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Ma Hei 2015 Spring

MaHei 麻黑 neighbors LuoShuiDong, and is one of the most famous villages in Yiwu, where artisan pu'er cakes are still produced entirely by hand, and stone pressed, according to traditional methods. Mahei's deep-rooted, centuries-old tea bushes produce a thick mouthfeel with classic Yiwu sweetness and elegant floral fragrance. This tea has a lot of substance which makes it a good ager but it needs to be handled right. A 1 minute infusion gives off intense twig + bark tannins, wood spice and some of the sour bitterness of grape skin and seeds, with a hint of dried apricot and a citric tang on the finish. Short 10-20 second infusions produce silky smooth and thick tea, with fantastic floral aroma, and great endurance. So be gentle!

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Steeping Instructions:
We recommend 7g of tea leaves in a 100ml brewing vessel. Add boiling hot water. Shorten your usual steep times, as this tea gives a lot of flavor, in a short amount of time. This tea can re-infused at least 10 times.

Ma Hei 2015 Spring

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Amazing dance of sweetness, bitterness, and minerality

Review by jamin (from Steepster)
Drinking 6.5g of this right now in my trusty 100ml porcelain xishi. Quick rinse. First steep tea is still opening up. Second ok. At the third steep this tea starts to give up some well rounded mellow mids and some really nice thick mouthfeel somewhere between soupy and oily. Nice mellow calming energy too. Fourth steep some balanced astringency and an almost barely just perceptible bitterness, mouthfeel really nice, feelin pretty glowy and liquidy. Fifth pretty similar except maybe a tad bit more astringency which is still balanced. Empty tummy is feelin good right now too. Sixth, bitterness developing slightly and also there is a tantalizing hint of sweetness got my attention. Seven, definitely getting some sweetness now but probably could have pushed this steep a bit more as the mouthfeel is a bit lighter.

Up to this point I would say that the session has been very comfortable and warm. Nice gentle progression. Empty tummy still feeling great and and also feeling warm and glowy but now with a bit more energy and lighter feeling in head. Went through 500ml water so far and now leaves are going in 500ml thermos with 100C water for at least half an hour. I’ll check back in here later.

So over an hr in thermos this tea is pouring pretty dark. Could have pushed tea more during first half of session. Enjoying it a lot though as I really like strong tea and greatly enjoy bitterness. I’m finding that the sweetness, bitterness and minerality are doing an amazing dance together as the tea moves past my palate and through my throat. They are all three very present and taking turns singing their spiralling song on my tast buds but none shouting over the others. Light astringency and very present dynamic huigan.

Ok Tea Urchin you have my attention. I’ve been enjoying your samples and look forward to trying more of your teas. (Posted on 1/2/19)

More for me, please!

Review by tenoh27
Tea flavour and aroma descriptions are not a forte of mine - so will be eschewing that here -but I have truly enjoyed this tea, even after more than 10th steepings.

Bitterness and astringency were more pronounced by the end, when steeping time increased, but of particular note was the throat feeling in the first few steeps. A marvellous tea I will be getting more of. (Posted on 11/25/15)

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