Baotang is located in the Mengsong region of Menghai. This tea is produced from trees averaging around 300-400 years old. This tea was produced in cooperation with a local friend from Menghai, who stayed in the village for 2 months this Spring, setting up a hand-processing workshop and processing the fresh leaves himself.
The qi is very strong and the liquid is medium-thick in the mouth and throat, inducing saliva. The flavour is clean and fresh with a medium bitterness. There are very slight hints of smoke from the kill-green and slight astringency in the fresh tea, but this should dissipate and evolve over the coming months.
Deep Review by David R
I honestly had the hardest time describing this tea flavourwise. Yet, from the moment I smelled the cake for the first time till the actual tastings, I found something really deep and satisfying.
It is pure, with a light astringency. The bitterness is discrete and turns quickly into sweetness. The aftertaste is the best part : the tea invades your throat then your nose just after you've swallowed it, leaving a nice feeling which stays for a while. With time, details come and go. Qi stays.
I am sure this tea will evolve into something great. This is obviously some very nice material. (Posted on 10/07/2012)