Lao Man Er mountain is located in Man Er village, Menghai, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China. Local 'mountain tea' has been cultivated by the Bulang people for over 1,300 years. Located at an altitude of 1700 meters above sea level, ancient tea plantations consist of old trees with an area of 667 square meters.
Made from high-quality tea leaves, processed in a traditional way, and stored in Hong Kong for 15 years by skilled tea experts, this tea has turned into a piece of art. A perfect example of how great 'Hong Kong storage' can be.
Firstly, check out these beautiful big tea leaves carefully pressed into an accurate 450g brick. It can be easily disassembled into individual leaves which makes this tea very pleasant to deal with. There is a little bit of mustiness on some individual leaves, which is inevitable with the long wet storage. These leaves can be easily removed and anyway this doesn't affect the taste.
The dry tea leaves have a sweet woody aroma typical to wet storage tea. The very light and fresh fragrance reminds me of a forest after rain and wet wood. I'm very excited for people, who have never tried wet storage teas like this before. It's a completely new experience you will never forget. Those, who already know what I'm talking about, will find this tea one of the best they ever had. After rinsing, the tea leaves' aroma transforms into sweet woody notes with dough and date nuances. Very tender and gentle fragrance, the result of 15 years of mastery of wet storage ageing. The infusion has a very clean and transparent dark amber colour with red tones.
The strongest side of this tea is its taste. Speaking truly, it's impossible to express everything you are going through when you drink this tea. Words can't describe this experience, so it's always better to try it yourself. As I said before, I find this tea a perfect example of what shou puerh should taste like. The taste is fresh and sweet, smooth and silky, deep and multifaceted. No hints of wet pilling, mustiness, or wet storage taste - only a symphony of woody, nutty, and sugary notes. After drinking Lao Man Er, it's hard to believe that tea can be so incredibly good. Ultimate freshness, lightness, and smoothness.
Lao Man Er raw material became very famous and expensive in the past 20 years due to its original taste. This particular tea is a great example of an old-era shu pu'er made from high-quality tea material processed in a traditional way and aged in a special environment.