2008 Jingmai Sheng / Raw Puerh Maocha

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Pu'erh Tea
Pu Erh Tea
Honey, Sour, Hay, Sweet, Autumn Leaf Pile, Dry Grass, Fig, Mineral, Pear, Stonefruit, Apricot, Astringent, Bamboo, Bitter, Chestnut, Creamy, Honeydew, Honeysuckle, Sugarcane, Tannic, Mint
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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 oz / 109 ml

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  • “When I received this tea it had a sour lactic acid twang indicative of too dry of storage. Remembering that I fixed a similar problem with the 2006 Xigui by breaking it up and humidifying it in a...” Read full tasting note
  • “First off many thanks to Liquid Proust for a sample of this tea. What juicy fruit laden bomb this is. Sweet honeyed notes of Apricot and pears with a bit of smoky oak and a touch of tannic...” Read full tasting note
  • “its back in stock. I am so happy. This is, for me, the kind of time when the puerh gods are at peace & the flavour planets align. The huigan combines in my throat, mouth & head to form a...” Read full tasting note
  • “I heard a few mixed reviews on this tea. I’ve heard people saying it’s 100% damn good, and others sayin nah. I’m sorry to say it, but I am leaning towards the latter. The leaves are long darkened...” Read full tasting note

From Crimson Lotus Tea

This is a rare tea blend. We are quite pleased to be able to offer it. This tea has been aging in Jingmai loose since 2008. This is a blend of young and old tree material. Back in 2008 in Jingmai they didn’t differentiate material as much. It’s rare to find Jingmai stored material. Jingmai is a protected export only tea growing region. Once leaf material leaves Jingmai it can’t come back. Protecting their borders is a task they take seriously.

This tea is phenomenal! The honey aromas are so deep and rich it’s almost unbelievable. Were we to press this material it would lose the magic aroma it has now. We’re happy to offer this tea as maocha.

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110 tasting notes

When I received this tea it had a sour lactic acid twang indicative of too dry of storage. Remembering that I fixed a similar problem with the 2006 Xigui by breaking it up and humidifying it in a canister (thus making it at least as good as the 2005 Naka that’s 3x more expensive) I decided to try this with this tea…and upon steeping was immediately reminded of my favorite fishing hole in early June. There is a huge patch of wild spearmint and multiple types of berry bushes blooming in June . There is also an aroma of decaying willow branches. That’s the character I get from this tea…very contemplative. Of course my dad drank a little and gets white wine and herbs so get a sample and decide yourself.

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24 tasting notes

First off many thanks to Liquid Proust for a sample of this tea. What juicy fruit laden bomb this is. Sweet honeyed notes of Apricot and pears with a bit of smoky oak and a touch of tannic minerals. This one is a real winner.

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

Yes. I love this stuff


Wish that it was still available. I do have a sample of the 2016 Midas touch. Hoping it is similiar. Do all of CLT Jingmai taste like this?


It’s coming back in stock. Email Glenn :)

This is same tree from midas touch but one of them, the midas touch is a blend. Probably what the midas touch will be like in 10 years if stored the same

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338 tasting notes

its back in stock. I am so happy.

This is, for me, the kind of time when the puerh gods are at peace & the flavour planets align. The huigan combines in my throat, mouth & head to form a wondrous taste. I mean seriously, this stuff has returning fruit game.

This is a perfect example of how sheng can taste once in the mouth, and then transform into something else a few minutes later. It is really soft & juicy, forgiving, even a hint of smoke or tobacco (and I hate that profile usually) but balanced in such a way it makes them all work.

I am grateful to a bad pasty for sharing a sample with me in the first place, and I would also like to thank the fact it was out of stock when I went to buy some after said sample, which caused a great low that made this high even higher -

I emailed Glen a couple of weeks ago saying how much I liked it and he informed me they have bought more and its in stock again.

Delicious stuff.


Tempted, but confused. Don’t see this on the website.


its not been put up yet – you can email CLT and just do a paypal transfer.


its 45c/g abouts. They do it in a nice clay pot but I asked for a larger amount without the pot


Woosh, there goes my money. Was this shipped from China or the US?


