We went out to Bulang Shan the day before yesterday and then HM went again yesterday to Lao Ban Zhang. He came back with lots of photos (thanks to a new camera) and a little new tea.
It’s not old tree tea. It’s tea from trees that are maybe 50-60 years old. It seems no chemicals have been used on the trees…
The first one we just tried:
As HM said “The fragrance, flavour and aftertaste are all lacking.” “Only the smokey flavour is (more than) enough.”
But then, as someone said to us last spring “If it wasn’t smokey it wouldn’t be Lao Ban Zhang!”
The tree (and woman) in Lao Ban Zhang that almost everyone who goes there takes a photo of.
Lao Ban Zhang consists of five villages:
Lao Ban Zhang, Xin Ban Zhang, Baka Nuan, Baka Long and Lao Man E. All of these villages produce ‘Lao Ban Zhang’ tea, but they are all different.
Old and New Ban Zhang are Aini villages (people who originally moved there from Nan Nuo Shan).
Baka Nuan and Baka Long are Lahu villages and Lao Man E is a Bulang village.