Orchid tea: mature leaf tea from Bulang Mountains with orchid flowers
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Our Puer RESERVA
Ailaoshan RESERVA 2005
Bangwei RESERVA 2005
Banzhang RESERVA 2005
Manzhuang RESERVA 2005
Mengsong RESERVA 2005
aged Puer Tea:
Banzhang Mountain RESERVA, 2004
Manzhuang Mountain RESERVA 1999
Manzhuang Mountain, 2002
Yiban & Manzhuang Mountains, 2002
Gold Tea: a
mature leaf Puer Tea from the JingMai Mountains
Young Leaf Puer Tea:
from the AiLaoShan
Puer Tea Flowers: from
the JingMai Mountains
green teas are still alive and in a complex fermentation process. In their
early years, they are close to green tea as it is known in conventional
trade. Later, they develop the specific Puer Tea aroma. These teas increase
in value over time.
on their journey to Lhasa in Tibet, for which horses and oxen were used
on dangerous mountain trails, the leaves of the tea were kept slightly
moist and a special cool fermentation process continued to develop the
great taste that became known world wide as Puer Tea.
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Only first flush tips of leaves are harvested for this tea in early spring
and after rainy season in autumn. Fermentation of this excellent tea is
in its second year (harvest of 2002).
The tea is harvested from high altitudes above 1000 meter in a natural
forest environment where no pesticides can reach.
It can be stored for many years and even generations. In fact, this young
leaf tea has to be stored for at least 5 to 15 years to develop its special
taste. When drinking it too young, it tastes very strong, with a slight
bitterness in the beginning and a light sweetness after swallowing. The
bitterness will disappear over the years and give way to a very rich and
Standard traditional packaging of this tea cake (375 g) is in 7 bundled
cakes, of which 6 are in 1 card board box (total of 42 cakes, 15.75 kg;
weight can reduce slightly in dry climate).
If you live in a climate where the average humidity is below 50%, have
a look at our storage jars. In traditional Dai ethnic design we offer
a clay jar for a set of 7 cakes, which can keep humidity at desirable
Colour spectrum of the Young Leaf Tea:
left: in direct sunlight | right: in shaded daylight
note that the colors tend towards red and that direct sunlight does not
cause light effects (as e.g. in the Gold Tea). This is due to the fact
that the tea is very dark and the background of the picture has no influence
on the colors.
This is the traditional way of packing the tea cake. The individual tea
cakes (375 g, each) are bundled in a special bamboo leaf , 7 cakes per
bundel (in the picture left). 6 such bundles are in 1 card board box (total
of 42 cakes, 15.75 kg; weight can reduce slightly in dry climate).
The 7 cakes, after removing the bamboo leaf, fit exactly in a traditional
ceramic tea jar. In these jars they can be stored for many years and until
the teas naturally age to perfect maturity and great taste.
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history of Puer Tea:
was in Ming and Qing Dynasties, when the tradition of processing tea from
the tropical mountains of South-West China, the former mysterious Kingdom
of Xishuangbanna, became known world wide.
Out of necessity to transport the much wanted tea over long distances,
a process was developed that led to the aged but sweet taste of these
During those days, the farmers were sun drying the freshly harvested tea
leaves to reduce moisture and make the leaves soft. Then they rolled them
to break cell structures for improved fermentation, and transported them
for about 10 days to the further North located collection center of tea
in the small town of Pu Erh, which belongs to the administration of Simao
- the Southern-most town of China until last century.
In PuErh, the tea - by then already slightly fermented during the 10 days'
travel - was steamed to become more soft for pressing the leaves in wooden
molds to a standardized "cake" of exactly 49 Lang (375 g). Seven
such cakes (7 has been a meaningful number in old China) were tied together
with a special shingle produced only by young dragon bamboo shoots. These
were soaked wet before the transport.
Then the long journey over 100 days began to Lhasa in Tibet, where the
tea is used until today to make buttered tea, and from where it reached
India and ultimately Europe.
Throughout these journeys, for which horses and oxen were used on dangerous
mountain trails, the leaves of the tea were kept slightly moist and a
special cool fermentation process continued to develop the great taste
that became known world wide as Puer Tea.
more about Puerh Tea history, processing and our concept of protecting
the ancient tea forests:
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