Stored in dry/natural conditions in Fujian from 2014-2018, this baicha [white tea] from Fuding county in Fujian province is considered to be Shoumei grade white tea.
A light, smooth tea with a soft body. This Shoumei has buoyant fragrances that range from clover honey to spices like cinnamon. This tea can be prepared a wide variety of ways with excellent results. Gongfu style brewing will yield a lighter colored soup and boiling will produce a thick red soup. Excellent value for a large cake of Shoumei with a touch of age.
This tea is very versatile and suitable for further aging or drinking directly.
Stored in dry/natural conditions in Fujian from 2013-2018, this baicha [white tea] from Fuding county in Fujian province is considered to be Gongmei grade white tea, which has more buds and higher grade leaf than a Shoumei.
The thick, soothing body of this tea is smooth and calming, with heavy dark fruit fragrances. This tea can be prepared a wide variety of ways with excellent results. Gongfu style brewing will yield a lighter colored soup and boiling will produce a thick red soup. This tea is very versatile and suitable for further aging or drinking directly. One of our best value aged white teas.
Stored in dry/natural conditions in Fujian from 2013-2018, this baicha [white tea] from Fuding county in Fujian province is considered to be Shoumei grade white tea.
The soothing body of this tea is smooth and light, with fragrances that range from cinnamon and honey to red dates. This tea can be prepared a wide variety of ways with excellent results. Gongfu style brewing will yield a lighter colored soup and boiling will produce a thick red soup. This tea is very versatile and suitable for further aging or drinking directly.
This Menghai tea is made from 2008 material, pressed and then stored in Guangzhou natural conditions soon after pressing. It has a solid aged taste, with a lingering sweetness and upfront woody character. The tea is already smooth enough to drink, but could be aged for the long haul.
Each purchase is for one 357g cake.
Raw Puer tea from Wuliang mountain, with the exact date of the tea being unknown. Our best guess is mid to late 2000's. The tea was in clean dry storage in South China, which has smoothed out the rough edges. The soup is sweet and easy to drink. It has a poppy, pleasant floral fragrance with a lasting sweetness in the mouth.
For around $50 for a 357g cake, this aged Puer is a great value.
The exact date/factory of this cake are a bit difficult to peg (our best estimate is early 2000's), but the tea has a smoothed out aged taste, clean storage, and quality material. The cakes are made of jiaji (甲级 - grade A material) and are very bud heavy. The fragrance and flavors are already well into a middle aged woody sweetness. Suitable for drinking now or further aging for the long term.
For those new to aged Puer tea, the cakes are often oddly shaped, have stray bits of this and that, and the wrappers have bug bites. Nothing unusual for a cake with a bit of age, but worth mentioning.
A blend of raw Puer material from Yiwu region. When we first made this blend in 2014, we wrote "This tier of tea rarely sees the light of day in the open market," and we sincerely mean that. Not a blend we would recommend for beginners. The traits that make this tea special are often not apparent to most new Puer drinkers.
We will not be making this exact blend next year.
Each cake is 357 grams. The per gram price and cake price of this tea are identical to facilitate people buying less than a full cake with no mark up.
This Yiwu tea is made from 2009 Yiwu material, pressed and then stored in Guangzhou natural conditions soon after pressing. It is just nearing middle aged character, with a lingering sweetness and strong presence. The tea is already fairly smooth for those who prefer to enjoy it now, but would also benefit from long term aging.
The wrapper says "Yiwu Gushu" [old arbor tea] among other claims, all of which should be taken with a grain of salt. (Actual Yiwu Gushu would add a zero to this price) However, the tea is a very well priced quality tea for those looking to drink middle aged Yiwu or seeking to build a collection. A tong of this tea is quite affordable to put away for the years to come.
2015 Last Thoughts Raw Puer Tea from White2tea.
A tea made with high quality material that took no small effort to acquire. This tea has the character of Yiwu and is elegant, and deceptively powerful. As we mentioned with our 2014 Last Thoughts, this is a tier of tea that rarely sees the open market, much less the Western market. An enduring tea that we hope you get the opportunity to try.
We have never been so confused by the wrapper of a cake in relation to its material. The label boasts that the puer cake is:
Xishuangbanna (and from Menghai)
Made for Export
Of that long list of claims, we can verify that exactly zero of those things are 100% true. However, the tea is good and that is all that we care about. The tea is sweet, soft, smooth, and an excellent daily drinker - it resembles Yiwu character more closely than typical Menghai character. For around $50, this over ten year old tea with clean storage is a great value.
This cake is made from the Menghai factory recipe 7542. This production was made on private order at a smaller factory in 2001. The tea is already fairly smooth and easy to drink. There is some humidity that still shows up in early steeps, as well as a minimal amount of sharpness early on. The fragrances of middle age are still apparent, and there is a lingering sweet aftertaste in the mouth.
An old arbor Menghai blend. Thick body, lingering kuwei [pleasant bitterness], and plenty of oomph. This tea is a continuation of last year's New Amerykah. The blend is slightly different, focusing more on sweetness and body than on bitterness.