Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Jalam Teas Zhang Lang

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: somewhat dark, lots of visible buds
Ingredients: puerh tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: gold

I really have to thank +JalamTeas for getting me into puerh. It had been my "last frontier" for a long time and now I'm diving in head first. The teas that I've tried from them have all been fantastic and I have fallen in love with the stories that they tell about the native people who produce the teas. The beautiful photographs that accompany each month's tea make me want to travel to China even more. This particular one is a sheng (or green) puerh that was produced by the Pulang people of southwestern Yunnan. Since it was picked in Spring 2012 it has had some time to mellow. The taste was surprisingly sweet but still had a sharp vegetal note and lingering astringency. I've taken to brewing this throughout the day in my travel tumbler for work and it's really helped to keep my energy up. I'll be sad when this one is gone but I'll always have the next shipment's tea to look forward to.

Zhang Lang sample provided by Jalam Teas.