Monday, May 26, 2014

Tribute Tea Company 2012 Bulang Village Ancient Tree Raw Puerh

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: mottled, lots of silver tips
Ingredients: puerh tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 200 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: pale gold

This tea started out very much on the mellow side. There were mild notes of hay and a hint of mushroom-like umami lingering in the aftertaste. I found that it had a pleasant earthy quality without coming across as musty. An interesting floral aroma also popped up from time to time. It took three or four infusions to really open up. This wasn't a loud tea by any means but it did pack a bit of an astringent punch. It didn't have as much huaigan (comeback sweetness) as I was expecting so this would a great choice for those who prefer theirs teas that way. I did at least ten consecutive infusions before it started to loose steam. This tea is still fairly young so I would expect it to change a bit in a few years. It's no surprise that I have very much enjoyed the puerh offerings from +Tribute Tea Company as they were sourced for them by Jeff Fuchs of +JalamTeas fame.

2012 Bulang Village Ancient Tree Raw Puerh sample provided by Tribute Tea Company.