2009 Gushu Lao Banzhang Shou (Cooked) Puer

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The village of Lao Banzhang, near Mt. Bulang, in Southern Yunnan, is famed for the quality of its high-mountain, arboreal puers.  Here, tea is harvested from ancient trees, grown in the most natural of conditions, at high elevation.  

This particular puer produces a mahogany brew is earth-forward in its flavor profile, sweet and slightly sour, with hints of molasses, iron, tobacco, roasted hazelnut, and bitter melon.  Many customers, searching for puer, but not knowing its name, describe it as "that tea that tastes like dirt, but in a good way."  This particular tea is a prime example of this.  Its aroma matches its flavor, reminiscent of earth, iron, and caves.  

Its earthier qualities are more apparent in earlier brews.  In the later brews, the flavor of this tea smooths out, the earthiness becomes less bold, and the iron, rain, and cave-like yun sweetness, which lingers on the tongue and palate, becomes more apparent.  

Its qi is cool and moving.  While this is a puer of decent age, it is still quite stimulating; the caffeine is strong with this one.  

If this tea were a character, it would be a lively, necktie-wearing mole, excitedly tunneling through the earth.  

Pairs well with chocolate, and best with or after food or snacks.  

Lasts for about 15 brews.  

Each cake consists of approximately 357 grams.

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