At $20, this "delta" is the most inexpensive cake in the Yunnan Sourcing tea-tasting event. As I'm sure everyone knows, "Lanxiang" [lan-sheeang] means "orchid aroma", and is often used to describe certain floral types of pu'er.
The wrappers have obviously been produced with some care, as they're very pretty
Wuliangshan, at 3300m, is the tallest peak in Simao, and it borders Lincang and Dali (Xiaguan territory). It's a "northern" pu'er, where things can get a bit beanier, a bit more savoury, a bit more "sweet potato". Yunnan Sourcing writes that this is from Zhongcangcun [Djong-Tsang-Tsoon, "Middle Store Village] at 2,300m above sea level, "making it one of the highest-altitude pu'er in existence." Scott also writes that "the tea gardens are arguably some of the most remote in Yunnan."
As pictured above, this cake is made from small leaves. As its name aptly suggests, there is a floral aroma about the dry leaves, which is quite pronounced. Young pu'er can be so very vivid, which is part of the appeal for me.
Lei and I found the flavour to be distinctly tangy, being dominated by lower tones of the creamy leather that our tetsubin emphasises. It is crisp and clean, with a decent thickness. A sweet floral character occurs in the nose, which might be "lanxiang", but it occurs concurrently with the creamy finish.
It wakes up noticeably by the fifth infusion, where the floral character in the nose becomes more pronounced. The whole feeling is tangy, sweet, and floral, with some low leathery characteristics, and plenty of huigan that makes my mouth water, gripping the side of the tongue as it does.
I rather liked this one, and my sorrow at parting with the remainder of my sample was compensated by the eventual arrival of the whole cake.