The Bitter End 2018 Spring Lao Man E Raw Puer



Despite the name, this Lao Man E raw puer is actually made from what’s considered “sweet” varietal arbour material. Compared to a gentler Yiwu, a fragrant Jingmai or a sweet Lincang, this Bulang region tea has a prominent “kuwei”, or bitter flavour up front. However, a pleasant sweetness and excellent huigan quickly follow and linger in the mouth and throat.

The village of Lao Man E is located not too far down the road from Laobanzhang, which tends to see it often passed off as genuine Laobanzhang due to an overlapping flavour profile and character – at a fraction of the price, of course.

This tea is one of our favourite finds of 2018, as it represents a slight departure from some of our usual finds. If you are new to puer and/or easily scared off by bitterness in tea, then we advise picking up a tea from a more welcoming region, like Yiwu. If you’re looking for a tea that’s highly enjoyable with a bit of bite, then look no further.

Alternatively, our Lao Man E huangpian is another good option for those who want to dial the bitterness back slightly, yet still want the Lao Man E experience.

Want to bring on the bitter? Then our Xtra Bitter End is for you. Made from “bitter varietal” ancient tree material, experience the tea equivalent of getting punched in the mouth (hurts so good).


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Weight N/A
Dimensions 16 × 16 × 1 cm

6 reviews for The Bitter End 2018 Spring Lao Man E Raw Puer

  1. 4 out of 5

    DJPAS (verified owner)

    Searched for the most bitter tea I could find for my father
    Aspirin medicine bitterness through more than 9 infusions, you have to be into bitterness to like this tea though

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marcin Kaleta (verified owner)

    this tea is amazing and I don’t know why it took me so long to try tea from this village.
    Its very clean, fruity, beautifully complex and filling whole room with amazing scent, liquid is crystal clear and with peculiar pinkish hue to it, I like everything about this tea especially bitterness

  3. 5 out of 5

    Noam (verified owner)

    a gentle introduction to LME, and a high quality puer in and by itself.
    bitter-sweet, thick, and at a good price point.
    if you try it and want something even more aggressive, the extra version might be what you’re looking for..

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christopher (verified owner)

    Extremely high quality material with bold character. This isn’t just a bitter tea, it also has subtlety to its character, making it a complex experience. Gorgeous leaves.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris (verified owner)

    Super slim leaves! Decent amount of hairy-silvery buds. Incredible floral smell of clean cloth lying on the clothesline. A1! Very comforting! Medium texture with lovely mouth coating. Drinking this tea is like drinking warm honey. General sweetness very pleasant.

  6. 5 out of 5

    hollywaxwing (verified owner)

    I love when teas showcase bitterness without being very astringent. A mild astringency can be nice, but I find that heavy astringency clouds my ability to enjoy a session and the nuances / high notes of a tea. I would love to get a cake of this down the road!

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