2015 Hai Lang Hao 'Gao Shan Chen Yun'

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Black Pepper, Camphor, Cannabis, Decayed wood, Earth, Fireplace, Fruity, Herbaceous, Leather, Medicinal, Moss, Pineapple, Raisins, Resin, Sweat, Tobacco, Vegetal, Wood, Bitter, Honey, Cedar, Floral, Flowers, Honeysuckle, Mango, Marshmallow, Pear, Pleasantly Sour, Rice, Sugarcane, Sweet, Mineral, Straw, Thick, Green, Mushrooms, Smoke
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Average preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 oz / 96 ml

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  • “nice cheap Daily Drinker for that Yiwu taste, that will last you for a small number of good brews. Used to be great value, but price jump made it only good value.. I’ve noticed a couple of times...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This caused great confusion, because to me the initial scent and taste are of mugicha, roast barley tea! When you steep it on the long side and get a slight bitter edge on the roast. The sheng...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is an ok tea for the price, but I definitely didn’t find it better than other raw pu-erh teas in the same price category. The dry leaf has a herbaceous aroma with hints of pineapple skin and...” Read full tasting note
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  • “5.6g in 90mL, Sheng TTB #3 The lid is of musty honey Certainly very well priced for what it is—2012 material. indeed a very solid bargain, given that it delivers on being mid-aged despite only...” Read full tasting note
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From Hai Lang Hao (Yunnan Sourcing)

In Hai Lang’s own words:

This is a plantation Yi Wu from Spring 2012, and it’s been aged as Mao Cha for 3 years. It was discovered this year and I really enjoyed the tea and wanted to offer it as a bargain tea that would bring enjoyment without a heavy price tag. Many people would be fooled into thinking this was from old tea trees as the leaves are thick and stout and the tea soup is quite thick and full in the mouth.

The tea starts with a golden colored tea soup. The aroma is that of dried fruit, mushrooms and hay. The tea is balanced and thick from the get go, while retaining a decent power up to 7 or 8 infusions. While not up to the standard of more expensive old tree tea, this is nonetheless an enjoyable Yi Wu tea and thoroughly a bargain!

400 grams per cake (7 cakes per bamboo tong)
2012 Spring Material, 2015 Pressing (pressing date stamp is 2013… this is incorrect)
Pressed with Stone Press in the traditional manner.

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10 Tasting Notes

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18 tasting notes

nice cheap Daily Drinker for that Yiwu taste, that will last you for a small number of good brews.
Used to be great value, but price jump made it only good value..
I’ve noticed a couple of times HLH teas getting a price increase of 10%-33%.. that’s fair play in the puer world, but a 33% increase can really make or break a tea’s value-for-money..

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42 tasting notes

This caused great confusion, because to me the initial scent and taste are of mugicha, roast barley tea! When you steep it on the long side and get a slight bitter edge on the roast. The sheng characteristics then come in, with lots of sweetness and a lingering astringency. I’ve not had any other shengs like this.

Sheng mugicha!

mrmopar

Excellent value for the quality you get.

VoirenTea

@mrmopar Have you come across any other teas that taste similar, or is it peculiar to this one? It really isn’t like any others I’ve had so I was curious.

mrmopar

Not the HLH productions. I had a Changtai years ago that was similar. I think this being loose aged maocha had an influence on the final product.

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396 tasting notes

This is an ok tea for the price, but I definitely didn’t find it better than other raw pu-erh teas in the same price category. The dry leaf has a herbaceous aroma with hints of pineapple skin and tobacco. The tobacco smell becomes really strong after the rinse. I also noticed medicinal, earthy and fireplace scents. As for the liquor itself, it mostly smells like decayed wood and moss.

The main problem I have with the tea is that I am not too fond of the taste profile. It starts off with flavours of cannabis, leather, camphor and green pepper (meaning unripe black pepper). Later on, it gets sweeter and vegetal, but retains some savouriness. Notes of resin, raisins, tree bark emerge. The aftertaste is relatively long, with distinct fruitiness and persistent sweet wood quality.

As for the mouthfeel, it has decent viscosity, although cannot compete with most non-plantation teas. It has a little astringency, but nothing too drying.

