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Menghai (Shou/Shu) (Loose) Pu Erh 2002

Product no.: NL-PUERH-1712

Pu Erh tea has been a rustic tea since time remembers. Most of the Chinese green teas require fine picking (using the varieties of small leaves tea plants, selecting young buds and leaves that are as small and tender as possible). Pu Erh, on the other hand, are produced from a varieties of tea plants that not only includes the young buds, but also the first three or four leaves of their harvest.

This rustic picking has also been the popular type of harvests for centuries in the countryside of the Golden Triangle. These leaves were also used to produce the biggest cakes in the history of Chinese Pu Erh tea in the first half of the twentieth century in the Yi Wu region. Looking at those big antique bricks, you will immediately notice the large size of the leaves. They are also looser and less twisted in shape compared to what we usually see in Yunnan nowadays.

This was produced from particularly large leaves (grade 12) and was fermented (through Wo Due) 15 years ago in the Menghai region. Besides of its traditional picking, this tea is also remarkably light fermented, which leaves room for natural ripening, and allows the typical character of old Pu Erh to develop over time. After 15 years of natural ripening, it has reached an interesting and balanced combination between its previous accelerated fermentation (wo due) stage and the natural ripening that followed.

Year of harvest: 2002

Newsletter-Set Content: 90g

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100 g = 27.00 €

Xiao Liao Fu 90's

Product no.: NL-PUERH-1711

In September, we introduced a shu/shou cha, which was produced using a method developed in the 70s (wo due). Then in October, we sent you a hand-crafted Pu Erh, which technique for post-fermentation was used based on the Hong Kong method - "Hong Kong storage" or "wet storage". 

With this month's tea, we would like to explore the boundaries of Pu Erh and to open up into a wider field of « Hei Cha ». Hei Cha (which is generally translated as dark teas) is a mysterious family that includes other teas. Among the most famous are: Liu Bao Cha, produced in the Chinese province of Guangxi, or Liu An, produced in the region of Anhui. But the boundaries between these teas are not always strict or obvious, especially in the Golden Triangle from which the Pu Erh originates. It is not uncommon to find post-fermented tea with only little information in regards of its origin and exact process of maturation, which also seems to borrow from this or that family of dark tea. 

According to him, this is a loose Pu Erh produced in Northern Vietnam in the 60s. The name remained since and is now referring to all the teas produced during this period of time, which leaves have the same specific aspect and the same taste character.

This month's tea, which we named Xiao Liao Fu (literally little Liao Fu, referring to the Liao Fu San Cha of the 1960s), a loose tea discovered and made famous in the 90's by Teng Shih Hai (a Taiwanese expert of ancient teas), is an example of these mysterious dark teas produced on the far reach of China. Looking at the appearance of the leaves, there is a very reminiscent of the Liao Fu San Cha, which was produced in Northern Vietnam, hence we categorize it as a traditional tea produced outside China. In the aspects of its taste, this is without doubt a tea produced in the 90s.

Year of production: 90's (very possible)

Newsletter-Set Content: 14g

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100 g = 176.64 €

Spring Tips 90s Pu Erh - Hong Kong storage

Product no.: NL-PUERH-1710

Last month, we discovered an unusual shu cha together, of which the leaves were from Burma and were fermented in Menghai. Like all contemporary Shu Cha, this tea was fermented according to the industrial method called « Wo Due », which was developed in the state factory in the 1970s. 

The other methods of controlled fermentation of Pu Erh exist, such as Hong Kong refined storage. This style of refined storage is based on a much older, slow and artisanal approach of maturation, which has inspired the invention of Wo Due in the 70s. 

This month, for you we have selected a fine grade Pu Erh that was produced in the 1990s and is mainly composed of buds and very thin leaves. Hence, this will develop a very pure and particularly mineral character. 

Year of production: 90's

Newsletter-Set Content: 17g

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100 g = 213.59 €

Xiang Ming (Manzhuang) 2015/17

Product no.: NL-PUERH-1707

For the second part of our small exploration journey in 2017, this month we will be traveling to the famous Mount Manzhuang, east of Xishuangbanna. Within this area, are the "six great tea mountains", covering 100 x 60km from East to West - is the first documented Pu Erh producing area since the 18th century. Four of these six tea mountains locate in the small area of Xiangming, including Manzhuang. This month Pu Erhs are both coming from the same garden, including old tea trees belonging to the Deng family (one of the big families of Manzhuang village). These teas were perfectly mastered by Ms. Deng Xiao Mei in a traditional way from the first Spring harvest of 2015 and 2017 respectively with a contemporary touch. Hence prepare them separately and try to investigate the differences in the cup.

