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Club selection of April 2019 - Harvested from 100-year-old trees, this ‘Western Pass’ (called ‘Nup Gong La’ in Tibetan) offering is named for one of the more treacherous passes along the Tea Horse Road. It was one of the great snow crossings that caravans had to navigate on their way to Lhasa. This tea offers up great raw materials from the Bada Mountain region of southwestern Yunnan and harvested from old tree forests at 1400-1600 metres. This ‘Nup Gong La’ has great successive layers as the infusions pile up and a soft power in tribute to one of the most of the formidable passes along the old trade route. An autumn 2018 harvest from a region we love because of its relative isolation and beautifully consistent yields. Discover this Nup Gon La Sheng tea even further with Jeff.
Tasting Notes - Initial front notes are taken over by depth and vegetal strength in this Nup Gong La Sheng. Another tea that benefits from being harvested from old trees, which allows more of the mineral notes and the ‘soft strength’ in infusion after infusion. Soft herbaceous flavour notes that come around as a kind of malty note. Superb tea to age for a couple of years, though some samples on the way will add to the journey that these leaves take. Leaves from the Bada region are one of the favourite zones of ours, in that they are clean, crisp notes and we think offer up one of the great Puerh zones of raw materials.
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