2012 Xin Ban Zhang, YS

This morning was one of my personal favorites, 2012 XBZ from Yunnan Sourcing.  Again, my lightly edited notes:

I think I pulled a center piece, because the first steeping was thiiiiiiin. Things quickly picked up, however, because round two was bolder with the tobacco base I expect from this tea, complimented by ephemeral notes of sweet white grapes. Round three is where the action is though… The soup is densely yellow and we finally get to bitterness and barn straw (which is, if you’re being honest, the reason to drink a young Bulang-Shan puer). As expected from a bit of Colorado dry storage (I’ve had this one for about a year), this tea seems a little less flavor-forward than it once was, but more bassy and textured. The initial flavors are the aforementioned tobacco and barn straw, but damn does it have dat returning sweetness (otherwise known as huigan).

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This is certainly one of Scott’s more expensive offering at this moment, but I can’t really say that it’s not worth it either, as long as you understand what you’re getting into. That is to say, it’s actually pretty subtle, but its easily one of the most complex and rewarding teas in my admittedly humble collection. Again, this is much less about initial flavors than it is about a nice oily soup with lots of nuances. Maybe others with different tastes and storage conditions will find something totally different, but then again, I think that’s part of the magic of puer-cha…

Again, thank you everyone for taking the time to read this little blog post.

Go now in peace,

-Ginko-San

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