2011 "Nan Po Zhai" Ancient Arbor Raw

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Camphor, Grapes, Smooth, Sweet
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 oz / 82 ml

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  • “Let’s meet the Star-Fruit! Bouquet: What you instantly discover is a certain citrus lemon like character within its deliciously steaming atmosphere. The first thing that came into my mind was star...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I’m shenging again! Woo! Method: 3.3 g, 3 oz, 205 degrees, rinse & 15-20-25 seconds, filigree gaiwan and Dr. Who mug Aroma: Wow. The dry tea smells just amazing. Grapes and some other...” Read full tasting note
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Nan Po Zhai is the closest village to Bing Dao village in the county of Mengku. It lies 2km from Bing Dao village in a roadless area filled with centuries old tea trees. Nan Po tea is typically sold as Bing Dao as it’s quite similiar, but not the same. We are happy to offer this incredibly powerful and textured tea from the first flush of spring 2011.

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Let’s meet the Star-Fruit!

Bouquet: What you instantly discover is a certain citrus lemon like character within its deliciously steaming atmosphere. The first thing that came into my mind was star fruit aka carambola. Beside this first layer next ones are building their foundation as follow – This buddy literally screams “Spring” – with its freshness and field flower herbal hay bouquet you’re getting a nose full of aromas like dandelion, gentian, marigold, Greek mountain tee with its typical tree resin character further followed by woodsy notes, acacia honey and fragrantly beeswax steaming cups.

Taste: Talking about its silky soft liquor there is definitely a resemblance to a slightly aged white tea like Shou Mei noticeable but also hints of Oriental Beauty (but not as sweet but more like the grasshopper bitten aspect) and also a remarkable similarity with those fresh sun-dried Pu-erh buds. Taste-wise it nearly hits the same aspects as within its actual steaming bouquet with a major citrus star fruit layer all those named fresh hay field flower & herbal compositions plus the lovely finish of acacia honey, fresh cut young woodsy accents with tree resin to it and a certain propolis beeswax coating. Within this with little age blessed Sheng you are also discovering a certain well placed bitterness which I compare the best with the one of gentian. It isn’t overpowering but wisely fused together with all the other parts and pieces of this magnificent symphony. Highly enjoyed it!

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I’m shenging again! Woo!

Method: 3.3 g, 3 oz, 205 degrees, rinse & 15-20-25 seconds, filigree gaiwan and Dr. Who mug

Aroma: Wow. The dry tea smells just amazing. Grapes and some other delicious thing that I can’t quite place. I bought a sample b/c the cake is pretty pricey. I kept sticking my nose in the bag!

Flavor: Smooth and sweet. This is a little fruity, but not with the apricot flavors I normally find in the shengs I have tried. This is harder for me to determine, but I really like it. It’s so pretty and comforting. It leaves my tongue tingling a bit, also. There weren’t any reviews for this one, so I think I just picked it on a whim. Go me!

Edit: And I lied! I did another set of steeps at 20-25-30 and the apricot IS there! These steeps are more brothy as well. I’m watching Sharknado 2 with this really excellent tea. Sheng happy!!!!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 88 ML
Stephanie

Nice!! Also sheng high fives :)

SarsyPie

High fives, eh? I thought that if I drank enough sheng, ya’ll might show me the secret handshake :p

TheTeaFairy

(That’s because it’s a teacret handshake…)

TheTeaFairy

Glad you’re enjoying your first YS sheng :-)

SarsyPie

Ha! I am going to keep shenging on until someone shows me the teacret handshake! I will not be deterred!

TheTeaFairy

(Been shenging for a while and still don’t hold the teacret hanshake. Some say it’s mystic, that you must reach the level of Sheng-Jedi to obtain it…)

SarsyPie

OK, I shall forge ahead!

mrmopar

Have you gotten the sheng “Sweat” yet. I know it sounds crazy but the good ones will cause it.

SarsyPie

Noooo! What phenomenon is this????

Stephanie

Tell us Mr Mo!

mrmopar

You will just kind of break into a little sweating with a powerful sheng. It usually happens in the later steepings as I think the leaf gets really hydrated and puts forth some of it’s essence.
I usaully sweat on the forehead and under the chin/neck area.

SarsyPie

Interesting!

JC

LOL! I freaked out the first time this happened to me. I think I was having a Lao Man E blend. It was winter, my apt(DC) has really big windows so the apartment was cold, at the end of the 4th steep I feel light headed. I was similar to getting of from the bed really fast in the morning, but lighter. Then I realized I was sweating and shaking my hands a bit and I felt hot in a cold apt. :P

mrmopar

Lao Man E , Bulang and LBZ seem to hit the hardest.

SarsyPie

I’ve definitely felt some physical effects, but I don’t recall any sweating. The lightheadedness has definitely happened.

Stephanie

I’ve gotten a little light headed before, but not noticed sweating. Neat!

Stephanie

What is it in sheng that does this to us, exactly?

mrmopar

I don’t know what causes it but do a 10 gram steep with 10 oz. water for about 30 seconds sometime.

SarsyPie

will do!!!!!

KiwiDelight

I’ve learned about so many scary things about pu’erh these past couple days, it’s ridiculous.

Stephanie

Are you talking about the “what’s in your pu?” Thread?

KiwiDelight

That too. Pu’erh is such a beast.

mj

I just tried my first sheng. It made me feel very caffeinated for about 15 minutes and then I literally could not stay awake. I feel asleep in my chair in the middle of analyzing data at 5 in the afternoon. After 45 min or so, I woke up and felt normal. It was a weird experience.

SarsyPie

Ooohhh… interesting mj. I haven’t experienced that before!

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