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.
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.
Cha Tuo Shou Cha
[cha too-oh shoe cha] Floor Nuggets
This amazing shou pu'er tea is known as "Pu’er nuggets," which are scraped off the floor in the ripening rooms. This almost quadruple oxidized pu’er sticks to the cement floor under the piles of pu’er cha that is left to ferment for four months. It has become quite popular in Yunnan for its well-matured, persistent qualities. Surprisingly the liquor is sweet, bold in color, and uplifting to the spirit. It brings a deep, well-rounded aroma like a ripened wine.
Cha Tuo Shou Cha is sold for $7.00 / oz.
Mini Bing Cha
[mi-nee bing cha]
The Mini Bing Cha shou pu'er tea leaves, processed in Southwest China province of Yunnan, are pressed into miniature coin shapes, called “bing,” resembling little suns. It requires a longer than average time to steep, producing an infusion almost as dark as coffee. The first sip is often a surprise, but then the earthy, authentic taste emerges with a mellow finish that leaves the drinker eager for the next sip. A rare delicacy for gourmets.
Each Mini Bing Cha disk is sold for $2.00.
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.