Puerh & Yunnan White

Some puerh products are in adjustment now. If you are interested in a tea but don't see the shopping cart button for it, please feel free to drop us a line. 

It's our choice to deal with purely dry-stored puerh only.  We simply prefer dry-stored puerh to humid-stored puerh, without being against any other people's preferences that might be different.  It's NOT our choice to judge which is better between dry-stored and humid-stored puerh.  We believe it should be your decision, not something plainly told to you.

Although aged sheng is a lot milder than young sheng, to brew an aged sheng, we recommend brewing method that you would normally use for a sheng, not brewing method you would use for shu, nor method you would use for humid-stored tea. 

Please read!
* Some of the aged teas have bug bite holes on the wrapper (obtained during storage in China). This is normal condition and the cake didn't suffer from any bug attack. If we notice the bug bite holes on some products, we will try to include it in the product description. But we may not be able to always cover it in the description. If it's important for you to get a cake without bug bite on the wrapper, please contact us before purchase and we will check first (however, cakes of some products all have bug-bite holes). 

* Some of the aged teas have holes (not bug-bite holes) on the wrapper. This can be separated from bug-bite holes by size, pattern, number, shape and whether the holes go all the way through the wrapper as well as the inner ticket. This type of holes are very common and could also happen during shipping (however, we do pack very carefully). 

* Tea loses weight during aging. For example, a 357 gram cake could become around 340 gram or even lighter after more than 10 years of aging. 


Limited Edition sample set: "twins" - 2003/2004 Chang Tai Heng Feng Yuan Limited Edition. Hong Kong humid storage vs. purely dry storage

Product# 6hcjfy
Last updated in January 2013. 
Some cake wrappers have bug-bite holes. 
Including 2 samples (10 g or 20g). The unit price of 10 g version is a little more expensive than the 20 g version because we usually give more than the specified amount and there is also greater fringing loss before packing when the samples are smaller. 
More photos of the tea can be found here. (The guessing game on the blog is still going on. So we won't tell which one in the photo is which storage style. But the samples in the set will be labeled.)

Manager's comments:
1. We focus on dry-stored teas. The Hong Kong humid storage version of this tea is an exception in our store. But we do believe both versions are very good representative of each style, and the tea is overall of very high quality. The manager has tasted 6 versions of this tea (various batches and storage conditions) and selected the favorite dry-stored version and favorite Hong Kong humid-stored version. Everybody has a preference, and these samples may just confirm your existing preference, or lead you to a whole new preference. We are not trying to demonstrate which is better. We regard it as an experience and enjoy both versions. 

2. We believe, the best way to compare different storage styles must have following features:
    a. The teas of the two storage styles should be of the same quality level (preferably the same tea)
    b. The teas of the two storage styles should be of comparable age (preferably the same age)
    c. The humid storage version should be proper humid storage (not rotten, smelly or insanitary storage). The dry-storage version should be clean dry storage as well. 
    In other words, they should be good teas, with good storage, and the two teas should be comparable to begin with. 
    Teas with all above features are not easy to find. So we think these "twins" are very interesting. 

3. This tea was a special edition and was produced only once. The above-linked blog post explains why this tea is a very special version of Chang Tai product. Many people say this tea was produced in 2003 and many others say it was produced in 2004. Hence we put 2003/2004 in the title. 

4. The Hong Kong humid-storage version selected here has some light "storage taste," but is among the less humid among this storage style. In Hong Kong humid-storage version, even cakes stored in the same warehouse could have different levels of humidity levels. But overall all the humid-stored cakes have a consistent style and all the dry-stored cakes have a consistent style.







Puerh Sample Set 7, Shu of 9 Years & Above, $9.99

Product# 6hpuerhsample7
Including 3 samples (10 gram or 0.35 oz. each). Please see details of these products by scrolling down this page.

1. 2002 CNNP 7581 French Export Shu Brick
2. 2004 CNNP Y421 loose shu (this is the same style of tea that made the previously sold 2002 Golden Brick)
3. 2007 Chang Tai Wei Rong Hao "Golden Bowl Silver Tip" (This tea was produced in 2007 blended in aged shu of up to 20 years old, under the direction of Wu Shurong, one of the most reputable tea professionals in Hong Kong.) 




