<![CDATA[New Products from Main Website]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/rss/catalog/new/store_id/1/ Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:34:38 +0000 Zend_Feed en_GB http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[70ml Private Order 19]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/70ml-1990-s-private-order-19.html

These pots were part of a series of private orders made by a Malaysian collector with some potters of Yixing Factory 1 potters in the 90's and fired in a dragon kiln. It's made of DI Cao Qing clay and very well made in a classic shape. These private order pots were made from different batches of clay, so there's some variation between them. Inside is a multi hole filter.

£166.00
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<![CDATA[1980's/early 90's Bliss Liu Bao]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/80-s-early-90-s-bliss-liu-bao.html

This Liu Bao was produced, imported and sold by Liang Rui Sheng (Leong Swee Sang /梁瑞生). Liang Rui Sheng is an old Liu Bao tea importer in Ipoh, Malaysia who have their own style of Hong Kong stored teas that are markedly different from the Wuzhou tea factories.

This tea is published as being from the 1980's, though I think 90's would probably be more accurate. It's quite unique - it hasn't gone through pile fermentation and has been aged from raw. The leaves are quite varied and it seems leaves from other provinces were used to make this tea. There's also no basket - the leaves were steamed and compressed inside metal cylinders in 40kg blocks, then simply put inside sacks for export and storage.

I almost missed trying this tea, having tried and disliked the strong storage taste of other teas from this importer. This one is quite different though - it's really clean and lively. To criticise it, perhaps the taste isn't as concentrated as the teas of a simliar era from the Wuzhou tea factories and it doesn't brew for such a long time, but it does also have its own charms. It's very clean and vibrant, with a very nice aged flavour. The aftertaste is very nice, inducing long salivation. Actually it's very pleasant to drink and the price is still quite reasonable for this age of tea.

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<![CDATA[80ml Private Order (271)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/80ml-private-order-271.html

These pots were part of a series of private orders made by a Malaysian collector with some potters of Yixing Factory 1 potters in the 90's and fired in a dragon kiln. It's made of Di Cao Qing clay and very well made in a classic shape. These private order pots were made from different batches of clay, so there's some variation between them. Inside is a single hole filter.

£166.00
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<![CDATA[85ml 1987-1993 Factory 1 Hongni Shui Ping]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/85ml-1980-s-factory-1-hongni-shui-ping.html

The full story is here Yixing Shui Ping Teapots, but in brief these are part of a large batch of 1980's Factory 1 Shui Ping teapots that we bought here in Malaysia. The chops on the base were used by Yixing factory 1 between 1987 & 1993. There are several stamps in this box of pots, the oval stamp version appears to have been made in the year 1990.

They are made from high quality hongni and well fired. As is usual for shui ping teapots from factory 1, the lid fit isn't always perfect, usually a little movement, but functionally they're very good. Since the quality of clay used by Yixing Factory 1 was very good, these pots are highly sought after and more and more difficult to find in the market these days.

Inside is a single hole filter. In this batch there's some variation in the stamps on the base. The vast majority have one of two stamps, detailed in the photos.

£88.00
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<![CDATA[210ml Lu Wei Fang Zisha (104)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/210ml-xishi-lwf-104.html

A nice pot from National Craft Master Lu Wei Fang, this was made around the year 2000. She used very nice clay and her workmanship is very refined. The walls are medium thin, the pour smooth and this shape very functional. A great option for someone seeking a very nice handmade pot with great clay that's really a pleasure to use.

Inside is a multi hole filter

£166.00
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<![CDATA[165ml Lu Wei Fang Zisha (106)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/165ml-xishi-lwf-106.html

A nice pot from National Craft Master Lu Wei Fang, this was made around the year 2000. She used very nice clay and her workmanship is very refined. The walls are medium thin, the pour smooth and this shape very functional. A great option for someone seeking a very nice handmade pot with great clay that's really a pleasure to use.

Inside is a multi hole filter

£166.00
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<![CDATA[190ml Lu Wei Fang Zisha (107)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/190ml-xishi-lwf-107.html

A nice pot from National Craft Master Lu Wei Fang, this was made around the year 2000. She used very nice clay and her workmanship is very refined. The walls are medium thin, the pour smooth and this shape very functional. A great option for someone seeking a very nice handmade pot with great clay that's really a pleasure to use.

