Sterling 2017 Spring Mengku Raw Puer

Sterling 2017 Spring Mengku Raw Puer

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Our 2017 Sterling raw puer is a beautiful marriage of high quality tea and a low price tag. Each of these 50 gram “chocolate bar” bricks are pressed using high-end Mengku (Lincang) material. Just like the bricks themselves, this tea’s flavour and texture are dense and very upfront. There is a noticeable fruity and floral fragrance, combined with a honey-like sweetness that lingers. After a year in Kunming storage, this tea is in an excellent stage for drinking young.

By now you’re wondering: If this tea is from supposed quality material, then why no “high end” price? The material used for this pressing is essentially the leftover maocha from the bottom of the bag. Similar to huangpian, the ends of a large bag of maocha are not necessarily composed of the most visually appealing tea. There are, however, plenty of buds and lots of perfectly good smaller pieces of tea that lack nothing in quality.

The presence of more broken leaves may lead to a little extra astringency, as well as a few rogue bits of tea escaping your gaiwan or pot. However, we feel that picking a little leaf out of your teeth here and there is a minor tradeoff for such a big flavour though.


Additional information

Weight50 g
Dimensions8 × 4 × 1 cm

8 reviews for Sterling 2017 Spring Mengku Raw Puer

  1. Sterling 2017 Spring Mengku Raw Puer
    5 out of 5

    Marcin Kaleta (verified owner)

    “B grade” Mengku Quality material.
    This tea is like buying teapot with small defect but for a fraction of a price.
    It’s really good with strong fruity flavor and energizing body feel.
    It may get slightly astringent if overbrewed due to often broken leaves, but nothing hardcore.
    Now look at the price, add it to your cart and try, I know I’ll add one to every order I’ll make until they run out.

  2. Sterling 2017 Spring Mengku Raw Puer
    4 out of 5

    DJPAS (verified owner)

    A bit astringent but you cant beat the bang for buck
    Fruity tasty, everything you want from a sheng

  3. Sterling 2017 Spring Mengku Raw Puer
    4 out of 5

    Noam (verified owner)

    evidently high quality though the leaves form make for a challenging brew.. I haven’t been able to get a really good brew out of it yet but I know it’s there.. great price though so if you’re up for the task of finding the right time/temp/clay go right ahead!

  4. Sterling 2017 Spring Mengku Raw Puer
    5 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris (verified owner)

    Very perfumed! The chocolate pieces can easily be detached because the tea is loosely pressed (unfortunately, some leaves are broken during the process). There’s a lot of good looking hairy buds! What a smell! The dry leaves remind me of summer flowers and light perfumed cloth detergent. This tea is comforting/zen. The wet leaves have a kind of librairies and old leather bag notes. Yummy! Ultra thick texture, almost creamy. I feel a gentle tingling on the end of the tongue; I think I’m in love!

  5. Sterling 2017 Spring Mengku Raw Puer
    4 out of 5

    Jane (verified owner)

    At this price, you really can’t beat the quality you’re getting. This tea is quite astringent and bitter, but has a great scent and flavor. I believe it has great aging potential.

  6. Sterling 2017 Spring Mengku Raw Puer
    5 out of 5

    ER (verified owner)

    Fruity and sweet with some astringency. A bit bitter, but for me it’s a plus, it brings balance to the fruity sweetness this tea is about. Very good for the price! Not a fan of ‘chocolate bricks’ or other portioned cakes, but it’s quite easy to break it into smaller or larger pieces.

  7. Sterling 2017 Spring Mengku Raw Puer
    4 out of 5

    Martin Eger (verified owner)

    This tea is a good value young sheng presenting an up-front stone fruit, honey, green herbs and slight menthol flavor. It also has a pleasant bitter edge to it (but not too much). The choco-bar breaks up without much fuss either.

  8. Sterling 2017 Spring Mengku Raw Puer
    5 out of 5

    Tomas (verified owner)

    This tea has great value, very easy for a quick session and is quite good. Has a lot more strength to it then I expected and still had a green, apricot flavor from being fresh when i had it.

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