Puerh Sample Set 8, Pre-2000 Sheng, $9.99

Product# 6hpuerhsample8
Including 3 samples (10 gram or 0.35 oz. each). Please see details of these products by scrolling down this page.

1. circa 1990 Menghai 8972 (product# 6hpuerh8972)
2. 1998 CNNP Sheng Cake 7542 (product# 6hpuerhzc754298)
3. 2000 CNNP Sheng Cake (product# 6hpuerhzcly00)




Puerh Sample set 5, Yi Wu, $9.99

Product# 6hpuerhsample5

Including 3 samples (15-20 gram or 0.5-0.7 oz. each). Please see details of these products by scrolling down this page.

1. 2005 Guan Zi Zai Sheng Yi Wu Jing Xuan Ancient Tea Cake Sheng (15g)
2. 2009 Li Ming Ba Jiao Ting Yi Wu Old Tree Sheng (20g)
3. 2010 Da Dian Yi Wu Jing Xuan 302 Sheng (15g)



Puerh Sample set 6, Lin Cang, $9.99

Product# 6hpuerhsample6

Including 4 samples (15 gram or 0.5 oz. each). Please see details of these products by scrolling down this page.

1. 2006 Guan Zi Zai Sheng Puerh Meng Ku Bing Dao Ancient Tree Tea Sheng
2. 2010 Da Dian Mang Fei "Five Year Anniversary"
3. 2005 Lao Lin Cang Early Spring Ancient Tree Cake Sheng
4. 2007 Lao Lin Cang Silver Tip Tuo Sheng



Puerh Sample set 2, Menghai Dayi Classic shu, $14.99

Product# 6hpuerhsample2
Including 3 samples (10-15 gram each). All three are Dayi high end shu made with high grade leaf materials. Perfect for an introduction of Menghai style shu. 

1. 2013 Dayi Dan Qing (15 g) 
2. 2009 Dayi 7262 901 batch (15 g)
3. 2006 Dayi Golden Peacock (10 g) (This tea is available for $75 per 250 g cake.)




Puerh Sample set 1, Big Tree, $9.99 

Product# 6hpuerhsample1

Including 3 samples (15 gram or 0.5 oz. each). Please see details of these products by scrolling down this page.

1. 2010 Da Dian Mang Fei Ancient Tree Sheng "5 Years Anniversary" (This tea is available for $60 per 357g cake)
2. 2008 Meng Song Arbor Tree
3. 2006 Nannuo Bama Arbor Tree Sheng





Puerh Sample set 4, Shu, $9.99

Product# 6hpuerhsample4

Including 3 samples (20 gram or 0.7 oz. each). Please see details of these products by scrolling down this page.
1. 2009 Guan Zi Zai Xiao Man Cake Shu
2. 2010 Yi Ru Chang Beautiful Years Shu
3. 2007 Meng Ku Rong Shi Loose Tea Shu







2008 Meng Song Arbor Tree

Production Year

2008

Production Season

 Spring

Production Region

Producer

Yunnan, Menghai County, Mengsong region

Xiangming Factory

Style

Sheng 

Size 

Price per unit
357g, 50g, 15g

$48, $8, $4

Product #

6hpuerhymms08



Why we chose this tea?
Mengsong is a late-rising star in the most recent puerh market boom. The raw tea price in this region back in 2008 was still relatively low. Besides, the tea trees in the region didn't suffer from over-exploitation as some other puerh producing regions. Therefore this tea is available at a very good price, and in our opinion, the quality exceeds its price level. More importantly, with very nice and clean dry storage in Guangzhou, the tea seems to have completed its first aging stage and is quite enjoyable now. 

This tea was in completely dry storage in Guangzhou between 2008 and 2013.







