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Spring 2018 Lao Man'E Huangpian Bitter Maocha (100g)

Spring 2018 Lao Man'E Huangpian Bitter Maocha (100g)

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This huangpian maocha is from Lao Man'E on Bulang Mountain. Bulang Mountain is renowned in the pu erh world for Lao Ban Zhang, a village that produces some of the most expensive, and hyped up, tea in the world today! Material from Lao Ban Zhang is often blended with tea from Lao Man'E. Lao Man'E has terroir all of its own and is also known for its famously (or infamously?) bitter tea. 

I first tried Lao Man'E huangpian a few years ago, and loved the sweet and enticing aroma. This 2018 huangpian is extremely fresh and aromatic. It is also quite bitter, so if you're averse to bitterness, this is a tea to avoid. If you enjoy a little bracing bitterness (this tea can wake me up with its bitterness alone), this tea will be right up your street!

Two rinses produced a whisper of smokiness from processing: the sweet aroma from the leaves is reminiscent of grape and blueberry candy. These lovely, sweet flavors contrast with the legendary bitterness of Lao Man'E material, and make for a very interesting experience indeed! My own stash of 2016 Lao  Man'E huangpian has mellowed considerably, and while less aromatic today, is also much less bitter. This would be excellent material to put away and age in my opinion.

After the swallow, I get a sweet caramel-like note, as well as surprising mouth cooling in the first infusion. This is a great example of Lao Man'E terroir at a nice price. I recommend this tea to anyone who isn't averse to bitterness. While the bitterness of this material is very much tolerable to me, it is rather intense!

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