Big Old Ass Tree 2019 Hekai Raw Puer



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.

Picking period: Pre-April 11


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Weight N/A
Dimensions 16 × 16 × 1 cm

7 reviews for Big Old Ass Tree 2019 Hekai Raw Puer

  1. 5 out of 5


    Ridiculous mouthfeel, very well balanced flavour with a strong green grape note and heavy sweetness that expands in your throat and holds on for dear life. I’d be curious to see how this tea ages with some time but have a feeling I’d have a hard time not polishing off a full cake quickly.

  2. 5 out of 5

    DJPAS (verified owner)

    Huge tea leaves, bright aroma of a green forest
    Taste is this awesome forest HeKai flavor that I love
    Good for many steeps

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris (verified owner)

    //Eyes Dry Leaf
    Gently twisted. Blueish and ocer leaves

    //Nose Dry Leaf
    Old leather, Floral hay, Clean clothes drying on the clothesline

    //Nose Wet Leaf
    Wet Hay, Wet rocks

    //Eyes Liquor
    Clear like plum wine

    //Mouth Texture
    Gentle tingling on the lips. Silky and thick texture. Comforting with its generous mouth coating

    //Mouth Taste
    Tiny acidity at the bottom of the tongue. Herbaceous. Ground cover flowers, Hay. Mineral

    //Mouth Finish
    Slight astringency

    //Eyes Wet Leaf
    Small to mediym size leaves. Great picking! Olive and kaki hues

    //Body Sensation
    Eyes and brain now awake…. and I’m hungry!

    //Brewing Notes
    1 gram per 20mL of water at 95C. 15 seconds + 3 second

    //Infusion Notes
    Sweeter throughout the session

  4. 4 out of 5


    I’ve never had a Hekai/Pasha/Nannuo tea that I would love and this one doesn’t change that. It has a very smooth texture and well-balanced profile, but nothing really stands out about it to elevate it above the rest. 

    The liquor has a very refreshing, juicy character. There are fruity notes (citrus, green apple), as well as straw and butter flavours. The finish is tart and provides a nice transition into the mildly spicy and sweet aftertaste.

  5. 3 out of 5

    dhfarber (verified owner)

    I found this tea very pedestrian in taste, but it certainly has some significant awakening effects. It has a nice syrupy thick mouthfeel, but the flavor is just underwhelming. It’s quite dry, but has some nice vegetal notes, with very little bitterness. It opens up a bit more after the 3rd infusion, but still not anything amazing. I’m not familiar with Hekai teas, and some of my favorites are the WMD and Bitter End teas, so maybe this just isn’t my style.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Josh (verified owner)

    Big ass tree with big ass texture. And by that, I mean the texture is dense, soft, and transformative throughout the session. I found the flavor to be pretty subtle though, starting with distant sweetness that grows a bit more over steeps, and some bitterness and astringency which peak a few steeps in, then quickly take their leave. This isn’t an “in your face” tea, but it’s enjoyable and certainly provides some cha qi.

  7. 5 out of 5

    dbuck42 (verified owner)

    A VERY good tea! Floral sweetness and buttery-thick mouthfeel, with black-pepper “spicy” notes, grapefruit tartness and instantly sweet huigan. Later steeps bring cotton candy sweetness. The chaqi is perfect; strong but not overpowering. The age is beginning to show with slightly woody & leathery notes. It’s easy to tell that this this tea will turn into gold with more age.

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