The Elegance of Time

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Pu Erh Tea
Flavors
Dark Chocolate, Herbs, Medicinal
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Average preparation
Boiling 5 g 3 oz / 75 ml

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  • “To cut to the chase, this is among the best ripe puerhs I’ve had, and it rates well among all puerhs in general. Although the leaves were a little reticent to open up thanks to some fairly tight...” Read full tasting note
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From Bana Tea Company

Sourced directly from the warehouses of the former Menghai Tea Factory, this exquisite aged ripe Pu-erh was among the few authentic ripe Pu-erh made during the early years after ripe Pu-erh was invented. After 30 years of aging in Yunnan, time has done its magic to transform this tea into something special. Brewed to a bright ruby hue, this tea exhibits the characteristics unique to authentic vintage teas. Thick, smooth and full-bodied, this tea offers a rich Chinese herbal and antique wood scent followed by a lengthy sweet aftertaste that is satisfying and relaxing.

One of the ultimate goals of a Pu-erh connoisseur is to find a well-aged true vintage Pu-erh. Look no further, this tea is a must-have.

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To cut to the chase, this is among the best ripe puerhs I’ve had, and it rates well among all puerhs in general. Although the leaves were a little reticent to open up thanks to some fairly tight compression, once they did, they offered up a dark, viscous liquor with herbal, medicinal notes and a lengthy finish. At its peak, I got some distinct dark chocolate, not unlike cocoa powder, towards the swallow. The endurance was pretty remarkable for a ripe (around 12 steeps), as was the qi, which peaked with a sort of languid bliss around steep seven or eight. I found only one really off note: a fishiness in the initial aroma, which didn’t persist into the flavor. (This was a five gram sample that languished in the bag for about half a year; that may have had something to do with it)

The main issue here is the price tag, which is comparable to a number of premium shengs (Treachery of Storytelling Part 2, 2004 YQH Dingji, etc.). I’m not sure I could recommend investing heavily in this tea over those, but it’s worth having at least once.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Herbs, Medicinal

Preparation
Boiling 5 g 3 OZ / 75 ML

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