Menghai Puerh- New Mexico Tea Co.

Seller: New Mexico Tea Company


This organic tea is direct-sourced from one family and one farm. The family prepares tea in traditional manner by hand-picking, hand-processing, hand-firing and hand-rolling their tea; they are true masters of each step. This hand-crafted artisanal Pu’er has never seen machines or chemicals, allowing for a great product today or decades to come.

Origin: MengHai County, Yunnan Province, China

Price: $6.75/oz

Overall Rating: undefined

Brewing Method: Gongfu style


Taking that first sip of Menghai puerh teleported me somewhere that I cannot quite place, but it made me feel extremely happy, happier than any tea has made me in a while. I have no idea where I have tasted this tea before (I don’t typically drink Shou puerhs) but, as tea often does, it reinforced my love for it.

I primarily bought this tea because I read The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane a few years back and it became my favorite book. The main character in this novel picks up tea leaves in the Menghai region, and it made me curious as to how it tastes. I was joyously surprised.

The taste of this tea is hard to place. It reminded me of walking through a forest after it just rained, or being inside a Chinese tea house. The taste is everchanging throughout the infusions, with the petrichor taste fading away, and a sweeter, fruitier taste taking its place. A delicious, long lasting tea.


  1. The liquor was rosy, light brown. The taste was hard to place at the beginning.
  2. The liquor became red, dark brown. There is a very nice aftertaste that is very light and thin.
  3. The liquor gets darker, the taste reminds me of petrichor, and gives me a heavy feeling in my body.
  4. The color has now changed to a dark orange color. There is very little tea dust, and it has an amazing aftertaste. I can now taste some sour notes and it’s sweeter.
  5. The taste reminds me of a Chinese tea house, I can also taste some fruit notes and some spice notes.
  6. The color is beginning to fade, but the color is still beautiful. The taste is sweeter but sour, there is some spice at the end, but the taste of rain and the feeling of being in a dark forest persists.
  7. Alcoholic notes? Rum maybe?
  8. Amazingly creamy and light

Tea Notes

Dry LeafMy Thoughts
Appearancematte brown, fluffy
FragranceSunblock and rain
Wet LeafMy Thoughts
Appearancedark, red brown, long and big leaves
FragranceForest and chocolates
LiquorMy Thoughts
AppearanceDark red, thin
FragranceWet forest
Flavourpetrichor, wet forest, oranges, spices, sour notes
TextureLight, refreshing, creamy

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