2017 Gu Ming Xiang "Zheng Zhuan" Bu Lang Mountains Ripe

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Apple, Bitter, Citrus, Coffee, Cranberry, Earth, Fishy, Herbaceous, Herbs, Milk, Mint, Nuts, Sour, Spices, Sugar, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal, Wood, Dark Bittersweet, Pumpkin
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Average preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 9 g 5 oz / 145 ml

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  • “As many light fermentation ripes, this is an unusual tea that bears a lot of similarities in profile to light roast coffee. It is rough and earthy despite being mildly aged already – wet piled in...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I went for a sample of this tea based on the very red color of the liquer in the pictures and the “lightly fermented” description. Both of those are common attributes of ripes that I like. It...” Read full tasting note
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This is made entirely from wet piled Bu Lang pu-erh tea picked in 2012 and 2013 and wet piled in 2013. After wet piling the ripe pu-erh tea was stored in a loose leaf form in Menghai until it’s pressing in 2017.

The brick is 500 grams, wrapped in thick beige kraft paper wrapper which comes in a cardboard box that makes for a nice storage solution even after you’ve discard the paper wrapper.

This is a ripe pu-erh that is very unique both in feeling and taste. It’s a light fermentation ripe pu-erh and the brewed leaf is a medium-light brown with a little olive green hue creeping in. The flavor has some chocolate and coffee bitter notes, with some dried fruit sweetness and some earthiness that remains from it’s wet piling (mostly faded). The cha qi is quite noticeable (strong) for a ripe pu-erh.

An excellent Bu Lang single-estate ripe pu-erh tea which will age with grace and complexity.

500 Grams per brick

2017 pressing, 2013 wet piling.

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As many light fermentation ripes, this is an unusual tea that bears a lot of similarities in profile to light roast coffee. It is rough and earthy despite being mildly aged already – wet piled in 2013. The flavours are pretty strong and varied. It could age into a very smooth, complex, and elegant tea, but it might need a decade or two to get there.

The aroma at the moment is quite unique with notes of yellow apple, wood, candlewax, and light smoke. Taste-wise, it is also a mix pulling in various directions. It is bitter, vegetal, sour, savoury, and herbaceous all at once. Flavours are hard to pin down, but I can taste citrus, dry earth, turmeric, mint, wood, and cranberry at times. The aftertaste is a little fishy, sweet, and spicy. There are notes of nuts, coffee, fenugreek (both leaves and seeds), milk, and rock sugar.

The liquor texture is initially very mouth-watering and smooth, but gets more numbing and a little powdery later on. All in all, it’s a unique tea that’s priced well and can offer a specific experience given the right mood – I wouldn’t mind owning a brick of it.

Flavors: Apple, Bitter, Citrus, Coffee, Cranberry, Earth, Fishy, Herbaceous, Herbs, Milk, Mint, Nuts, Sour, Spices, Sugar, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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I went for a sample of this tea based on the very red color of the liquer in the pictures and the “lightly fermented” description. Both of those are common attributes of ripes that I like.

It brews a red-brown, though not as red as in the pictures. The brewed tea smells of pumpkins a earth (but not the bad kind of earth), taking me back to the time that I helped some friends from a church unload a semi-truck full of pumpkins for a pumpkin patch. I always found it sort of strange that a Christian church sold pumpkins for what is essentially a pagan holliday. :P

But back to the tea. It tastes mainly of dry earth, pumpkin, and light roast coffee. It’s has more bitterness than I’ve ever encountered in a ripe, but definitely not enough to be unpleasant. No fermentation funk to speak of. There’s a slight herbaceous greenness in the back ground, perhaps like bayleaf. There’s a light brown sugar sweetness and a fruity background. If I had to pick a fruit I would say cranberry. This tea reminds me a lot of “craft” or “third wave” type Central American coffees.

I get some qi feels from this tea, which is unusual for a ripe. Fairly complex, and it goes many infusions. This is a pretty unique tea, and the lowest fermentation ripe that I’ve tried. I’d strongly recommend it if you’re a fan of YS’s Rooster King cake or light roast specialty coffees.

Flavors: Coffee, Cranberry, Dark Bittersweet, Earth, Herbaceous, Pumpkin, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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