Inside is a multi hole filter

£166.00
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<![CDATA[150ml 1987-1992 Factory 1 Zisha 224]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/150ml-1987-1992-factory-1-224.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 during the 1987-1992 period. These teapots are made from good quality zisha clay. Inside is a multi hole filter. The lid fit is good, with very little movement.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[260ml 1990's Factory 1 ZiNi 225]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/260ml-factory-1-zisha-225.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 around the 1990's. This teapot is made from good quality zisha clay. Inside is a multi hole filter. The lid fit is good, with very little movement.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[115ml Private Order (275)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/115ml-po-275.html

These pots were part of a series of private orders made by a Malaysian collector with some potters of Yixing Factory 1 potters in the 90's and fired in a dragon kiln. It's made of Di Cao Qing clay and very well made in a classic shape. These private order pots were made from different batches of clay, so there's some variation between them. Inside is a single hole filter.

£166.00
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<![CDATA[165ml 1987-1992 Factory 1 Zisha 223]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/165ml-1987-1992-factory-1-223.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 during the 1987-1992 period. These teapots are made from good quality zisha clay. Inside is a multi hole filter. The lid fit is good, with very little movement.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[2017 EoT Wuliang H Ancient]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2017-eot-wuliang-h-ancient.html

The environment in this area is very good, the altitude is around 1900m and the forest rich and largely untouched. The trees are thought to be several hundred years old.

The tea itself is vibrant and pure. Thick and full in the mouth with an aftertaste that lasts on and on. I'm very happy with this tea. The fact that this village is little known has kept the prices reasonable and the trees not overpicked and agrochemical free.

Starting at: £0.23

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<![CDATA[2017 EoT "Beyond the Clouds" Hongcha]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2017-eot-beyond-the-clouds-hongcha.html

This is the highest altitude tea we produced this year. At 2200m in the Ai Lao mountain range, these trees are bathed frequently in mist and dew and benefit from the high altitude sunshine. The trees are 100-200 years old and growing untended amongst shrubs and forest trees.

The tea has been lightly oxidised, leaving a hongcha that is still vibrant and crisp, with a lot of character and vitality.

This year we decided to press this tea into 200g cakes for those who'd like to store it. The resulting tea tastes rounder and thicker, with less astringency than last year.

Starting at: £0.12

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<![CDATA[95ml Private Order (270)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/95ml-private-order-270.html

These pots were part of a series of private orders made by a Malaysian collector with some potters of Yixing Factory 1 potters in the 90's and fired in a dragon kiln. It's made of Di Cao Qing clay and very well made in a classic shape. These private order pots were made from different batches of clay, so there's some variation between them. Inside is a single hole filter.

£166.00
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<![CDATA[130ml Private Order (272)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/130ml-po-272.html

These pots were part of a series of private orders made by a Malaysian collector with some potters of Yixing Factory 1 potters in the 90's and fired in a dragon kiln. It's made of Di Cao Qing clay and very well made in a classic shape. These private order pots were made from different batches of clay, so there's some variation between them. Inside is a single hole filter. For those who worry about these kinds of things - this one has a little loose lid, but it's not a problem for brewing at all.

£166.00
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<![CDATA[80ml Private Order (273)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/80ml-po-273.html

These pots were part of a series of private orders made by a Malaysian collector with some potters of Yixing Factory 1 potters in the 90's and fired in a dragon kiln. It's made of Di Cao Qing clay and very well made in a classic shape. These private order pots were made from different batches of clay, so there's some variation between them. Inside is a single hole filter.

£166.00
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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:34:38 +0000
<![CDATA[80ml Private Order (274)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/80ml-po-274.html

These pots were part of a series of private orders made by a Malaysian collector with some potters of Yixing Factory 1 potters in the 90's and fired in a dragon kiln. It's made of Di Cao Qing clay and very well made in a classic shape. These private order pots were made from different batches of clay, so there's some variation between them. Inside is a single hole filter.

£166.00
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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:34:38 +0000
<![CDATA[150ml Lu Wei Fang Zisha 5]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/150ml-lu-wei-fang-zisha-5.html

A nice pot from National Craft Master Lu Wei Fang, this was made around the year 2000. She used very nice clay and her workmanship is very refined. The walls are medium thin, the pour smooth and this shape very functional. A great option for someone seeking a very nice handmade pot with great clay that's really a pleasure to use.

£166.00
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<![CDATA[110ml early 90's Factory 1 Hongni 221]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/110ml-factory-1-yixing-teapot.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 during early 1990's. This teapots are made from very good quality hongni clay. Inside is a single hole filter. This is a very nicely made teapot

£138.00
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<![CDATA[2008 Bulang Ancient Tree]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2008-bulang-ancient-tree.html

This cake was pressed by a Malaysian tea lover in 2008 and stored there since. We came across this cake on our trip to Malaysia this spring and were very impressed by the quality. Not only has it been produced from very high quality ancient tree leaves, but the storage has been impeccable & really has left us feeling very impressed by the effect of the Malaysian climate on puerh tea.