2006 Chang Tai Mr. Chen's Tea "Ban Zhang"

Production Year

2006

Production Season

Spring

Production Region


Factory

Yunnan, Bulang Mountain, Ban Zhang region

Chang Tai

Style

Sheng

Size

400g, 50g, 15g

Price per unit

$80, $12, $5

Product #

6hpuerhychbz06



We add quote-and-quote to "Ban Zhang" because when a large factory (or any factory) claims a tea is Ban Zhang, our suggestion is: ignore the claim and just see how the tea is.  The tea is a favorite of the manager's, however, there are too many claimed-to-be Ban Zhang products today, including teas blended with small amount of Lao Ban Zhang and tea produced from "Greater Ban Zhang region". There is no way for us to tell which category this tea falls into. But we thought this tea may serve as a pleasant experience for drinkers, and may facilitate drinkers to understand that any tea less pleasant than this one would probably be even farther away from Ban Zhang standard. 

This tea was in completely dry storage in Guangzhou between 2006 and 2013. It's one of our few products with Guangzhou storage. The storage was completely professional equipped with modern dehumidifying device during rain seasons. The tea ages somewhat faster than many of our other Kunming storage teas. However, it has typical dry storage taste, without any damp taste or unpleasant storage taste. 














2013 Burma-China Border Small Cake by Ming Yan Hao

2012 version of this tea is available too and is included in the price list. 

Production Year

2012

Production Season

Spring

Production Region

Factory

Yunnan (Burma border)

Ming Yan Hao

Style

Sheng

Size

200g, 15g

Price per unit

2013 ($35, $4); 2012 ($40, $5)

Product #

6hpuerhmyhborder2012


A vibrant sheng from one of the best producing regions that's less known. 
Advantage: From arbor trees of over 300 years old; Semi-wild trees in a great ecosystem without much human intervention; Many spring buds; Some bug bites (if it could count as an advantage...)

Flaws: The tea leaves didn't go through as strict control of leaf sizes as many other high-end teas. Most leaves are young and healthy leaves. But there are some outliers of large/older/yellow leaves and broken leaves. Not too many to be noticed in a brewing pot/gaiwan, but you can always find some. 

The 2013 version of this tea has a style highly similar to that of 2012. 

















circa 1990 Menghai 8972 Brick

Production Year

around 1990

Production Season

 

Production Region

Factory

Yunnan

Menghai Tea Factory (the factory of Dayi)

Style

Sheng

Size

250g, 50g, 10g

Price per unit

$120, $28, $6

Product #

6hpuerh8972


Why do we call it "circa 1990"? More information about this tea is here
*Rumors* are this tea is a blend of shu and sheng (from both a couple of vendors selling this tea and a couple of buyers having this tea). To our knowledge, this is not true. The tea does not have any hint of shu taste. Blending sheng and shu is only a recent year trend adopted by very few small factories. Although the idea was once discussed in large factories, it has always been strongly disliked by large factories. This tea, however, is a blend of various grades of sheng, as a long-time tradition of large factories. The contrast of various degrees of oxidation of leaves seen in this tea is not sufficient to support the sheng-shu blend theory. Such contrast can also be seen by comparing any two different aged teas with very different leaf grades. 








2010 Yi Ru Chang Flowing Water Sheng

Production Year

2010

Production Season

 spring

Production Region

Factory

Yunnan

Yi Ru Chang

Style

Sheng, blended arbor tree leaves

Size

250g

Price per unit

$60

Product #

6hpuerh2010yrcfw







2010 Yi Ru Chang Beautiful Years Shu

Production Year

2010

Production Season

 spring

Production Region

Factory

Yunnan

Yi Ru Chang

Style

Sheng

Size

250g

Price per unit

$45

Product #

6hpuerh2010yrcby



A shu made of high grade arbor tree leaves. An example of non-stinky young shu. 








2012 Bu Lang Zhang San Arbor Tree Sheng

2010 version of this tea is available too and is included in the price list. 

