A (Meng Hai) Meng Song tea from a small ancient tea tree garden on Hua Zhu Liang Zi. The leaves are sinensis assamica but appear relatively small, which is likely due to a combination of altitude,soil type and the surrounding forest environment.
As seems to be common in Meng Song teas, the initial impression is one of a mild mannered tea – the rukou is gentle, the broth produces a slight oiliness and there is the floral fragrance that Meng Song is known for. The hui gan is good and brings along with it a cooling sensation in the mouth and throat. The thickness in the flavour is also not initially of note, and arrives later.
There is a very slight hu wei in the first couple of steeps, but by the end of the second gai wan it has disappeared, leaving a sweet, floral impression with a slight lingering bitterness. Generally, this tea has a pleasing fragrance, a smooth kou gan and a good hui gan with some hou du. It lasts well – after 2 kettles of water the tea is still holding up well. A good example of a Meng Song tea.
Cakes are 498RMB . Samples are free of charge, but postage will need to be paid.
Hua Zhu Liang Zi is Xishuangbanna’s highest mountain. This tea comes from a small tea garden on the mountain at an altitude of 2200 metres which is surrounded by natural woodland. Meng Song is across from Nan Nuo Shan on the opposite bank of Liu Sha He which, despite it’s modest size, marks a significant boundary between the two areas. Meng Song is also the only ‘Banna tea mountain near the banks of the Mekong.