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07 Prince of Vanilla Puerh
A gentle middle-aged award-winning blend with vanilla notes, 400g.
The ’07 Prince of Vanilla is one in a long list of of interesting Long Yuan Hao’s interesting thematic and commemorative productions. This cake is from an award winning recipie, actually named “Prince of Banna.” “Banna” is a Mandarin transliteration for the Thai phrase pan (village) na (rice paddy) and the wrapper features a picture of the Dai/Thai prince of the 12 (Thai: sipsong, Chinese transliteration: xishuang) autonomous villages laying astride the Mekong river. Ostensibly that’s a shot of him and his court. The Dai are one of the 22 ethnic tribes living in Yunnan.
This particular blend won the gold metal at Guang Zhou International Tea Expo in 2006. It possesses a delicate taste with medium thickness and gentle aroma. The prevailing flavor is vanilla, with hints of camphor at the edges. The aftertaste is lightly astringent. This selection definitely brews best in an yixing teapot. Completely dry-stored, originally in Kunming and since ’15 in LA under darn good conditions. Hard to say what aging will do for this.