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drank Lao Man E 2013 Spring by Tea Urchin
1548 tasting notes

Mmmm…

Clean. Intense sparkling citrusy-pine resin bitters that are at once forward and persistent in the throat. Deep stonefruit and complexity working magic in the background. Sweet aftertaste. Feels good in throat and body. Feels warm. Incense.

Lao Man E has my heart. Maybe Lao Man E could have yours if you opened to it.

Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Bark, Barnyard, Bitter, Bitter Melon, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Citrus, Cucumber, Flowers, Incense, Meat, Medicinal, Melon, Mineral, Nuts, Pear, Peat, Pine, Plum, Resin, Straw, Wet Wood

gmathis

You made me smile. Spring 2013 was a special season. That’s when Tazo adopted us. He’s complex and feels warm too ;)

ashmanra

gmathis: I can’t believe it has bene that long since Tazo wandered into your life! I remember it like it was yesterday!

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gmathis

You made me smile. Spring 2013 was a special season. That’s when Tazo adopted us. He’s complex and feels warm too ;)

ashmanra

gmathis: I can’t believe it has bene that long since Tazo wandered into your life! I remember it like it was yesterday!

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I most enjoy loose-leaf, unflavored teas and tisanes. Teabags have their place. Some of my favorite teas have a profound effect on mind and body rather than having a specific flavor profile. Terpene fiend.

Favorite teas generally come from China (all provinces), Taiwan, India (Nilgiri and Manipur). Frequently enjoyed though less sipped are teas from Georgia, Japan, Nepal and Darjeeling. While I’m not actively on the hunt, a goal of mine is to try tea from every country that makes it available to the North American market. This is to gain a vague understanding of how Camellia sinensis performs in different climates. I realize that borders are arbitrary and some countries are huge with many climates and tea-growing regions.

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