2018 Yunnan Sourcing "Bang Long" Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake

Tea type
Pu'erh Tea
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Flavors
Apricot, Biting, Bitter, Candy, Caramel, Coffee, Compost, Dates, Drying, Elderflower, Flowers, Forest Floor, Honey, Meat, Milk, Musty, Orange, Orange Zest, Plum, Sweet, Tart, Vegetables, Wet Rocks, Wet Wood, Apple, Astringent, Butter, Cake, Carrot, Cloves, Earth, Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Malt, Metallic, Mint, Nuts, Orchid, Parsley, Peat, Sour, Sugar, Vanilla, Wheat, Wood, Yeast
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 oz / 90 ml

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  • “A continuation of my drawn-out exploration of Mengsong area puer. A baggie provided by mrmopar at our South Bay meetup with Todd <3 The dry leaf, with flashes of silver among the dark, smells...” Read full tasting note
  • “Yunnan Sourcing’s Bang Long is a tea with a distinctive character. I’ve had it twice now and the second session was definitely more enjoyable. I think that having some exposure to it helps me...” Read full tasting note
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Bang Long village is a Meng Song area village in Menghai County of Xishuangbanna. Meng Song area is northwest from Nan Nuo mountains and is a very famous tea producing area in Menghai. Our Bang Long village tea cake is pressed from first flush of spring 2018 tea leaves harvest from 20 to 60 year old trees and bushes.

This tea is potent, with notes of stone fruit and wheat grass. There is a thick green bouquet and a thick soupy character to the tea soup. The tea is bitter, astringent, and sweet, with a long-lasting hui gan. A powerful and complex tea that will improve in flavor and aroma with each passing year!

80 kilograms in total pressed
250 Grams per cake (7 Cakes per bamboo leaf tong)
Wrapper Illustration by Jake Knapp

This tea has been tested in a certified laboratory for 191 pesticides, and is within the EU MRL limits set for those 191 pesticide residues.

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A continuation of my drawn-out exploration of Mengsong area puer. A baggie provided by mrmopar at our South Bay meetup with Todd <3

The dry leaf, with flashes of silver among the dark, smells fruity and sweet with plums, dates and caramel, orange hard candies. The sweetness becomes even more pronounced and richer with warming, layering itself upon apricot, juicy orange, thistle, eggplant and forest floor. Rinsing brings what I think is a relatively more humid storage character compared to a lot of younger sheng that I drink: wet rocks, inoffensive compost, wet coffee grounds; dates, fish meat, a hint of musty valerian root. I find the humid aromas perplexing because I’ve had this baggie since 2018? – the year this tea was pressed – and my storage is mild.

The liquor color upon pour is a pale straw and honey color. The initial aroma is faint with musty and orange candy hints, dates.

Somewhat silky body with mild bitterness. I don’t taste much but I don’t consider that a bad thing. I think this tea is entering a period of change. With the swallow, a lingering date vapor morphs into a distinctive candied orange peel aftertaste with maybe a hint of milk. There’s also sort of an elderflower aspect. The tea dries the throat out a little bit.

Without fail each time, after the first steep, I become lost in sensation. I wrote notes like “I love the sound of this pot”, as I’d lean in close to hear the displacement of air within the clay; “Porosity” with pictures drawn of effervescent bubbles;—

“Feeling
the
qi slowing
down

Enjoying
deliberate
cursive"

—all spaced out in artistic fashion.

With the second pour, fast sips, gone in a flash. The bitterness blooms. I feel it under the tongue and down the throat. Grounded energy with a caffeine rushing in the chest, softened gaze, heavy. Enjoying running my hands through my hair.

The third pour brings a biting acidity in the throat which dries out completely, the salivary glands as well.

From the fourth on, the tea mellows out. I’ve had several sessions by now with this tea. Every note ends with the 5th infusion despite continuing to drink beyond that. I have yet to steep this tea out.

The candied orange peel aftertaste is a unique aspect to this tea. Right now, the high pungent tastes of young sheng are becoming muted, the mouthfeel nothing special but this young bush tea does effect my body and mind in a way that I find pleasurable. At its current stage I wouldn’t buy a cake but for some reason I could see it turning into a great aged tea.

Flavors: Apricot, Biting, Bitter, Candy, Caramel, Coffee, Compost, Dates, Drying, Elderflower, Flowers, Forest Floor, Honey, Meat, Milk, Musty, Orange, Orange Zest, Plum, Sweet, Tart, Vegetables, Wet Rocks, Wet Wood

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Yunnan Sourcing’s Bang Long is a tea with a distinctive character. I’ve had it twice now and the second session was definitely more enjoyable. I think that having some exposure to it helps me appreciate it better. Also, the aromas are more pronounced now. However, the selling point of this particular tea is its unique and pungent taste, as well as the long-lasting aftertaste.

Let’s start with the aromas though. The dry leaf scent is sweet and reminds me of gummy candies. After the rinse, I can smell peat, wood, and candied orange zest, while the empty cup aroma is floral and orchid-like.

The liquor has a medium body and the texture is not particularly noteworthy. It tastes amazing though. It is bitter, sweet, and astringent with a sort of sour finish. There are many flavours, the main ones being malt, apple, and wheat. On top of those, notes of freshly cut grass, yeast, earth, nuts, and orange peel appear too. The aftertaste is strong and evolving with a crisp, cooling and metallic character to it. There are also some new flavours emerging, such as mint, vanilla, parsley, honey, cloves, and carrot cake.

The cha qi is not very aggressive, but definitely noticeable. Drinking the tea induces a warming sensation in the chest and helps clear my mind :)

Flavors: Apple, Astringent, Bitter, Butter, Cake, Candy, Carrot, Cloves, Earth, Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Honey, Malt, Metallic, Mint, Nuts, Orange, Orange Zest, Orchid, Parsley, Peat, Sour, Sugar, Sweet, Vanilla, Wheat, Wood, Yeast

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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