2011 Four Peaks Lao Man E Summer Raw

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Pu-erh Tea
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 g 2 oz / 66 ml

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  • “Thank you Mr Mopar for this sample. This is another good raw. It was fairly bitter at the start with as I would describe it two bitter taste. One up front and in your face, another behind it. That...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I’ve had the Tea Urchin order in my pumidor for about a week, and decided it was time to start sampling. If this tea is any indication I’m going to be happy with the order. Though this is a 2011,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Just received my second Tea Urchin order, what a great company. They put their cakes into individual little boxes. Everything was packed with care. This tea is a blend. It was pretty good, as usual...” Read full tasting note
    85

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tea was picked from 4 large, ancient tea trees, each from a different part of the mountain range around Lao Man E village, hence the name “Four Peaks” Summer Lao Man E. The 4 trees were selected for their sweet taste, a nice counterpoint to the bitterness of our 2013 Spring or 2014 Spring Lao Man E. This is “LME light” and will challenge your preconceptions about Summer tea. It is especially good when mug or thermos steeped.

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4 Tasting Notes

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Thank you Mr Mopar for this sample. This is another good raw. It was fairly bitter at the start with as I would describe it two bitter taste. One up front and in your face, another behind it. That stronger bitterness was gone in about four steeps. The second bitterness continued. there were some sweet notes in there too, but no longer the apricots of a young sheng. This tea has in that sense started to age I think. I enjoyed this tea and gave it twelve steeps in a small gaiwan.

I steeped this tea twelve times in a 50ml gaiwan with 3.7g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min. The leaves were not done. If I wanted to I’m sure I could get another few steeps out of them.

Preparation
Boiling 3 g 2 OZ / 50 ML
Cwyn

Was this tea from mrmopar’s storage or is it newly acquired?

AllanK

I believe he just received it.

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I’ve had the Tea Urchin order in my pumidor for about a week, and decided it was time to start sampling. If this tea is any indication I’m going to be happy with the order. Though this is a 2011, it is tasting middle-aged: the flavors were more wood than straw, and the color was more orange than yellow. There is still quite a bit of astringency and acid, so I’ll enjoy watching it age.

The really strong first steep has lots of fruit, and hints of straw and veggie. Long, powerful finish. Somewhat chewy texture. Strong cha qi. 2nd steep is soft and sweet and bursting with flavor and cha qi. I really like this tea. Started noticing a bit of molasses, and less fruit or veggie in the 3rd steep. Turned astringent at the end of the cup. 4th steep is quite astringent, slightly bitter, but I still taste a bit of fruit underneath. I haven’t had this for an hour, but the cha qi is hitting me after less than an ounce. The next few steeps were still potent, with a bit of fruit poking out from underneath an astringent woody flavor. Around the 7th steep the fruit began to dominate the wood, though there is still some astringency at the end of the cup. At this point my steeps were lasting about a minute. Still good texture.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 g 2 OZ / 59 ML
DharmaTea

Great notes and a good tea. It’s nicely layered and you describe it well. I did get a hint of that LaoManE aspirin bitterness at the back of the mouth in some steeps with sweeter fruitiness in front that was really nice. Also appreciated your description “long powerful finish”, well put. Lots of activity after drinking, assuming thats what you meant.

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Just received my second Tea Urchin order, what a great company. They put their cakes into individual little boxes. Everything was packed with care. This tea is a blend. It was pretty good, as usual from Tea Urchin. It had some interesting flavors, a moderate amount of bitterness for a Lao Man E, and strong cha qi. My wife and I got a little tea drunk. It lacked somewhat in zip and strength, which are my top preferences. But it was very nice nonetheless.

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