drank 2005 Ripe Bulang Maocha by white2tea
1136 tasting notes

Good morning teaheads. My mind listened to my body so this morning’s tea is a shou pu’er from mrmopar (thank you!) and an old one at that.

The aroma is harmonious with the taste and feeling. Smooth with some light astringency. The body may be a little thin for my likes but I’m not entirely attentive to brewing. It gives me a deep, mushroom-brothy feeling. No thick potting soil vibes here. Good balance of medicinal tones — mellow, bitter earthiness like burdock root with whole grain sourdough, a ‘dry’ petrichor, buffalo grass, darkened leather and even older hardwood furniture. A bit of a high-pitched raspberry tone. A cool camphor comes and goes without interrupting. Little aftertaste; on one steep I got the most fleeting impression of caramel-chocolate-coffee. Last few steeps, as the flavor becomes mostly depleted, present a licorice root sweetness and are drying-catching in the throat.

A nice step into this cold morning.

Flavors: Astringent, Baked Bread, Broth, Buffalo Grass, Camphor, Dark Wood, Earth, Grain, Leather, Licorice, Medicinal, Mushrooms, Petrichor, Raspberry, Smoke, Smooth, Tobacco

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Tea became a hobby and my daily drink of choice some time late in the last decade. My introduction to loose leaf came in the form of dumpster-dived Wuyi oolong packets that somebody left upon moving out of an apartment building. From there, my palate expanded to teas from across China and the world. I used to focus more on taste and still harbor the habit, but after trying sheng pu’er, I tend to focus more on how a tea feels in my body. Does it complement my constitution? Does it change my mood or does it enhance my current mindstate? While I may not mention those effects in tea notes, it is what I value most. Flavored teas are not a favorite but I do drink them intermittently.

In terms of who I am, you could consider me a jill of all trades. Specialty is not my strength, as can be seen in the spread of my tea notes. I might have attention issues. One thing I will always love is riding a bicycle.


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