Ancient Shu Pu'er Cake
Vintage 2009 | Special GradeGarden Direct Organic Pu'er Tea - 125g Cake

125g Tea Cake
$25.00
makes 30 cups
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Description

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-erh that is compressed into a cake and packed in traditional bamboo leaf bundles called a tong. This reserve pu-erh 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-erh tea: Sheng (raw, green) and Shu (ripe, dark). Both originate from a rustic sun-dried green tea called Shaiqing. Shu Pu-erh is made by pile-fermenting Shaiqing teas over a period of 85-120 days. Ancient Pu-erh Palace is our top grade of Shu Pu-erh, and is made using leaves picked from ancient tea trees that are hundreds of years old.

Like fine wine, Pu-erh tea has the ability to be aged and released in vintages. Young Shu Pu-erh 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-erh continues to age from 4-8 years.


Tasting Notes

Mellow and smooth with a pleasantly sweet, earthy flavor.

Everyday Brewing

Water to Leaf Ratio
5-6 gram piece per 8-12 oz of water
Water Temperature
212°F
Steep Time
3-4 minutes

Traditional Brewing

Break off a piece of the tea cake. Use about 5 grams per 8 oz water for a mild cup or 10 grams for a strong cup
Briefly rinse leaves with hot water. Discard water. Rinse once more. Discard again.
Slowly fill teapot with water 200°F Infuse for 3 minutes
Multiple Infusions: 2nd 3 min | 3rd 4 min | 4+ 5 min

Ingredients

Organic pu-erh tea.

Origin

Yunnan

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Fantastic
Sep 16, 2017
The cake is great and the tea is fine tasting. With one fill, I can get up to six cups of strong and effective tea. It was a... read more
John
Spring Creek, NV
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My first go round with Pu Erh
Aug 10, 2017
Quite a remarkable change of pace from my usual teas. Very mellow but full bodied with a rich mouthfeel. Slightest bit of funk... read more
Ryan
Novi, MI
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Shu Pu-erh
May 2, 2017
Excellent, tons of flavor and very smooth.
John Gear
PORT ST LUCIE, FL
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Highly recommended.
Mar 8, 2015
Excellent. This is what I think of when I think 'pu-erh' tea. Deep, rich, slightly smelly but not in an offputting way. Just...
Alex Strick van Linschoten
Delft, Holland, AL
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Wonderful Tea! - Will you be restocking?
Sep 4, 2012
This is a terrific puerh, very deep and complex and remarkably mellow for the strength of the brew. I've been waiting for more...
Hart Matthews
1607 Maryland Ave., NC
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Wonderful Tea! - Will you be restocking?
Sep 4, 2012
This is a terrific puerh, very deep and complex and remarkably mellow for the strength of the brew. I've been waiting for more...
Hart Matthews
1607 Maryland Ave., NC
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Highly recommended.
Mar 8, 2015
Excellent. This is what I think of when I think 'pu-erh' tea. Deep, rich, slightly smelly but not in an offputting way. Just...
Alex Strick van Linschoten
Delft, Holland, AL
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Shu Pu-erh
May 2, 2017
Excellent, tons of flavor and very smooth.
John Gear
PORT ST LUCIE, FL
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My first go round with Pu Erh
Aug 10, 2017
Quite a remarkable change of pace from my usual teas. Very mellow but full bodied with a rich mouthfeel. Slightest bit of funk... read more
Ryan
Novi, MI
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Fantastic
Sep 16, 2017
The cake is great and the tea is fine tasting. With one fill, I can get up to six cups of strong and effective tea. It was a... read more
John
Spring Creek, NV
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon
Wonderful Tea! - Will you be restocking?
Sep 4, 2012
This is a terrific puerh, very deep and complex and remarkably mellow for the strength of the brew. I've been waiting for more...
Hart Matthews
1607 Maryland Ave., NC
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Highly recommended.
Mar 8, 2015
Excellent. This is what I think of when I think 'pu-erh' tea. Deep, rich, slightly smelly but not in an offputting way. Just...
Alex Strick van Linschoten
Delft, Holland, AL
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Shu Pu-erh
May 2, 2017
Excellent, tons of flavor and very smooth.
John Gear
PORT ST LUCIE, FL
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My first go round with Pu Erh
Aug 10, 2017
Quite a remarkable change of pace from my usual teas. Very mellow but full bodied with a rich mouthfeel. Slightest bit of funk... read more
Ryan
Novi, MI
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon
Fantastic
Sep 16, 2017
The cake is great and the tea is fine tasting. With one fill, I can get up to six cups of strong and effective tea. It was a... read more
John
Spring Creek, NV
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