Thursday, October 4, 2018
Marco’s Most Interesting 3: A Zheng Si Long Report
Humble readers, I hope you have enjoyed the recent focus of Zheng Si Long puerh here on this blog- I know I have. Since the beginning of time, puerh bloggers have played an important role in debuting the the good, the bad and the ugly (but mainly the good) of newly minted western puerh vendors. I take this as part of the responsibility (and fun) of the puerh blogger, if they so wish to take on such endeavors.
As it stands today I have worked my way through all the samples that I have received- it was a lot of fun. I have posted the reviews of 12 of the 18 Zheng Si Long on offer at Tea Encounter (if you include the 2018 maocha which may or may not be the same material and/ or not the finial processing as the actual 2018 cakes). Links to the reviews are as follows in the order listed on Tea Encounter’s:
My overall impression of the Zheng Si Long brand as well as the value of Zheng Si Long is favorable. I feel that Tea Encounter has identified a gap in the Western puerh market for seemingly accurate single mountain Yiwu puerh that is of decent medium-high-to-higher quality. Many Western puerh sellers either offer less quality plantation Yiwu at a priced that reflects this or medium-high quality at prices much higher than this. There are others that offer very high end state forest type things but at prices that reflect this. Zheng Si Long offers Yiwu puerh of a quality that falls between these distinctions but at good value, I believe.
For those that still believe in the idea single mountains can actually be what they say, I recommend giving Zheng Si Long a try. I must admit that I am no pro at determining a producing area from just drinking a puerh and cannot be certain that 100% the material is exactly what is claimed. However, my preconceived notion of the characteristics of specific growing regions aligned closely to what I tasted from these Zheng Si Long samples.
When first introducing Zheng Si Long a few months ago I had promised Marco that I would let him know what I thought were my most interesting three I sampled out of the lot. So here they are:
The above three represent interesting Qi sensations as the primary reason I selected them with taste/aroma and mouthfeel/throatfeeling as secondary criteria. If I was going on taste alone I could have easily added others in the selection. I also didn’t take price into consideration. If I were to do that maybe the pricey Wan Gong would be replaced… but I like that happy Wan Gong.
Haven’t yet decided on purchase but will surely let you know if I take that plunge.