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2008 Lao Ban Zhang Sheng Pu-erh Tea Cake King of Pu'erh

This tea came from the prestigious Lao Bang Zhang (老班章) village which lies at an altitude of 1600 meters, in Bu Lang Mountains, Meng Hai, Yunnan. Lao Ban Zhang village has a long history of producing Yunnan Da Ye (large leaves) puer tea and is widely regarded as the King of Puer tea. This tea was picked in the early spring of 2008 from the ancient trees, hand processed and hand pressed in a stone mold in the prestigious Chen Shen Hao factory. Chen Shen Hao factory (陈升号茶厂),shows at the back of the wrapper) is a major producer of the Lao Ban Zhang puer tea and well respected in the puerh tea industry. 

This tea has been aged for 11 years which has poised for great taste. It is full bodied, has an aroma of spiced apple and wildflowers, melon, very smooth with a long lasting aftertaste. It has the "Cha Qi" (茶气) that is indicative of the characteristics of Lao Ban Zhang puerh tea. 


a harbor filled with lots of palm trees on a beach     a tree in a forest 

   a close up of a tree


Origin:                     Lao Ban Zhang village, Meng Hai, Yunnan province, China

Harvest Time:         March 2008

Bush Varietal:         Yunnan Da Ye (large leaves)

Caffeine level:         Medium

Tasting Notes

It has an aroma of spiced apple and wildflowers, with a hint of melon and a very smooth finish. 

Steeping Guide

210oF, 4g for 8 oz of spring/filtered water, 0.5-1 minute, 5-6 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 the tea. Please click here for Gongfu brewing instructions.