Lao Ban Zhang Ripe Puer Tea ( 2004 ) 16 Years Old Spring Harvest
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This 2004 Spring Harvest Lao Ban Zhang comes from a tea mountain in the Menghai tea district of southern Yunnan Province. That area's tea is so famous it is called the 'King of Puer Tea' in China . Famous for it's Assertive Cha Qi , it can be steeped more than 20 times in a Gai wan, after which you can boil it in a pot for a much thicker texture and a new viewing angle on the morphing flavors. As the price of the raw tea leaves keeps going up every year, precious little is ever fermented into ripe tea anymore. Kind of a shame though, since this ripe tea carries the sought after flavor of camphor, which is extraordinarily unique for a ripe Puer.
To ensure the highest quality drinking experience and maximum nutritional value, we keep all of our white and Puer teas in proper temperature and humidity controlled professional storage.
Storage: Store unused portions away from light in a moderately humid area between 70-80F/21-27C.
Brewing water: Earth2O brand mineral water produces the finest results. Soft water, distilled water and hard water will ruin this tea. Tap water varies wildly and is best avoided as well. If you don't have Earth2O water available please see good substitutions on our water page.
Brewing method: 3-6g tea leaves, 60-100ml (~1/4-1/3 cup) water each time with 2-3 second infusions in a Chinese gaiwan or a small pot. After 5-6 infusions increase the time as desired.