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Yeah, I know.. re: cost. its a lovely tea though. it was from Yunnan. that was a week or two back though, not sure if they are in the US or not. Defo get a sample and try it, I think its great, sometimes it has attained that perfect moment status. such a nice huigan & soft feel


Thanks, I’ll shoot them a message now :)


Disappointed because I was in talks with Glen at Crimson Lotus to purchase some of this after finding out about it here. Glen said I could do a custom order and asked if I wanted the tea in a clay pot or a pu-erh wrapper only. I replied and said just the tea, but he never responded. I gave it a couple weeks and wrote again, asking if the tea is still available by custom order. Again, no response. I saw CL is active on instagram so I sent a msg through that in case there was a problem with my email going through. No response to my message there either. Thought I’d really enjoy this because you gave my favorite raw pu-erh (Bana Tea Mengsung Secret Garden) a 100 score and figured we might have similar taste. Oh well.

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521 tasting notes

I heard a few mixed reviews on this tea. I’ve heard people saying it’s 100% damn good, and others sayin nah. I’m sorry to say it, but I am leaning towards the latter. The leaves are long darkened tendrils with a strong aroma of buckwheat honey and apricot. I brought out my shibo and warmed it up, and then I placed some leaves inside. The aroma moves about and expands into some fig newton with an undertone of sour kale. I washed the leaf once and prepared for brewing. Now the taste is what drove me away. Quick anecdote, a loooooooong time ago I acquired some “rare” tea from a foreign friend of mine. They instructed me how to brew said “mysterious tea”, and that after I brew it I can sun dry the leaves and resteep this “mystical” tea. Me, giving benefit of the doubt, believed my foreign friend and did just that, I brewed the tea, drank, and then put the leaves outside to dry, so I can steep again. I feel you can see where I am going with this if you know tea. The “rare” tea was bad, and the sundried version was not good as well. The taste was foul, sour, and badly fermented. Now, back to the review, this tea’s background notes taste just like that sundried pre-steeped leaf. The forefront is heavy honey tones, but the base and undertones are sour and cloudy. I’m not sure what it was, but when you taste what I’ve tasted you don’t forget a tone. Maybe it was a bad sample, maybe someone gave me their steeped leaves, maybe it was poor storage, I don’t know….


Flavors: Honey, Sour

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

I got an odd sour cloudy taste off of the Slumbering Dragon as well, actually, which is another tea most people seem to absolutely love, so I wonder if it’s one of those things that only certain people with the gene for it can taste or something like cilantro? :/

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I’m sorry about your experience. If you’re willing to give it another go I’ll send you a sample for free. Just let me know.


I’m about to review this tea and would add that the sour notes disappeared when I moved the tea to a canister with a boveda for a few weeks.

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239 tasting notes

Tastes like sheng! Vegetal, grassy, astringent, a bit bitter.

I swear, I only have one more sheng left.

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec

How did you brew this one? I have some I haven’t tried yet.


7g/100ml 195F for 5 seconds ore less. But I’m not much of an expert…


Some of these can be finicky. Your parameters are close to what mine would be. You may try dropping the temp a bit more as that may reduce the bitter and let other notes come through.

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1113 tasting notes

I say this after multiple sessions and a decent amount of thought: This tea deserves the 100/100 that others have given it.

Large leaf. Easy to brew. Forgiving. Savory. Medium viscosity. Great resteep ability. Beautiful before and after the session. Aroma of sweet Jingmai.

All around, this is something that is easy to enjoy for anyone.
Brought this to a new pu’erh drinkers house and it was fantastic, even better than when I drank it alone.


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88 tasting notes


This is such a clean sheng, especially given it’s age. This is a great way to try an aged tea, especially for newer puer drinkers. It had a sweet honey body with light hay undertones. I like this tea because it doesn’t have too much energy and it was easy to relax by. However, this tea is temperature sensitive and can easily taste sour if it’s brewed too hot. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy this tea :)

Flavors: Hay, Honey, Sweet

6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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400 tasting notes

Backlog 12 August 2016
Another tea gifted/swapped with CWarren. Thank you for this!

I shared this tea with a friend, so my notes are subtle, but there are a few details on the leaf color and flavor profile. I had tasted a lot of fig, Asian pear, stone fruits, and earthy minerals. After a while, there were notes of honey and dry grass/leaves. I noted, “This reminds me of an autumn walk in the (maple tree surrounded) woods.” The liquid of the tea became “the color of honey” and flavor reminded me of an “autumn morning walk, with the leaves crunching beneath your feet; the smell of dew covered dry leaves arising to your nostrils.”

