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From The Essence of Tea

From the same trees as last year’s Mansai puerh, this tea was picked early in the Spring – the first flush of the year.

As with last year, the leaves are a little more broken than ideal due to the remote region and the long journey they have taken to reach the factory before pressing into cakes.

The cake is composed of a high percentage of furry buds and brews a vivid yellow.

The flavour is thick and pure, with a hint of bitterness transforming into a long sweetness in the mouth. The tea is balanced throughout the mouth and throat, with the strong qi immediately present upon drinking.

I’m happy with this tea this year. As with all old tree puerhs, the price of the raw leaves was a little higher this year, but I feel the trees have benefited from more rain this year (compared to last year’s drought) and the leaves are stronger with more qi.

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4846 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this Puerh.

This has a smoky flavor to it which melds nicely with the earthy notes. Notes of wood, and a bitterness that contrasts with the sweetness… I don’t usually taste bitterness in a Puerh, and this isn’t a distasteful kind of bitterness, but a savory one which adds to the richness and complexity of the overall cup. As I continue to sip, the sweetness seems to increase as the bitterness becomes smoother.



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I really like Puerh teas, and have never had one with any bitterness. I’ve recently decided that for me, a really good Puerh is tasty anytime! I have been reaching for other teas in the hotter weather. The Bana Denong Wild 2010 was really good!


With this tea, the bitterness starts out as a savory bitter taste, and evolves toward a more sour note. It’s actually quite interesting, how this tea develops.

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Just when you think you can pin-point a pu-erh! (Say THAT 10 times fast!)

This is nice! It’s a bit mild and a little sweeter than most pu-erhs I have tried. Following those tastes it morphs into a very mild pu-erh earthy type taste…still nice tho! The flavor levels are even thru-out from the start of the sip well on to the after taste.

There is a hint of something else too…the only thing I can think of comparing it to is sweet basil or Tulsi/Holy Leaf…just a HINT of that in there…neat touch!

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Compared with my two sets of notes from the 2010 Mansai, this tea has gained some thickness and depth, coming across less like a fleeting, young green and more like the rich, funky pu’er that it should be. One preparing for the aging process. I like it. Nada excuses a slightly more fractured leaf set due to a long journey through a remote region. This is slightly noticeable in the dry and steeped leaves, as well as in the very first steep, which shows just enough translucency to be detected. However, this in no way detracts from the tea, a quite tippy pu’er, with lots of buds and budsets visible in the exhausted leaves, which makes for a fresh and enlightening session.

Full blog post: http://tea.theskua.com/?p=550

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