Over the past 6 months or so, we’ve been looking around in Malaysia and testing the clays of some different older teapots. Although we’ve been generally happy with the pots we’ve received from Chen Ju Fang and her apprentices, we began to realise more and more that pots made in the 80’s and 90’s could often match or produce better results than many of the pots coming from her studio – and often at a cheaper price too!
From the point of view of running a business, it might not be the best move – it’s very easy just to order batches of contemporary pots and have a stable line of products. Finding older pots takes much more work and they’re often only available in small batches or individually, but since our main aim is to find and sell good tea it’s nice to be able to offer the best teaware we can find to brew it in, even if that means a bit more work!
Over the coming few days, weeks and months we’ll be posting a range of pots. We’ll offer some less expensive pots that Yixing factory 5 produced in the 90’s, some 80’s and earlier pots from Yixing factory 1, some antique pots and kettles. Hopefully there should be something nice for every budget and people at every stage in their tea journey.
This January, we thought we’d offer something special. For the first time, we’ve decided to include Mr. Feng’s cakes in the sale. He hasn’t increased the price of these teas for us in the past 3 years, making them a very reasonable price for tea of this age and quality. For the month of January, we’re offering a 20% discount on a selection of his cakes and some of our own pressings.
The selection of teas on sale are listed here
Due to popular demand, we’ve also added an EMS shipping option for those who’d like their tea a little more quickly.
Orders over £100 will receive a £12 discount off the shipping total, making standard shipping free and subsidising the EMS option.
The economy in Malaysia is terrible. Earlier in the year they brought in a 6% sales tax, which left restaurant owners, cabbies and other small business owners complaining about a fall off in trade. The Malaysian ringgit continued its slow and steady decline in value against the dollar, renminbi and pound sterling, making imports more expensive. Then the Chinese stock market and economy began to look increasingly shaky and the ringgit dropped sharply.
This is terrible news for Malaysian business owners. Times are getting more and more difficult for them.
In China, the puerh tea market has also taken a bit of a nosedive. Those speculating in big factory teas have watched the value of their investments plummet.
All this has put some pressure on the tea market, but also created some interesting opportunities for tea lovers.
We’ve spent the past couple of months hunting around in Malaysia and Fangcun tea market in Guangzhou. We had a clear goal in mind – to find tea that was unrecognised, underpriced and of exceptional quality. We tasted many teas, went down some fruitless paths, bargained hard and in the end, we’ve managed to secure stock of 3 aged puerh teas which we feel epitomise our goals.
Since the wrapper, provenance or story weren’t our goals with these teas, we’ve wrapped them with a simple plain wrapper, stamped with a Peacock. These are teas for tea lovers at a price that’s difficult to find in the market. Each one has its own charms and I can highly recommend them all.
Check them out, on our puerh tea page.
For the past few years, we’ve been comparing and contrasting Malaysian storage with tea storage in other areas. Our findings were a major factor in our decision to relocate to Malaysia last year. Since moving here, we’ve been more and more impressed by the vibrancy and clarity of Malaysian stored teas, along with the speed at which they transform and develop deep aged flavours.
To share this, we’ve decided to offer a 20% discount on a selection of our Malaysian stored teas, valid until the end of September. This is a one time only sale & some of these teas we won’t be able to restock. So this is an ideal opportunity for those who wish to stock up on these teas while they’re still available.
This offer is valid for full cakes only & discounts will be applied at checkout.
See here for a full list of the cakes available in this sale.
In 2012, we shipped a case of our Bulang Puer Tea directly from China to one of our friend’s warehouses in Malaysia. The rest of the tea, we shipped back to the UK and made available for sale.
Since moving to Malaysia, I’ve been meaning to collect this case from his warehouse and have just gotten around to it. The difference in the ageing is striking. Our UK stored cakes (2 years in the UK, 1 in Malaysia) are still quite green, with a high aroma and freshness in the taste. The Malaysian stored (3 years in Malaysia) cakes are already beginning to taste aged. It’s difficult to see in the pictures, but the taste is obviously very different. The greenness has gone, the leaves are a little browned. There’s very little aroma, but they’re thick, smooth and very nice to drink. It has given me a little extra confidence that our move was worthwhile!
Malaysian stored on the left, UK on the right