2001 MengKu “Yuan Yieh Xian” of MengSa, Thick-Papered 357g


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A “black horse” rare 2001 semi-wild (old plantations, wildly planted)cake from the Shuang Jiang Meng Ku Factory that is becoming surprisingly pursued in Asia. In “2006 Japan Spring Seminar of Wildly-Planted Pu-erhs”, hosted by Tokyo Hwa-Tai Tea Co. and Pu-erh Teapot Magazine, the participants tasted three such kinds of cakes: 1999 Yi-Chang Hao, 1999 Meng Hai Green Big Tree (black-label), and this 2001 Meng Ku Iron Cake. Out of surprise, this 2001 Meng Ku cake was ranked a very close second only to 1999 Yi-Chang Hao, and won over the almost invincible 1999 Green Big Tree! Below we show the scanned page of a report of this cake in this event:

It was a special order by HK’s Mr. Chen Guo-Yi (who popularized the concept of “dry storage” by his successful 88-Ching Beeng) in 2001. Using single-estate big-tree leaves from the Meng Sa Mountains in southern Yi Wu, this cake was made to the form of “iron cake”. Two batches were produced: one wrapped with thin papers, and the other wrapped with thick papers. The thin-papered batch was a store in the “dry storage” condition, while the thick-papered batch was stored in the traditional HK-style warehouse. The thin-papered cake was used in the 2006 Japan event.

This sale is for a thick-papered cake.

The cake looks solid in shape, but actually loose enough to break by hand. The beautiful and clean-looking surface that emits a soothing woody aroma.

Light-brown-colored liquor with an elegant honey finish. Great clarity. Beautiful woody fragrance blends together with a hearty plum-like fruity aroma. The charming aroma already foretells the coming of something great… and yes, what a soothing, smooth, penetrating, and complex taste it possesses! Holding a sip of the liquor in mouth and breath, and a sensation of mountain cool breeze comes right to me. Very little intensity/tingling feeling is detected around the edge of the tongue. A good lingering aftertaste resonates from very deep in the throat. The unique wrapper and the unique cake shape, plus the fact that it was the first-ever wildly-planted cake that Meng Ku ever produced, give it truly high collectible value.

Each order is 1 cake.

Please note that some of the wrapping paper of the Puerh tea cakes might be torn because of many years of storage. 

However, we’ll try our best to pick the most intact Puerh cake for you and pack the tea cake nicely. If you can’t accept the condition described above about Puerh tea,  please choose our other tea selections. Thanks.

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1oz sample, Whole cake


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