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  • Lincang 2015 Spring
    $43.00
    200g
    Lincang 2015 Spring
    Having made pure Nahan cakes in 2013 and 2014, we decided to do something different for 2015. We've made a special Lincang cake, comprised of a 50-50 blend of Nahan and Man gang pu'er tea. Both tea gardens are in close proximity to Xigui, Bangdong county. The aroma from the gaiwan lid is of broad beans, spinach, meadow, and hay. The emptied cup reveals notes of brown sugar, and sweet potato soup. As with our pure Nahan, there is bitterness (of the good kind), which is softened by the Man gang tea. The tea soup is thick and vegetal. A chesty chaqi builds behind the lungs, and subtle huigan follows a few minutes later. Please enjoy!
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  • Ge Deng 2015 Spring
    $87.00
    200g
    Ge Deng 2015 Spring
    Ge Deng is a pu'er tea region neighboring Mangzhi, Yibang, and ManZhuan, in Xiangming county. Ge Deng was one of the six famous tea mountains of antiquity 江北六大茶山 and was a tribute tea during the reign of the Kangxi emperor. Today Ge Deng is highly prized for it's ancient tea trees, but it’s annual output is tiny. Ge Deng leaves are relatively black and shiny, both small leaf varietal and large leaf varietal are grown here. Ge Deng tea is more known for its sweetness and huigan, than bitterness and astringency. Our 2015 Spring Ge Deng has a subtle orchid aroma, with mown hay and brown sugar. The tea liquor is medium thick, very clean and sweet, you can taste the 花香 in the water. There is some mid-palate bitterness, with notes of sunflower seeds, followed by wood spice and grain-husk on the finish. Then comes a light minty huigan. A very nice tea.
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  • Dark Forest 2015 Spring
    $98.00
    200g
    Dark Forest 2015 Spring
    Inbetween Wangong and Bohetang, is a small tea grove we've labelled "Dark Forest" because the tea trees are overshadowed by tall forest trees. A remote and secret place, only a tiny amount of tea is produced here. It took 3 trips into the forest to make this 16kg batch! An extremely limited and unique, wild-grown pu'er tea. Can you taste the free spirit of these dark forest trees?
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  • Jing Mai 2015 Spring Reserve
    $76.00
    200g
    Jing Mai 2015 Spring Reserve
    We made another special cake from Jingmai this year, selecting only the largest tea trees in Da Ping Zhang, the best gushu tea garden near Jingmai main village, elevation 1,700m. As you can see from our photos below, these tall and sturdy tea trees are several hundred years old. Picked and processed by Ai Zai Yi in late March, 2015.
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  • 2001 Zhongcha - Ba Zhong
    $219.00
    357g
    2001 Zhongcha - Ba Zhong
    This 2001 CNNP cake is colloquially known to pu'er collectors as "Ba Zhong" because it has eight "中“ characters around the central, green "茶" character. Aged in Taiwan and acquired by Tea Urchin in 2014. It has an aroma of camphor and fermented fruit. A manly tea, with a touch of smoke and some bitterness, suggesting Bulang leaves in the source material. Thick mouthfeel, even a little silt-grain at the finish.
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  • 2004 Zhongcha
    $129.00
    357g
    2004 Zhongcha
    This 2004 CNNP "he xiang" raw cake is famous for its fine aroma reminiscent of lotus leaf. Aged in Malaysia for 10 years and acquired by Tea Urchin in 2014.
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  • 1998 Menghai Factory - Red Mark Red Ribbon
    $699.00
    357g
    1998 Menghai Factory - Red Mark Red Ribbon
    The 1998 Red Mark Red Ribbon (勐海茶厂红中红丝带) is one of the most famous and high quality cakes produced by the Menghai factory in the late 1990s. It has a signature red ribbon embedded in the cake, and this particular batch has benefited from great storage in Taiwan with natural humidity. Liquor - cola colored with a reddish orange tinge. Aroma - sweet dates, medicinal, aged agar wood. Taste: Dates and goji berries, old leather, flavorful tannins, complex, with a sweetness that builds through the infusions. Mouthfeel - thick, full, some fine silt. Aftertaste - subtle, enticing throat & tongue coating huigan. Chaqi - very noticeable energetics, starting in upper chest like an inflating rising bubble, can get a little giddy. Spreads to the arms by end of session. Stamina - up to 10 infusions. A fantastic, rare find.
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  • 1998 Zhongcha 8582
    $239.00
    357g
    1998 Zhongcha 8582
    Made in 1998, this 8582 recipe raw puer cake is just as good as contemporaries produced by the famous Menghai tea factory, but is available at a much lower price. A cake for drinkers, not just collectors. Aged in Taiwan, it is neither dry nor wet but somewhere in between.
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  • Bulang Secret Garden 2014 Spring
    $36.00
    200g
    Bulang Secret Garden 2014 Spring
    With prices rising for those famous puer producing villages, we've explored further afield to bring you great tasting cakes from those undiscovered places, where value can still be found. This cake is from one such "secret garden." The aroma is brimful of nectar, honey and flowers. Yet true to its Bulang roots the wet leaves have a whiff of smoke, a base of fried yellow beans, moist earth and damp logs. The flavor is classical Bulang, bringing a righteous amount of kuse, but not overpowering, with an airy huigan left on the breath. This is an approachable cake, even for Bulang beginners, but we recommend shorter steep times for best results.
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