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Crimson Lotus Tea 2012 Bulang Gushu “Ancient Tree” Ripe Puerh

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark, tightly compressed
Ingredients: puerh tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: very dark, almost black

You all know how much I love raw puerh. Shu has never really been my thing, mostly because a lot of what is out there simply isn’t good tea. +Crimson Lotus Tea threw a sample of this in with my recent order and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. It was the first really cold day of fall and a darker tea just felt more appropriate. After a quick rinse it brewed up incredibly dark, so much so that it was almost opaque. The taste was much more complex than I would have expected. It was sweet and earthy with notes of molasses and just a hint of a smoke in the background. The leaves went on forever too. I drank this one all night and it never seemed to loose steam. It’s rare to see a shu puerh that is made from gushu leaves but the difference in quality really shows. The main reason for placing my order was that I had fallen in love with the adorable piggy tea pets they had. I’ll be holding a contest soon to name the happy little fellow.

2012 Bulang Gushu “Ancient Tree” Ripe Puerh sample received with order from Crimson Lotus Tea.

A photo posted by Nicole Martin (@teaformeplease) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:14pm PST

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.