Jan 27, 2013

2005 Bu Lang Silver Tip Cake

I didn't remember if I ever wrote about this tea, and only by using the "search" function of the blog, I found that I did wrote about it here.

There has been more than a year since I tasted this tea last time. Somehow when I think of having some young sheng, I tend to always go for Yiwu tea and Lincang tea first. Bulang tea is what I would like to "forget" about for several years and what I don't expect to be as friendly, although there has been more and more exceptions in recent years, such as the Zhang San showed here.

Recently, when dissembling a few cakes of this tea for sample packs, I suddenly felt the cake looks quite adorable and felt I had good appetite for it. So I tasted it again. Although I can only compare it to the same tea a couple of years ago based on memory, I do believe this tea has become smoother and sweeter. The tea liquor has become more soupy. It doesn't have as uprising aromas as found in new Zhang San. But it has the deep tone aroma and the thick texture that I believe will further develop. I'm not experienced enough to judge the future of a tea. And unfortunately among people who give firm predictions of a tea, I don't always know who to trust. But I do feel good about this tea, I feel comfortable either drinking it now or keeping it for future - And of course I don't have much of this tea to store for future, because I couldn't predict a few years ago how outstanding it would be several years later. This happens all the time to most of the puerh most people collect, I guess :-p   

Nannuo Yunan Sun-Dried Green made on 01/01/2013 - and a blog sale

Correction on Feb 4th...! The tea turned out a sun-dried green (basically sheng puerh loose tea). I had assumed this tea was a roasted green as in previous years. But somehow the producer made some sun-dried tea instead of roasted green :-o
Looks like some nice arbor tree leaves though :-)

It's on its way. The photo is not this tea, but the Yunnan Green of 2012.

So spring is coming! The "Start of Spring" on traditional Chinese agricultural calendar is in several days! The "Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)" is in two weeks. This is the time when spring tea craving starts (the dry air created by household heaters also helps...)

Strictly speaking, this is a winter tea , because the official spring has not come yet (spring Yunnan green will come out in around late February). But it's for people who can't wait!

This tea was produced on 01/01/2013. It could have been made a couple of days earlier or later. But the day was selected to make people happy :-)

In recent years, I have been getting the earliest Yunnan green because 1. It's the earliest green tea that I could get; 2. It quenches the thirst for spring green tea; 3. Always love Yunnan green; 4. I love to gift people with new spring tea in February (and sometimes in January!). Their reaction of joyful surprise is priceless! :-D

In 2010, I got the tea produced on 01/01. In 2011,  the tea was produced in late January due to the weather, and I got it as earliest as I could. In 2012, due to the cold winter, winter tea wasn't produced and I got the earliest spring tea that I could put my hands on. Just for this, we've got to love Yunnan (and we haven't even started talking about dian hong and puerh yet!)

So here is the blog sale. $5 for 25g pack, $2 US domestic shipping. $3 Canada shipping.
Please email me at admin at lifeinteacup dot com within 7 days.

For people in Asia and Europe, I would suggest you to wait for the spring tea, which will come soon anyway :-D  It's exiting to have new green tea early in the year, and winter tea has some unique features. But in terms of taste, for Yunnan tea, winter tea is not dramatically different from spring tea.

Each buyer will get a small 15g pack of 2012 Yunnan Roasted Green (the 2012 spring tea) for free and for comparison. The 2012 spring tea is from high mountain region of Jing Gu / Puerh City. The 2013 tea is a winter tea from lower mountain region of Nannuo. I've been tasting some recent year Yunnan green. Generally speaking, I still prefer to have green tea new and fresh, but I thought Yunnan green last surprisingly well compared with most other greens. Even a steamed-green style Yunnan tea seems quite ok after 2 years. So I thought it would be interesting for people to compare 2012 and 2013 Yunnan green!