Bitter End 2022 Laomane Raw Puer
$10.00 – $395.00
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The Bitter is back! One of our favourite teas from years past, our decision to reintroduce this tea for 2022 was informed by just how well the 2018 and 2019 pressings have developed.
One of the key villages in a small region that includes Laobanzhang and Banpen, Laomane is distinguished by its noticeable bitterness. This is largely due to the varietals of tea tree that can be found, which range from a “sweet” (relatively speaking) varietal to the wilder bitter varietal.
Made from the “sweet” varietal of tea tree in Laomane, this tea is not simply a one trick pony. A noticeable kuwei (pleasant bitterness) is certainly one of the defining features, but what differentiates this tea from others with a bitter quality is the consistent delivery. While some teas will blast you with bitterness upfront, then transform into sweetness, this tea’s kuwei works in harmony, accompanying a rich texture and prominent huigan brew after brew, rather than completely giving way to it. Comparing this tea with either of our Pasha or Nannuo teas can highlight this distinction.
Those who prefer a gentler experience may find this tea a bit aggressive for their taste, but may also be surprised at just how enjoyable it is. We encourage an open mind, as this tea could redefine your relationship to bitterness.
As mentioned, our earlier versions of this tea have consistently been among our favourite teas since the day they were pressed, smoothing out over the years, but still retaining a bold character. This tea is enjoyable in its young state, but has also proven to have great ageing potential. Storing this year’s tea should pay dividends in the future, but for a headstart we also recommend picking up some of the 2019 version, while it lasts.
Edit: After drinking the 2019 and 2022 versions of this tea while writing about it, we would be remiss not to mention the very noticeable chaqi/energy. This tea is not recommended for drinking on an empty stomach.
Picking Period: Pre-March 29
Many of our samples for spring 2021 are in dragon ball form. While these balls will perform the same as the cake, they can be slightly trickier to brew. Here’s how we do it: