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Aged Bulangshan Ripe Pu Erh Lao Cha Tou (250g)

Aged Bulangshan Ripe Pu Erh Lao Cha Tou (250g)

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June 18th, 2020

These lao cha tou are from a wholesaler in Kunming, and are supposedly from 2005. I can't verify that claim definitively, but these definitely have had years to air and smoothen out! There are sweet chocolate and jujube notes just starting to develop in this material in my storage, and I expect this tea to be much better after a few years in my warehouse. I just bought an additional 3 kg of this tea since I believe it has great promise, and it's really a good deal at this price point.

There is very light bitterness in the liquor in the first few infusions, and the tea is smooth and easy to drink with a great calming effect. Some thickness is evident in the third infusion onwards. I rinse twice for 30-40 seconds, and then my first infusion is about as long. Once these lao cha tou open up, shorten your infusion time as the liquor will get dark quick!

After several infusions (or even before the infusions), you can boil these lao cha tou up and I found the resulting liquor to be more interesting with more sweet aromatics, which is the direction I believe these lao cha tou will go in with more time in Hong Kong. Boiling brought out light (and very tolerable) astringency. I noticed a sweet jasmine aroma in the cooled liquor when brewing in a teapot that was significantly stronger in the liquor from the boiled lao cha tou, as well as sweet prunes and milk tea aromatics after letting the saucepan sit for a while after boiling. 

I'm currently on day two of boiling these lao cha tou and I'm still getting plenty of good, dark liquor, so I expect the 10g I started with yesterday to get me through today as well! 

These are a great deal and I strongly recommend buying these while I can still get them.

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