Tuesday, August 13, 2019
2016 Yunnan Sourcing Bing Dao Lao Zhai … A Premium Offering…
This puerh goes for $298.00 for 400g cake or $0.75/g. This was my 3rd favorite sheng I sampled out of a handful of Yunnan Sourcing Brand samples I purchased a month ago…
Dry leaves smell of mild dry wood, faint sweet almost tropical and sugar. The dry leaf odour is very generic sheng type of smell. With a slight lingering wild floral nuance.
The first infusion has a nice candy like onset, some mineral, almost evergreen, a slipper mouthfeeling then an elegant entry into a long mild cool candy finish. There is a mild stickiness on the lips and throat. A long mild cooling candy taste is left in the mouth.
The second infusion has a mild astringent woody onset that is kind of a mix of dry wood, evergreen, pungency and sweetness but it is not overly deep. This taste hits a mild-moderate cool pungency then a returning candy sweetness and mild almost tropical fruit sweetness glides under a woody almost mineral base. The mouthfeel remains quite sticky and the throat has a mid-upper opening sensation.
The third infusion has a sticky onset of dry wood, mineral, and floral, it is not really sweet until the mild cool pungency hits then it rides that out into a candy, almost tropical and almost floral sweetness over a dry woody base. There is a smooth elegance about the way these flavours present themselves. None is overpowering or strong. Still not much Qi coming out yet a bit of chest stuffiness, some mild lightness of the head. There is a slight astringency around the edges that my empty stomach takes not of.
The fourth infusion starts with a mild almost juicy fruit taste mixed with mild bitter wood. The juiciness is surprising and long and interfaces with woody, almost mineral and grassy notes. There is a moderate coolness in the mouth then an almost faint candy and wildflower slight juicy fruit nuance to end. The mouthfeel is sticky with lip drying effects. There is a low lying astringency typical of Mengku area.
The fifth infusion starts with a quick burst of cooling fruity sweetness that is very satisfying and stretches across the profile. This is some typical Bing Dao taste profile that is prized coming out in the 5th infusion here. The sweetness compounds as the pungency peaks and then rolls out like a wave in the distance. Nice. The mouthfeel is sticky and moderately full the throat opens to a mid-level deepness. The Qi is a relaxing thing.
The sixth infusion has a creamy sweet pungent onset which stretches throughout the profile. There are faint suggestions of dry wood or even forest or dry grass underneath but mainly its this typical profile playing out. I wouldn’t say the flavours are overly complex or strong but rather elegant. The astringency is mild underthe whole profile. The mouthfeeling is sticky and almost puckering astringent. The Qi is relaxing and I can feel the tops of my shoulders slightly heavy.
The seventh infusion starts with a quick bitter, floral sweet creamy, almost pungent taste. It has an almost dry wood, almost slippery rock like taste that crests with a touch of pungency then the sweet fruit floral expands on the breath.
The eighth is that fruity buttery floral sweet quick pungent mild bitterness that stretches into the aftertaste there are some mango taste and some other tropical nuances that extend in the aftertaste. This is a real pure almost elegant puerh. The mouthfeel is an almost sticky, velvet, barely astringent type of thing that is overall quite mild but somehow carries the flavor nicely. The Qi is mild and relaxing.
The ninth infusion has the quick pop of deliciousness of juicy fruity mango, slight floral, nice coolness, the sweetness feels so grounded in the taste and balanced nicely with a sticky mouthfeeling. The pungent quities don’t ever overtake the sweet taste but somehow give it depth and nuance. The sweet aftertaste is nice and long. This is a really classy tasting puerh with no negative or distracting flavours and results in a very satisfying long sweet taste that seems nuanced but not overly complex. The Qi is a mild lingering in the mind relaxed type of Qi. A harmoniously calming type of thing going on here.
The 10th is a nice juicy pungent with an underlying coolness that gently supports a floral candy like mango sweetness. The sweet pungent taste feels full and satisfying on a sticky mouthfeel and mid-deep opening throat. The taste is reasonably long and slowly trails on the breath. This has to be one of the better tasting puerh I have sampled over the last few years. The taste is just really delicious and harmonious.
11th has this pungent, sweet fruity mango, buttery clear sweet candy quick on the mouth taste that stretches out in the mouth and throat. Qi is quite calming in nature the body feels a bit light.
12th has a bit more dry woodiness up front detracting to the last 6 really pure and elegant infusions. It is not as prominent as the pungent fruity candy sweet taste which still dominates the session. The mouthfeel is cottony and fluffy in the mouth.
13th is more dry wood and almost grainy tasting initially which is now stronger than the sweet high-noted pungency. An interesting citrus taste appears minutes later.
The 14th infusion is back to having that really delicious, creamy, buttery, pungent, juicy fruit bunched up note trailing throughout. One thing of note is how stable this taste is across the session. Maybe a bit monotonous but the monotony is glorious and yummy. The Qi continues to be relaxing and clam. Peachy mango tastes appear minutes later. This taste evolves into a citrus taste.
The 15th is a bit drier woody and astringent than juicy fruity. There seems to be more of a candy like aftertaste when the woody astringency is more dominant. The candy sweetness is long. This puerh has a nice harmony to it.
16th is more woody dryness astringency now which overtake the highnoted subtlety of the early infusions.
The 17th has a more mellow fruitiness to it almost a melon taste in there now but mainly woody. A faint buttery floral nuance and some faint candy on the breath.
I push the 18th infusion for a minute a get a more bitter woodier but also fruitier infusion. There is a stickiness that is left in the mouth.
I put this one into a day’s long infusion and am completely blown away but the result of vibrant creamy fruits, a dense explosion of tropical tastes layered on creamy tastes, slight vegetal and cooling underneath. This is a real tasty puerh.
I don’t think I would have guessed this to be Bing Dao even though it has an obvious character from this area. Very good tasting sheng puerh with a taste that is stable thoughout. The session is not super powerful not outlandish Qi but a nice overall feel to it. The taste profile has a delicious elegance to it.
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