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I got this tea in Bana Tea Co.’s sampler set of seven teas.

This is just a sidenote, but I love the presentation of the teas at Bana.. many tea companies randomly toss the tea in whatever boxes or containers may be at hand, with no explanation.

Bana’s tea sampler was a mere $10, and yet it came in a cute little silken drawstring bag, with each tea carefully labeled in a vellum envelope, and sealed with a Bana Tea sticker. The order also came with printouts of the past 2 company newsletters, a pamphlet explaining each tea in the sampler, and a printout of common puerh FAQs. The entire package just oozed care and love for the teas enclosed. Before even trying the teas, the packaging reflected the care with which the teas were probably sought and selected. Many tea companies would do good to take note in my opinion!

Sorry, tangent over. Onto the tea!

The leaves of this tea were small and unassuming. Tightly compressed, olive in color. After a quick rinse they had a musky, earthy aroma. Spinach, old library books, and a touch of sourness. A sweet finish followed the sour, but from the aroma, I could tell I was in for a pretty strong brew!

The cup itself was a dark orangey-red—quite dark for a 2008 puerh! Then again, it probably was not stored in rainy, cold, dry climates where I tend to live. :) There’s something to be said for proper storage..

At first sip, the tea was a strong, dark chocolate mousse flavor. Following was a homemade applesauce note lingering in my throat. I like the description that says that this tea has a lot more chi/qi than most cakes its age.. it definitely has a lot of strength and maturity to it.

It’s still a bit strong for my usual tastes, but I could see how it would age really well. It was the perfect tea to energize me on a day where my energy was lagging!

Cofftea

Don’t apologize for the tangent, you sold me on the sampler!:) Are there any green pu erhs in it?

tiffanypicard

That’s great to hear! It’s a real treat. I think technically all 7 teas are green, but each tea tastes completely different. Looking forward to hearing what you think of them! :)

Cofftea

It will be quite a while before I have even the measly $10 or cupboard space. :( But I’ll let you know!:) I just had my 1st unflavored pu erh sucesses (2 cooked and a raw) this week.

tiffanypicard

Haha, I know the feeling. Good luck taming the tea cupboard and happy tea drinking!

Ricky

Aww I love samplers! Seems they give you most of their tea except for the tea bricks. Not bad.

tiffanypicard

Yes, it was a really generous sampler, especially considering the price!

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Cofftea

Don’t apologize for the tangent, you sold me on the sampler!:) Are there any green pu erhs in it?

tiffanypicard

That’s great to hear! It’s a real treat. I think technically all 7 teas are green, but each tea tastes completely different. Looking forward to hearing what you think of them! :)

Cofftea

It will be quite a while before I have even the measly $10 or cupboard space. :( But I’ll let you know!:) I just had my 1st unflavored pu erh sucesses (2 cooked and a raw) this week.

tiffanypicard

Haha, I know the feeling. Good luck taming the tea cupboard and happy tea drinking!

Ricky

Aww I love samplers! Seems they give you most of their tea except for the tea bricks. Not bad.

tiffanypicard

Yes, it was a really generous sampler, especially considering the price!

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