Best Value Autumn cakeReview by DP
Like a lot of Autumn cakes the soup of the MangZhi is slightly thinner than its Spring version. However, that is where similarities to other fall cakes end. The soup still pours a golden liquor that stays bright over the session, unlike other fall cakes that are already turning red/orange despite being only a year yooung. There is a light, crispness and vegetal flavor that calls to mind a spring green tea. Pushing the steeps results in a more viscous brew with a slight bite and bitterness that should serve the cake well for aging purposes. Later infusions bring out the sweetness and for a long time afterwards I am left with a honeyed note that hangs in the throat.
As always with Tea Urchin teas, good leaves are used for production. The price has allowed me to buy a quantity of the MangZhi and this is my go to cake when gifting tea to close friends and family. Though I prefer a stronger, more bitter cake, I find that this tea is pleasant for those new to pu'er, but can be brewed with a heavy hand to bring out the more assertive qualities that I like in my pu. (Posted on 10/21/12)