The tea is incredibly pure. There are hints of what was once a little smokiness, but this has transformed into a lovely camphor flavour. There are also hints of the famous Bulang bitterness, which has also transformed nicely into a very thick sweetness. There is vibrancy in the mouth and the beginnings of a very nice aged flavour. I'm very excited about this tea and very happy that we were able to buy some to offer to tea lovers in the West.

Starting at: £0.38

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<![CDATA[2008 Qian Jia Zhai Ancient Wild Tuocha]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2008-qian-jia-zhai-ancient-wild-tuocha.html

We're often asked how wild tea will age & have been hunting for some nice aged wild teas to offer.

This is the first, hopefully of many aged wild teas that we will offer over the coming months and years. It was pressed by a friend of ours who was buying wild tea from Qian Jia Zhai in the mid-2000's. He was pressing for his own personal collection, but agreed to sell a few of these tuocha to us to share with tea lovers who were interested in wild tea.

The tea is bud-heavy and pressed into tuocha shape. It has been stored in Guangzhou for the past 9 years, in a dry & clean environment. The qi of the tea is very strong, a product of the ancient wild trees and very pure environment in Qian Jia Zhai. The taste is light at first, but becoming thick and rich within the first couple of infusions as the tea opens up. It is very smooth with honey and ripe fruit notes and the beginnings of a nice aged flavour just apparent.

Starting at: £0.26

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<![CDATA[140ml Private order Xishi]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/140ml-private-order-zini-xishi.html

These pots were part of a series of private orders made by a Malaysian collector with some potters of Yixing Factory 1 potters in the 90's and fired in a dragon kiln. It's made of Di Cao Qing clay and very well made in a classic shape. These private order pots were made from different batches of clay, so there's some variation between them. Inside is a single hole filter.

£166.00
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<![CDATA[110ml Private order A]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/110ml-private-order-a.html

These pots were part of a series of private orders made by a Malaysian collector with some potters of Yixing Factory 1 potters in the 90's and fired in a dragon kiln. It's made of Di Cao Qing clay and very well made in a classic shape. These private order pots were made from different batches of clay, so there's some variation between them. Inside is a single hole filter.

£166.00
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<![CDATA[170ml Private order (267)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/170ml-po-267.html

These pots were part of a series of private orders made by a Malaysian collector with some potters of Yixing Factory 1 potters in the 90's and fired in a dragon kiln. It's made of Di Cao Qing clay and very well made in a classic shape. These private order pots were made from different batches of clay, so there's some variation between them. Inside is a single hole filter.

£166.00
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<![CDATA[105ml Private Order (269)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/105ml-private-order-269.html

These pots were part of a series of private orders made by a Malaysian collector with some potters of Yixing Factory 1 potters in the 90's and fired in a dragon kiln. It's made of Di Cao Qing clay and very well made in a classic shape. These private order pots were made from different batches of clay, so there's some variation between them. Inside is a single hole filter.

£166.00
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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:34:38 +0000
<![CDATA[170ml 1987-1993 Factory 1 Hongni Shui Ping]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/170ml-1987-1993-factory-1-hongni-shui-ping.html

From the same collector as we bought the previous batch of 85ml Shui Ping pots from, I remembered he still had some larger pots that we didn't take last time, so went back to liberate them!

These are from Yixing Factory 1 around the late 80's/early 90's. Very few of these have intact stickers, some have the remnants of the sticker & some never had stickers attached, having the QC code stamp on the base of the pot. There are a range of chops on the bases - one will be chosen at random.

The clay is very good quality as one would expect, the workmanship tends to be good too, but the lid fit is rarely perfect. Inside is a single hole filter.

£88.00
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<![CDATA[110ml 1987-1993 Yixing Factory 1 Shui Ping]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/110ml-1987-1993-yixing-factory-1-shui-ping.html

Made from hongni from Factory 1, these pots bear the QC stamp on the bottom instead of the 'Fang Yuan Pai' stickers. I haven't researched why exactly this was done, but it's a documented practice for some of the pots in that period.

The clay is good, as one would expect from factory 1 pots of this era. Inside is a single hole filter.

£88.00
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<![CDATA[2017 EoT Kunlu Ancient Tree Wild]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2017-eot-kunlu-bitter-wild.html

Coming from huge old wild trees growing on Kunlu mountain, this tea is potent. This strain of wild trees has an underlying bitterness that comes out when brewed with a heavy hand, but is easily controllable. Beyond that, the tea is smooth, lively and elegant with long aftertaste. Perhaps not for beginners, this tea will please those who like powerful puerh.

