2011 YS Ban Po Lao Zhai Spring Raw

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Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Bitter, Mineral, Sugar, Sweet
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 10 g 10 oz / 295 ml

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  • “It is a beautiful piece. It smells good, looks good, tastes good. I did not have to think twice when choosing what to buy. I have already mentioned my new interest in 2011 sheng and I have ordered...” Read full tasting note
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    estebanrivas 21 tasting notes
  • “A bitter start leaves for a smooth finish. This tea is energetic and fiery coming out of the gate, but quickly eases out and develops soft notes of fruit and mineral, or soil-like, after taste. ...” Read full tasting note
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    kevdog19 23 tasting notes
  • “Breaking this one out of the rotation to try tonight. I got 10 grams out to start this one off. I gave a rinse and brewed a few minutes later. I used the Gaiwan to start with and the tea came out a...” Read full tasting note
    mrmopar 280 tasting notes

From Yunnan Sourcing

2011 Yunnan Sourcing Ban Po Lao Zhai Spring Raw 400g
Ban Po Lao Zhai is one of many Nan Nuo area villages. It lies just to the south of the Jinghong to Menghai road at an altitude of about 1500 meters. Old tea trees and younger wild arbor tea trees grow on the steep hills surrounding the village. Our production is entirely first flush of Spring 2011 material from tea trees between 60 and 200 years old. The tea brews up a thick golden tea soup with strong pungent aroma and abundant cha qi.

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It is a beautiful piece. It smells good, looks good, tastes good. I did not have to think twice when choosing what to buy. I have already mentioned my new interest in 2011 sheng and I have ordered several samples lately to confirm that I really enjoy drinking them now. This has been one of the blind purchases when I simply trusted my instinct more than any review.

The smell of dry leaf is sweet, the smell which stays in the cup is sugary and thick. The tea broth is sparkling yellow and gives away its sweetness easily with a simple look. It is aromatic, sweet on the tongue with a trace of caramel and in further infusions it uncovers its rawer side at the back of the tongue.

Given the fact that the cake is very young, it can have a powerful impact on a sensitive drinker so for those who prefer softer flavour it is better to keep the steep time shorter. Nevertheless, its rawer, more “aggressive” side of fresh young cha qi is quite interesting too. The aftertaste takes its time before entering the scene but when it comes, it is refreshing returning sweet, bringing the strong aroma of the tea back to life.

If you had a chance to taste 2010 YS NanNuo YaKou, a sample I reviewed here last year, you would probably find her 2011 sister more complex, more aromatic, thicker and also sweeter. When I tasted NanNuo YaKou, I was not very impressed by the sample as its fresh characteristic was not what I was looking for in raw puerh at that time. However, my taste has developed or changed and now I am looking for the exact opposite.

And all this makes me think that the more I taste tea as a simple ordinary consumer, the more I realize how much I do not enjoy comparing anything. I do not like saying what is better and what is worse as I somehow do not believe in these categories, at least they do not work for me. I agree, of course, that the quality of leaf, environment as well as processing is definitely an enormous part of the final outcome and it is something to be taken into account, especially when one is a vendor or a producer.

As a consumer I believe that I can choose intuitively what I like, or what speaks to me. I can therefore say that for me this cake is great which is absolutely subjective statement and again, I am not sure how different it can be after a few years of aging. I really like its fresh flavour as this is something I value the most at the moment but again, all of this is changeable and impermanent.

2011 YS “Ban Po Lao Zhai”
Aroma: Strong, sweet, floral
Flavour: Sweet, thick
Bitterness / Smokiness: Some, very light / None
Aftertaste: Returning sweet, refreshing, long-lasting

Read the whole review and photo documentation here: http://teadropping.blogspot.com/2012/02/strange-encounters-2011-ys-ban-po-lao.html

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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A bitter start leaves for a smooth finish. This tea is energetic and fiery coming out of the gate, but quickly eases out and develops soft notes of fruit and mineral, or soil-like, after taste. The bitterness disappears after about 3 or 4 steeps. Very easy to drink and a well rounded tea. Thick soup and soft flavors.

Next time I want to try this in yixing and see what flavors surface.

Preparation
Boiling

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280 tasting notes

Breaking this one out of the rotation to try tonight.
I got 10 grams out to start this one off. I gave a rinse and brewed a few minutes later. I used the Gaiwan to start with and the tea came out a little thin. I switched to teapot with more success.
The second round of brewing with extended steep times came out much better. The tea became more thick with a buttery consistency to it. Flavor is much more pronounced as well.
It gives some of the brothy tastes that many a Spring tea brings. It has a sugary hint in the aroma department. The wisps of bitterness fade away and the hints of the sweetness drifts in a bit. The hints of mineral are there mixed in with the hints of the bitter as well when allowing the tea to linger in the mouth.
I am a few steeps in and plan to enjoy this one a bit more. This isn’t the strongest tea of YS’s line up but hopefully it will age gracefully into a mature tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Mineral, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Kirkoneill1988

looks like it might be too weak for me

mrmopar

Update the energy from this is nice. Don’t drink late at night it will keep you up.

tea123

That’s what I think Kirk. If it was thin in the gaiwan then it’s sounds thin.

Kirkoneill1988

just looks too weak to me :( nice review though

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