I had mentioned that that Puerist has about ¼ of their catalogue from the Nannou producing area. Specifically all of their productions are from a garden that is “on a ridge between Duo Yi Zhai, Ban Po Lao Zhai and Shi Tou Zhai.” The 2015-2020 are also all processed in a similar style by the same farmer. I believe from tasting this puerh that it might be different from the 2013PueristBan Po Lao Zhai that I purchased last year. For someone looking for a vertical sampling of a higher quality Nannou, look no further…
This 2015 Puerist Ban Po Lao Zhai goes for approx. $83.00 for e200g or $0.42/g. Let’s give it a try...
Dry leaves smell of faint creamy sweetness.
The first infusion has a watery creamy sweet taste over a background of faint raisin there is some low lying coolness and a full chalky feeling in the mouth and even mid throat. The Qi is invigorating and chest opening.
The second infusion has a strawberry woody almost raisin full initial taste. There is some dirt woody sweet raisin in the background. A cool low pungency in the mid-deep throat and a full chalky mouthcoating with subtle oily saliva feeling on top. Nice sweet creamy raisin finish. Strong warming and invigorating Qi sensation and open chest feeling.
The third infusion is cooled down but gives a creamy sweet caramel raisin with a low slow moving cool pungency in the throat over a creamy full fluffy mouthcoating and deep open throat. Vibrant Qi and open chest bodyfeeling.
The fourth infusion has a thick creamy sweet raisin onset with a carrot dirt like base and a low moving cooling deep throat which pushes out a lot of creamy carrot sweetness and almost fruity mango and dirt tastes. The taste is nice and condensed and full feeling and is creamy sweet into the distant aftertaste. Nice thick chalky fluffy mouthfeeling and deep open throat with salivating oily returning. Nice.
5th strong creamy almost strawberry carrot raisin taste a bit woody and caramel. Thick chalky mouthfeeling with a returning grape woody creamy sweet taste. The flavors are condensed and mouthfeeling thick and chalky. The Qi is invigorating.
6th has a strong almost syrupy sweetness with a low menthol pungency which pushes out a woody juicy fruity menthol and grape aftertaste in a very full chalky puckering mouthfeeling. The throatfeeling is deep with a saliva bursting sensation. Vibrant invigorating deep sighing Qi washes over me. Body feel is a chest expanding feeling.
7th has a smoky meaty creamy sweet woody condensed taste that hits a pungent menthol deep throat and turns quite sweet- grapes, creamy sweet, woody, carrot, dirt, caramel… flavor is very complex here and nice.. deep throat and full mouth. Invigorating Qi. Very nice.
8th has a strong fruity punch thick mouth woody menthol taste with an emerging creamy raisin and almost grape sweetness over a dirt woody carrot taste. There is a strong condensed taste throughout with a deep throat pungency and mouthwatering effect.
9th is cool but packs a good thick punch of complex Nannou flavours- woody, raisin, grape, dirt, carrot, menthol, cooling, creamy sweet, even a mild bitterness. The mouthfeeling is chalky and throat opening is deep. Very nice.
10th has an increasingly mild bitter onset with woody, dirt, carrot, not as creamy sweet. Vibrant shaking surging Qi. Deep throat.
11th has a juicy fruity taste creamy sweet, slight smokey woody dirt. Tastes are condensed and excellent. Vibrant Qi. Chalky full mouthfeel and deep throat.
12th has a tangy fruity woody carrot dirt mild bitter slight smoky full feeling. Condensed with a low menthol and creamy sweetness. Thick. Enlivening. Long sweet and slight woody smokey finish. Heart palpitations with open chest feeling. Buzzing feeling.
I mug steeped out the rest…
This is a very lively, flavourful, and powerful Ban Po Lao Zhai! Lots of complex and very dense flavor presentation here as there still lots of young puerh notes in there but also emerging semiaged notes as well. Qi is the best part with a surging powerful vibrant Qi at some points of the session, even Heart Palpitations and chest opening stronger bodyfeelings. Nice deep throat stimulation and mouthwatering effect over a chalky full mouthfeeling. It’s all about the maximum experiential effects with this puerh and it does not disappoint! One of the reasons, I could guess, Mark keeps pressing this garden is because the package you get here in terms of quality is hard to beat for this price.