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.