Pu'erh Ripe Bulangshan 2018
Bulangshan is a remote mountainous region about 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 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, and 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, the tea garden sits at 1800m elevation. The leaves were harvested in the April, and fermented for three months with strict controls for the temperature and humidity. The leaves were then aged at room temperature for six months, before compressing into cakes.
This tea is an elegant and rich mahogany color. On the nose, it has notes of sweet jujubes and warm wet earth. The mouthfeel is clean and smooth, yet thick with viscosity. It is mellow, soothing, and warming. Notes of sweet rice, wet earth, and aged wood.