Friday, April 27, 2007
2007 MengYang Guoyan Yi Wu Zheng Shan Arbor Beeng 380g
The MengYang Guoyan Factory
The Mengyang Guoyan Tea Factory, under the direction of Ms. Dong, produces some of the best pu-erh that Xishuangbanna has to offer for the price. Located in the village of Jinghong next to the famous Youle tea mountains, the Guoyan Factory has access to some of best pu-erh making materials. However, this particular product is made from leaves which were harvested from the famous YiWu tea mountain, which are regarded by some pu-erh collectors as the best in the world. If you will notice in the title, the the beeng was given the label of Zheng or "Original". In order for a beeng to recieve this label (in its orthodox usage), it must be made mostly of leaves from the given area - in this case, YiWu. - Of course there are dishonest producers -
- Interesting Factoid - The world famous pu-erh collector, Mr. Chen had commissioned the Guoyan Tea Factory to mold his mao cha into the now famous Xi-Zhi beeng.
The beeng is said to be made of 80% YiWu and 20% Nannou arbor leaves and produced in the traditional old method using a stone mold press. Stone molds creates a beeng that is loosley compacted, making it more permiable to oxygen, which ulimately faciliate the aging process. The picture above show's the factory's stone molds which are used for compression.
The beeng is filled with fragrant arbor leaves of which are loosely pressed. Just a beautiful example. One unique feature of this beeng that I must mention is that each are assigned a hand written serial number on the neifei; truely a indication of pride and patience.
Source - Dragon Tea House (Ebay Vendor)
Water-Bottled spring water. Source of water - Frontier Springs, PA
Amount – 5g
Water Temp - Boil then cooled for 3 breaths
Brewing Method - Gongfu
Brewing Vessle - Yixing Teapot 150ml
Aroma - Powerfully floral; cooling to honey and fruit; suprisingly no smoke.
Taste - Very nice palate; execeptionally sweet with a balanced bitterness. A subdued flutter of dried papaya and honey.
Aroma - Even more floral in the aroma. Less honey however. No vegetation or metallic notes. Soothing.
Taste - Slightly more bitterness; it compliments the sweetness quite well. Taste is consistant with the first infusion.
Aroma - The floral notes are starting to wane. It really smells like a cup of tea and honey, cooling to sweet grass. No young assertivness whatsoever.
Taste - Nice playful acidity that excites the sides of the tongue. A hint of chamomile with subdued fruit.
Color Liquor Differential First and Seventh Infusion
As you can see, there is virtually no difference in change; really potent.
As you can see the leaves are definitely arbor leaves, which range from 3 to 4 inches in length and almost 2 inches in width.
This is possibly one of the most balanced examples in recent memory. Just a pleasant brew with all of the quality indicators for aging with its excellent durability. Although not as feminine in taste as other Yiwu teas, the Nannuo leaves provide a great oomph and complexity. Furthermore, this particular beeng is significantly cheaper than many YiWu Zhengs on the market, making it an attractive choice for those who would like to try a YiWu tea without the having to empty out the entire contents of their wallet. All in all it was a great find! I will drink a beeng now, and save the others for the future!
Special thanks to Gordon of Dragon Tea House who has given me fantastic business and has become a friend.