This is the stuff that, long time ago, Hou De used to carry. It’s a nannuo area maocha, supposedly leftover from production. Guang was quite fond of giving them away as an extra, and I got my share when I bought a few small things from him.
It’s been at least three years since I last drank it. I can’t quite find my notes from Beijing, but here’s something from 2006. Funny enough, I remember this tea quite well, because I’ve had it a few times now, and interestingly enough, every time I’ve had it, it tastes the same. Fragrant, straw colour, tastes more like an oolong than a puerh, and even though it’s been a good four years since I first got it — my impression of the tea is almost exactly the same. No real change going on here.
This compares with some of the other maocha I bought since then, for example one I got from Beijing, which has aged some since my purchase in 2006 and in fact provides a good study in comparative change. I’ve always suspected these Nannuo maocha from Sanhetang were processed badly — killed green, which means it won’t age. The leaves, as I’m staring at them right now, are bright green. I don’t think it’s a good puerh candidate for aging.
At least this is the last I’ll see of it — it’s the final bits in my bag. So long, Banpo laozhai.