A young monk asked the wise tea master Lao Cha:
– Sensei, why does this pu-erh taste so soft, smooth and sweet, unlike most other pu-erhs that I’ve tried before?!
– The secret is simple, young man. The tea leaves from which this tea cake is made are all of the “palace grade” material. Only golden buds and most tender leaves were picked for this exquisite pu-erh.
This tea is from Bulang Mountain and was made in the spring of 2009 by applying 'one bud with two leaves' plucking standard to Menghai large-leaf tea bushes.
There are 11 distinctive grades of Pu-erh. The highest grade is called 'palace grade' which means that it consists of the most tender leaves, as well as golden buds that produce a delicate, soft taste. Usually, when making a pu-erh teacake, the 'palace grade' material gets blended with materials of lower grades to make the tea darker and stronger.
The Menghai Golden Buds Ripe Pu-erh Teacake of 2009 is made entirely from 'palace grade' material, therefore it can be a bit too light for those who are accustomed to stronger teas. However, it's a great choice for those who enjoy a more delicate taste.
NOTE: The pu-erh stand that's on the photos is not included.
• Place of Origin: Bulang Mountain, Menghai County, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, China
• Harvest Time: May 2009
• Production Date: May 20, 2016
• Plucking Standard: One bud with two leaves
• Net Weight: 200g
• Dry Leaf: Small and exquisite Pu-erh cake; slightly loose edges; many golden or reddish-brown tea buds on the surface and inside of the cake
• Aroma: Slight, but persistent fragrance of aged tea
• Taste: Soft and smooth, with notes of sweetness
• Tea Bush: Menghai large-leaf tea bush species
• Caffeine level: Medium
• Storage: Store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight; keep ventilated
How to brew loose leaf tea, Western Method:
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