The Bitter End Xtra 2018 Spring Lao Man E Bitter Varietal Raw Puer

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Pu Erh Tea Leaves
Flavors
Bitter, Flowers, Citrus, Sweet
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Average preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 2 oz / 55 ml

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  • “This is an excellent bitter Sheng. Beautiful leaves, long brewing session, and INTENSE bitter flavor that somehow manages to not be flat. I really enjoyed it, and would buy a large amount if I...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This tea delivers unforgiving, punishing, mouth puckering bitterness that lingers. Needless to say, I was so impressed by this effect that I had to write a couple of lines about it here :)” Read full tasting note
  • “Having found the regular Bitter End more sweet than bitter, let’s see if its bitter varietal sibling delivers that Xtra bitter goodness. Since I only have ten grams of this tea and to ensure the...” Read full tasting note

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If our regular Bitter End Lao Man E is a good example of the local “sweet” varietal tea, then this is undoubtedly the bitter varietal. This tea starts out with a noticeably dominant bitter taste, and while the bitter taste carries on, there are also complex levels of flavour on display before finishing with a gentle huigan.

This tea is made from quality old tree material and can be quite enjoyable for many, assuming you don’t have any aversion to bitterness (and if that’s the case, let us help you get where you were going).

We highly recommend this tea for the bi(tter)-curious as a comparison between our Lao Man E “sweet” varietal and huang pian versions.

This tea is currently offered in 10g maocha form only, as we initially intend to offer it for the experience and educational aspects. If this is a tea you could see yourself buying a cake of, please let us know as your feedback is welcome and could easily influence our decision to press or not in future seasons.

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This is an excellent bitter Sheng.
Beautiful leaves, long brewing session, and INTENSE bitter flavor that somehow manages to not be flat.
I really enjoyed it, and would buy a large amount if I could afford it.. Oh well.

Update: last time I brewed this tea the bitterness was too much and I suffered.. I guess it’s so bitter it’s on the verge of pain for me, and depending on my physical state I’ll end on either side of that ledge.

Update 2: Still can’t afford it, but bought 100g for blending with the sweeter Bitter End version, since the Xtra is so powerful..

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This tea delivers unforgiving, punishing, mouth puckering bitterness that lingers. Needless to say, I was so impressed by this effect that I had to write a couple of lines about it here :)

Flavors: Bitter, Flowers

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Having found the regular Bitter End more sweet than bitter, let’s see if its bitter varietal sibling delivers that Xtra bitter goodness. Since I only have ten grams of this tea and to ensure the speed of pour, I decided to go with 3.7g in a 55ml gaiwan. Good decision, it turns out, because this tea ended up going for twenty infusions! The timing for these were 4s, 4s, 4s, 4s, 4s, 4s, 4s, 4s, 4s, 7s, 10s, 13s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 45s, 75s, 2 min., 3 min. and 4 min.

I started off with a short rinse for about seven seconds, taking some time to cram the long leaves in, and tasted the wash while I let the moisture soak in and prime the leaves for about five minutes. The soup was bitter as expected and very cooling in the mouth. This tea was fairly straightforward, so I’m not going to go into it on any sort of steep-by-steep basis. Most of the time it presented you with a combination of bitter and sweet, occasionally giving you a glimpse of the fruity citrus flavors characteristic of this village. From start to finish the tea was very clean with great strength and longevity. The bitterness is not abrasive or persistent, but leaves the mouth fairly quickly. Notable cooling was present in the first few steeps, but then died down.

While Bitter End Xtra was not mouth-numbing like the Hai Lang Hao 2016 Lao Man’e, it should satisfy all but those seeking the most extreme sort of bitterness. While I enjoyed the tea and the quality is obviously high, one shortcoming it does have is that it’s not very dynamic at least right now. Not that teas from this village are necessarily the most complex and varied when young, but I’ve had Lao Man’es that offered a richer overall experience with more depth, although they’ve had a bit more age as well. While this is not something I normally do, I’m looking forward to trying a simple mix of Bitterleaf’s own regular The Bitter End and this tea. Probably a simple 50/50 blend. I’m hoping this will bring out the best of both teas.

If you’re looking for a bitter sheng, don’t be detered by the price. For me Xtra gave twice the amount of infusions as most raws, which can be equated to using half the vessel size to produce the same amount of tea. I’m glad I picked the smallest gaiwan I have for brewing this, because, man, I can’t imagine drinking twenty infusions of any larger quantity. This leaves only The Bitter End Lite to be reviewed. I’m interested to see how it compares to the other two.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 2 OZ / 55 ML
Sqt

Two more teas worth trying would be the 2014 Lao Man E from Tea Urchin, and this years Lao Man E from King Tea Mall’s own Bokuryo brand.

The latter is 100% bitter whereas the TU cake is a 50/50 blend of sweet and bitter.

Sqt

Also, if you’re into bitter teas and don’t mind yesheng, try the Jingdong Wild from EoT.

TJ Elite

I have samples of Tea Urchin’s 2013 and 2014 Lao Man’e. I think I’m going to bite the bullet and save up for the Hai Lang Hao 2016 bing. It’s crazy expensive, but nothing else I’ve tried has managed to match it.

mrmopar

Seconding the Jingdong for sure.

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