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Spring 2019 Lao Man'E Gushu Huangpian Raw Pu Erh Cake (100g)

Spring 2019 Lao Man'E Gushu Huangpian Raw Pu Erh Cake (100g)

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12th July, 2020

This is a lovely cake entirely produced by Bulang tribespeople from Lao Man'E huangpian. The Bulang are one of the major tribes in Yunnan, and they have a long history of consuming gushu tea from Lao Man'E village, which is renowned for its bitterness. The price of Lao Man'E tea has risen dramatically over the last decade, partly due to its proximity to Lao Ban Zhang, and often Lao Man'E and Lao Ban Zhang material are blended for a different profile. I personally prefer good Lao Man'E to Lao Ban Zhang!

This tea is from the same producers as the 2018 Lao Man'E Huangpian I carried, which was excellent and very popular. I wasn't able to get material from this spring (2020), but last year's material was pressed into cakes with white wrappers. This is truly lovely tea, and much easier to store in the compressed state.

When this tea first came in, it had distinctive Lao Man'E character and light bitterness, as well as astonishing cha qi. On my second test just over a week later, this tea is much more flavorful and aromatic in the cup.

2018's Lao Man'E huangpian had an alluring sweet aroma and definite bitterness. The 2019 material is similar: I get blueberry, concord grape and sweet wildflower in the first infusion, as well as quinine-like bitterness, which I quite enjoy, Later infusions bring out Spanish saffron along with the wildflower, but the fruity notes are less prominent. This is excellent material with good longevity and I truly love Lao Man'E character. This is a great way to try material from a very hyped village for a fair price, and this tea is definitely much better bang for buck than the much more expensive spring maocha from Lao Man'E (which is without a doubt, more complex and also more bitter).

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