Production Year

2010

Production Season

spring

Production Region

Factory

Yunnan, Bu Lang, Zhang Jia San Dui

Ming Yan Hao

Style

Sheng

Size

2012 (100g, 10g); 2010 (200g, 10g)

Price per unit

2012 ($20, $3); 2010 ($45, $4)

Product #

6hpuerh2010zs



Ming Yan Hao's Zhang San of recent years is all from uncultivated mountains outside the village. The trees are not old, but all large size arbor trees. The ecosystem is good, and there are not many bugs in early spring. But I happened to find some bug bites on a few leaves. 









2011 Meng Song Man Lv Early Spring Arbor Tree Sheng

Production Year

2011

Production Season

spring

Production Region

Factory

Yunnan, Meng Song, Da Mang Lv Village

Ming Yan Hao

Style

Sheng

Size

100g, 15g

Price per unit

$25, $5

Product #

6hpuerh2011ml













2000 CNNP Green Stamp Sheng

Production Year

2000

Production Season

 

Production Region

Factory

Yunnan

information not available

Style

Sheng

Size

357g, 10g

Price per unit

$60, $4

Product #

6hpuerhzcly00


This cake has a wrap very similar to that of the 1998 CNNP 7542 Sheng below. Why? See here for more information. 









1998 CNNP 7542 Sheng

Production Year

1998

Production Season

 

Production Region

Factory

Yunnan

Meng Hai Tea Factory (the tea factory for current Da Yi)

Style

Sheng

Size

357g, 50g, 10g

Price per unit

$100, $18, $4.5

Product #

6hpuerhzc754298



Manager's note: 
1. Please be aware that this tea is a CNNP7542, NOT a Dayi brand 7542. It was produced by Menghai factory, which is the factory owned by today's Dayi. Same product, different brand labels and different price levels, because Dayi generally is a more expensive brand. For more details please see:

2. If you would like the aged taste of 7542, you may want to try this (and we suggest trying samples first for any puerh, especially aged puerh). If the brand name is important to your collection habit, then please be aware this tea is CNNP brand, not Dayi brand. If the wrapper and cake ticket (neifei) of  a tea is important to you, then please be aware that Dayi wrapper and cake ticket are the expensive ones and CNNP wrapper and cake ticket are not. If you collect tea for investment (other than personal drinking), then we do NOT recommend this tea. We believe this is a great tea for drinking, but not ideal for investment. This blog post attempted to explain why

3. A tea with same wrapper as this one is NOT necessarily the same tea. The above-linked first blog post also explains this. The 2000 CNNP sheng we have has exactly the same wrapper as this one. The wrappers of the two teas are as identical as two $20 notes printed in the same year. But the two cakes have completely different leaf materials and tastes. 







1996 Xia Guan Butterfly Spring Tuo Sheng 

Production Year

1996

Production Season

 

Production Region

Factory

Yunnan

Xia Guan Tea Factory, Butterfly Spring Brand, made for Taiwan market

Style

Sheng

Size

250g, 50g, 10g

Price per unit

$160, $35, $7.5

Product #

6hxggh9608



View more photos and information about this tea...

This tea was made in 1996 for Taiwan market. According to the supplier, leaf material of this tea was from 300 years old arbor tea tree. Although this cannot be physically proved, it is very likely to be true, as indicated by the leaf quality. The tea has been in purely dry storage over the past 15 years and demonstrates features of high quality dry-aged sheng. The flavor is significantly different from that of sheng aged in humid storage. Current price of this tea is based on supplying costs. The price is subject adjustment in the future based on rarity. 








2007 Lao Lin Cang Silver Tips Tuo sheng

Production Year

2007

Production Season

 Spring

Production Region

Factory

Yunnan

Lao Lin Cang Tea Factory

Style

Sheng

Size

100g, 15g

Price per unit


Product #

6hllcyht2007


This tuo is made with leaf material from old arbor tree. Current price of this tea is based on supplying costs.The price is subject to adjustment in the future based on rarity.









