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drank 2011 Manhai Puerh Tea by EoT
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Really nice and stewy sheng pu erh from EoT. It has a really nice umami component not to dissimilar from a high-quality japanese sencha, along with a silky and moderately thick mouthfeel, with a slightly reedy component. Very drinkable at 4 years old, and it shines in my gaiwan. I can’t suggest a better fall/winter tea, as the bitterness is only present when oversteeping, which isn’t as easy to do as with some raw pu erhs out there, even from older vintages. Despite it being a sheng, I honestly get some sweeter notes similar to a chocolatey, tippy Yunnan black/gold bud. Great pu erh to get into raw pu erhs with. One of my favorite teas I own; I get excited thinking of how it’ll be in a couple years. I’m considering getting more to store.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Broth, Chicken Soup, Chocolate, Dark Wood, Earth, Mushrooms, Roasted Barley, Roasted Chicken, Toffee, Vegetable Broth

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

Nice review. I was considering purchasing this tea. Did you notice any aged flavors? Like leathery or Chinese traditional medicine-type flavors?


To me, it’s neither definitively “young” nor “aged”, yet answering how far it is along the aging process puts me out of my depths. It’s certainly more drinkable and mellow than my 2007 wild arbor Mengku, but I don’t trust that to be a good yardstick for aged characteristics. There are some oolong and red tea notes to it, and it’s far from being vegetal, yet there’s nothing I personally identify to be strongly leathery or medicinal.

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