A large shou pu’er processed through a special ripening, aging, steaming, and compressing process in Yunnan. Following ripening, the leaves are pressed into discs, called suns, which are the most popular form of pressed pu’er in China. This savory variety is particularly quenching, even down to the roots of the body, and has a deeply refreshing mouthfeel.
Chi Tse Bing Cha is sold in 350g disks for $40.00.
We offer this loose-leaf variety shou pu'er tea from the province of Yunnan as an unusual delicacy. Long, dark-brown leaves with the luster of gray gather in the teapot to produce a garnet colored brew will turns as black as coffee with prolonged steeping. With a rich aroma of old temples, its distinctive taste is chthonic and deep, like holy soil. After the first slight shock of the unusual taste, many drinkers become addicted to its captivating, nostalgic flavor.
Pu'er Cha is sold for $6.00 / oz.
Qing Tuo Cha
[ching too-oh cha] Green Pu'er Tea
One of the simplest teas in terms of production, “green pu’er,” which is dried in the sun then pressed into nests, offers a smoky caramel, slightly astringent and milky feeling distinguishable from any other tea. This sheng pu'er variety includes a touch of wild tea, harvested from Yunnan’s many ecologically diverse forests. The Xishuangbanna jungles of Southern Yunnan are especially renowned for their impressive variety of flora and fauna, including many ancient Camellia sinensis trees. Our superior green or “raw” pu’er is a combination of wild tea and cultivated tea. One can taste in each cup the earthy, herbal tones of wild tea, and is a wonderful companion to a cold evening or breezy morning just when the leaves are starting to appear on the trees. Perhaps, if lucky, one might even catch the aroma of the Xishuangbanna hills at sunrise or the feeling of seeing The King of Tea Trees, standing proud at 1700 years old, deep in the Yunnan jungles.
Qing Tuo Cha is sold in a 100g nest for $20.00.
Yin Zhen Bing Cha
[yin zen bing cha] Pu'er of Silver Needles
A house-made pu'er of our classic Chinese white tea, Yin Zhen. These leaves are white tea tips from Fujian Province. Only the freshest and best-shaped buds of early spring are used, which mark this tea’s particular rarity and intrigue. It maintains much of the brilliance of the original leaves, featuring notes of subtle, smoke and flowers with a velvety and earthy feeling, yet becomes all the richer with the aging process.
Yin Zhen Bing Cha is sold in a disk for $15.00.
This Yunnan pu'er is processed in the traditional Shou Pu'er way, and finished with a sweet twist - after processing, the leaves are packed into sticks of bamboo to age and further develop in character. The sweet, grassiness of the bamboo complements the deep, earthiness of the pu’er. As the leaves unpack, the sweetness of the bamboo becomes more prevalent.
Bamboo Pu'er is sold in a 100g tube for $20.00.
Lao Shu Bing Cha
[lao shoe bing cha] Old Tree
From the Lao Shu tea gardens in the Xishuangbanna jungles of Southern Yunnan, this large variety of sheng pu’er disk is marked by its abundance of wild tree leaves. The newly harvested leaves and buds are taken from ancient forests and left to wither and dry in the sun on bamboo mats. The leaves are then steamed before being pressed into large disks - known as suns. Experiencing the sweet-and-sour amber brew of Lao Shu Bing Cha is like taking a stroll through the old tea trees of the jungle—humbling and invigorating all at once.
Lao Shu Bing Cha is sold in a 100g disk for $30.00.