Hey there Teacups! It’s time again for another Let’s Talk Tea post, this time around I’m going to be reviewing Crimson Lotus Teas 2016 – Moon Princess Sheng Pu-erh. After loving the first Pu-erh I tried from Crimson Lotus I was so excited to get into trying another.
The legend of the Moon Princess is a famous one in Chinese history. Her name is Chang’e and she lives on the moon with a giant rabbit. She’s immortal but is banished to the moon and can not leave. She plays an important role in the Autumn harvest and festivals. This Material is a delicious example of Autumn material. Autumn Material often lacks strong that similar spring material would have. Crimson Lotus have been more than impressed with this material with it being the first Autumn material they have chosen to sell. This particular material is sourced from Bangdong. As bangdong is so close and so similar to Xigui that most people would sell this as Xigui ‘area’ material.
Wood Fired | Hand Rolled | Single Varietal
Aroma: Sweet – Floral – Slightly Malty
The aroma of this blend was very delicate but what I would pick out from it smelt great and had me really excited to jump into trying it.
Tea Tasting Notes
Sweet – Vegetal – Thick – Creamy – Orchid – Peach – Crisp – Bright – Clean – Floral
I’ve tried quite a few Pu-erh’s now both sheng and shou but I’m still quite new to it, so I often find new ones I try to be surprising taste wise because I’m never too sure what to expect. I’ve lost that aspect with a lot of different teas so it’s nice to have that back again and hopefully it will stay. I was really surprised by how strong the floral notes of this blend are I had seen a few people liken the taste of this to creamed corn which I can also completely understand – It’s been a while since I’ve had a tea that’s been both heavily floral, Vegetal and creamy it’s just not something I come across quite often.
For my tasting session with this tea I used 4g of tea and my glass gaiwan in total I managed to do ten steeps throughout my day which I was really happy with. After my initial rise this tea really came to life and quickly filled my room with a delicious floral and slight vegetal aroma it was much stronger than the dry leaf aroma and if I were to judge this tea on aroma alone it would definitely get a 5/5 its mouth-wateringly good. This tea is sweet, floral and vegetal in taste and think/cream in mouth feel, there is a little bitterness towards the back of the mouth of each steep which did get stronger as my steeps went on, but it wasn’t strong enough to ruin this tea for me and didn’t really affect my enjoyment.
Around the 6-7 steeps the flavour was much crisper and brighter the sweet and vegetal notes took a back seat and the florals really took over. Once I got to my tenth steep the bitterness was much stronger and I had to stop my session there because pushing this much further would have made it almost undrinkable. I was really happy with the number of steeps I was able to do with this though and how strongly it held its ground. Luckily I still have some of the sample I was sent but who knows how long that will last. I have to say although I loved the first Pu-erh I tried from crimson lotus this one is my new favourite and I will be purchasing a full cake when I get the chance this is just too good of a sheng not to have in my tea collection.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
You can find out more about Crimson Lotus Tea and purchase their Moon Princess Sheng Pu-erh and more here. As always Teacups if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
Speak to you all on Friday. Happy Steeping – Kimberley