Man Le Shu Pu'er Tea Coin ( 曼勒熟幣, Màn Lē Shú Bì, "Man Le Ripened Coin") - This is a coin of tea from Man Le, Li Shulin's new home. He relocated there after his home on Nannuo Mountain was destroyed by a fire in 2021. While he still maintains his plots on Nannuo Mountain and is still making tea from them, he has also begun using the local Man Le plants to make Sheng and Shu Pu'er, as well as Red tea and White tea.
Man Le was a growing region of the Menghai Tea Factory in the mid 20th century. It was abandoned in the 1970's and the plants that currently grow there are the seed-propagated plants (and descendants thereof) that have been growing there since that time. Many of these plants are feral and grow in the midst of the local pine trees.
This cake is fermented by Li Shulin using the Xiǎo Duī Zi 小堆子 ("Small Pile") technique. It has a dark, earthy nurse-log flavor that will deepen and become more complex over time.
This tea coin includes 7g of pressed tea. The base color of the wrapper is brown, indicating that it is a Shu Pu'er. The ring is white, indicating that this tea is made using standard leaves.