WMD 2018 Spring Mansa Raw Puer



2018 was a strong year for tea in Yunnan, and there is no better demonstration of this than our 2018 WMD. This tea is made from unblended gushu material from previously abandoned land in Mansa, which lies north of Yiwu and leans on the border with Laos.

As with previous years, this tea carries a strong cha qi/energy that is both uplifting and energizing. In addition to producing a strong sensory reaction in the body, this year’s tea also brings to the table an equally strong and unique fragrance, as well as a thick, expanding feeling in the mouth.

With very little coarseness or bitterness, we highly recommend this for drinkers who prioritize texture and unique fragrance.


Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions 16 × 16 × 1 cm

9 reviews for WMD 2018 Spring Mansa Raw Puer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gemmashelley (verified owner)

    I’m new to sheng puerh, but I have bought about 10 cakes at the same time from the 2017 and 2018 offerings across 3 of the major western suppliers, and though I can honestly say that all my choices have been really satisfying ones, even those too bitter to drink immediately, this is the first cake I will run out of, and not just because it’s a smaller one… I would not regret the $$ I would have to spend to get another one, and I will seriously consider getting perhaps 3 more. With the exception of 1 other cake, I would mostly just try different things rather than repurchase the others.

    I can confirm that the description above regarding body feel and Qi is completely accurate and is a huge part of what is making me completely addicted to this tea. The fragrance I can’t approximate to particular foods, but it has the more-ish, decadent quality of fresh warm caramel, the maddeningly elusively, suddenly powerful scent of unknown flowers, perhaps similar to white lilies, or notes present in the scent of camellias, with a depth that requires contemplating. The taste and feel of the tea is rounded, smooth and lingering. This is a tea I would love to share with others as it is happiness in a cup.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Noam (verified owner)

    Very gentle.
    Nice Texture though hasn’t thickened out yet.
    Good taste, that changes in an interesting way along the brews.
    Had a calming effect on me.
    Worth a try.

  3. 5 out of 5

    JosiahB (verified owner)

    This is an incredible sheng. Mouthfeel and body are second to none here. Herbaceous, grassy aroma, with a smooth mouthfeel. Thick bodied, and a pleasant bitterness that’s not immediately apparent. Wonderful finishing sweetness that gives way to a lingering floral after taste.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris (verified owner)

    Very interesting everyday drinking tea! Loosely compressed leaves ; so it’s easy to work with. The leaves smell like an old leather bag and clean/wet clothes. Medium silky texture. Complete mouth coating. Comforting fragancy of humind hay et hot summer day. The color of the liquor is a vivid yellow; which is pretty cool!

  5. 5 out of 5


    It’s hard to pick an all-time favourite tea, but with a gun to my head I would probably pick this one. In the early steepings, WMD is all sweet, juicy fruits – raisin, ripe plums and dried prunes are my main notes for the first few infusions. Through the mid section it moves to brighter fruits with notes of apple, pear and grapes. It gains a healthy amount of astringency and bitterness in these middle infusions that fades by the eighth infusion or so and then remains incredibly smooth for the rest of the session. Stellar mouthfeel that leaves a heavy oily coating around your mouth and throat with an aftertaste that goes on for days.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julie Nguyen (verified owner)

    This was absolutely incredible. I bought a sample and savored every last bit. There’s the gentlest taste of lychees hiding in here, but it didn’t always come out if I was careless with my brews. And the cha qi packs a mean punch! I was high all day… I wish I could afford a full size. Recommend.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Togo (verified owner)

    WMD Mansa is a high quality tea, there’s no question about that. An experience with a tea like this is impossible to summarize, but for me the highlights were the complexity this tea displays both in the cha qi and the taste of course. Despite some similarities with other Yi Wu gushu, it is also fairly unique in that in early infusions it is more savoury and “wild” tasting – in fact it reminds me a little bit of some jade oolongs from wild Taiwanese varietals. However, at $1/g, I also doubt I will be buying more of it to be honest, especially since the taste profile is actually not completely aligned with my personal preferences and the tea brews a bit shorter than most gushu does.

  8. 5 out of 5

    NM (verified owner)

    Amazing sheng with a focus on mouthfeel and texture. Greatest Hits Autumn sheng has similar fragrance but 10 times stronger. If you like GH’s fragrance but you want more refined mouthfeel with thicker texture and more powerful body effects – you will love WMD. If you like this, then please try Greatest Hits – great value there!

  9. 4 out of 5

    rudi (verified owner)

    Brief steeps (few seconds) in 90 Celsius water.
    Liquor is a very clear pale yellow in color.
    Taste is smooth, light, and fruity, with a sweet aftertaste.
    Mouthfeel is slightly sticky, with no astringency nor bitterness.
    Wet leaves are a mix of light and dark olive green in hues, giving off fruity aroma similar to stone fruits.
    For a young sheng puerh this is surprisingly mellow, and with such flavor profile I suspect this would taste great if aged longer.
    I got no bitterness with a longer steep (1 minute), however, flavor seems to mellow down by the 4th/5th infusion.

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