Big Old Ass Tree 2019 Hekai Raw Puer

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  • “Gongfu! I’m really enjoying all of the virtual tea sessions I’ve been having with tea friends – it’s something I’ve done even before Covid-19 but I will admit that it’s increased since all the self...” Read full tasting note
  • “Smooth and mild. Woody and mildly bitter. Relaxing qi. I think this tea will open up and offer some rather interesting flavors over the next year. Beer comparison: English mild brewed with Kent...” Read full tasting note

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To be fair, this tea actually comes from several big old-ass trees, not just one. And if you don’t believe us, well… ok then.

Located just south of Menghai, along the edge of the Bulang mountain range, Hekai teas have some expected bitterness, but not to as high a degree as if you head further down the road. This tea’s bitterness is quickly replaced by a lasting sugar-sweetness in the mouth and throat. This tea easily fits in the “balanced” category, but don’t expect it to hold your hand like a gentle Yiwu.

We recommend this tea for focused drinking, as the flavour and energy develop well through the steeps, providing a thoroughly enjoyable session.

This tea comes from Manlong village, which these days is equal parts tea garden and public park (for better or worse). Among the trees ranging from 100-800+ years in age and adorned with small, informative plaques, semi-wild pigs, chickens and other small wildlife roam.

But of course, a tea isn’t wholly defined by how old the tree is or what animals walk around under its branches. What’s important is that it performs in the cup, which this tea most certainly does.

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Gongfu!

I’m really enjoying all of the virtual tea sessions I’ve been having with tea friends – it’s something I’ve done even before Covid-19 but I will admit that it’s increased since all the self isolation and I don’t mind one bit. Last night I had a multi hour (and multi tea) session with a local Montreal tea friend, Teajay, and this was one of two teas that I steeped up!

It was also a fun way to participate in former Steepster friend, Boychik’s #puparty tag – basically an encouragement for all of the instagram tea community to brew and share some pu’erh tea virtually with one another! This was obviously the one that I chose! It tread the line between bitter and sweet beautifully, with notes of bitter greens, cane sugar, and ripe stonefruit & red fruit all mixed in. Great huigan, and really warm body feel after I got a few steeps in! I ended up brewing it out completely, over nine lovely steeps.

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Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKnJS2eJ2ac

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Smooth and mild. Woody and mildly bitter. Relaxing qi. I think this tea will open up and offer some rather interesting flavors over the next year. Beer comparison: English mild brewed with Kent Golding hops. As it is now, not a tea that really excites me but I’ve had similar teas that really developed in the following months and have a feeling this may do the same. If I were feeling adventurous I’d gamble on a cake but I have enough of the sample left to revisit in the fall and decide then.

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