Full Frontal 2021 Jingmai Raw Puer

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Bitter, Floral, Fruity, Sweet, Thick
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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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Our second and complementary Jingmai offering for 2021, this tea delivers an unashamed floral fragrance that arrives in layers. This fragrance is complemented by a noticeable mouthfeel and thickness that expands and coats the mouth.

This tea is made from unblended arbour material and comes from an excellent environment. This tea has also been tested against and well below the EU MRL standard for 400+ pesticide residues in recent years.

Picking period: Pre-April 2

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I’m still thinking about this tea today and regretting passing on a cake years ago. I finally allowed myself to indulge and finish this leaf within TWO sessions. It’ll be missed…

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Grandpa Style!

I nursed a cup of this at the office today for much of my workday. It started off so delicate and sweet with this flowy floral notes and the most pleasant thick liquor. However, as it sat over the day I was a little surprised by how bitter it ended up getting. One of the reasons I reach so much towards Jingmai, and Bitterleaf Tea’s Jingmai in particular, is because of the soft floral character of it. It was fine because I’d just delute the cup until it was more where I wanted it to be.

Just caught me off guard, is all.

In the tea’s defense, it may have partially been me. I have been working at home so much lately that being in the office can start to feel quite over stimulating and I definitely think I was experiencing some sensory overload at different parts of the day today.

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I’m a big fan of the 2019 vintage of this tea and the 2021 harvest does not disappoint. Having already reviewed the (now sold out) 2019 version, most of the things I wrote there should also apply to this tea, so I will keep this short and sweet and not repeat myself here.

Like its predecessor, the 2021 Full Frontal is a strong tea with plenty of bite and great longevity. The soup is thick with a pleasing texture. While obviously still floral, I actually found the ’21 less of a flower bomb than the ’19 and instead it displayed some interesting hints of a cocktail of various fruity notes alongside the florals.

While it starts off sweet and gentle, the bitterness ramps up as the infusions progress and grow longer. While I virtually always brew my raws with freshly boiled water, this is one of the teas where I like to do two infusions before reboiling. I find Full Frontal to respond well to ~95°C water and alternating between 99°C and 95°C gives a fun insight into the more biting and slightly gentler facets of the tea. If you’re afraid of this tea being too intense, you can experiment with using less leaf and slightly cooler water. I would expect it to still perform well.

I’d regard Full Frontal ’21 to be just as good as the ’19. If you missed out on the original or have already drunk it all, this tea comes highly recommended. I remember considering this tea to be a good value, but upon checking the price on the website, I needed to do a double take when I was the price per gram. 22¢/g is ridiculously good value for this tea! I’d expect it to sell for at least 30¢/g and even 40¢ wouldn’t be unreasonable at all. I’m tempted to pick up a cake myself, because I don’t have that much Jingmai and this tea ticks all the boxes for me.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Fruity, Sweet, Thick

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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