The real birth and hype of gushu Lao Banzhang started in 2007, post “pu-erh” tea crisis, when the market needed new faith and redemption.
During this period of time, Lao Ban Zhang was quickly recognized for its powerful flavours, unique florals, thick soupy brew, and intense energy.
As Gushu continues to be hyped, with the raw leaves becoming more and more expensive, resulting in most of recent productions being blended, we decided to break open a 2008, sealed stored Lao Banzhang tea cake, totally made of pure LBZ gushu leaves.
This is the first generation of 2007/2008 Lao Ban Zhang Gushu Raw Pu-erh tea cake by the famed Rui Rong Label (made by Hongkong Sunxing Company).
Pure LBZ leaves, no blending, spring harvest of 2008. The tea was stored sealed over the past 9 years, eliminating contributions from the external environments/warehousing.
The brew is bold, thick with a light umami. In the fragrance we find fruity notes with hints of green and purple florals.
In some way, this tea is exactly how a LBZ was known to be, and a tea from a period of time when the tea tress were unstressed in their natural conditions.
A nice sample to keep as a reference.