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2008 Menghai Gong Ting Ripe Pu'erh Cake 100g

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This fine ripe pu’erh cake from Langhe Tea Factory, a veteran factory that is famous for making ripe pu’erh in Menghai. "Gong Ting" literally means palace ripe pu’erh. Composed of fine ripe tea from the 2008 spring harvest, this lovely semi-aged ripe tea was then pressed into these lovely 100 gram mini cakes.

Menghai Gong Ting Ripe Pu'erh Cake has a deep earthy sweetness, reminiscent of sun-dried Chinese dates. It has a balanced smooth mouthfeel and sweet aroma. The multiple infusions you will enjoy are sweet and somewhat fruity in flavor.


Pu’erh Steeping Suggestions

Generally, the water should be as hot as possible when you pour it into the pot. If you are going to use an yixing teapot, you should have one pot for your ripe pu’erh and another for raw pu’erh.

Start by inserting a pu’erh knife or pick into the cake to break off some tea to infuse.

Always rinse pu’erh tea, simply wash the tea of dust and tea particles with a first infusion (this will also open the leaves) for approximately 15 seconds, then discard.

Next, infuse the tea with water just off the boil at 98C/208F with 1 gram of tea per ounce (30ml) of water for a 25- 30 second brew.

You can infuse the pu’erh tea multiple times to enjoy the full complexity.

These are recommendations, but we suggest you to experiment with temperatures, quantity of both water and tea to fully discover your fine pu’erh and find what you like best.

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by Ryan
December 2021
This isn't what I expected, but is delicious nonetheless! It's a very loosely packed cake that seems to melt like butter with a knife: it took absolutely no pressure to have it break apart. It didn't last through as many steeps as some other pu-erhs, but I still got about 5 that were strong. The flavor profile is gentle and sweet, with some of the harsher earthier flavors typical of shou mellowed out over the years. It has a rather dry (not bitter) mouthfeel, but is a very enjoyable brew! Highly recommended especially if you're new to pu-erh, as it is quite distinct from many/most others.