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ancient shu pu'er cake 2009 | special grade


type: black

origin: china

region: yunnan

variety: pu erh

caffeine: strong

price level: $$$$

Origin: Mannong village, Yunnan province, China. Elevation: 1,400 - 1,850m. Cultivar: Menghai Broad Leaf. Harvest Date: Summer 2009. This vintage tea consists of aged shu pu'er that is compressed into a cake and packed in traditional bamboo leaf bundles called a tong. This reserve pu'er tea is released only when it is ready. A deep garnet infusion with a dense, opaque liquor bears a mellow sweetness that drinks remarkably smooth with a rich earth body. There are two types of Pu'er tea: Sheng (raw, green) and Shu (ripe, dark). Both originate from a rustic sun-dried green tea called Shaiqing. Shu Pu'er is made by pile-fermenting Shaiqing teas over a period of 85-120 days. Ancient Pu'er Palace is our top grade of Shu Pu'er, and is made using leaves picked from ancient tea trees that are hundreds of years old. Like fine wine, Pu'er tea has the ability to be aged and released in vintages. Young Shu Pu'er teas (2-3 years) typically have an assertive body and bold strength. The body and mouthfeel become richer and more integrated as the Shu Pu'er continues to age from 4-8 years.

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