Our Spring 2015 Puerh Tea is Available for Sale May 06 2015
We're happy to announce our Spring 2015 puerh tea collection. This is what we've been working on for the past couple months. Putting all these together has taken us a lot of work and a lot of time. Puerh is all about time though. Puerh is a product that has no shelf life. It can be with you as long as you want it to be. It will be yours until you drink it, sell it, or share it with others. That could be 5 months, 5 years, or 5 decades from now. Puerh tea takes time. Why rush a quality product that can be with you for years?
After nearly a month of storage we've been sampling the cakes and feel they're ready to be sold. We have 5 new cakes of sheng puerh to offer. We have two cakes from Bai Ying Shan, one cake from Kunlu Shan, and two cakes from Jingmai. Each are entirely hand picked and processed in small batches from high altitude, ancient tea trees. They are wood fired, hand rolled, and sun dried. With the exception of the Jingmai "Special Sauce" they were sourced direct from the farmers.
Bai Ying Shan "Hidden Song"
Bai Ying Shan, or White Warbler Mountain, is a remote high altitude tea growing region in Lincang Prefecture. This mountain has more than 10 unique varietals of camellia sinensis. This puerh is a special blend we perfected while we were living with the farmers this year. We blended from a few different varietals with the goal of maximizing flavor, aroma, aftertaste, and energy. We worked with them ourselves to pick and process this puerh.
We chose to call this puerh "Hidden Song". The mountain is named for the white warbler songbird common to the area. The bird is often heard, but rarely seen. This hidden song was the inspiration for the name of this puerh.
This puerh is sweet and vegetal with an aroma of edamame.
200g cakes are available here.
Bai Ying Shan "Whispering Sunshine"
The material in this tea is composed entirely from one ancient tree varietal called 'dabaiyakou' which means 'big white buds'.
We chose to call this puerh "Whispering Sunshine". The tea gardens in Bai Ying Shan are the highest elevation that we source tea from. Grown above 2200m (7200 feet or 1.3 miles) we imagined these tea trees were close enough to hear the gentle voice of the Sun. The Sun plays a critical role through the entire lifespan of puerh tea from growing the trees to drying the leaf. Puerh is defined by the sun drying stage. If it isn't sun dried, it isn't puerh. This puerh has been direct sun dried for 2 days.
This puerh is similar in profile to "Hidden Song" with more body. It is sweet and vegetal with a note of lemongrass and a hint of tobacco. The aroma is more floral and the energy is strong. The bitterness and astringency are just enough to keep you interested. Listen close and hear the Sun whispering to you through this tea. There is a lot to tell.
200g cakes are available here.
Kunlu Shan "Slumbering Dragon"
This is a rare puerh. Of all the tea we sell this is the hardest to source and the hardest to pick. There is a village in Kunlu Shan that isn't even on Google maps. Once you're there you need to hike another 3 kilometers into the mountains to get to these trees.
The trees at 20-40 feet tall literally scrape the ceiling of the forest. Impressive does not begin to describe these ancient beings. We named this puerh "Slumbering Dragon" because of the visual image of these ancient trees growing so peacefully in the mountains. They seem to us like dragons of a previous era in a deep slumber for eons. The strong energy in this tea mirrors the strength of dragons in our active imaginations.
We present this tea as is. This is unblended, single origin, high altitude, wild tree puerh. It will not taste like a lot of the puerh out there. It is strong and intense with a very pronounced bitterness that can linger. The intensity of bitterness will fade with age. Our 2014 has mellowed quite nicely. The energy in this tea is quite strong, it will sneak up on you. We hope you get a chance to try this amazing and unique tea.
200g cakes of this amazing puerh are available here.
Jingmai "Midas Touch"
This year we had the pleasure of meeting a tea farmer in Jingmai called "The Bulang Prince". He's quite a unique character. He is young and highly educated for a tea farmer. He is passionately dedicated to perfecting his craft and has spent time traveling and learning from other tea farmers in Yunnan. He is a rare breed. He worked with roasting masters in Bingdao to polish his skills.
His 'royal' hands were responsible for roasting this tea. The material is good to begin with, but in his hands we felt it became something extra special. We decided to call this one "Midas Touch" because we feel he has the skill to turn his leaf into gold.
This tea is strong despite the young age. It has the beginnings of the honey aroma Jingmai is known for. This tea brews both gentle and strong at the same time. It can surprise you. Stick this on a shelf for 10 years and you will have a truly amazing tea!
200g cakes are available here.
Jingmai "Special Sauce" *limited edition*
While in Kunming this year we had access to some very high quality, amazing maocha from Jingmai. We took what we had and experimented with blending it. The source material is largely from 2014, but also some as old as 2009. The material contains some very old trees and while largely Spring has some Autumn as well.
Our final blend came out much better than we could have hoped. This is a fantastic tea that is ready to be drank now. It simply drips with honey sweetness. The flavor is thick in the mouth and the aftertaste long lasting.
This tea is in very limited supply. We pressed less than 2kg of this tea. We are only making five 200g cakes available for sale at this time. One sold before we left China, so there are only 4 left.
200g cakes of this limited edition puerh available here.
Browse our full collection here: 2015 Spring Collection
Puerh Tea Tasting and Education Event June 25 2014
We are doing a special tea tasting and education event at the peaceful, quiet, Espresso Buono garden cafe in Lynnwood this Saturday evening the 28th at 7pm. We've been longtime friends and customers of this unique cafe. We're really looking forward to sharing our tea and stories this evening.
We will discuss what puerh tea is, where it comes from, how it is made, what makes it unique, and how to brew it. We will share photos from our tea sourcing trip and sample puerh from two unique puerh tea growing regions in Yunnan; Bulang Shan and Bai Ying Shan.
Space for this event is limited to 6 people. Price is $25 and includes rare loose leaf puerh tea to take home.
You can purchase tickets in person from Penny at Espresso Buono in Lynnwood.