It has been a while since I sampled a decent number of puerh this fresh. These five maocha samples were personally selected by Mr. Zheng of Zheng Si Long. I can imagine him matter-of-factly rejecting hundreds of others as he did in that video. It was passed on to me that they may or may not be the actual maocha used in his 2018 line up. Nor do they represent the processing end product of the puerh he did chose to select. Rather, they are used to give us an indication of the quality of these puerh producing areas this year and, for me, the skill and character to which Mr. Zheng selects for his puerh.
Thanks again to Tiago (aka Curigane) of Tea Encounter for sending this treat. There is no time more natural then the peak of Summer to drink such young raw puerh. I imagine the 2018 line up will be up for sale in a few weeks/ months. I hope to also review the actual 2018 Zheng Si Long puerh samples when they arrive. But for now, let me present this teaser…
2018 Yibang Maocha
Pungent, fairly intense sweetness, honey, floral, rainforest smells, less high and deeper than some small leaf Yibang dry leaf. Icing sugar, floral finish, sweet, foresty, top sticky mouthfeeling, very yibang character, nice mouthfeel sticky mouth roof, soft flowing qi, subtle tropical fruit and floral finish, mild cooling, interesting faint fruit finish, subtle, can feel some head floating, qi behind eyes, Qi goes to the head. Clean. Slight sticky cheeks. Slight floating feeling. Release eye tension. Vision sharpened. Thoughts clear. Very mild astringent.
2018 Ding Jia Zhai Maocha
Distinct fruity odour of cherry, fruity, creamy sweet, slight pungent noted dry leaves. Round fruity aroma, woody mid-profile then sweet strawberries. Tongue coating. Distinct fruity cherry/ strawberry/ wood taste. So Yiwu. Lots of complex movement of tastes in the profile. Lingering fruitiness. No bitterness. Spacy Qi. But centering feeling. Comfort in Stomach. Full feel in mouth and mid throat, fine sandy slight squeaky feeling. Soft cooling fruit sweetness returns.
2018 Xiang Chun Lin Maocha
New producing area for me. Creamy sweet, slight vegetal-like intense berry fruity sweetness in the dry leaves. Starts savory, seaweedy, rainforesty, long subtle berry fruit/creamy sweet finish. Sticky full mouthfeel. Berry taste pops nicely in very full sticky mouth. Long sweet cooling berry aftertaste. Feel qi on forehead and brow. Slowness in the mind. Heart noticeably beating now. Vigorous and relaxing very early in session. Nice dizzying Qi. Green tea-like, vegetal suggestions. Reminds me of boarder tea. Creamy sweet taste dominates with long cooling sweet menthol. Slowly becomes softly astringent in mouth and mid-throat. Fairly big Qi sensation in head- very relaxed but acuity strongly sharpened.
2018 Mang Zhi Maocha
Incense, foresty-mossy, slight sweet, savory, almost seaweed, distant floral dry leaves. Very savory, seaweed-like, with monotone sweet note, thick slight drying mouth coating in front of mouth and lips, slight wood, slight briny. Barely floral/ menthol finish. Floral finish builds and become more distinct. Woody base taste, floral finish. Mild, Slow to build Qi. Gripping mouthfeel. Slow to develop taste but nice when it does. Sweetness slowly builds up. Wanted to keep going. Distinct chest knotting Qi under sternum.
2018 Ge Deng Maocha
Intense fruity, cherry, foresty deep, sweetness, cherrywoods in the dry leaves. Mild icing sugar onset, slight cherry fruit and mild cooling floral, cherry candy sweet finish. Dominating deeper forest woody base under less obvious high notes throughout. Deeper mid- throat feeling. Gripping mouthfeeling felt in back mouth fuller mouth covering. Medium astringent/ bitter. Opening in throat. Mild Qi in back of neck/shoulders. Nearly warming. Woody tastes dominate high notes faint on the breath/ returning sweetness. Turns into mainly woody tastes.
Thank you for your post. :) I just want to add that Mr Zheng Jr is very much involved in the selection process. I believe he is now the one visiting the more remote areas to find the best mao cha.
Thanks again and I hope you enjoyed them. :)
They were very refreshing in this 40C heat wave we’ve been having!
I really enjoy both your photos and descriptions. I lack talent for both :)
And I really enjoy your tea... hahaha
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