Tuesday, November 28, 2017

UPDATED 6 Jan 2018 - Special Offer for the Holidays - Puerh Sale

Happy Holidays

* The 2003 SFTM Ban Zhang is SOLD

I have added 2 semi-age gushus, the raw material comes from older big trees. Both teas are from 2005 and produced by the Gan En Factory, the famous Ban Zhang teacake and Nannuo (a hidden gem) are listed below. These teacakes are old style gushu productions that I would highly recommend. There is a unique charm to these teas and if you have not tried a worthy gushu from this time period (before the exploitation and profiteering really took hold) it is worth exploring. These are teas that will provide you with a reference point and insight to the changes of gushu puerh during the last decade. The comparison of old and new is timeless. In this case it goes well beyond the age of the tea but touches on the practice of environmental exploitation, profiteering and new trends that have become hotly debated as being for better or worse. What is inescapable is that changes have occurred and that modern gushu puerh tea is no longer what it once was under today's increasing pressure of commercialism and capitalism on what was once difficult to access primitive land that supported naturally growing tea trees. Both these teas will take you back in time and provide you with a glimpse into the quality from the past. Experience the "old flavor" through the depth, the fullness and richness in taste, aroma and feel of these teas.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tea Group - Vertical Tasting of Ban Zhang (2005-2013)

Photo credit goes to Ty Pip. See Facebook group post for complete listing

Last Sunday a group of tea enthusiasts gathered to share and learn from one another under the theme of Ban Zhang. Ban Zhang stands as one of the most famous regions in Yunnan Province for producing puerh tea. The moniker “King of Tea” is bestowed to Ban Zhang tea for its strong and powerful character. An article titled “Liquid Gold, Exploring Ban Zhang Tea by Wang Hau, Lou Ying Tin, Wu De” referenced the astounding prices that the region’s raw materials command in the tea market.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

1980s CNNP Special Production (Big Tree)

"China National Native Produce & Animal By-Products Import & Export Corporation - Yunnan Tea Branch" (CNNP) - An old teacake made from gushu (big tree) is a rare treasure that has become increasingly hard to find in the age tea market.