“Thank you Garret for your generosity in sending me this sample. It’s always difficult for me to review raw puerhs because I know often times they can benefit from aging and will improve over...” Read full tasting note
“Garret kindly sent me a sample of this in my Mandala Tea order! I don’t have much experience with sheng, but this shows signs of good aging, I think. The liquid is slightly sweet and grassy, with...” Read full tasting note
“This was generously included as a sample in my Mandala order. Today’s turning out to be a floral kind of day. I’m pleasantly surprised how heavy on the orchids this one is turning out to be....” Read full tasting note
From the second highest mountain range in Simao comes the material we chose for this wonderful Mandala exclusive! The mao cha (sun-dried leaf) was picked from 200 year old trees growing wild and naturally. Surrounded by floral and fauna native to the area, these trees grow in a pristine and remote area, far away from roads and pollution. This is some of the highest altitude pu’er you’ll ever find.
While we certainly look forward to what the years will bring to this fine tea as it ages, we are excited to drink it now. It has a wonderful energy, partially due, no doubt, to the clean conditions it is grown in. We chose the raw material over 15 or so other mao chas from the same area because of its rich aroma with hints of camphor and orchids. We are sure you’ll find the rich flavor very enjoyable as you let this tea lie on your tongue and pick up the agave nectar notes along with a smooth grassiness. These is no doubt in our mind that we will source more tea from this same village for more raw pu’er pressings in the future. We are impressed and know that you will be, too. May we share a cup together soon!
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