Alter Ego 2017 Spring Mansa Ancient Tree Huang Pian Raw Puer

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Floral, Sweet
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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Our Alter Ego ancient tree raw puer is back! Taking over where our now sold out 2016 Alter Ego left off, this tea is made from the huang pian (yellow leaves) of our 2017 Spring WMD Mansa production, capitalizing on both quality material and an affordable price. The hallmarks of its fresh growth relative are evident though: sweetness, rich flavour and an energetic cha qi, all wrapped up in a smooth package.

Huang pian material such as this consists of the larger and older yellow leaves that are sorted out when processing raw puer. The result of pressing these leaves is often a tea that is softer and sweeter, not to mention considerably more affordable than its fresh-growth counterpart.

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For the past few years, I have maintained the opinion that Huang Pian is only suitable for shou – I am just generally not a huge fan of how it tastes as sheng. I tried the 2016 version of this tea a while back and was not particularly impressed. Perhaps my mind is more open now than it was then, or 2017 is a better version of the tea. Whichever it may be, I liked it a lot more than I remember liking the 2016.

After a rinse, the tea smelled beany, or like sweet peas, with a touch of acidity and maybe some other green vegetal notes. Normally, huang pian sheng turns me off with a bit of a strange acidic note that I can best describe as tasting a little bit “raw” or sour in some way. I didn’t really get too much of that here. The taste was beany and crisply vegetal, with light barnyard and floral hints here and there. Rather sweet. Overall the flavor and body were relatively light though. On some steeps, I did note a bit of sourness in the corners of my mouth, but it was not unpleasant at all.

This certainly is the most I’ve enjoyed an HP sheng that I can remember, so it makes me want to go back and try the other couple that I have kept around. I really wish I was more into these Alter Ego bricks, because the cat-centric artwork is fantastic. That said, I still think HP should all be turned into shou ;)

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Honestly the best Huang Pian I ever tried, tasty, sweet and sooooo much Cha Qi
Thats the perfect bang for buck

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Another 2018 Sheng Olympiad session today with a sample of the Bitterleaf Teas 2017 Huangpian brick.
It has a fairly thick texture, very light but sweet & floral taste without the face-punching bitterness of a typical young raw. Decent chaqi off it too. Impressive for the price at 10c/g.sw

Flavors: Floral, Sweet

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