Hai Lang Hao, 2008 "Star of Bulang," sheng
Astringency quite low for a new pu
Dryness just a bit
Mouthfeel medium +
Hui gan some +
Overall value good
Purchase again yes
Well, I haven't even finished one session with this tea yet, so it's really premature to say anything, but...
Listed at $24 a cake, Scott says it was made in 2008 with 3-year-old mao cha.
Yesterday I had the 2008 Lao Ban Zhang & Man'E
cake, so my impression today is probably unduly influence by drinking that great sheng previously. I really like the taste profile of this tea. In fact it is not too far off from the Lao Ban Zhang & Man'E
, though definitely sweeter and a bit acid at the same time. It does have aftertaste, mouthfeel, huigan. I don't notice any qi. I am a bit at a loss to describe the taste, so I will use words that I have seen others use, but I am not sure what they are referring to: new leather, smoke, camphor, wood, maybe even a bit of mint when I inhale after drinking some. A very masculine profile, it would go well on the shaving forum! These tastes are right up my alley, but I am disappointed that it isn't stronger. I brewed 5 gr to 120 ml, which I normally consider on the strong side, but I think I will increase it to 6 grams next time. The further through the infusions I go, the more I like it.