Mengku Ba Nuo Ancient Tree Raw Pu'erh Tea 357g
Teng Tiao, literally rattan or vine, is a famous type of puerh tree in Mengku, Yunnan. This tea hails from the eastern mountainside of Bing Dao area, called Ba Nuo village, the highest elevation of the east side mountains. Ba Nuo teng tiao puerh tea is regarded as the king of Teng Tiao cha. Teng Tiao cha, or rattan tea, is a type of pu'erh tea tree that grows in a different shape than the typical puerh tree. The tree leaves on each branch are plucked completely during the harvest, with only the top end leaves left on the branch, thus resulting in the tree growing less branches, with thicker leaves. As you can see, the tree picture taken by Victoria on her tea sourcing trip is featured on the wrapper of our branded puerh cake.
This tea is the first flush of spring 2017 from the ancient tree garden of Ba Nuo, 100-300 year old trees. This young sheng puerh is very fragrant and has depth mouth feel, more so than most other young sheng puerh teas. It is floral and sweet, with a light honey fragrance, creamy, thick bodied, and no bitterness or astringency. It can sustain up to 15 steeps. A well made raw puerh tea delivers a great satisfying cup.
The above video shows the leave picking at the ancient tree garden at Ba Nuo village. The picture on the left below is of tea master Mr. Yang when he guided me on a tour of the ancient tea mountain. The photo in the middle is of the more than 500 year old King Teng Tiao puerh tree.
below on the left, dry leaves of the Ba Nuo raw pu'erh tea before pressing into cakes. on the right, withering fresh leaves of Ba Nuo raw pu'erh tea.
Origin: Mengku, Yunnan province, China
Harvest Time: Early April, 2017
Bush Varietal: Mengku Da Ye (large leaf)
Caffeine level: Medium
No pesticides or chemical fertilizer is used for this tea.
Aromatic, sweet, light honey fragrance, full bodied, smooth and lasting aftertaste.
205oF, 4g for 8 oz of spring/filtered water, steeping 0.5 min, at least 8 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.