This is the most remote area we sourced puerh from in 2010. Located at the southernmost tip of the Bulang range, this village is in a small area bordered on the north by an impassable mountain ridge and on the south by a river crossable only by a rope bridge. The people are of the Bulang minority and the village is surrounded by many old trees averaging 300-500 years old.
The maocha for this cake is a little more broken than is ideal, due to the 4km carried by hand and 7km by motorcycle before it could be loaded into a 4x4. The leaves have a slight smokiness, which I hope will dissipate over the next few months. The chaqi however is strong and the taste is thick with many layers of complexity. It has a medium bitterness (ku wei) and long sweet aftertaste towards the back of the mouth and in the throat.
2010 Mansai Review by Sebastien
The aftertaste is long and powerful but remains quite soft in the mouth and throat. A fine structure in the mouth, a homogeneous and always pleasant rendering. I really like cake.
This is certainly one of the best cakes in the 2010 selection. (Posted on 26/11/2011)
2010 EoT Mansai Review by CM
I found this the most complex and interesting of the EOT teas I’ve tried from 2010. Very smooth and clean-tasting, lighter than the Bangwai, but with rich savoury notes in early infusions, a slight bitterness and a gently sweet, long lasting after taste. After a few infusions a faint floral scent is noticeable in the wet leaves. (Posted on 14/10/2011)
interesting comparison Review by dbj
It is really quite enjoyable comparing the effect different weather conditions will have on old tree teas. I found with the 2010 there was a stronger kuwei and an almost meaty flavor. I prefer the 2011 Mansai for the more intense cha qi and better mouthfeel. Out of the 2010's this is my favorite .
(Posted on 11/10/2011)
All the better for a little age . Review by Simeon
This is really lovely to drink now it's just over 12 months old - smooth thick and silky , with a lovely toffee like sweetness to it's aroma and flavour profiles . A good huigan , and a strong qi . The smokiness that was present when it was new has now pretty much dissipated , leaving just a few notes in the background that help to add to the over all complexity . Some nice creamy notes appeared during the second half of the session along with some luscious soupy vegetal notes and textures . TOP STUFF ! (Posted on 21/09/2011)
Excellent tea Review by Tomas
I have to admit, this is my absolute favorite of all teas produced by Essence of tea I tasted by now.
Very clean soup, fresh taste without any smokiness, it reminds me of a home made bread our ancestors used to make. The tea has great energy and long lasting aftertaste - for it's price it's an excellent value. I'm looking forward to try the 2011 Mansai. (Posted on 20/09/2011)