YE FANG CHA (” wild leaf tea ” or directly “wild tea”).
Bulang tea region in Menghai county.
Wild tea trees have average height of 3 meter.
Similar size (including diameter) tea tree is always called Arbor tree.
Regarding these wild tree, we still don’t know how old they are.
What it attracts me was the unique bitterness and soon coming Huigan(sweetness from aftertaste) and fell in love with it when I first tried it accidentally in Menghai.
Always hard to find accurate description words on this bitterness.
It is a wild, naughty flavor.
“YE FANG CHA野放茶” means “wild tea tree” in Mandarin. These trees grow in Bu Lang tea mountain. The taste has some similarities to tea from there like high level bitterness and astringency, strong tea flavor. But the bitterness is still some different from general tea trees even old trees. It has more sharpness on bitter feeling. The bitter feeling retreats fast. Hui Gan (sweetness from aftertaste) comes soon and feels like sugar cane with some coldness. These trees are around 60-70 years old.
If you like you young sheng to have some bite and yet not be mono-dimensional, you can't go wrong with this. I am actually very surprised this isn't sold out. I have 4 tongs (2kg).. maybe I need more.
I can't believe the quality/price ratio on this. This is a VERY good quality Bulang, the real deal, with loads of the unique kuwei of the special varietal found in this area. It has a deep base of cocoa and minerals which dominates the first half of the session, in the second half some more delicate floral top notes emerge. It is exceptionally clean and smooth throughout, and very active in the mouth (saliva-stimulating). Bargain!