2009 Ban Zhang Chun Qing

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195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 oz / 110 ml

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Ban Zhang Chun Qing (班章纯情 aka Ban Zhang Pure Feeling) is the fourth tea created under the new Yunnan Sourcing / Rui Cao Xiang label. This label is a co-project between Yunnan Sourcing “Yun Zhi Yuan” (云之源) and their Korean counter-part “Rui Cao Xiang” (瑞草香). This tea is made entirely from Ban Zhang village mountain tea. Ban Zhang village area is in the central southern part of the Bu Lang mountain range in the county of Menghai. Ban Zhang tea has gained notoriety over the last few years due to its strong character and bitterness. It is believed that Ban Zhang tea of quality will age gradually and gracefully, become more and more textured and nuanced. Yunnan Sourcing selected just 30 kilograms of mao cha in total, all from one family in Lao Ban Zhang village. After tasting more than 15 different different Ban Zhang area mao cha samples Yunnan Sourcing chose this one as theywe felt it had the best balance between price and quality.

This tea is characteristically Ban Zhang, with its unique bitterness flavor, without any vegetal harshness (有苦味,没有涩味) and a strong mouth and throat feeling. It can easily be infused 10-15 times each time giving an even brew and never suddenly dropping out. A full gong fu session with this tea leaves me feeling happy and energetic! Keep some tea snacks nearby for when you finish the session. Recommend using 6 grams per 100ml volume brewing vessel!

This tea was compressed in a small tea factory near Jing Hong where stone presses were used. Low temperature “baking” was used to dry these cakes after the compression process thus preserving their integrity! In total just 30 kilograms of this tea has been produced

Net Weight: 357 grams per cake
Compression date: June, 2009
Harvest time: March 2009
Harvest Area: Lao Ban Zhang village of Bu Lang mountains, Menghai county of Xi Shuang Banna
Total Production amount: 84 cakes

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Opening the pouch and selecting five grams, a gentle sandalwood and citrus stem aroma rise. The first scent off the rinsed leaf is briny, green, and pushes towards delicate paler fruits: plum, apricot, pear, and pineapple. The first two steeps are rather light, but by the third, the excellent quality of this tea has revealed itself, mouthfeel. A silky, glossy, smooth coating texture runs over the tongue, holds in the back of the mouth, and then swells and steams a while longer. A slight ethereal hint of spearmint or wintergreen alights on the roof of the mouth. Lacking that raucous, dry parching sensation that both the Bu Lang and the You Le had, I revel in the delightful heaviness of this tea.

The flavors are solid and delightful in fresh, ripe, light fruit, but for me, this tea takes it home with a thick, coating, almost syrupy rich soup. The texture shows itself as a warm pleasing, gentle, and calm grip of theanine settles over me. I could linger on this sensation, the delicate flavor and the rich texture of this tea until all time has been lost.

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The Trails of LBZ, Case 6 of 6
(Liquid Proust search for his favorite laser beam zensheng)
Seeing only two samples on the us site for YS of this sold out cake… I had to.

Getting off work and picking out one of the few LBZ I have left was an easy decision, but I didn’t know which one to drink. Well, I bought this sample to split with a friend so I decided to drink some prior to packing some away. Prepare for a pretty in depth review:
Upon brewing this tea I noticed that there was a lot of broken leaf with much debris coming out of each brew. Once the first few steeps were in front of me side by side I ended up looking at the leaf while smelling it. Nothing unique or noticeable about the aroma, but the leaf had a semi orange tint to the veins which I have yet to see; whatever that means. The first few brews had a soup like texture to it. Starting off it wasn’t that appealing because there was a lingering tart to the taste which I really did not care for; it’s similar to astringency, but think of it like that after tang that raspberries have.
Roughly steep 7 to 8 there was quite a change in the hue of the liquid. I’ve never had a leaf brew so contrasting between just a few steeps when it has been going for a little bit. First thing I noticed was a change in the after taste and the mouth feel. Earlier on the liquid left its impact on the back of the tongue and the top of the mouth. These new steeps towards the middle hit the front of the mouth and lingered with a new taste similar to sugarcane while the earlier ones were much like apricot sweetness. As it become lighter, I found myself enjoying it more. For reference, I kept the steeping time the same instead of raising it as I brewed the leaf out; this is how I do!
Getting towards the double digits, around steep 12, there is a drop off in texture and the liquid becomes easier to drink as the tea taste starts to fade and the low key sweet notes pop a bit more. Such a transition was odd for me because I would expect the sweetness to fade and a little bitterness to come out or the tea to go flat.
At about steep 15 I decided that when I wrote this review I wouldn’t even talk about the way the tea made me feel because the most important part about this tea has been the taste. Between the changing of taste to the tenderness of the last steeps, I really found myself drinking this as if it was dessert in a way. Interestingly enough I think I’ll have to say that the 2012 Wild Monk will be moved to the second best sheng I’ve had and that this will go to rank number one. There is just something about the ending steeps of this that are so light and yet so tasty that make it a delightful journey as you steep through it.
This is one of my first $6 sessions that I can say was truly worth it. Most of the time I am drinking a treat due to the price it ends up being unique in the way that I am thankful to have tried it but will not purchase any more. This being sold out sucks . This is a cake I would save and purchase for $240…
p.s. I cashed out my loose change and had $51.41 so if anyone is willing to purchase the very last sample the the us sight has of this, I will pay you back. There PayPal payment on the us sight is giving me an error and if it’s there tomorrow I’ll try again… I want it!!!

Liquid Proust

Apparently I can’t even pay anymore because it’s out of stock __

Dr Jim

You do realize that this review was an invitation to get ahead of you in line. I looked at the tea but decided not to buy.

Liquid Proust

I’ll be sharing it with both of you if I get the last of it :) I’m just someone who shares, but I need at least 14g more


JaSetea used to carry some YS older stuff. I know they have some good pricing on older Mengku brands. Now I have given up a secret seller. They don’t get much attention on here but now the secret is out. I checked and they are out of this as well. I will dig around and see if I can find this anywhere.
It sold for $50.00 when it came out.


Different producer. I think that is from the MengKu factory.

Liquid Proust

This tea is literally a gem. I have about 10g left myself, but if I acquire the other 25g I will send you all about 6g to try. Such a wonderful sheng, literally changes a lot when the color begins to lighten up.

Liquid Proust

Well… Scott said it’s sold out which means someone else bought it when I posted this. Dangit.

Yunnan Sourcing

Found a cake in my library collection… I can sell you 25 grams if you want it.

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Very easy to separate into a nice pile of unbroken leaf. Primarily whole long, healthy-looking leaves mixed with only a few pieces and stems. Pleasant aroma from the dry leaf. The wet leaves smell sweet – honey-like but a complex and full aroma. Clear, deep gold tea liquor. The scent of the liquor is surprisingly light – leather and tobacco with sweet and floral notes mixed in. Crisp, bright and clean flavor in the sip. Lighter at first but it intensifies in later infusions. A quiet sweetness with a complimentary spiciness. Full and powerful mouthfeel. Good texture throughout the first 5-6 infusions and then it fades. A pleasant bitterness builds which eventually becomes mouth drying. Nice aftertaste but it does not linger too long. Good Cha Qi and the tea left me with a welcomed calm energy. I only picked up a sample from YS because these cakes have been sold out for a long time. Even if the cake was still available, I doubt that I would purchase it for the tea lacks the complexity and durability I would expect of material from the Banzhang area.

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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