2005 Lao Lin Cang Ancient Arbor Sheng

Production Year

2005

Production Season

 Spring

Production Region

Factory

Yunnan

Lao Lin Cang Tea Factory

Style

Sheng

Size

400g, 50g, 15g

Price per unit

$60, $8, $3

Product #

6hllcgqm2005








2009 Li Ming Ba Jiao Ting Yi Wu Old Tree Sheng

Production Year

2009

Production Season

 

Production Region

Factory

Yunnan

Li Ming Tea Factory

Style

Sheng

Size

357g, 15g

Price per unit

$60, $4.5

Product #

6hlmbjtyw2009


This tea bears the factory owner's signature on the wrapper to express his special pride on this product.





2010 Huang Ye (Wilderness) Tuo sheng

Production Year

2010

Production Season

Spring

Production Region

Factory

Yunnan

Da Dian

Style

Sheng

Size

100g, 10g

Price per unit


Product #

6hddhy2010



View more photos and information about this tea...



2002 CNNP French Export 7581 Shu Puerh Brick


Production Year

2002

Production Season

 

Production Region

Factory

Yunnan

CNNP Kunming Tea Factory

Style

Shu

Size

250g, 10g

Price per unit


Product #

6hcnnp75812002









2005 Guan Zi Zai Sheng Yi Wu Jing Xuan (Premium Choice) Ancient Tea Cake

Production Year

2005

Production Season

Autumn

Production Region

Factory

Yunnan, Xishuangbanna, Yiwu

Guan Zi Zai

Style

Sheng (Raw) Manually pressed on a traditional stone mill.

Size

400g, 15g

Price per unit

$80, $6

Product #

6hgzzywjx2005



Please see more information of this tea here

Guan Zi Zai "Jing Xuan" (Premium Selection" series started to focus on small tree and plantation tree in recent years. But in 2005 and years before it, this series had big tree and old tree tea leaves.  

This tea was stored in Kunming from 2005 to 2008, and then stored in New England since 2008. No special treatment was given to it. The tea was left in a dark and clean storage place and aged nicely all by itself. 






2005 Bu Lang Mountain Big Tree Silver Tip Cake Sheng

Production Year

2005

Production Season

 Spring

Production Region

Yunnan, Meng Hai, Bu Lang,

leaf materials were from Ji Liang Zhai

Factory

Meng Hai County Bu Lang Village Tea Farmers' Co-op

Style

Sheng

Size

200g, 10g

Price per unit


Product #

6hblyhb2005














2009 Guan Zi Zai Xiao Man Cake Sheng

Production Year

2009

Production Season


Production Region

Yunnan

Factory

Guan Zi Zai

Style

Sheng

Size

125g

Price per unit


Product #

6hgzzxm2009










2009 Guan Zi Zai Xiao Man Cake Shu

Production Year

2009

Production Season


Production Region

Yunnan

Factory

Guan Zi Zai

Style

Shu

Size

125g

Price per unit


Product #

6hgzzxmshu2009






Mini Shu, pack of 10 (about 4.5 grams each mini tuo)

Production Year

2007

Production Season

 Spring

Production Region

Yunnan



Style

Shu (Ripe)

Size

about 45 g (1.5 oz.) 10 x 4.5 g

Price per unit

$4.5

Product #

6hmini


























































































































2008 Meng Song Arbor Tree















2006 Chang Tai "Ban Zhang"





2012 Ming Yan Hao China-Burma border












circa 1990 Menghai 8972















2010 Yi Ru Chang Flowing Water










2010 Yi Ru Chang Beautiful Years





2010 Bu Lang Zhang San






2011 Meng Song Man Lv









2000 CNNP Green Stamp Sheng















1998 CNNP 7542























1996 Xia Guan Butterfly Spring Tuo






2007 Lao Lin Cang Silver Tip Tuo 










2005 Lao Lin Cang Ancient Arbor Sheng








2009 Li Ming Ba Jiao Ting Yi Wu Old Tree











2010 Wilderness Tuo











2002 CNNP 7581










2005 Guan Zi Zai Yi Wu Jing Xuan Ancient Tea Cake
















2005 Bulang Silver Tip







2009 Guan Zi Zai Xiao Man Sheng











2009 Guan Zi Zai Xiao Man Shu














Mini Shu






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