LangHe Tea Factory

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Wishing for a fuller body from this ripe. A lightly salted and burnt caramel sweetness (and slight bitter that doesn’t linger anywhere specific in my mouth) in the first few steepings. This gave way to a plum-like sweetness later. Texture was smooth and light. Past sessions I have done with this tea I have commented that the sweetness reminded me of maple syrup, probably because there is a bit of that characteristic ripe woodiness folded into the flavor profile.

I was tempted to make pancakes to test my earlier experience, but decided against it because I didn’t want actual maple syrup to mess with my taste.

The liquor brewed light caramel orange for most of my session. The wet leaf is aroma is sweet, mixed with wet straw.

I appreciate a tea that leaves me with a feeling. This ripe did not. No body feeling. No lingering mouth feel or even taste. As I said above I was wishing for a fuller body from this ripe, and to clarify further, wishing for a fuller body both in texture (thickness) and complexity of flavors presented in each sip.

I admit my expectations were set a bit high because this ripe was leaning on the higher-end due to price and related age. I have heard that shou doesn’t need a whole lot of age and after a certain point their isn’t that much difference in taste created year to year. I wonder where this Langhe sits on the spectrum and how much of the value is just ‘paying for age’ and not any heightened experience. I look forward to comparing this tea with similarly aged shou pu-erh.

Additional brewing parameters: 7g leaf, 100ml gaiwan, steepings 1-4: flash-5 seconds, steepings 5-10: 20 seconds – 1 minute.

Picked up sample at Yunnansourcing.com.

Flavors: Caramel, Wood

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94

Fantastic tea! Very loose compression, especially for a shou. Big broad leaves in this one, I used around 8g in a 200ml yixing with a rinse and 10s steeps initially. The color was a little lighter than expected, a deep reddish brown. The tea was sooooo smooth! It just flows in the mouth with little to no resistance. Flavors showed good complexity with notes of leather, dates, and spices. The hui gan of this tea kicks you right in the mouth! Lots of times I’ll have to breath in or out to notice the hui gan of a tea, but this one has an immediate numbing sensation on the roof of the mouth and tongue. Great cha qi too! An awakening, reassuring calmness is what I got from this tea and I quite enjoyed it. Based on reviews I bought a whole cake before sampling it first and I’m not disappointed in the least! This is one hell of a shou pu erh!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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89

A very nice tea. Similar to the Boyou I tried recently, a coffee type drink. Slight bitterness and deep flavor. It didn’t give up too many infusions, but is was hearty nonetheless. I tasted a touch of fishiness in the later steepings. A keeper. I really like this style of shu.

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87

Very enjoyable to drink. Smooth, silky, sweet and rich; pleasant in the mouth and throat.
Two quick rinses; then left it for 20m to open up. The first steep produced a clean mahogany colored tea soup; pleasantly appealing woody smell mixed with the aroma of fresh leather. First sip was welcoming and pleasant – no bitterness at all with accompanying tobacco undertone. Later steeps became full and smooth with subtle cacao tones and sweet aftertaste. Took it through nine steeps and I could probably get another one or two but I’m ready to move on to something else.

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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89

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 OZ / 147 ML

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89

I think I have found my new favorite shou pu’er. This tea is incredible. It is incredibly mellow, yet extremely flavorful. There are layers of flavor that I cannot even begin to properly describe. I am five steppings into this delightful tea an my palate is in pu’er heaven! Well worth the money.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML
TeaExplorer

Thanks for the heads-up! I’ve put a sample of this on the wishlist for my next YS order.

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