I feel like the tea is a bit awkward right now and could benefit from more aging. I think I rate it lower because its profile doesn’t quite appeal to me, but I think other people might like it more.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Camphor, Cannabis, Decayed wood, Earth, Fireplace, Fruity, Herbaceous, Leather, Medicinal, Moss, Pineapple, Raisins, Resin, Sweat, Tobacco, Vegetal, Wood

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

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61 tasting notes

5.6g in 90mL, Sheng TTB #3
The lid is of musty honey
Certainly very well priced for what it is—2012 material. indeed a very solid bargain, given that it delivers on being mid-aged despite only being 6 years old. (At least what i’d call mature, given my newness to this). Musty honey, active in the mouth, and a bitter finish that is well balanced—I like! Others might like the storage taste on this one, but I’m not super into it and unfortunately because of it I don’t think I’ll be picking this up in the near future. However, still pretty great, especially if you’re looking for a solid mid-aged tea. Would highly recommend.

Flavors: Bitter, Honey

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47 tasting notes

This is fantastic and right from the start you can tell it is from older material than the pressing date. Starts off with some sweet tobacco and earthy notes, slowly evolving to a greener pleasant mild astringency. This brews up real nice and is a bargain at the current price. Will probably be even more amazing in a few years.

Preparation
4 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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506 tasting notes

This tea is in the top three for surprise productions. The leaf is silvery and spindle like with sweet and light floral tones as well as some high notes of soft wood. I warmed my gaiwan and slipped some inside. The scent opens into highly sweet aromas with incredible high “white” notes (unripe mango?). I washed the leaves once and prepared for brewing. The base of the tea is cedar with some lovely high notes of pink lady apples. The brew yields a lasting oily honeycomb sweetness with sunflower florals on the exhale. The drink has few sticky rice tones along with a robust caramel color and succulent sweet vapor rising from the cup. I was pulled in tight with this one! A pleasant sour note comes through later as a complimenting bitter, and it provides some good tongue curling. However, this tea its all about the exhale. I was pulling great marshmallow sweetness that engulfed my senses. The qi is high cooling sensation that targets the head and provides nice uplifting sensations. I was picking up Bosc pear by steep 3. The brew ends with a cane-sugar sweetness and the qi drives towards the back of the head with good pressure. Now, after this session I was curious as to what this tea cost. I know with Hai Lang Hao it is either a bit pricey or its cheap. This is the later, and it surprised me quite a bit. This is a great example of the fact that its all about storage and processing. I am a big buff on quality material, but if you don’t know what you’re doing you can really f*$# up. This tea has amazing tones, huigan, and a bit kuwei for the price, plus the qi is actually notable; in which, I find that quality to be rare with plantation tea (especially) at this price.

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Flavors: Cedar, Floral, Flowers, Honey, Honeysuckle, Mango, Marshmallow, Pear, Pleasantly Sour, Rice, Sugarcane, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 2 OZ / 50 ML
Daylon R Thomas

Reading the description made me think of a Sake lol.

mrmopar

This is the bargain tea just like the Springtime Water he has. Price to quality winner in all categories.

Matu

Very good cake – bought a tong of it to enjoy long-term and/or experiment with.

Rasseru

MrMopar, can you link the springtime water? i’ve found a spring of menghai but no ‘water’ i’m all up for some cheap sheng

http://yunnansourcing.com/en/menghaiteafactory/2135-2012-menghai-spring-of-menghai-raw-pu-erh-tea-357-grams.html I found this but no springtime, yeah I saw your review on here but couldnt find the same wrapper

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33 tasting notes

Awesome awesome awesome. I wasn’t taking notes when I had this yesterday but man it was really good. Very easy to brew and drink, mellow and sweet. Would be an excellent daily drinker, especially at 7.5 cents/g. I will definitely be buying a cake!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 10 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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486 tasting notes

I’ve had a cake of this, which I blind bought on the recommendation of mrmopar in my stash for quite a while now. I pulled my cake out to give it a try for the first time in a few months last night. The dry leaf is very interesting looking. The leaves are long and spindly, and there are a pretty good number of twigs mixed it. It’s really a bit difficult to fit chunks of it into brewing vessels until you get some hot water on it. The leaves had a nice fruity aroma, with notes of straw as well. After a rinse, the tea smelled slightly smoky, though none of this smoke really makes it into the flavor, and again like straw.

