Wisteria Qingteng Puer Tea

2003 Wistaria Qingteng (Mengsong)

Flight of Wisteria

A new venture is afoot from Silentchaos of Teachat fame. His new store is Origin Tea, where he will be sourcing Oolongs and Puers. Always glad to have more people sourcing good teas – wish him luck!

This first tea is from Wistaria Teahouse, a Taiwan institution. The Qingteng [青藤, green vine – i guess?] tea is made of Mengsong material according to the label, and was a part of this flight of teas. I will be jotting down some quick notes like this post as I work my way through the flight.

2003 Wisteria Puer
The leaves have an orange hue, although not as much as suggested by this pic

My first impression of this tea was how light and acerbic it was. Brewing ten grams yielded a very smooth and light tea, without much flavor but plenty of feel.

pouring water on tea
An early steep

There is a waxy curtain in front of some fruit in the early steeps. There is a faint pomelo flavor that lingers around and some sour fruit in the background of the tea throughout the session.

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Wistaria Qingteng Soup

The tea coats the mouth thoroughly and has fortitude. With a tea like this, flavor and aroma take a backseat to the general feel of a tea. Overall the body was thick, with a very comforting feel throughout the body. The liquor and leaves are very pleasing to look at. I would guess this will not be my favorite tea of the group, but it has tough competition.

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Spent leaves

 

  • Lena Zegher

    Forgive me, is Mengsong an area or is it some other tea descriptor?

    • Mengsong is an area, and could mean two different areas actually: one is Big mengsong, the other is little mengsong

      Tea Map Number 2 on this map is Big Mengsong. Little Mengsong is further South. I assume the material is from Big Mengsong, but I actually have no idea – I’ll ask

  • Marco Gualtieri

    Finally got the clear pomelo note, after a vigorous rinse with all loose leaves… +++!!!