2012 Zhang Lang

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Pu-erh Tea
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Earth, Fruit Tree Flowers, Grapes
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Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 6 oz / 177 ml

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  • “My morning started off on a down-note. I called up a tea company, following up on a resume I submitted. Unfortunately, it wasn’t news I wanted to hear. And…that put me in a foul mood. The type of...” Read full tasting note
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  • “First Sip Thought: “Sweet energy booster.” Smell: The scent at one point smelled citrus-y, either way it was instantly flavourful aroma. Taste: After steep, it was a beautiful gold colour liquid....” Read full tasting note
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Zhang Lang Unfermented Puerh
Region: Xishuangbanna
Type: High Mountain Puerh (1700-1900 meters)
Harvest: Spring 2012
Harvesters: Pulang people

JalamTeas returns to our roots with our latest ‘green’ unfermented offering: Zhang Lang: another town and another tea that gets precious little notice simply because so few actually have heard of – or consumed – it.

Zhang Lang is a small region near the Bada Mountains of southern Yunnan that has long produced great and slightly sweet unfermented Puerhs. It is another tea that rarely makes it out of the region that produces it, and Jeff has long wanted to put it out there on the tea radar of drinkers. Comparing it to our previous unfermented releases, it is a nice blend of the fragrant Nannuo tea, while having some of the lasting power of the Meng Song, but it is – as always – for our drinkers to determine.

Zhang Lang is a tea with a great fragrance, and though ever so sweet, its strength and tannins remain in the mouth long after it has been sipped. Harvested from medium tea trees (30-70 years old), by the ancient Pu or Pulang people it is an excellent tea to age due to the tradition of the Pulang to create teas with strength. Medium aged tea trees almost always produce teas with slightly more astringency and bite than their more ancient relatives. In the case of the Zhang Lang this quality actually assists adding some power to the inherent sweetness of the Zhang Lang leaves.

As with so many of the teas and tea regions that JalamTeas sources and seeks out, to actually get to area is in itself an adventure. The leaves of our Zhang Lang are harvested from a zone between 1700 and 1900 metres and it is a great mid-afternoon tea to revive with its unique fragrance and impact on the gums.

Picked in March of 2012, our Zhang Lang unfermented Puerh has had a year to ‘establish’ its own character. The Pulang people put aside teas 16 months or so before consuming to allow the dried leaves to develop and fix their character. The slightly red earth of the Zhang Lang area is noted for its rich nutrient content which provides an ideal home for tea’s deep roots.

Jeff is a huge fan of the Pulang people’s teas as they are traditionally quite simple and direct when consumed and produced. Their teas have always had great raw materials from which to begin, and over time the methods of production and attention to detail have only improved.

We hope you will enjoy our latest Zhang Lang offering from the deep south of Yunnan.

- Jeff Fuchs

Read the full background story: www.jalamteas.com/zhang

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My morning started off on a down-note. I called up a tea company, following up on a resume I submitted. Unfortunately, it wasn’t news I wanted to hear. And…that put me in a foul mood. The type of mood that only alcohol would cure.

Well, it was only 10AM, so that would’ve looked a little – um – sad. So, I went with something moderately fermented, but far less damaging. A young sheng pu-erh. This was a loose sample I received back in January, but was just now getting to a write-up on.

As a lot of young sheng pus go, it’s very youthful in its flavor presentation – a lot like a green tea but without the bitterness that comes with it. That and it holds up to boiling water well. No vegetal kick. It was all fruit, earth and flowers. Oh, and youth.

A good way to start the day and kick away job-related doldrums.

Blog featuring this tea: “Do Tea Drinkers Dream of Electric Kettles?” – http://steepstories.com/2014/03/24/tea-drinkers-dream-electric-kettles/

Instagram pic: http://instagram.com/p/l719Laknc_/#

Flavors: Earth, Fruit Tree Flowers, Grapes

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
ifjuly

aw, sorry about your rough morning. wishing you luck with future pursuits.

Ysaurella

begining the day with bad news is rough. So if one day you would still need “alcohol” in your tea I recommend Jamaïque from Mariage Frères :)

Geoffrey Norman

@IFJuly – Luck is appreciated. Looking ahead.

@Ysaurella – I’m guessing that’s a hibiscus blend. Sounds like it would go great with Campari.

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First Sip Thought: “Sweet energy booster.”

Smell: The scent at one point smelled citrus-y, either way it was instantly flavourful aroma.

Taste: After steep, it was a beautiful gold colour liquid. Surprisingly, the sips were all filled with hints of sweetness. When drinking this puerh you can immediately recognize how healthy it is and how good it feels. Good tea matters! I drank this tea straight. It’s not bitter at all, therefore it did not need any additives (ie. sugar, milk). The after taste is rather difficult to describe. Try it and you’ll understand what I mean. The closest thing I could possibly try and describe it as is black licorice. Overall, if you’re looking for a great pick me up/energy boost this is definitely a good go-to tea.

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