From the get-go, this tea steeps out very thick. The first steep had a bit of an herbal note to it, along with a sweetness which immediately filled my mouth. The tea has good throat-feeling, and even before I finished drinking the first infusion, my head was pounding.

The sweetness stayed very strong, as did the thickness. By the third steep, I was feeling just about as teadrunk as I ever have before. My notes get a little bit garbled after this, but I know the tea went around 15 steeps, though possibly could have called it quits at 13. The sweetness stayed pretty strong, but was not cloying. I also don’t really know how to describe it – a bit mineral or honey maybe, with some slight apricot notes detectable at times.

I remember trying this tea around when I first got it, and being decently impressed by the quality of it. Now, after the tea has been resting in my pumidor for around 5 or 6 months, I am absolutely floored by the quality:price ratio. For me, this tea is an absolute steal. The texture and qi are incredibly potent and enjoyable, and the flavor, while nothing spectacular or unusual, is very enjoyable. I now have a large amount of this tea en route from Yunnan Sourcing, along with some other Hai Lang Hao samples. I feel pretty confident buying a lot of this tea, as it already has a bit of a head-start with aging, being pressed from 2012 maocha, and because I like how it has changed already just sitting in my moderately humid pumidor for a few months.

I’ll be trying this some different ways as well – I want to see how much leaf I can get away with using, as it’s pretty forgiving and not at all prone to bitterness. If my normal amount gave me such a powerful teadrunk, who knows what 7 or 8g could do! :P

Flavors: Fruity, Mineral, Straw, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
mrmopar

Excellent for the price ratio.

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317 tasting notes

From the Pu TTB Round 5

Brews a light yellow. Fairly thick with green and mushroom flavors, slight smoke and tobacco. Pretty damn good for the price!

Flavors: Green, Mushrooms, Smoke, Tobacco

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
mrmopar

Yep, I think it was $25.00 or so when I got mine. Excellent bang for the buck.

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167 tasting notes

Dry leaf: SMOKEY, SWEET, EARTHY (mesquite wood/smoke, wild honey, blackstrap molasses, baked pears, autumn leaves, green stem, light wood)

Smell: SMOKEY, EARTHY, some SWEET (bonfire, cured tobacco leaf, raw walnut, some wet rock minerality. In gaiwan – noticeable apple cider notes)

Taste: EARTH, SMOKE, OIL, PEPPER, FRUIT (autumn leaves, hay, leather, wood smoke, ash, resin, camphor, cooked walnut, nutty oily sweetness, bittersweet, peppery spiciness. In gaiwan, several fruit notes are present – plum, date, fig, pear, apple cider, stewed fruit)

SO… Cruising through Yunnan Sourcing’s page, I stumble upon Hai Lang Hao, whose cakes are well out of my price range – the first one I see is over $300. I chuckle to myself, but continue down the page. Lo and behold! I see a cake for $25 amongst its more costly brethren. I had to get it, just out of sheer curiosity.

The dry leaves themselves are a little disappointing – tons of spindly stems, some even with no leaves at all on them. So, basically I’m thinking this is the cake made with all of the reject material from his actual cakes.

That said, it actually is pretty awesome (and it’s not all stems – don’t get me wrong!) Assuming it is some of the reject pickings – I imagine they are still coming from the bushes that provide the material for his more expensive offerings. What does that mean? It means we can get some pretty awesome flavors for a bargain price.

Really enjoyable – brewed several times in “young” yixing pot and several times in gaiwan. Gaiwan brought out all of the fruit notes above. Yixing “stole” these flavors and provided an oily, nutty, smooth experience.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 147 ML
mrmopar

Excellent tea for the price. I think I got mine at about $25.00 or so.

apefuzz

mrmopar – agree 100%. This delivers a great experience with unique flavors that are hard to find in the bargain price range.

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