2006 Guan Zi Zai Sheng Puerh Meng Ku Bing Dao Ancient Tree Tea from Life In Teacup

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Pu-erh

Where to Buy:  Life in Teacup

Tea Description:

Production Year – 2006/Production Season:  Spring/Production Region:  Yunnan, Lincang, Mengku

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Wow!  What a name, huh?  With a name like that, this had better taste good.  I want it to be worthy of so many keystrokes.

And I’m happy to say that it is – at least, in my opinion!  This is remarkably sweet and incredibly smooth, with a pleasantly broth-like mouthfeel, and without some of the stronger earthy notes that I often expect from a Pu-erh.  Sure, this has an earthiness to it, but, it doesn’t taste like dirt.  It is more of a vegetative earthiness, but without tasting grassy.  It has a nice warmth to it, as if it had been gently spiced with subtle notes of pepper.

Very often on Steepster, I read tasting notes from tea drinkers who describe the Pu-erh that they’re drinking to have a brine-y or fish-y taste to it, and I’m happy to say that I don’t taste that here either.  The aforementioned earthy tones have a slight “saltiness” to them without tasting like brine.

Mostly what I taste here is sweetness.  It is a sweetness that I find difficult to describe.  It isn’t a caramel-y or honey-esque sweetness, it tastes like rock candy (aka rock sugar).

Overall, I find this tea to be quite mellow and enjoyable – a very pleasing Pu-erh.  This is a Pu-erh I’d recommend to someone who has tried Pu-erh in the past and decided they didn’t like it because it tasted too earthy or fishy.  This Pu-erh is deliciously different!


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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