Plum Beauty 2017 Mengsong Raw Puer


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Our Plum Beauty Mengsong raw puer is available in 3 levels: bronze, silver and gold, with their distinctions defined by tree age and quality of material. Theses teas provide an excellent opportunity for comparison of varying source material in close proximity, with equal processing.

The gardens for these teas are located in the northern region of Mengsong (Menghai county), just a few kilometers south of Naka, at an altitude between 1800-1900m. Mengsong is noted for its small leaf varietal tea trees.

We worked together on these teas with a friend (Mei) who has been leasing these gardens for the past 10 years and has a contract that extends well into the next decade. Her conscientious approach to maintaining the land and meticulous oversight of these teas’ production made them an easy choice for pressing.


The material used for this teas comes from the youngest garden, comprised of ~40 year fang yang (left to grow) trees, similar to our Zodiac Yiwu teas. This means that the trees receive minimal human interference in terms of pruning, pesticides, weeding and picking. But don’t just take our word for it – this tea has been lab tested for traces of 191 pesticides, all of which were below the detectable limit. For a copy of the lab report and details, please contact us.

Each of these teas maintain a very floral and highly fragrant character. Alongside this is a pleasant, but unobtrusive kuwei (bitterness). Having sampled this tea from previous years going back to 2012, a dominant stone fruit/plum flavour can be expected to develop over time.

This tea is available in 200g cakes, $0.19/gram.


Made from old tree material, this tea features an overall smoother texture and reduced roughness compared to the bronze. The flavour is similar, but runs somewhat deeper and richer, also allowing the tea to push forward for more infusions without losing steam.

This tea is available in 100g cakes, $0.48/gram.


The highest grade of the bunch, this tea contains an even smoother texture than the silver. It produces a thick, expanding feeling in the mouth that reaches each corner. Using ancient tree (in other words older than old) material, this tea has a nice chaqi/energy and good huigan.

This tea is available in a 7g dragon ball format individually or in sets of 3 or 10, $0.67/gram.

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Weight N/A
Dimensions 16 × 16 × 1 cm

5 reviews for Plum Beauty 2017 Mengsong Raw Puer

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    tried all 3 grades..
    The bronze is decent for the price though the 2018 version is better.
    The silver is great- fruity and thick, and I’m still considering a cake.
    The gold is high quality, but I personally detest dragon balls..
    Either way, if you’re a fan of Mengsong puer give these a try!

  2. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Even if I am not a huge fan of dragon ball, I tried the GOLD version of the Plum Beauty. As usual a lot of leaves has been broken during the process. Altough, I enjoyed it. The color of the liquor is a vibrant and clear yellow. It has the typical smell of raw puer: wet clothes, soft soap, salty water, rocks and a gentle touch of flowers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    The gold plum beauty was a revelation for me at the time. The way the high notes echoed from deep in the throat, the lingering aftertaste, the oily mouthfeel etc etc… Although it has been quite sometime since I had a session with these, I highly recommend trying a sample of every tier (including the one processed as shou!)

  4. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    The gold has a super expansive mouthfeel and a really pleasant qi. Drinking this felt good, and continued to feel good all day. Loved it. I’ve never had a dragon ball with higher quality tea in it, and personally I really do like the ease of just popping one into my bag to bring to work or a friends house. I think I’ll be trying the other tiers to experiment with the differences.

  5. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    The gold dragon balls have a thick, oily texture matched with a herby Jagermeister-like medicinal taste. Astringency is on the higher side but there is almost no bitterness. One of my favourite raw puerhs!

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