09 September 2009

2007 Hai Lang Hao Bulang Wild Arbor

This tea sold by Yunnan Sourcing claims to be wild arbor pu-erh made from first flush 2007 spring mao cha harvested in Bulang mountain range from 70-80 years old tea trees. I got a sample of it together with various other Hai Lang Hao samples, and I decided to give it a try, since Hobbes praised it quite high.

2007 Hai Lang Hao Bulang Wild beeng

From the sample I got I decided to use the whole part – as for most of my stone-pressed beeng samples, I got one half in its pressed form and the second half in separate leaves. The tea liquor smelled quite … it’s hard to describe… Bulangish. It was slightly vegetal with very little smokiness.

What kicked me off my feet was the aftertaste of the first few infusions. Strong, clear, everlasting. I believe it is Bulang where Red Bull got the inspiration. Ok, except the taste.

2007 Hai Lang Hao Bulang Wild beeng

Unfortunately, the tea faded quite soon, after the sixth infusion it turned into sweet water. The character found in the first few infusions was completely missing.

The leaves are tiny, so I suppose they could be spring harvest and some of them even look like wild arbor.It is an OK choice, but I think I will look into the other Hai Lang Hao samples for something longer lasting.


Bret said...

Ive been wanting to buy some Hai Lang Hao teas. Glad I read this post as I have enough shengs that fit into that category already. Good while they last but retire too early. If I can get them to get through the fifth or sixth infusion and still have something to offer other than sweet, warm water then I,m happy.
Hai Lang Hao,s teas reviews are just all over the place, either people love them or have nothing good to say about them. Not having had any myself I just need to find out for myself. Is this the only Hai Lang Hao you have had?

Tuo Cha Tea said...

Hi Bret,

this is the first Hai Lang Hao I tried, but I bought all Hai Lang Hao samples Scott had, so I will try them one by one.

Anonymous said...

The aftertaste lasts but the leaves don't for more steepings. I wonder why that is. It's good to find out that your tea is what the packaging claimed about it, I must say. That is, if you can believe it. --Spirituality of Tea

Unknown said...

Chiming in from 2019: I found it to have decent body and flavor through 8 steepings but nothing extraordinary about it so I'm not going to steep it out. I think Hobbes liked it so much because it was cheap at the time (he was always very focused on cost & value) but now the tea is $130 a cake -- no bargain.