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Emperor Pu-erh 1996

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  • “We went to see the film "Moonrise Kingdom" this afternoon, which was wonderful. Then had Japanese curry and veggie gyoza at this weird little restaurant called "On the Bridge". By the time I got...” Read full tasting note
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From Red Blossom Tea Company

Emperor grade pu-erh teas were first crafted as tributary teas for the Chinese emperor. Only fine young leaves were thought worthy for these imperial gifts.

Originally from the Menghai area of Yunnan Province, our 1996 Emperor has distinct golden buds interspersed amongst the leaves. The leaves themselves are also quite fine – a stark contrast to many emperor grade pu-erhs on the market that are intentionally cut smaller.

We acquired this tea in 2001 – a decade ago. In that time, the tea has taken on a richness and complexity all its own, and amongst our selection of loose leaf pu-erhs, this is the richest and deepest – with notes of plum, malt, earth and camphor in a thick, smooth liquor.

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We went to see the film “Moonrise Kingdom” this afternoon, which was wonderful. Then had Japanese curry and veggie gyoza at this weird little restaurant called “On the Bridge”. By the time I got home I needed something to settle my stomach and decided to treat myself to this delicious pu-erh. I got 2 oz. of it a few months ago, and am trying to make it last. :-D

I made it quite dark and luscious, even a bit creamy, and I am so happy with the effects! I’m not sure if I should resteep the leaves too often since I might be awake all night, but will certainly relish the yummy tea I have at the moment. This tea is now 16 years old and it smooth and superb. See previous notes for more info.


EEEE! I want to see that movie! I just had the kids watch the trailer last week and I can’t wait!


It was really good!!

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