2016 Hai Lang Hao "Lao Ban Zhang Gu Shu" Ancient Arbor Raw Pu-erh

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Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Bitter, Mint, Sweet, Wood
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180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 oz / 140 ml

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  • “Got a small sample to try, but based on the pricing, I doubt I’d ever spring for it. Wasn’t super wowed by it? But overall, based on the price, wouldn’t really recommend it. 2016 Hai Lang Hao Lao...” Read full tasting note
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This is one of the highest quality Lao Ban Zhang that Hai Lang has ever produced. This years cake is made from first flush of spring material which was harvested from the oldest trees in Lao Ban Zhang village which are between 250 and 400 years old. The picking and processing was over-seen by Hai Lang himself. At each stage he managed the processing to make sure the picking, wilting, kill-green, rolling and sun-drying stages were all done to perfection!

Strong Ban Zhang flavor… moderate bitterness, little/no astringency and fast hui gan! This tea is intense more in its feeling than it’s flavor!

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Got a small sample to try, but based on the pricing, I doubt I’d ever spring for it. Wasn’t super wowed by it? But overall, based on the price, wouldn’t really recommend it.

2016 Hai Lang Hao Lao Ban Zhang Gu Shu
Ancient Arbor Raw pu er
2016 老班章古树生普洱茶

5.8 g, 140 mL, Brita filtered water, 180f (figured out by now that this was probably too low)

Dry leaves standard sheng smell
Wet leaves have a sharp smokey/earthy note that reminds me of shu
Initial taste is a lightly bitter green that later gives a refreshing and slightly sweet mouthfeel

I suppose the lightly bitter and cooling sweet must be a standard sheng note that keeps reminding me of mint

The aftertaste sits in your mouth for quite a while and is pleasant. Other than that, I’m not sure I’m convinced on spending the money for a full cake of this.

Later infusions, wet leaves have a woody sweet note

Flavors: Bitter, Mint, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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This tea is quite pricey but well worth trying. For lack of a better term, this is the most Bulangy tasting tea I’ve had. Bold but smooth bitterness, very thick soup w lotsa huigan. Big camphor and some forest floor with perhaps a bit of quinine. I’m reminded of an old school English IPA or a gin and tonic hold the lime. Not much fruit or floral notes (in contrast to the Crimson Lotus single tree LBZ maocha that I tasted side by side with this) this tea remains pretty constant in its mission statement 20 steeps in. While the flavor remains bold and unwaivering the qi is over the top. Not relaxing and dreamy like an Yiwu or Naka but more like a stoned roadrunner. This is a great tea to drink with a hearty breakfast before you need to perform some menial tasks around the house as I guarantee you’ll get them done quite quickly and won’t even be bothered by the tasks themselves as you’ll be too busy grinning. I play high energy rocknroll and plan to drink a pot of this before a gig and see what unfolds…

Shine Magical

I ordered a sample!

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