Great Expectations 2023 Pasha Raw Puer



Made from Pasha qiaomu material growing in an excellent environment with minimal human interference, this tea has Menghai character written all over it. This year’s tea again offers nice bitterness that is accompanied by gentle floral quality, but with an added fruitiness compared to the previous pressing. The huigan (returning sweetness) is strong, with the fragrance lingering well after you’ve taken a sip.

As a region, Pasha is often noted for its proximity to Laobanzhang and distinguished as having 70% of the character, with the remaining 30% being Bingdao. While this formula is a bit gimmicky and silly, there’s something to it, as this tea manages to strike a nice balance between an aggressive and dense flavour, and an engaging fragrance.

While even top tier puers can exhibit some dramatic ups and downs in their first year, our experience with this tea since pressing it a year prior has been extremely consistent, performing well each time we brewed it. So far, it’s lived up to its name, so our expectations are maintained for this tea.

Picking period: March 27-April 7


Many of our samples for spring 2023 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:

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3 reviews for Great Expectations 2023 Pasha Raw Puer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wan Cheng Gu Hong (verified owner)

    This one’s a lot like OGNaka but with an extra kick of bitterness. It’s super sweet and that sweetness hangs around for a while. Smells great in the mouth, not so much in the nose. Overall, really pleasant.

  2. 5 out of 5


    A “lesser” version of Gentle Giant with a great Pasha profile but having the bitterness & astringency dialled down a notch. An excellent drink that should satisfy young sheng lovers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris

    Perfect liqueur to clear your head and let your mind wander
    //Smell : Very fruity (fresh strawberries), zesty, tart fruit candy, vivid and intense tropical notes, pineapple/kiwi/mango sorbet, old leather
    //Texture: Tingling on the tip of the tongue, the liquor goes straight in the back of the mouth and around the bottom teeth, thick and creamy texture
    //Taste : Library, leather, spicy/sweet combo, herbaceous, hot day at the farm, clean clothes drying outside
    //Body sensation: Vision slower then the head movement, shaky hands, mental energy, joy

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