:A fantastic tea, and my favorite Menghai sheng recipe next to the always great 8582.
I revisited my 8582 801 last night (yes, I recently decided it's ok to drink sheng at night
), and was pleasantly surprised. Maybe I'm just getting better at brewing..? I used shorter steeps than usual, and got a few very satisfying cups, nice and mellow. Maybe a hint of rubber?
Another reason this probably tasted better is that it's had time to dry out because it was recently pressed.
Usually my infusion times for young sheng (using LOTS of leaf in my yixing) is 3s, 3s, 3s, 4s, 5s, and at this point I usually feel the tea out for the rest of the session. This usually gives me a great idea of what the tea is all about without drinking a cup full of battery acid (well if I'm brewing BuLang or something). Tea five years and older, are a different story (thought still young). I never exhaust a young sheng of all of it's flavors, but then again I don't drink young stuff daily except to test samples. If you brewed like that to drink sheng until it gives up, then be prepared to be brewing for a long, long time.