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"Four Peaks" Lao Man E 2011 Summer

This tea was picked from 4 large, ancient tea trees, each from a different part of the mountain range around Lao Man E village, hence the name "Four Peaks" Summer Lao Man E. The 4 trees were selected for their sweet taste, a nice counterpoint to the bitterness of our 2013 Spring or 2014 Spring Lao Man E. This is "LME light" and will challenge your preconceptions about Summer tea. It is especially good when mug or thermos steeped. This tea has been reviewed by Jakub Tomek, Elliot Knapp, and Petr Novak.

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Steeping Instructions:
We recommend 8g of tea leaves in a 100ml brewing vessel. As this is Summer tea, use longer steep times than usual. This tea can re-infused at least 10 times.

"Four Peaks" Lao Man E 2011 Summer

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Please note the wrapper & neifei incorrectly label this tea as "dan ke shu" or single tree. The labels were printed before we discovered a single tree doesn't yield enough material to meet the factory's minimum order for pressing.

Customer Reviews

I really like this tea.

Review by Dr. Jim (from Steepster)
I’ve had the Tea Urchin order in my pumidor for about a week, and decided it was time to start sampling. If this tea is any indication I’m going to be happy with the order. Though this is a 2011, it is tasting middle-aged: the flavors were more wood than straw, and the color was more orange than yellow. There is still quite a bit of astringency and acid, so I’ll enjoy watching it age.

The really strong first steep has lots of fruit, and hints of straw and veggie. Long, powerful finish. Somewhat chewy texture. Strong cha qi. 2nd steep is soft and sweet and bursting with flavor and cha qi. I really like this tea. Started noticing a bit of molasses, and less fruit or veggie in the 3rd steep. Turned astringent at the end of the cup. 4th steep is quite astringent, slightly bitter, but I still taste a bit of fruit underneath. I haven’t had this for an hour, but the cha qi is hitting me after less than an ounce. The next few steeps were still potent, with a bit of fruit poking out from underneath an astringent woody flavor. Around the 7th steep the fruit began to dominate the wood, though there is still some astringency at the end of the cup. At this point my steeps were lasting about a minute. Still good texture. (Posted on 5/1/16)

A fantastic tea

Review by Ljung
Nothing short of a fantastic tea. Extremely clean, thick, aromatic, with a nice bitterness and a quite deep flavor of mushrooms and berries. Smooth and strong. Long-lasting and spicy aftertaste. Some of the best tea I have had. (Posted on 10/28/12)