Ba Nuo Ancient Tree Gushu Raw Pu'erh Tea 坝糯古树
An exceptional well-made raw puerh tea from pristine mountains that delivers a great satisfying cup. Worth of collecting and aging.
Teng Tiao, literally rattan or vine, is a famous type of puerh tree in Mengku, Yunnan. This tea hails from Ba Nuo village, the highest elevation of the east side mountains of Bing Dao area. Ba Nuo puerh tea is regarded as the best of Teng Tiao cha, or rattan tea, a type of pu'erh tea tree that is cultivated to grow in a different shape than the typical puerh tree, with fewer branches and thicker leaves. As you can see below, the tree picture I took is featured on the wrapper of this branded puerh cake. This leaf is from authentic ancient trees, most of them are about hundreds years old, no blending or mixing, so you taste Teng Tiao raw pu'erh tea in its purest form. We expect this tea will get even better as it ages, a great tea that can be enjoyed now or as a great investment for aging.
The picture below is of tea master Mr. Yang when he guided me on a tour of the ancient tea mountain. After five years of aging, it has deep full mouth feel, very floral and sweet, a succulent full body, little bitterness or astringency, with a lingering strong sweet aftertaste. The full and complex flavor lasts well into later steepings, providing plenty of energy throughout your body. It can sustain up to 15 steeps.
Tasting notes excerpted from a customer: "Juicy saliva comes quickly, leaving my mouth saturated with aromatic sweetness. Beautiful floral beeswax aroma in teacup, maybe with a tantalizing hint of rose petals in brewed leaves."
Traditionally, puerh cakes are stacked together and wrapped in a bamboo skin case called a tong. One tong is composed of 7 individual cakes. To purchase a tong, simply purchase 7 cakes, and leave us a note that you desire a tong.
Origin: Mengku, Yunnan province, China
Harvest Time: Pre-ming, April, 2017
Bush Varietal: Mengku Da Ye (large leaf)
Aromatic, sweet, light honey fragrance, full bodied, smooth and lasting aftertaste.
210oF, 4g for 6oz of spring/filtered water, steeping 0.5 min, at least 10 steepings. We advise against the use of tap water as well as purified water.
It is recommended to use the Gongfu brewing method in order to get the most out of this tea. Please click here for Gongfu brewing instructions.