2009 Ba Jiao Ting Pristine Ban Zhang Arbor Tree Sheng Pu-erh Cake Zi Chun
This tea is produced by the Liming factory, established in 1963, is one of the major puerh tea factories, trademark Ba Jiao Ting. Liming factory is the only remaining state-owned puerh tea factory in modern puerh tea industry.
The leaves were harvested in the spring of 2006 from the well-known five Ban Zhang villages in Bulang mountain, Meng Hai county, Yunnan. The leaves were aged for three years then pressed into cakes in 2009. The tea cake was named "Pristine" for its purity and its representation of Banzhang puerh tea. It was meant for long-term aging, therefore it has not been circulated in the marketplace and has been well-kept at the producer's Kunming storage facility. Kunming is the capital of Yunnan province, and teas stored in Kunming storage, known as "dry storage" in the connoisseur's vocabulary is preferred compared to teas aged in Guang Dong storage. With 14 years of aging in Kunming, this tea has the great attributes of a mid-aged puerh tea, complex in flavor and taste. It is very fragrant, full-bodied, pure and smooth, with succulence filling your mouth.
What makes this tea even more special is its balanced smoky flavor, the most sought-after flavor in aged tea from Bulang mountain. The smokiness permeates the liquor, and does not simply float in the air and fade away after several steepings. The smokiness is not over-powering, nor very light, but just about right amount, and balanced through out until the end. Also this tea has strong Cha Qi (茶气) and the special Yun (韵) associated with Banzhang puerh tea, which connoisseurs love to detect and capture in the liquor.
Origin: Bulang Mountains, Meng Hai, Yunnan province
Leaf Harvest: April, 2006. Cakes pressed in 2009
Bush Varietal: Yunnan Da Ye (large leaves)
Caffeine level: Medium
It is slightly smoky, very smooth and full bodied, has fruity notes with hints of melon and pear, very juicy and saliva producing.
It is recommended to use the Gongfu brewing method in order to get the most out of the tea. Please click here for Gongfu brewing instructions.