2007 Nanqiao Tea Factory Menghai Jewel Raw Puerh Cake.
This one snuck up on me as young sheng sometimes does. The first session was a total fracaso
: weak, uninteresting, watery. The second session I used more leaf and again, disappointment ... until about the fourth steep. Then things started getting my attention: nice viscosity, an aftertaste that encouraged me to go back for another steep, maybe a tad too astringent (a good sign for aging potential), a honey and mushroom aroma pops up.
I love it when a tea ambushes me like this. Now I am thinking this cake has fine aging potential! In fact, drinking it I even imagine that I can tell how it will taste in five or ten years. This is a nice pu after all, hiding its secrets from all but the most persistent suitors.