I apparently began composing a story after this last note, titled “Autumn Morning.” So having a tea which inspired me to write again is worthy of making a note on here.

Anyway, my friend and I had sincerely enjoyed this tea together. We had many similar notes of the depth, flavor, aromas, and thoughts about Autumn while sharing this brew. It is a worthy treat to have for the Autumn-loving-individual, and it’ll make your mind wander to those lovely morning walks, while listening to the leaves crunch beneath your feet.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Dry Grass, Fig, Honey, Mineral, Pear, Stonefruit


When I first began drinkin green tea, I looked for teas that connected me with nature around me. Perhaps a Bai Mu Dan connected me to the grass or hay smells outside. So I find it very understandable that a tea would make you feel like a walk in the leafy woods.

Freshly cut grass is one of my favourite smells. Wet green tea leaves or matcha will sometimes be like that.

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67 tasting notes

Hope Crimson Lotus continues to deliver more teas like this one. Total blind buy without sampling, but based on other Jingmai teas I’ve had from Crimson Lotus I couldn’t pass up an 8-year old Jingmai maocha. It was totally worth the gamble. And it paid off! Wow! High quality material, clean, no off flavors, really good sheng.

This is an interesting tea. At first I wasn’t sure what to make of it, but don’t think I used enough tea initially so I held back those tasting notes, and used a lot more tea in later sessions.

It brews a really nice amber color, on the lighter side of amber, but what I expect from a 2008ish sheng. Signature Jingmai honeysuckle and honeydew, less-so than some other younger Jingmai shengs, and an underlying creaminess that brings it all together.

It still leans to the bitter side but quickly turns into sweetness, and a gentle astringency that causes my mouth to water…if a tea can be juicy then this one is juicy. Nice mouth buzz from first 4-5 steepings that fades away after that. Very long lasting pleasant aftertaste, one that you don’t want to eat anything because it may ruin your palate and the flavors you’re enjoying. This speaks to the concentration of polyphenols and minerals in these leaves. High quality stuff! I absolutely love these aspects of shengs, and what I look most for in mid-age shengs.

Large thick and intact leaves, beautiful to look at.

Very slight huigan, no camphor, qi is relaxing and gentle. Not getting any caffeine kicks or jitters, and around steeping 10 I started getting a bit tea-buzzed and had to eat something.

After about 12 steepings it started getting straight bitter, which means I probably need to be fine-tune my steepings later in each session, or pay attention more. In my own defense, this tea had me buzzed :) Some longevity! Its outlasted me every single time with 12+ steepings consistently.

The strength and qualities of this tea give me a really good sense that it has lots of potential for long-term aging, and that its not even close to hitting its peak. But after 8 years, it also has me wondering if there is a bit of younger material blended in? How can this tea reach this level of bitterness after 8 years as maocha?

High quality material, glad it was left to age in Jingmai for 8 years. I’m really looking forward to growing with this tea, and only wish I had more!!

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Bamboo, Bitter, Chestnut, Creamy, Honey, Honeydew, Honeysuckle, Sugarcane, Tannic

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301 tasting notes

Crimson Lotus offered the opportunity to purchase this aged Jingmai maocha in a custom made Jianshui tea jar and I could not resist. This is a very nice tea! The leaves are whole, long and beautiful to look at. The tea liquor is a deep gold color which when exposed to the air begins to shift toward a copper color. The aroma is full of a thick sweetness and this same sweetness is found in the first sips. Active mouthfeel which continues into the throat where the sweetness lingers. I also found a decidedly citric component in the tea which led me to think of it as having an appealing sweet charm while a tiny bit tart at the same time. Overall the tea has a solid, potent character and is indeed a treat. This is one to be enjoyed now and in the near future.


195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 75 ML

Those were so tempting! I wanted a jar of each


I love your teaware!


@ashmanra Thank you. Interesting teaware makes the whole tea experience better!


@tperez and @CWarren this is IMHO a tea worth owning.


glad I bought one, can’t wait to try it!


I hope they make it available as I think it is currently out.


@CWarren and I will send you something as well. A swap is in the future ;)

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