Interesting. I think I enjoyed this more than most high end Lao Man’e offerings (although Lao Man’e maocha was phenomenal this year) because I like complexity in tea and I find most Lao Man’e to taste of quinine and slate but not much else, bitter, powerful and intoxicating but give me BaKaNan or Naka over it any day. This stuff otoh being Huangpian starts off tasting like sweet tobacco and tamarind for the first 4 steeps then the bitterness hits and it starts tasting like the Lao Man’e I’m used to…not Huangpian but regular cake. The energy is pretty good and warming too. Not something I’d break out often but I think this would be awesome snow shoveling tea…

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I’ve been a huge fan of all manner of black tea since the early 90s particularly second flush Darjeeling, Fujian, Yunnan and Assam teas but last winter fell headfirst into the sheng world and the rest is history…


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