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On a cloudy summer eve here in Kansas City, we are sipping on this tea which is one of our newest additions in the shop. This is ironic, because it is the oldest tea that we have. Five years ago, our owner Shang pressed tea bricks with white tea from the da bai/da hao varietals of the tea plant (the traditional white tea varietals). Over the past 5 years they have been slowly aging and developing some nice earthy undertones with the smooth finish that you have come to expect from our teas.

The process for making this tea is very similar to a sheng or raw puerh except that we use the white tea varietals to process this tea. We are really enjoying it here in the shop, so give it a shot if you enjoy pu-erh and are looking for something different to try.

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We have debated for awhile about whether or not we should post notes about our own tea, but we thought it might be fun to just occasionally share our thoughts on a particular tea that we carry (without rating the tea that is!).

So we thought we’d start off with our newest tea, our special reserve green tea. While our owner, Zehua Shang, was on his friends wu-long tea farm, they visited a wild growing section adjacent that hasn’t been used for commercial use in 10+ years. We decided to pick some of these wild tea leaves and process them as a green tea and the result was better than we could expect.

The taste is incredibly fresh with a delicious buttery and sweet grassy complexity. We sipped it throughout the evening tonight and brewed it about 5-6 times, enjoying the changing flavor and color of the tea. We love this tea and hope you will too!

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200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

I have enjoyed this tea several times and every time I have it – it is in a time I need some comfort and a stead fast stand by tea that won’t let me down. In those same times I am never in the mind set to do a review lol so I fear that because your tea is so good I have lacked giving back! I am sorry for that.
Hummm maybe this should be the beginning of my review. I may have to come back and copy and paste this.
Today is another one of those days — far too busy and chaotic.
Time for some Special Reserve from Shang!

Shang Tea

We are so glad you enjoy it! And don’t worry about not reviewing teas, we’re just glad to hear that this is a very calming and comforting tea for you. Hope to see you again soon!

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Shang is a native of China. Having grown up in China, he has an appreciation and knowledge for fine teas as well as for the rich history of tea that dates back thousands of years. After moving to the United States in 2000, he saw the opportunity to share part of his culture that has been benefiting the health of his people for centuries.

Shang welcomes you to try his award winning teas. Our white, red, and jasmine teas are gold prize winners of the annual White Tea Contest held in Fujian Province. Our high quality teas create a whole new experience for the tea lovers or even the newcomers to tea.

Location

Kansas City, MO

Website

http://www.shangtea.com

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