Deep in the mountains in Xishuangbanna in southern Yunnan tea trees grow wild amongst other woods and plants in Bulang Shan. Ethnic mountain people, particularly women, bring with them wood ladders and a plank for platform for plucking in tea season, perhaps as it has always been since antiquity. As a continuation of this tradition, Bulang Silver Spring is hand-processed and slow dried over wood charcoal the same way. This shengcha puer is bright and refreshing when consumed as a new tea, or can be put away for maturity.
Overtone of fresh hay with hints of pinewood smoke on an earthy undertone. Slight accents of Chinese herbs. Sweet, lively, long body with a potent presence of bitterness that reminds of American ginseng and the root of liquorice. Persistent undertone of dried jujube with hints of malt. Lingering sweet aftertaste and very quenching.
Always blanch the leaves before infusion for this tea. This allows for not only easier opening up of the leaves for a truer taste profile, but also expedites taste release when you employ shorter infusions.
For a controlled amount of bitterness and yet the full taste profile, try 1g to 100ml water and infuse for 5 minutes. If you prefer lighter tastes, use shorter infusion time and a larger leaf to water ratio.
The taste profile of this tea changes with time. Different storage conditions have effects on the outcome.
Bulangshan ( Chinese: 布朗山 )
This is one of the most important pu’er regions in the Xishuangbanna ( 西雙版納 ) area in southern Yunnan. Administratively it is part of Menghai county ( 勐海縣 ), where many famous pu’er regions are. Legend has it that the Bulang ethnic group ( who now resides also in a few other pu’er regions ) was the first people in Yunnan to produce tea, if not the first in the world.
A green tea made from the first flush of a Taiwan wulong cultivar grown in the mountains of the Huangshan UNESCO World Heritage Site to the strictest organic standard, Tea Hong’s Organic Spring has a mild and yet flavorful character that changes according to how it is infused and the state of the drinker. This non-demanding fluidity makes this tea a great choice for the Zen sitter and the hard thinker, to whom discovery is a transcendence.Net weight: 40 g (1.8 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
Slowly cured in the grand tradition in the origin of white teas, Fuding, Tea Hong's White Peony Classic Floral maintains the original character of floral aroma with a sweet, refreshing taste. White Peony Classic Floral is a first flush from a high altitude garden of pure Fuding Daibai cultivar, ensuring the best possible health potency of white tea.Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
Unlike other green teas that are prized for plucking early in Spring, leaves of Da Guazi need to be quite open in order to make a fine Luan Guapian. This gives the proper biochemistry that yields enough pectin for the tea's signature velvety texture and slightly sweet character. This unique nature is possible only with a special local cultivar — Da Guazi — Big Melon Seed, hence the funny name. If Longjing is too savoury and Taiping Houkui is too "green" for you, Lu'an Guapian is a great alternative of high quality with a different, yet pleasant and lively character.Net weight: 50 g (1.8 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
Cutting away from the main trail towards the more visited Zhongxin Yin and Lizai Ping, hidden away behind a spur, there is the quieter Wudong village Danhu. Shaded on the north of the dark rock mountain, it is cool here even at 4 pm on a summer day. The tea forests here are mostly made up of bushes 2 to 3 meters tall. Occasional 3 to 5 meter ones, each occupying a circular clearing around them, grow gloriously with their wide-spread crowns. Tiny patches of vegetables grown here and there under tea trees. The few families here have been tea farmers since their grandfathers remembered. As to when the old bush for our Song Cultivar have been here, no one can really tell.