Monday, October 28, 2019
Yunnan Sourcing’s (Premium) Bao He Xiang Offerings
A year or two ago Scott added a bunch more Bao He Xiang factory puerh offerings at Yunnan Sourcing. At that time they caught my eye for a few reasons. First was the fact that these are all mainly unlabeled region and often unique blends that were Guangdong stored. To me this sounded an awful lot like what white2tea is doing. This was also at a time when the Yunnan Sourcing brand didn’t have all the different blends that it has this year. To me it was a move that offered a challenge or different option to the stuff that white2tea was releasing- some good clean competition.
The second thing that Yunnan Sourcing is doing with these Bao He Xiang puerh is only stocking a few cakes in Yunnan Sourcing’s dry Kunming storage and reordering them as they go from Bao He Xiang’s clean medium humid Guangdong storage. This means that Scott is basically letting the Guangdong storage, for which this tea was intended to be aged, impart its aging influence instead of exposing it to his drier Kunming storage. I like this idea. I also assume that the pricing and price rises of these order-as-you-go Bao He Xiang depends mainly on the price increases from Bao He Xiang. I imagine this is similar to Yunnan Sourcing’s pricing of other premium offerings from Hai Lang Hao discussed in the last post.
In a list of recommendations for puerh with strong Qi and throat and mouthfeel, Scott listed many Bao He Xiang offerings and said they were all good. They are his picks of Bao He Xiang afterall. He told me that the price of these cakes is closely tied to quality. I decided to go with some of the pricier/ premium Bao He Xiang that Yunnan Sourcing has on offer. The next few reviews will feature these Bao He Xiang….