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Lao Man E 2013 Spring

Our 2013 Lao Man E is a blend of bitter and sweet trees growing between 1300-1400m elevation. After producing sweet LME for the past 2 years, we decided to amp up the bitterness this year. Our most powerful LaoManE to date. The dry leaves give off a delicious aroma of fresh watermelon.

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Steeping Instructions:
We recommend 6g of tea leaves in a 100ml brewing vessel. Use boiling hot water. This tea can be re-infused at least 10 times.

Lao Man E 2013 Spring

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Buy together with our 2014 Spring Lao Man E or 2011 Summer Lao Man E for a vertical tasting. The wrapper features a famous warrior monk from Chinese literature, Lǔ Zhìshēn 鲁智深, also known as "the flowery monk" 花和尚 for the tattoos which covered his body. Lu Zhishen was famous for being incredibly strong but rough, a terrible drunk who got into trouble but later redeemed himself. Which perfectly fits the character of our Lao Man E don't you agree? Especially this year, as we've blended bitter & sweet leaves together, giving the tea more kick, making it more "ba qi" 霸气 as we say in Chinese. Read more about our 2013 puerh art wrappers on our blog.

This tea has been reviewed by Synes Tea Sie.

Customer Reviews

Fresh and lively

Review by Alexander (from Steepster)
Fresh and lively with a strong, citrus-like long-lasting bitterness.
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Flavors: Bitter, Citrus (Posted on 1/6/18)

Good bitterness, but difficult aroma

Review by Nico (from
Nose of tea is slightly off, rubber, and overcooked vegetables. Maybe this is what the above mentioned watermelon tastes like to me. Very clear taste, but little aroma. Impressive, long-lasting bitterness. Leaves a rubbery aftertaste, though, in the first brew.

Subsequent brews lose this aftertaste, and develop a little more aroma. (Posted on 1/27/16)

Bitter but enjoyable

Review by mrmopar (from Steepster)
I did 10 grams in the Gaiwan to start out. A quick rinse and 3 5 second steeps into the fair cup. The brew is crystal clear in the cup. No cloudiness at all. A little touch of grape in the aroma and the first sip is “Bang” a large hit of the bitter as noted on a previous review and a nice mouthfeel to this one. This has one of the hardest bitter punches I have experienced. It gives a slight touch of faint sweetness in there after plowing through the bitter. Some hints of pine and flower in there. Nice and strong as this one will punch you in the buds. You will have to enjoy the strength of the bitter it brings to truly enjoy this one with the good Ku Wei and Hui Gan.
Strong and powerful balanced a bit more to the bitter side but enjoyable. (Posted on 7/27/14)

Beautiful and Rewarding

Review by Jordan
Lao Man E produces some of the most beautiful Puerh cakes around. I do enjoy a little bitterness in my Sheng Puerh and thought this one might be too much, but took a chance on it anyway. I'm glad I did; the bitterness was not as overwhelming as I thought, instead added a complexity to the tea like none I had experienced before. I am definitely a fan of Lao Man E now.

Drinking this tea is an experience that can be surprising; the initial taste is clean, smooth, and buttery, but that transforms into a lingering, dry bitterness in the mouth. It definitely sticks with you for a while. After a few brews, though, the bitterness transforms into sweetness. The aroma is reminiscent of rich fruit and nectar. All-in-all, this is fabulous tea, another excellent production from Tea Urchin. (Posted on 7/26/14)

Good but too bitter

Review by TB
A very bitter experience at first! The first experience with this tea was an overwhelming bitterness that didn’t fade away quickly. I had to get rid of a half of the leaves in the teapot after the first brew.

For the first few infusions, although less leaves were used, the bitterness was still very uncomfortable. This tea has a good body and considerable amount of aftertaste. However, the aftertaste, at first, was clouded by the extreme bitterness. Drinking some hot water afterwards would reveal its deep and satisfying aftertaste. The mouthfeel was also a bit dry. The body was thick though.

Later infusions, the Ban Zhang profile became more pronounced and the bitterness started to fade. One could detect a distinct orchid-like aroma coming from the throat. Huigan was more detectable than before. The tea was more enjoyable at this stage although the bitterness was still there. One could contrast this tea to the famous Lao Ban Zhang, the latter has no prolong bitterness but sweetness.

All in all, this Lao Man E tea is a good tea in some of the senses but the bitterness might prevents one from appreciating its other fine qualities. (Posted on 2/28/14)

A powerhouse tea

Review by JN
Beautiful, long leaves. Aroma of grape must with a heady perfumed bouquet. Taste of fruit compote, slightly bitter giving the tongue something to chew on. There is the promise of future metamorphosis as the tea has more than its share of depth and fortitude. A powerhouse. (Posted on 2/23/14)

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