Banzhang Golden leaves 2022 No.851
yellow leaves/huang pian from 300-500 old tea trees
plum, resin, and woody notes with the warmth of the subtropical forest
“Truly, you drink this tea when you like to travel to Yunnan, to the Burmese border. It makes you travel, and swings.”
Age of the tea trees:
Place of origin:
Banzhang, Yunnan, China
Banzhang Golden Leaves comes from Banzhang (班章), a small area on Bulangshan (布朗山), a puer mountain famous for its wondrous old trees.
As its name, golden leaves (黄金叶, Huang jin ye) suggests, the tea mostly consists of bigger, more mature leaves, the color of which has already turned into a fine golden-yellow hue—hence its name. These teas—also referred to as Huang pians (黄片)—tend to have somewhat softer and more balanced character. It has a smooth and youthful taste with a nice floweriness to it. A kind and lightsome tea showing great promise with long-term aging.
Xin Banzhang (新班章) and the historic Lao Banzhang (老班章) are located on Bulangshan (布朗山) in southwest Xishuangbanna (西双版纳). The first record of tea production in this village can be traced back to as early as the 15th century. Banzhang and the Bulang mountain are resided by minorities known as the Bulang tribe. For generations, these people have been producing tea in the mountains. Thanks to this tradition, their teas have a unique touch scarcely to be found anywhere else.
Steamed gaiwan: dried rush, bamboo, tropical warm notes
Tastes, feeling: gage plum, resin, woody character with real warmth of the subtropical forest.
Drinking the tea brings a rocking feeling and a real journey to the forests of Yunnan.
Quantity: 6-8 grams per 150 ml
Water temperature: 85-90ºC. From fresh, spring water, or filtered water
Brewing time: 10-15…seconds