Bu Lang Mountain Cha Tou Ripe Pu-erh Tea Nuggets

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  • “Mistakenly put this note for the wrong tea. Correcting now. I normally love YS ripe teas, but this one was terrible. I could have had a bad batch of course, but it tasted like dirty cardboard. Yuck.” Read full tasting note
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From Yunnan Sourcing

We’ve tasted literally of dozens of cha tou in the first half of 2018. Many were good, but these were the best we had that weren’t hyper old and expensive. These are made from spring 2015 harvested Bu Lang Mountain (Menghai County of Xishuangbanna) tea that was wet piled in Menghai in the summer of 2015. These have been aged close to 3 years and have developed into an incredibly complex ripe pu-erh tea. When brewed these give a deep burgundy-brown tea soup and a viscous fruity sweet taste.

Cha Tou is a kind of tea nugget that forms naturally from the pressures of compression and heat that occurs during the fermentation process. Typically during fermentation process to make ripe pu-erh there is a pile of tea about 1 meter high. It is kept wet to allow the fermentation process and the pile is turned every few days to allow for an even degree of fermentation, moving the tea from the bottom of the pile (where it is hotter and wetter) to the top of the pile where it is cooler and drier. The “cha tou” are the leaves that ball up and get stuck together. The best cha tou are ones that have not been over-fermented and are smaller in size.

**some of these will have some grey or white spores on them. If you are squeamish about spores/bacteria don’t buy these!

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Mistakenly put this note for the wrong tea. Correcting now.

I normally love YS ripe teas, but this one was terrible. I could have had a bad batch of course, but it tasted like dirty cardboard. Yuck.

tperez

Those are 2018 right? Maybe they need some time to settle

Rich

Yes, they are. But the flavor was really bad. It was not fermentation funk, it was just plain bad.

eastkyteaguy

These were actually produced in 2015. Yunnan Sourcing also currently stocks a 2018 version.

Rich

Yes, thanks for that, very confusing with the years. This is the 2015 version so newness is not the issue. Probably just a bad batch compared to what Scott tasted, or a bad bit within the batch.

tperez

Huh, weird

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