Bitter End Xtra 2019 Laomane Bitter Varietal Raw Puer

Bitter End Xtra 2019 Laomane Bitter Varietal Raw Puer



This tea will kick your ass. Now that we’ve established that, let’s move on.

Made from the bitter varietal of trees native to Laomane, this tea’s most dominant characteristic is its bitterness (surprise, surprise). However, it’s not a one trick pony. The material used is still excellent quality gushu, which displays a thick texture and array of flavours that still shine through.

While this tea is incredibly powerful (if you’re after body feeling/energy/chaqi, then look no further), it’s more enjoyable than most might expect. Compared to our 2018 version, this tea is slightly sweeter, likely due to extra picking of nearby “sweet” varietal trees. The differences between the varietals are often indiscernible for tea pickers, so consistency from one picking to another varies.

We highly recommend picking up this tea in conjunction with our Bitter End regular (sweet varietal), as well as Bittersweet huang pian in order to experience the full range of Laomane teas.

Picking window: March 29 – April 7


Get tatted: Simply drinking bitter tea doesn’t make you hard though – you need to be able to show it. That’s why this year we’re offering Bitter End temporary tattoos with each purchase of either our Bitter End sweet varietal or Xtra bitter. Check the box below when adding to cart in order to indicate that you’d like a tattoo.

  1. Remove plastic cover of tattoo
  2. Place the tattoo face down on the area of skin you wish to apply it
  3. Apply a wet cloth or sprinkle a few drops of water to the back of the tattoo – enough water for it to absorb but not be too soaked
  4. Apply firm pressure to the back of the tattoo for 60-90 seconds
  5. Gently remove the back paper of the tattoo to reveal your new badass self
  6. Avoid direct sunlight, water or any physical contact on the area for 10 minutes or more until it has thoroughly dried

These tattoos are made from non-toxic materials and we have every reason to trust that they are safe for human use. However, we take no responsibility whatsoever in the event of irritation, allergic or any other reaction. We don’t want to scare you, but just like with tea, our bodies all react to things differently and we’d like you to play it safe.

Additional information

Dimensions16 × 16 × 1 cm

6 reviews for Bitter End Xtra 2019 Laomane Bitter Varietal Raw Puer

  1. Bitter End Xtra 2019 Laomane Bitter Varietal Raw Puer
    4 out of 5

    Sara (verified owner)

    No surprise here! This tea is very intense and bracingly bitter, with a lingering bitterness that lasts for ages after a session. It’s not a tea I’d drink every day (hence the 4 star review), but it’s also not undrinkable. I enjoyed my sample side by side against the less-intense Bitter End 2019 and a sweeter aged white tea for a vivid contrast. If you’re looking for a tea that starts out like a pleasant, aromatic gushu and then punches you in the face with a shock of intense bitterness that lingers, you’ll love this tea! My wife, a beer and Scotch aficionado, remarked “Imperial IPAs have NOTHING on this tea.”

  2. Bitter End Xtra 2019 Laomane Bitter Varietal Raw Puer
    5 out of 5

    Shadadams (verified owner)

    Wow. This might be my favorite tea of 2019. So thick that it feels like it is expanding in my mouth. Aroma went from honey-ish from the dry leaf to a more savory thing after the rinse. The bitterness is not overpowering in my opinion and I could drink this regularly. To me, it is no more bitter than grapefruit juice. The sweetness tho! And it has this tongue tingling/numbing thing. Unbelievable tea.

  3. Bitter End Xtra 2019 Laomane Bitter Varietal Raw Puer
    5 out of 5

    theweekendsessions (verified owner)

    This tea gets five stars from me not because I enjoy it in any way, but because I think it lives up to its goals and the overall quality and care in processing seems to be high. It starts out with a little bit of bitterness, a slight plum-y fruitiness, and with a touch of sweetness, but after a couple of infusions becomes an unrelenting beast whos only goal is to bring you pain and sorrow. If over time some of the fruitier and sweet notes become a bit more pronounced and balance out the bitterness a bit I could see this being a tea that I may enjoy on occasion, but for where it sits right now it’s a bit over the top for me.

  4. Bitter End Xtra 2019 Laomane Bitter Varietal Raw Puer
    5 out of 5

    [email protected] (verified owner)

    This tea didn’t steal his name, a punch in your mouth & then in your face as you say ” how shit it’s super bitter” but not unpleasant. I’ve drink it for an entire afternoon & get a lot of energy from it.
    If you love IPA beer, just go for it !

  5. Bitter End Xtra 2019 Laomane Bitter Varietal Raw Puer
    5 out of 5

    DJPAS (verified owner)

    Ohhhh yeah it is slightly more bitter than the other variety but nothing that a Pu head cant handle (if he/she likes bitterness)
    it got outstanding returning sweetness and after a couple of infusions I experienced some floral HuiGan too

  6. Bitter End Xtra 2019 Laomane Bitter Varietal Raw Puer
    3 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris (verified owner)

    //Eyes Dry Leaf
    Large amount of silver-beige & hairy buds with tiny leaves (ocher)

    //Nose Dry Leaf
    What a smell! Clean wet clothes, old book store and rocks

    //Nose Wet Leaf
    Fresh and floral; lovely! Wet rocks. Dumplings

    //Eyes Liquor
    Yellow; like the hay

    //Mouth Texture
    Strong tingling on the tip of the tongue. Thick and syrupy texture (even my teeth are coated)

    //Mouth Taste
    Steamed dough, Dumpling flavored with summer flowers

    //Mouth Finish
    Zesty. Little drying sensation

    //Eyes Wet Leaf
    Olive green. Some leaves are broken

    //Body Sensation
    Heartbeat increases, physical energy

    //Brewing Notes
    1 gram per 20mL of water at 95C. 13 seconds + 3 second

    Vivid and fresh. The tea is a bit too punchy for me.

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