Big Old Ass Tree 2023 Hekai Raw Puer



We have a lot of love for Hekai, and in a dry spring like this, it only made sense to indulge ourselves (and by extension you too) and press this tea again.

Located just a few km away from other notable villages, such as Laobanzhang, Laomane and Banpen, this tea shares some of the same qualities, having a notable kuwei (pleasant bitterness) and deep flavour, but in a more accessible package. Overall, the bitterness is less brash, leaving more room to enjoy the aroma.

As it’s to be expected from higher end puer, the soup texture is thick, rolling and expanding in the mouth. The bitterness quickly dissolves into sweetness, producing a juicy and satisfying huigan (returning sweetness). This is one of those teas we recommend enjoying during a focused session in order to fully appreciate the development of energy and flavour from brew to brew.

This tea comes from some old-ass trees in Manlong village, Hekai. Treatment of the trees in this area are strictly controlled by the local government, meaning no pesticides, over-picking or synthetic fertilizer – there are plenty of wild pigs (adorable “wintermelon pigs”, to be specific) and chickens running around to help with that.

Picking period: April 1-5


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2 reviews for Big Old Ass Tree 2023 Hekai Raw Puer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bunnyzilla (verified owner)

    In recent years it has become incredibly difficult to find good Hekai tea. The crazy prices of some less-than-excellent teas and the diverse environments and ecological systems of this area mean that Hekai sheng is extremely diverse, both in terms of taste and quality. But this is certainly a very good tea at a good price considering the age of the trees. it is an excellent example of the fragrance of this terroir and the sweetness of this part of Menghai area, with a clear, distinct, fascinating fragrance from the first infusions, which is atypical in some teas from this area, and a strong personality with a deep taste , a trotting bitterness, a full body and excellent persistence. it is a tea for long sessions in which the huigan will accumulate sweetness in the mouth sip after sip.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris (verified owner)

    I LOVED to smell those leaves… but a little less the rushy feeling
    //Smell: Incredibly intense and deep, floral, vegetal, perfumed hay, summer spirit, clean clothes, cold brewed fruit infusion (strawberries, zest, mint, orange flower blossom)
    //Texture: Tingling on the tip of the tongue, creamy texture, super thick liquor that expend in the mouth, hot
    //Taste: Warm hay, clean clothes drying on the clothesline, herb, flower, honeyed cold brewed infusion, mint, spicy
    //Body sensation: Very rushy

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