Wednesday, February 16, 2011

2006 Xi Zi Hao "Ban Zhan Natural Habitat" Cake

I picked up this 2006 sheng puer cake back in 2007 from Hou De Asian Arts. According to Hou De, the mao cha for this cake was sourced from "...a plantation in Ban Zhan (班章) that is co-planted with camphor trees (to deter insects) and naturally allow a balanced ecosystem." The cake itself claims to be "special ecological tea" (特製生態茶). I'm not too sure what that means... but it sounds good!

Xi Zi Hao (囍字號) is an upscale brand offering their own recipes of boutique puer. Their logo is usually a double happiness (囍) with X-rated drawings inside. It is not hard to find more information about Xi Zi Hao online along with countless opinions about the quality and the prices of their offerings.

This particular cake is marketed as "daughter tea" (女兒). I've seen this description before on other puer teas, but I'm not clear what it means. Any puer pros reading this post please comment if you know what is meant by "daughter tea."

I found this tea to be quite satisfying. For me it had notes of rosemary and cedar with a thick, syrupy liquor. The sweetness reminded me of fat, ripe, organic carrots. It tasted clean, healthy and nutritious.

The Paper.

The Leaves.

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Lelia said...

Hi Brett, I'm in Seattle too! Where are you located and I'll drop by sometime. Happy PSP score! Congrats.

Alex Zorach said...

Although I know very little about tea cultivation, from my experience as a gardener, I know that planting other plants (either non-crop plants or other crops) in between your crop plants can be a very effective deterrent for insects.

I've found it to be effective for growing a wide variety of types of plants. It not only deters insects but, if you alternate or mix enough, it can slow the spread of various molds or bacterial diseases as well. Pests spread like wildfire through a monoculture and anything that breaks it up will reduce the pests.