Lao Man E 2013 Spring

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Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Bitter, Citrus, Pine, Sweet
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 7 oz / 198 ml

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  • “Fresh and lively with a strong, citrus-like long-lasting bitterness. Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2013-lao-man-e-tu” Read full tasting note
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  • “Breaking this one out after one of these long work days. They are terrible and don’t leave a lot of hours to drink tea. I did 10 grams in the Gaiwan to start out. A quick rinse and 3 5 second...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Wow, talk about bitter! This tea is not for the faint of heart. It is incredibly bitter, purposely made to be so. Will this bitterness translate into a well aged pu erh? Perhaps! But I would not...” Read full tasting note

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Our 2013 Lao Man E is a blend of bitter and sweet trees growing between 1300-1400m elevation. After producing sweet LME for the past 2 years, we decided to amp up the bitterness this year. Our most powerful LaoManE to date. The dry leaves give off a delicious aroma of fresh watermelon.

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Fresh and lively with a strong, citrus-like long-lasting bitterness.
Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2013-lao-man-e-tu

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus

Preparation
10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Breaking this one out after one of these long work days. They are terrible and don’t leave a lot of hours to drink tea.
I did 10 grams in the Gaiwan to start out. A quick rinse and 3 5 second steeps into the fair cup. The brew is crystal clear in the cup. No cloudiness at all. A little touch of grape in the aroma and the first sip is “Bang” a large hit of the bitter as noted on a previous review and a nice mouthfeel to this one. This has one of the hardest bitter punches I have experienced. It gives a slight touch of faint sweetness in there after plowing through the bitter. Some hints of pine and flower in there.
Nice and strong as this one will punch you in the buds. You will have to enjoy the strength of the bitter it brings to truly enjoy this one with the good Ku Wei and Hui Gan.
Strong and powerful balanced a bit more to the bitter side but enjoyable.

Flavors: Bitter, Pine, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sammerz314

One word, Turpentine LOL!

mrmopar

Yeah it is stout even with very short steeps.

yssah

yikes. isnt there a clue for telling when a tea is violent still?

mrmopar

I wish I knew. The only way I know is to brew it.

fidgetiest

I just got a sample of this to try, and I’m not really getting much bitterness at all! It’s fascinating reading reviews from just a few years ago and seeing how different they are from my experience now.

mrmopar

@fidgetist, I may have a sample left around here somewhere. I may need to pull it out.

Alexander

@fidgetiest I have a Bing of this one and it’s still really bitter (at least for a LME) – not as much as the 2012 EoT Bulang for example stil if steeped heavy it’s really nice :)

fidgetiest

Oh, interesting. It may just be that I have a high tolerance for bitterness, then.

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Wow, talk about bitter! This tea is not for the faint of heart. It is incredibly bitter, purposely made to be so. Will this bitterness translate into a well aged pu erh? Perhaps! But I would not drink it again for at least another few years. It does, however, have staying power, lasting a god number of infusions, and you can just tell that this is a quality tea. It has a nice feel to it, possesses medium body, and so far is not terribly stimulating. I’m not sure whether I want to buy a cake and age it, but I am considering it! I am not going to rank it because I just wouldn’t know how to.

mrmopar

Yeah those young shengs can be brutal! Lao Man E and Mang Fei as well as some Bulangs are POTENT!!!

Rich

Indeed. So how does one decide whether to take the chance and purchase a cake like this for aging? I feel like it has a lot of substance. But it’s hard to know without experience what a tea like this will turn into.

mrmopar

I would be hard pressed to say on this one Rich. I am still learning the sheng thing as it has just been a year or so since I have found ones I like.

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