The goal of this month is to experience how taste developes within a short time in the case with Manzhuang Pu Erhs:

  1. Spring harvest 2017 - 11g
  2. Spring harvest 2015 - 18g
24.53 *
100 g = 61.33 €
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Ten Tiao Cha (Bang Xie)

Product no.: NL-PUERH-1706

Ten Tiao Cha is characterized by a very distinct tree size, which do not develope large trunk like Qiao Mu. Instead these trees are long branches without branching that shoot into the air. The buds appear only at the ends of each long branch. This unique way of trimming is of course not only has an aesthetic impact on its appearance but also marking its special character in its tea. Therefore Ten Tiao Cha is a special choicec in representing the specific climate and soil of Mengku, and of course its traditional way of tea production.

Year of harvest: 2017 (Spring) 

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100 g = 29.44 €

Xiaguan Baoyan 2005

Product no.: NL-PUERH-1704

This month Pu Erh focuses again on the "old Style", which is specifically produced for the purpose of long storage. It is produced in Xiaguan Tea Factory in 2005, under "Bao Yan" brand. Because of its excellent critiria in quality: strong tannin character and power, obvious dryness and persuasiveness, it is one of the most popular Pu Erh that is aquired by the Pu Erh lovers/collectors. Baoyan Label is generally produced for the Tibetian as Jin Cha. Usually in the form of a mushroom, but also as brick, like the one we present in this month newsletter. This would be then transported in the linen transportsack. This Pu Erh offers a strong tannin structure - an excellent qualitfication for the development of a complex aroma profile in the futuer. However, it has already become a beautiful tea within JUST 12 years of age. And its climax is yet to come. 

Year of Production: 2005

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100 g = 30.77 €
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Shu Cha Nan Tian 1994

Product no.: NL-PUERH-1701

This Shu Cha was produced und industrally fermented in 1994, Yunnan. Then it was imported by Nan Tian Teahouse and stored with enormous care after the Hong Kong storage traditions for over 20 years. The fermentation was only done partially, which allow space for further development in the storage. Due to this special storage treatment, this tea has developed into a very fine hybrid between Sheng and Shu Cha. It kept both the "freshness" from Sheng as well as the silkiness texture of Shu. Moreoever, this batch of Shu Cha was made with fine quality raw material i.e. young leaves and buds, into order to create such exclusive tea. This special Hong Kong storage tradition is the key to create the depth of taste and "refined" texture, which is called "Hong Kong Taste". This is an excellent example of Shu Cha from the Hong Kong storage in the 90's.      

Jahrgang: 1994

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100 g = 88.32 €
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Mandarine Gong Ting Pu Erh 2016

Product no.: CN-PE16-2

This is a traditional Mandarine Pu Erh, filled with Shu Pu Erh. To offer our customer the best, Gong Ting Pu Erh from Menghai (Yunnan), which is the highest grade for Shu Pu Erh is choosen for the filling. On the other hand, this mandarine Pu Erh was dried under the sun instead of in the oven. Therefore it feels especially smooth and comfortable in the throat. 

Year of Harvest: Mandarine (2016) + Gong Ting Pu Erh (2010)

Weight: appr. 100g / Pack

19.87 *
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Mandarine Gushu (Sheng) Pu Erh 2016

Product no.: CN-PE16-1

Instead of Shu Pu Erh, the tea maker is testing it with Gushu (Sheng) Pu Erh, therefore aging both the mandarine peel and the tea together. On the other hand, this mandarine Pu Erh was dried under the sun instead of in the oven. Therefore it feels especially smooth and comfortable in the throat. However, it is also ready for consumption. Both the mandarine and Gushu Pu Erh come from natural gardens without using any kind of pesticides. 

Year of Harvest: Mandarine (2017) + Gushu Pu Erh (2017)

Weight: appr. 100g / Pack

20.85 *
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Menghai 7562 (Shu/matured)

Product no.: CN-PE08-01

This Pu Erh comes from the region Menghai (Yunnan). It is a very simple and typical Shou/Shu Pu Erh, and was produced through artifical fermentation and later pressed into Bing form. Such Pu Erh is certainly a choice of the cold seasons, as it warms our body from inside, or after a heavy meal. Multiple steeping is possible. 

Year of Production: 2008 (Hong Kong storage until 2015)

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Lao Cha Tao(Tou) (2009)

Product no.: CN-PE09-1

It is a "by-product" of Shu Puer resulting from Wo Dui (渥堆) - fermentation process of Shu Puer. During this process, tea needs to be turned and separated from time to time to avoid overheat, as well as ensuring an even fermation. However due to the presence of Pectin in leaves, some tea leaves will remain sticking together, which will be filltered out and classified as Lao Cha Tao. Additionally, Lao Cha Tao that yield under a well controlled environment is richer in taste and can yield more brews as well.

