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Spring 2019 Lao Man'E Gushu Sheng Maocha (16g)

Spring 2019 Lao Man'E Gushu Sheng Maocha (16g)

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This is high quality, bitter-type gushu maocha from Lao Man'E! The bitter type is native to the village and the sweet type has only very recently been cultivated in the region for broader appeal. The bitter type has a long history of use among the Bulang locals, and this is really exceptional tea. Lao Man'E is one of my favorite regions for sheng pu erh because of the very interesting and pleasant aroma and flavor I get from the material. The sweet aromatics really contrast massively with the bitterness, but they just seem to work together very well!

This 2019 material isn't as bitter as last year's material from the same source, but I feel the overall flavor of this year's tea is even better! The dry leaf is very aromatic and has a powerful, alluring sweet wildflower scent. The cha qi from this material is lovely and powerful, and the liquor is very flavorful with a mouth cooling effect. The bitterness has corresponding kuwei (sweetness after the swallow). I actually find the bitterness in this year's material enjoyable, but whether or not you can tolerate or enjoy the bitterness entirely depends on you and your palate.


Along with the sweet wildflower aromatics, I also get lovely apricot notes. The deep wildflower really fills my throat and nose. I am always skeptical about gushu claims with pu erh, but this material definitely exhibits characteristics that point to older tree material. There is also some cantaloupe and medjool date in the finish, which I often get from sheng pu erh and greener to medium-oxidation oolongs.

The bitterness from the liquor makes my mouth water, and at one point, I even shivered when testing out this material (from the bitterness), and the material had excellent longevity!

I like this tea so much I will definitely get in some for 2020. This is from the same source as my 2018 Lao Man'E huangpian, but this material is, of course, far superior!

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