Ming Feng is a small area in Lincang, Southwest Yunnan. This place is not famous but produces a high-quality tea harvested from ancient tea trees grown high in the mountains. Average altitude is about 2100 m above sea level and tea trees are about 350-500 years old. Perfect environment as well as 100% nature farming and traditional handmade processing gives this tea highest score speaking about the quality and aging potential. Noble tea with its own original character and deep, rich aroma and taste.
First of all, look at this shiny, glossy beautiful tea material. Combination of one bud and two leaves carefully stone-pressed into neat cakes. Pressing is quite hard to keep the tea leaves together and store them for a long time, but when you need to break off some portions, it's easy to take apart every single leaf.
The very fragrant dry tea leaves have a sweet and even sugary aroma. This tea comes from a special area, which determines the original aroma and the unique taste of this tea. Usually, young shengs have very rough and grassy notes, while this tea will surprise you with its sweetness. After you put it in a warmed-up teapot, the aroma will transform, and you will notice some dried fruits and vegetable motifs.
I usually use cooled-down water to rinse tea leaves very fast. After that, by tradition, I check the aroma of washed tea leaves. It is not necessary with shengs to follow all steps of the Gong Fu Cha method, but it is a crazy good sheng not to do that. Anyway, this tea acts unusually during the brewing process, and the taste reveals another scenario. If plantation tea gives us 5-7 perfect tasty infusions, pu’er tea opens up during the first 5 infusions, therefore, it’s worth brewing it even more times.
Ming Feng sheng pu'er has a very sweet deep taste with notes of dried fruits and meadow flowers. The silky texture and long-lasting aftertaste provide a light “hui gan” (sensation of sweetness that follows an initial bitterness) effect at the back of the throat. Every new infusion brings new notes and associations, and the taste slowly keeps transforming, which creates a smooth composition in your tea ceremony.