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Sanhetang Banpo Laozhai maocha

April 28, 2010 · 3 Comments

This is the stuff that, long time ago, Hou De used to carry.  It’s a nannuo area maocha, supposedly leftover from production.  Guang was quite fond of giving them away as an extra, and I got my share when I bought a few small things from him.

It’s been at least three years since I last drank it.  I can’t quite find my notes from Beijing, but here’s something from 2006.  Funny enough, I remember this tea quite well, because I’ve had it a few times now, and interestingly enough, every time I’ve had it, it tastes the same.  Fragrant, straw colour, tastes more like an oolong than a puerh, and even though it’s been a good four years since I first got it — my impression of the tea is almost exactly the same.  No real change going on here.

This compares with some of the other maocha I bought since then, for example one I got from Beijing, which has aged some since my purchase in 2006 and in fact provides a good study in comparative change.  I’ve always suspected these Nannuo maocha from Sanhetang were processed badly — killed green, which means it won’t age.  The leaves, as I’m staring at them right now, are bright green.  I don’t think it’s a good puerh candidate for aging.

At least this is the last I’ll see of it — it’s the final bits in my bag.  So long, Banpo laozhai.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • osososososos // April 29, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Reply

    I have some maocha that San He Tang gave me from 2006  2005 when I visited him in Tainan. Every time I have looked at the maocha and smelled it, it appears and smells as though it is aging.

    I have none of his maocha from Nannuo from 2006 spring, but as I mentioned to you before, I believe 2006 spring was a poor quality harvest for most regions.

  • osososososos // May 1, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Reply

    BTW, visited my storage today. the XZH maocha is actually quite aged looking! it’s mahei and bulang from 05.

  • MarshalN // May 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Reply

    @osososososos – 

    I knew there’s a reason I don’t like nannuo tea 🙂

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