Pu'erh Raw Bulangshan 2018
Bulangshan is a remote mountainous region approximately 2 hours from Menghai in Yunnan. One of the oldest tea mountains in Yunnan, it is home to two of the oldest and most prestigious villages for pu'erh: Laobanzhang and Laomane. Due to its remoteness, many tea gardens with old arbor tea tress were preserved.
We visited Bulangshan during our sourcing trip in April 2019. The remoteness of the region and the pristine high elevation tea gardens nestled deep in the mountains left a strong impression on us. This pu'erh ripe is is from tea maker Huang Rong, who started a small co-op consisting of a dozen tea growers in her village. The co-op’s objective is a commitment to natural, biodynamic farming and to preserve the land and ecosystem for future generations. They do not use any pesticides, sprays or artificial fertilizers. In order to prevent over-harvesting the tea trees, they only harvest the leaves twice a year—once in the spring and once in the autumn.
The trees for this pu erh are around 100 years old, and the tea garden sits at 1800m elevation. The leaves were harvested in the April and pressed into cakes in May.
This tea is characteristic of pu’erh from Bulangshan: rustic, robust, and full-bodied. It starts off slightly smokey and musky, with notes of camphor and aged wood. A beautiful everyday pu’erh raw with energy and vibrancy.