2003 Yuanjiutang Ban Zhang

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 2 oz / 70 ml

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  • “I don’t get plums or bubblegum either . I don’t get much huigan. I do get cedar minty smooth bitterness that I associate with Banzhang tea though I doubt this is the real deal. It is clearly a...” Read full tasting note
  • “I ordered a sample of this to try. It’s a clean semi-aged raw. I found it to be very straightforward. There is some Qi in the tea. I felt it in my head and especially around my temples, but for me,...” Read full tasting note

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Yuanjiutang company is based in Hebei where this tea was stored. The storage is dry and very clean. This is sweet, mellow and sticky tea with some raisin and caramel sweetness. If you like a warming sweet aged tea you will find this one exceptional. I also enjoy smelling the tea leaves tremendously brew after brew. Quite an experience. I think this tea is already at an amazing stage as it is. I strongly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a nice, sweet, clean aged Sheng. I feel that this is one of the best options available anywhere for aged Sheng at this price range.

When we opened our website one of our core tenets was not to deliberately misinform our customers. We are very excited with this tea. Although we cannot confirm if indeed it’s from the Ban Zhang area, the leaf is beautiful, it’s perfectly aged and an amazing example of what an aged tea could be.

Please be aware there is no inner ticket or date stamp coming with this tea.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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I don’t get plums or bubblegum either . I don’t get much huigan. I do get cedar minty smooth bitterness that I associate with Banzhang tea though I doubt this is the real deal. It is clearly a clean stored Menghai area tea, judging from stem size likely a blend of terrace and younger forest tea. It is very pleasant and I get about a dozen steeps. Going by memory it reminds me a little of Hai Lang Hao 2005 Nannuo only a bit sweeter and milder in the qi department. For someone looking for a reasonably priced semi aged Menghai sheng for their collection this is a decent choice. Clean, pleasant, relaxing but subtle qi. Personally I don’t think I’ll buy a cake because I feel that there are similarly priced and aged Lincang teas that perform better for the price.

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77 tasting notes

I ordered a sample of this to try. It’s a clean semi-aged raw. I found it to be very straightforward. There is some Qi in the tea. I felt it in my head and especially around my temples, but for me, it wasn’t all that pleasant. This isn’t a knock on the tea. It could have been me. I have been drinking tea all day, so maybe I just hit my limit. The tea does not contain a lot of complex tastes that I can detect. I get some woody tannin bitterness, but also some sweetness. There is also some of the leatheriness you get with a lot of raws. I did not experience much hui gan. There was some lingering bitterness but not any returning sweetness that I could detect. I did not have any aftertaste. After writing my notes, I went looking for reviews and found Matt’s (Mattcha blog) notes about bubble gum, and I was like say whaaa? So, I went back and practically gargled the tea warm and cool to try to find some bubble gum. I might have found what he describes. It brought back an old memory of Bazooka bubble gum and how it was sort of chalky and sweet when first chewed. I needed his suggestion and a lot of searching to detect it, though. This is named Ban Zhang, but even Tea Encounter throws in a disclaimer, so it probably (almost certainly?) isn’t. I’m going to pass on this one even though other reviewers rated it highly.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 70 ML

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