WMD Mansa 2016 Spring

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Apple, Berries, Bitter, Grass, Hay, Medicinal, White Grapes, Bitter Melon, Floral, Lemon, Maple Syrup, Pancake Syrup, Pastries, Sugar, Sweet
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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 oz / 107 ml

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From Bitterleaf Teas

Easily our favourite tea we sourced for spring 2016, this Mansa raw puer is a knockout in every sense of the word. This tea is comprised of ancient tree material from Qing and pre-Qing dynasty, which was left largely untouched until 3 years ago. While famous villages from the nearby area often command prices that are several times higher, WMD handily blows them out of the water.

Descriptions of tea often include elusive qualities or have a certain level of subjectivity to them, however, this is a tea that we can say is unmistakably rich in mouthfeel, and has a very strong cha qi (tea energy). The soup is smooth and complex, producing an expanding feeling in the mouth.

Energy and mouth-feel aside, this tea is quite balanced overall, and doesn’t have any overly-domineering characteristics. There is a mild amount of early bitterness, good fragrance, and an excellent huigan and sweetness. This tea has typical Yiwu region character, but with more presence and complexity.

We can’t stress enough that this is a powerful tea – do not underestimate it, and handle with care. This tea is deceptively strong and can creep up on you. While this is a tea anyone can enjoy out of the gate, for those new to puer we recommend drinking your way up to this tea in order to fully appreciate the complexity and nuances.

Claims of aging potential are also quite speculative most of the time, but again, this tea gives us every reason to believe it will only improve over the years.

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Wow! This tea got me really drunk, and over the past year, it’s done an amazing job at getting stronger and stronger. I got really tea drunk from this tea, and I even gave it the award for Best Sheng of 2016.

Bitter Leaf Teas did an amazing job at sourcing this tea, and honestly, it’s one of their best. IU think that this tea needs to come back. I wrote more about it here — a more in-depth review…


Flavors: Apple, Berries, Bitter, Grass, Hay, Medicinal, White Grapes

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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A dangerous name for a tea. I’m not quite sure “who made donuts”, but they are highly addictive.

The tea is a gorgeous loosely compressed mess. The leaves have been settling in my new clay jar for a few weeks, so they’ve had time to stink up the place. I opened the lid to be greeted by a heady floral note, strong grass, and fresh hot maple syrup. This is super dank. I warmed up my shibo and prepared for brewing. The scent of the vibrant leaves opened up into some crystallized brown sugar, oatmeal, and pancakes drowned in maple syrup (maybe breakfast is on my mind). The taste is springy. The brew begins heavy on lemon and acidity. Then, the soup soothes out to a freshly baked apple turnover. The taste is very nice, flaky, and sweet. However, the acidity lingers in the background sparking the taste buds. The aftertaste is thick and long with powdered sugar and fruit. Then, the donut hit me. A smooth cooling sensation that begins around steep two melds with the acidity and rises from the stomach. The process is slow but constant. Suddenly, I experienced an intense pressure on my solar plexus that chilled my lungs. The frost moves up and down my spine bumping into the back of my neck. This tea is a powerhouse. The feeling is electric and uplifting with viscosity whipping the tongue. Lastly, a good note, the brew remains sweet in the forefront throughout the entire session. The dessert taste fades but a stevia succulence persists. A very nice tea. I can see why it has such a price.


Flavors: Apple, Bitter Melon, Floral, Grass, Lemon, Maple Syrup, Pancake Syrup, Pastries, Sugar, Sweet

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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great tasting notes!. Loved this tea too. only wish I had more!

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This morning I ate breakfast while I let this leaf do its thing as it breathed in life as it was just boiled dead/alive.

Ended up starting this session off and knew nothing about this leaf outside of the person who sent me it saying it was good. I decided to jus wing the brew not knowing anything about it because I’m trying not to buy anything new so I just go into tea with the hopes that it’ll not impress me enough to look into it… should have guessed that the person sending me 2016 Last Thoughts and Storytelling pt2 wouldn’t send anything mediocre.
This tea started out with a hue that was beautiful and I went into it as I said I would. After steep two I knew I was in trouble. This is some really good tea. I have become pickier as time has gone on so I say this with a lot of thought… This is in the top three spots for 2016 teas that I’ve had thus far and I don’t see it going anywhere. I put it right next to Tuhao by W2T.

Bitterleaf may only have 7 in stock so I suggest not buying it so I have a chance when my birthday rolls around; planning to buy the best three things I’ve had this year for new production and this falls into that category.

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