2018 Bitter Leaf Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake, 500 y.o. trees

Origin: Thailand
Harvest: 2018
Elevation: 1300 m
Availability: In Stock
Reward Points on purchase: 21 Details

Raw pu-erh tea made from Thai bitter leaf of 500 y.o. tea tree material (ku cha).

This sheng does not resemble Bulang, nor Lao Man Er, nor other Chinese regions. But that is how I describe the organoleptic properties... The bitterness is so edible, soft. Without citrus notes - closer to the fragrant fresh wormwood. Now, if we add more sweet wildflowers and a drop of vanilla to this fragrant bitterness, then we get this sheng.

Many puerh producers seek to collect the harvest from sweet trees. And we, of course, understand them in this - everyone loves sweet tea, it is easy to sell, etc. But we are convinced that bitter-leaf pu-erh is seriously undervalued for two main reasons:

  1. It has a powerful fragrant huygan. That is not just a returning sweetness but a very fragrant sweet aftertaste.
  2. It has a very potent relaxing and sedative Qi effect. As a result, it perfectly relieves headaches.

By the way, bitterness is good for our body. It stimulates the work of the overall endocrine and digestive system.

For these two huge advantages, huygan and healing ability of Qi, we are ready to forgive this tea a lot - both bitterness and not very expressive foreground taste. Thus we decided to make a special cake with this bitter leaf.

2018 Bitter Leaf Raw Pu-erh Tea Ceremony
2018 Bitter Leaf Raw Pu-erh Tea Infusion
2018 Bitter Leaf Raw Pu-erh Tea - Steeped Leaves

Reviews (6)

About headache relief. I don't know what this black magic is, but it works.
Works with terrible speed!
Jesus's tea!
I caught it at the very beginning [of a headache], but ... but yes. Two steeps and as if nothing had happened.

For a sheng that is called 'bitter leaf' it is surprisingly not as bitter as I expected. The bitterness is there, but gentle.
I can't detect much from its aroma, which is on a lighter side, but certainly leans towards floral.
Medium body mouthfeel and dryness all around in the mouth. Makes me salivate more.
There is a sweet aftertaste, but not in a fruity way. Wet leaves smell of sugary green apples, though.
I feel the Qi, but it's gentle. It makes me feel more relaxed.

Honestly the tea was pretty normal. I would compare it to a couple other daily-drinkers that I have. Nothing spectacular, but definitely not bad.

Bitter Sheng is probably my favorite kind of puer.
This one does not fall in taste in anything compared to Bulang puer (bada etc.),
and is clearly of high quality gushu material- the taste is strong, as is the qi and the amount of re-steeps.
It has a unique bitter profile, which is always exciting!

If you like bitter teas give this one a try- even if it won't be to your specific taste, it definitely won't disappoint!

First try this tea is a little shocking for me, but the more I drink it the more I get hooked in it.
I believe this tea is from ancient tree, not sure about all the other details of the tea but I will find out more if I can purchase more of them.
Very thick and potent tea even on 4th-5th infusion it still as thick... which doesn’t happen a lot with other tea. Thickness is almost syrupy.
First the bitterness hits you pretty hard but as soon as you feel it it changes to a beautiful sweetness and full of fragrance. My mouth still feel flowery 2 hours after my last cup.
This is for sure going to be on the top 3 of my fav tea this year...
Can’t say enough... you just have to try.... hopefully we can get some for anyone who would like to try them...
Beautiful beautiful tea...
I also think that it will be amazing tea to aging, but if I have them I don’t think that will happen.

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