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Club selection of January 2018 - Bulang Mountain remains one of Puerh’s almost fabled hubs of tea cultivation and production. Throughout the mountains, ancient tea trees, tea shrubs and tea bushes surround villages and valleys lining ridgelines and falling into informal but respected plots of land and forest. Lao Ma E (also referred to as Lao Ma Er) is a Bulang minority village that has long produced great teas from both its trees and bushes. The Bulang like many of the true mountain people of southern Yunnan people have long viewed their forests (and the tea trees within) as sacred. To desecrate the trees or bushes would be akin to damaging the relationship the people have with earth. Discover this Lao Ma 'E Sheng tea even further with Jeff.
Tasting Notes - A great tea with a bit of bite to it. By bite we refer to a slight sharpness to the green vegetal flavours that are characteristic of both Bulang teas and Lao Ma E teas in particular. An ideal tea to give some time to age as the vegetal strength will smoothen with some months. The core strength of the tea though will remain so don’t be afraid to let sit for a little time (3-5 months). A tea not recommended for late day sips if one is prone to sleepless nights…this tea contains loads of stimulants which locals love and cherish. If one likes a tea with some ‘go forward’ and nice fresh zing in the mouth, sip away immediately. Our tea procurer, Jeff, loves the fresh bite and only rarely ‘ages’ a tea with this kind of strength.
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