Star of Bulang Sheng
Region: Bulang Mountain
Tasting Notes: When opening up a brick of this pu’er, it is impossible to ignore the intensely sweet aroma, like bubble gum in all the best ways and none of the artificial ways. The first few steepings are almost scandalous- they seem closer to a Dancong oolong in their crisp, sweet, and slightly woody flavors. There is nothing of the astringency one might expect in a younger sheng like this one. The promising smoothness delivers and builds upon itself in later steepings, with the velvety spice that a Yunnan Golden Needle might have, complimented by an ever-stronger cedar wood flavor. The green citrus texture of lime starts to emerge as an excellent counter to the growing pine needle notes. In very late steepings, sweet alfalfa and apricot linger in the mouth. Yongming workshop has never disappointed us, seeking out some of the best wild-picked leaf stock in Yunnan for their pressings. When they name a tea “The Star of Bulang,” they aren’t kidding around.