Lao Mao Cha is harvested by Laotian hill tribe members of the Mung tradition; this rare, handpicked, wildcrafted leaf is harvested year-round from wild tea trees over 800 years old. It is oxidized in the sun, and then pressed into stalks of bamboo by the village people. After drying in the sun, the sheng tea is then tied together from shavings of bamboo to create a “cigar” shape and is often traded to nearby villages for vegetables and grain.
The hearty flavor starts strong and smoky, but finishes light and bitter. With a smell and taste that elicits ripping open a bag of topsoil, this tea is great to remind you of your connection to the earth and the nature around you.
Sa Bang is sold in an approximately 90g 'cigar' for $30.00.
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.
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.
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.