Thousand Tael Tea "Hua Juan", 2001

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Type: Heicha (This is often classified as Puerh, But Heicha is it’s own class).

Hunnan Heicha that is wrapped in bamboo hand-woven basket and then wrapped in with a rope. The leaves are really tightly packed in to different sized kg baskets.

This tea develops ‘Golden Flower’ or “Jin Hua” a natural fungal flower (good type) that is sought after by many Puerh lovers. Heich has very particular tastes depending on the process and storage.

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I took some of this sample from JC over to the guys at Happy Lucky’s during the Denver/Ravens playoff gametime last week when I knew the shop would be quiet and we could drink tea samples.

We drank a lot of tea, especially Preston who is newer at tea and trying EVERYTHING to the point that we just watch him get a little tea drunk and smile.

This tea was his ephipany. He loved it!

I wrote about the event on my blog


At first I thought you went there to WATCH the game and was very confused. A tea store that shows sports games?!


Oops…no football at the tea shop but it was cold out and most people were home watching the GAME except me. That’s why I went to Happy Luckys.


saw the blog and look forward to exploring it more….couldn’t ‘follow’ it with a simple move…so I will have to save it.


I glad you got share it. I’ll send you some more next time if you want to. I wish I had a traditional tea house. Here(DC), this are a bit more up tight. I bet that if I scout out more I should find one.


With the international community and Universities, there should be something there. Getting to know the tea people is what makes the difference. There’s a brand new tea company in Denver that I met here and they only sell tea from farms they know personally in Nepal (the owner’s parents lived there). All profits go to Nepalese Charities. These are things you learn about at tea houses. I’ll send some Nepalese style Puerh when I get some. Will taste it later today.

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Quick Notes I added the picture of the tea, it looks like a perfect cut of a log, and honestly it smells like one too.

Dry Leaf – Old tree bark, old wooden library.
Wet Leaf – Sweet, woody, eucalyptus.
Liquor – Yellowish/Golden Bronze
Gong Fu Style in Porcelain Gaiwan 5oz/4g

1st 5secs – Sweet, woody and eucalyptus freshness. At some points seems to resemble an elder flower or linden tea. Very refreshing.

2nd 10secs – Sweet, refreshing with woody/grassy/herbaceous notes that become slightly savory and earthy but fades into very refreshing sweetness.

3rd 15secs – Sweet, woody and refreshing. As it washes down it again resembles herbaceous tea. The aftertaste is sweet and very refreshing.

4th 20secs – Sweet, woody and refreshing up front. As it goes down it tastes like linden/elder flower tea (herbaceous) notes before it becomes sweet and refreshing again.

5th 30secs – Sweet, woody and refreshing up front. As it goes down it has woody/savory notes before the herbaceous elder flower/linden tea taste. The aftertaste is sweet and refreshing.

6th 50secs – Woody, refreshing and sweet upfront. The savory woody notes becomes more apparent but fades into herbaceous sweetness. The aftertaste is extremely refreshing.

Final Notes This is not a Puerh, is a Heicha (to me they are their own category). This tea extremely refreshing, the most refreshing one I’ve had besides tea with mint added/eucalyptus added. I can only compare it to having a herbal tea blend of Linden elderflower Holy Basil and maybe some ecalyptus (not as bold as the blend but perhaps a second steep of this blend).
It is so tighly packed that it looks like a single piece of wood at first sight, after I pryed it, it was easy to see the leaves and the small ‘Jin Hua’ or golden flowers in between them. I did two short washes of the leaves and the washes themselves had extreme sweet and camphor scents. I was doing short to extremely long steeps, it doesn’t seem to go bitter or astringent at all and it takes an amazing amount of steeps well(did around 12 going strong).


Interesting…nice one to share with my tea scientist friend Eric…I’ll have to look for this one.


It is, I just ordered a piece. I was looking for information on this specific type of Heicha before ordering… the size are WAY to big to just try them. The smallest is around .57kg, followed by 5kg and then all the way up to 30s kg. Just look up “Hua Juan Heicha/Puerh” and you’ll find some info.

Honestly it doesn’t taste like Puerh at all (with my limited experience). I found this vid of how it is rolled so tightly by tea vivre


I guess according to the diameter of my ‘chunk’ or ‘log’ I would say it is from “QianLian” the biggest size.


very nice! ok bonnie if you get some… hint hint….. may have to try this one.


Might be awhile. Costs $25.00


Yep, but is well worth it. Unique for sure too :P. If we do an exchange I’ll send you some. I wasn’t sure if I should buy it at first, now I’m trying to figure out where I would store a whole basket in this small DC apartment. LOL


It does get challenging after awhile! I have a 1 bedroom condo but it’s 900 sq. ft so the storage is pretty good and the kitchen is great! Tea however, is challanging to keep organized. I also have lots of spices for my international cooking and have to keep my tea away from my food and spices. Sometime after I financially recover from Christmas later in Jan. (the end) I could do a swap if you want. Remind me though, I’m OLD!


Ha! Will do. I’m the same here. Holidays made a dent on my wallet, and by dent I mean black hole.


Unbelievable…someone here on Steepster sent me $20 worth of stamps for Christmas…some comment I made about postage…)I’m going to have to be more careful about what I say because I don’t think anyone is paying attention and then BAM! Isn’t that great?! Send me a PM with your address. It’ll be a week out for sure though with the New Year.

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If you’re looking for something special and VERY different, here you have it. Upon first impression, the chunk of tea, thanks to JC, looked like a chunk of dusty dirt with small plant roots embedded within. As the tea seemed very dusty, I decided to give it two washes instead of one. There is one way I can describe the aroma of the wet leaves… an intense wet forest moss… much more so than most shou puerhs I’ve had. I mean, it literally smells like dirt/forest moss! I would say the taste of the tea itself is somewhat consistent with the aroma… very interesting and pleasant. I recommend this tea to anyone who enjoys that earthy taste. Very unique tea. 80/100

Flavors: Earth

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

I liked this one. It is very weird indeed. I couldn’t define it as either Sheng or Shou, I know is not processed as a Shou, but it definitely isn’t a Sheng. It’s that blurred Heicha spectrum of wood and bark tastes. that thing on the floor is very similar to the Thousand Tael log.

Thats pretty cool! LOL. Imagine buying something like that… its like 10,000 steeps worth of tea HAHA.


I’d like the watch the video of you trying to pry a piece of that lol. ‘Ok guys, you hold it…. I’ll try to open and eventually get some tea out".

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