Year of production: 2009

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100 g = 30.42 €

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Tea Cylinder (Laopaka) Puer (2013)

Product no.: CN-PE13-1

The proper name for this tea is Laopaka Puer - one of the most interesting Puer that I came across so far. This tea is made from old leaves of the wild tea trees in the forrest and processed entirely at home of the local tea farmers in Yunnan. Because it is not really a commercial product, it managed to keep as natural and simple as it is. It has a unique sweetness and aroma, which is rather herbal but very comfortable with some degree of thirst quenching.

Year of harvest: 2013 (Autum)

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Yiwu Gushu Autum Bing 2012

Product no.: CN-PE12-1

The raw material of this Bing came from the jungle within the Yiwu district. In Autum, the tea trees from this forgotten were harvested and were handcrafted into these Pu Erh bings. Although it is from Autumn time, this Pu Erh still possessed a beautiful profile of aromas, as well as a longlasting and pleasant aftertaste. 

Weight: 357g (each Bing)

Year of Production: 2012 (Autumn) 

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100 g = 10.80 €

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90'er Jingmai Gushu (Shou) Brick

Product no.: CN-PE90-2

The definition for Gu Shu refers to tea trees that are at least 100 years old. This Shou/Shu Brick was produced in the 90's and the raw material came from the old tea trees in Jingmai. This batch was carefully stored in Guangdong by a private collector, which you can clearly taste and see in its liquor. Its liquor has a beautiful clear and amber colour, and offers an extremely comfortable sweetness. Through fermentation and storage, this also developed a riped hint of fruitiness. It is a very pleasant tea and certainly one of my favourites. 

Weight: 250g (each Brick)

Year of Production: 90's 

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100 g = 15.60 €

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Yiwu Gushu Mini (Handmade) Tuocha 2014

Product no.: CN-PE14-1

The raw material for this Mini-Tuocha came from the very young "two-leaves-and-a-bud" from the historical tea trees (over 200 years old) in Yiwu area. Since these young leaves are very strong and big compare to other tea varietal, these mini-Toucha must be rolled and formed carefully by hands. Each of these weight about 6g and fit perfectly for a standard Gaiwan or max. 120mL teapot. It has a very floral aroma and long-lasting aftertaste. 

Weight: 6g (each ball) 

Year of Production: 2014 Spring

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100 g = 45.13 €

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Millenium Gushu Puer (Sheng Beeng) from Menghai 2000

Product no.: CN-PE00-1

This Pu Erh was born in the millenium 2000. For such special year, the tea master has not only selected the best raw material from the ancient teagarden in Menghai, but making this completely with hands from scratch. Following the tradition, this Bing was also stone pressed, which can be seen with its lose structure. This airy structure allows better air circulation, which is crucial for the maturation of Pu Erh. It has a delicate taste profile of a combination of woods and a extreme smooth texture. Every sip fills your palate with floral aromas which accompanied by a elegent touch of sweetness. 

Weight: 357g (each Bing)

Year of Production: 2000 Spring 

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Feng Qing Beeng 7811 (Green/Sheng) from Yunnan

This 7811 is manufactured by Feng Qing Tea Factory in 2006. It won the "Golden Prize" at the Tea Fair in Quangzhou in 2007. It was stored in Hong Kong and since 2011 in Germany under a natural condition (dry storage). This tea was once dorminated by its bitter character, which has transformed into a much sweeter and softer liquor with hints of flowers. 

Weight: 360g (each Bing)

Year of Production: 2006 

12.27 *
100 g = 24.54 €

90's Menghai Beeng 7542 (Grün/Sheng) from Yunnan

Product no.: CN-PE03

This Bing was produced by the Menghai Tea Factory in the 90's and being stored in Hong Kong storage. It has a very clean taste and almost not earthy like many other stored Pu Erh. It has a very smooth texture and still has a hint of bitterness with a tenency towards a sweetness of plume with a breeze of apricote. 

Weight: 335g (each Bing)

Year of Production: beginning of 90's 

from 58.88 *
100 g = 117.76 €

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Mengku Tuo Cha

Product no.: PE-05

This Tuocha is produced in Mengku. It has a beautifully fullbodied texture, which at the same time offering quite a dry feeling. In terms of its taste, it has a comination of woodiness and floral character, which accompanied with mild sweetness. 

Weight: 100g (each piece)

Year of Production: 2008

28.41 *
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Imperial Pu Erh (Shou)

Product no.: CN-PE10

Imperial Pu Erh is the highest quality level within loose Shu/Shou Pu Erh. High proportion of golden tea leave buds can be seen clearly. This was made for the Emperor and noble class in the old days. Apart from its typical Pu Erh taste and character, it has a very decent sweetness and hint of floral, which has a resemblance to the dried fruit - date.  

Year of Production: 2010

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Pu Erh Loose (Shou)

This is a standard house blend from unknown years of loose Pu Erh. It has a mild, comfortable and smooth texture, with very clean and typical earthy taste from Pu Erh.

Year of Production: unknown  

3.88 *
100 g = 7.76 €
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