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Club selection of February 2018 - Bada Mountain is one of Puerh’s ancient sanctuaries. Once again a tea of the Hani minority, this Bada is a tea that will age beautifully (we’ve observed this since Jeff first started purchasing Bada’s more than a decade ago) while also being a tea with enough strength and depth to enjoy right now. The entire region remains one of the most ideal sanctuaries and its Puerhs are coveted by locals in Yunnan at each and every harvest. Bada Mountain’s bushes and tea forests produce remarkable raw materials due in part to the relative isolation from human settlements as well as other types of agricultural activities. Great soil and constant humidity levels of upwards of 80% are ideal for tea and the intense slopes provide ideal drainage for the root systems. The Bada region remains one of our favorites for raw materials. Every season, every new year, and every harvest, differs slightly no matter where the materials are harvested. Each one of these variations will create a tea that, while potentially similar, will ultimately have its own unique flavor and quality spectrum. Discover this Bada Mountain Sheng tea even further with Jeff.
Tasting Notes - A classic tea that has had almost a half year to ‘age’ and take off some of the fresh vegetal astringency. This tea is for now and perhaps a little later as well. A great tea to age as it has enough strength to further soften and alter, though it is an ideal tea for immediate consumption. If one is inclined, it is always nice to take little tasting notes marked with a date and keep the notes with the tea for the next tasting to compare and see if there has been any development in the flavor profile. The Bada is a tea that has a wide grip in the mouth and finishes strong and sweet, and is one of those teas that consistently provides infusion after infusion of herbal flavor and power. Great bite and tangs, the leaves provide one of annual standards by which other Puerhs are compared…though of course the whole notion of ‘taste’ is subjective.