Bu Lang Mountain Black Tea from Menghai * Spring 2017

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea Leaves
Flavors
Almond, Baked Bread, Black Pepper, Butter, Camphor, Caramel, Cedar, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Cream, Earth, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Ginger, Honey, Malt, Marshmallow, Mineral, Orange Zest, Peanut, Plums, Red Apple, Smoke, Straw, Sugarcane, Tobacco, Walnut
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 oz / 118 ml

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  • “Yes, I am still alive and still capable of writing. I keep having to tell myself that. It seems that I get more pleasure out of reading the tasting notes of others and commenting on them these days...” Read full tasting note
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  • “A really satisfying black tea that has a balance of all your favorite hong cha flavors. An assertive dark caramel sweetness, stewed fruit sour-sweetness, and a little roasted nuttiness. Noticeable...” Read full tasting note
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Spring harvested tea from pure assamica tea trees growing in Guang Bie area of Bu Lang Shan in Menghai county of Xishuangbanna.
Bu Lang Mountain teas are well know for producing world-class ripe and raw pu-erh teas because they are strong and bitter with a sweet finish. The idea of making black tea from pure assamica is long-standing tradition. It was probably originally done for teas that wilted too heavily to be processed into pu-erh mao cha, so were allowed to wilt longer and then were processed into black tea.
Our Bu Lang Black Tea is a joy to drink. Lively and deep it will go many infusions without getting boring or flat. With some age it will continue to develop complexity for several years!
Spring 2017 harvested
Location: Guang Bie Village in Bu Lang Mountains

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Yes, I am still alive and still capable of writing. I keep having to tell myself that. It seems that I get more pleasure out of reading the tasting notes of others and commenting on them these days than I do writing notes of my own. Anyway, I have been aware that I needed to get back to writing for a few weeks now, but I have honestly just been too lazy to do it. Now that I have spent a good deal of time finishing up some of my remaining 2017 teas, I figured that I could not let my backlog grow any further, so it was time to get some reviews out of the way. This was a tea that I forgot I had, and when I found it in my tea stash, I just had to start on it. It was a very nice, mellow black tea that somehow held up remarkably well in storage.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a quick rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 195 F water for 5 seconds (my new kettle does not allow me to set 194 F as a temperature). This infusion was followed by 17 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, and 10 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves emitted aromas of malt, cedar, baked bread, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and black pepper. After the rinse, I noted new aromas of roasted almond, roasted peanut, cream, geranium, and butter. The first infusion brought out a slight camphor scent. In the mouth, the tea liquor offered up notes of cream, butter, malt, baked bread, and roasted almond that were chased by hints of roasted peanut, geranium, and cinnamon. The subsequent infusions introduced cocoa, smoke, sugarcane, tobacco, roasted walnut, marshmallow, and orange zest aromas as well as very subtle plum scents. Slightly stronger and more immediate roasted peanut and geranium impressions came out in the mouth alongside notes of sugarcane, cocoa, earth, minerals, black pepper, eucalyptus, straw, caramel, orange zest, roasted walnut, tobacco, and marshmallow. I also noted hints of smoke, cedar, camphor, red apple, plum, honey, and ginger. As the tea faded, the liquor began to emphasize notes of minerals, earth, cream, malt, baked bread, and caramel that were supported by subtler notes of butter, roasted almond, roasted peanut, cocoa, tobacco, and orange zest.

This was an incredibly pleasant, aromatic, and flavorful Yunnan black tea. In truth, I am probably underrating it a bit, but a score in the mid-80s just felt right to me when I was drinking it, and it still feels right to me now. I have had better, stronger, and more challenging Yunnan black teas, but this one was so pleasant and so easy to drink in its maturity that I could not even dream of being disappointed by it. If you are looking to acquire a very good, very likable Yunnan black tea with your next Yunnan Sourcing order, strongly consider seeking out the newest harvest of the Bu Lang Mountain Black Tea from Menghai.

Flavors: Almond, Baked Bread, Black Pepper, Butter, Camphor, Caramel, Cedar, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Cream, Earth, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Ginger, Honey, Malt, Marshmallow, Mineral, Orange Zest, Peanut, Plums, Red Apple, Smoke, Straw, Sugarcane, Tobacco, Walnut

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Martin Bednář

Happy to see your tasting notes again. I completely undestand you that reading others is better than trying to write myself a tasting note. But maybe you should make the tasting notes shorter, or care less about all the flavours and aromas it brings on. Writing shorter tasting ontes, as I do for instance. But it is certianly you and your notes :)

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A really satisfying black tea that has a balance of all your favorite hong cha flavors. An assertive dark caramel sweetness, stewed fruit sour-sweetness, and a little roasted nuttiness. Noticeable spice notes of white pepper and maybe a little horehound. Very dynamic on the palate. This one just jumped to the top of my repurchase list.

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