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Man Song Gong pu erh has always been seen as a status drink. Demand outstrip supply manifold and getting the real stuff is almost impossible if you are not well connected. Mountain prices of high demand tea the like of Lao Ban Zhang dropped slightly this year but Man Song Gong is reverse; there is incessant chase for this tea that once graced the imperial court.
The smell of the dry leaves is intensely sweet, so is the brew itself. Leaves are smallish in size and comprises of many buds. This confirms well characters of Man Song and the early spring from which it was plucked. It brews up bright yellow and clear soup.
On the palate, it's both subtle and fine. One will only find small amount of astringency when it's cold. The thick soup will coat your mouth thinly with oil and lubricates your throat. There is good amount of rock sugar kind of sweetness in this tea. The long calming yun leaves good qi in the core of my body.
The tea lasts at least 30 infusions over 2 days. Although it's still very tasty after that, I left it when the long calming effects waned.
There aren't many of them left in the store and most of them were sold during pre-order.
This cake is loosely pressed, therefore thicker on the sides. It's made of many long slender leaves that reminds me of 2014 CYH Yiwu Zhengshan Yesheng Gushu Chawang Zhai (易武正山野生古树 茶王寨) http://on.fb.me/1CJyuXb
Though still young, the soup is orangey colour. It's medium thickness with very good sweet after taste. It still has some astringency but possible because I packed the pot.
The warm chahai smells of sundried leaves while the cold chahai smells of plum seed (梅籽香); a good testament of pure Yiwu leaves.
This tea will require further ageing to realise its full potential. But for now, it's on the right track.
Great example of good Yiwu tea, thoroughly enjoyable!
2007 Cang Shou comes in mushroom (300g) and beeng (357g) shapes. The mushroom format is much higher in compression compared to beeng. Therefore one has to be careful when loosening it to avoid tea fanning. It's also important to note that this is labelled Yiwu Chawang; the same categorization of the more well known Chen Yi Zihao (陈易字号) series.
The 7+ year old tea soup is already orangey and smells of sweet sugar cane. It is medium in thickness with no bitterness. Due to my snobbish picking, the tea fanning caused slight astringency. It is however compensated by wild honey sweetness huigan. The tea leaves some dryness in the mouth and that promotes salivation.
Saw a post from a Chen Yuan Hao fan few days ago on his frustration for couldn’t grab any 20th Anniversary Commemoration Cake as all the cakes have been bought by Malaysia just few hours before he arrived at Mr. Chen's house. This made me couldn't resist myself from taking the 20th Anniversary Commemoration cake I bought during the last tea expo off my tea rack.
When I first tried the tea at last tea expo, the only impression for the tea was very smoky and that’s why most of us liked the 25th Anniversary Commemoration cake at that time. However, for the sake of “stamp collection” as a Chen Yuan Hao hardcore fan and experience on the Guo You Lin Ye Sheng Gu Shu 国有林野生古树, I decided to stock in some of the 20th Anniversary Commemoration Cake.
About 3 months after the tea expo, the smoke only remains about 10-20% and the fragrance is special. For a new tea, the tea soup looks slightly darker in colour as compared to other new tea, it could be because of using older material. Other than the typical Chen Yuan Hao big tree sweetness and flavour, the overall after taste is stronger than both the 25th Anniversary Commemoration cake and Yun Tian Hao 云天号.
Besides the good tea quality and potential to age well, for the fact that it’s a tea in commemoration of Mr. Chen’s efforts and contribution in reviving the traditional way of Pu-erh tea (Yuan Bao tea) making, has already made this tea something all pu-erh tea drinker shouldn’t miss on their tea rack. No wonder the Chen Yuan Hao fan is so upset for couldn’t get any of the 20th Anniversary Commemoration cake. Feel bad for the tea fan, but at the same time feel proud for Malaysia tea fans. Good job guys!!!!