Starting at: £0.24

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<![CDATA[2017 Yiwu Guoyoulin]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2017-yiwu-guoyoulin.html

This tea is from a small group of trees in Yiwu State Forest that were discovered in 2004. Since then they've been bought in their entirety by a single buyer, who is now planning to retire. We've known him for about 5 years and he offered us the chance to take over this garden. The trees are close to Guafengzhai's 'Leng Shui He' tea garden, but bigger and most importantly they haven't been overpicked. We've tasted this tea over the past few years, and always loved it, but never thought we'd have the chance to buy this tea.

We're very happy to be able to offer this. The tea is thick, refined and strong and buzzing with energy. It's not cheap but I think this is the best tea we've ever pressed!

Starting at: £1.15

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<![CDATA[2017 EoT Jingdong Ancient Wild]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2017-eot-jingdong-ancient-wild.html

A new find for us this year. We'd tasted some wild tea from this area last Autumn and asked a friend of ours from this area to look around and see what she could find for us this Spring.

This tea is strong, it has an underlying bitterness that's a bit tamer than our Kunlu wild tea, but the energy is just as strong. For some this will be a bit too strong, but for those who like this style of tea it's something special.

Starting at: £0.16

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<![CDATA[2017 EoT Secret Forest Wild 400g]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2017-eot-secret-forest-wild-400g.html

From the same trees as our "Secret Forest Buds" that we offered last year, this year selected the bigger leaves that were picked a bit later. These have more depth of character than bud heavy teas. This forest has some of the oldest wild trees I'm aware of growing in quantity. The leaves were picked and processed as puerh tea - an interesting contrast to our "Secret Forest White" tea that were naturally withered without the kill green stage.

The tea is smooth, thick and vibrant. It's very elegant for wild tree tea and there's a strong and smooth energy. Compared to other wild tree teas, this is very elegant and refined.

Starting at: £0.36

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<![CDATA[2017 EoT Secret Forest Wild White]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2017-eot-secret-forest-wild-white.html

Produced from the same ancient wild trees as our 2017 Secret Forest puerh & last year's Secret forest teas, this was processed as a white tea. The leaves were picked, then carried back and withered in the shade on bamboo mats. This produces a lovely smooth tea that retains all the elements of the original leaf and is cooling and refreshing for the body with a strong energy.

Members of our Puerh Tea Club received some of this tea loose last year. This year's version has bigger leaves, giving a slightly different character and we've pressed it into 200g cakes. This tea is very limited in quantity.

Starting at: £0.39

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<![CDATA[2017 EoT Wuliang Wild]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2017-eot-wuliang-wild.html

From the same mountain as our "Wuliang H Ancient Tree" puerh, which is made from cultivated trees, this tea is made from very old wild trees growing in the forest. The wild trees in this area are huge - often 8 metres high and needing two people to wrap their arms around the trunk. It tends to be the women in the village who go to pick them as great skill and dexterity is needed to climb the tall, straight trunks.

We were able to buy a little of this tea last year for our Puerh tea club members. It was one of our personal favourites from last year and we asked a farmer there if he could make some more - we'd happily buy as much as they were able to gather. For people there, gathering wild tea is not a high priority - most families have their own tea gardens to pick and process & picking these huge wild trees is much harder work. Happily, he agreed, and with the help of members of his extended family, they were able to gather a bit more tea for us this Spring.

In Yunnan, local people often distinguish between 甜野 (Sweet Wild) and 苦野 (Bitter Wild) when talking about wild tea. I'm not quite sure how this translates into our western scientific nomenclature for tea varietals. This type of wild tea is known as sweet wild. There is a little bitter backbone giving strength to the tea, but it is more sweet and rich than bitter varietals.

For me, the highlight of this tea is the Qi. This strong energy is easily apparent in the tea right from the beginning. In the mouth, it's thick and rich with honey tones and very smooth.

Starting at: £0.22

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<![CDATA[2017 EoT Nancai Ancient 400g]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2017-eot-nancai-ancient-400g-1100.html

We bought some wild tea from this village last year, but their ancient cultivated trees had already been booked by another buyer. This year though, we were more prepared & happy to be able to buy this tea.

The trees are very old and growing naturally. The environment is also good and quite remote.

This tea is strong and powerful. There's a healthy bitterness, thickness and good qi. To criticise it, there's some slight astringency in later steeps, but I'd expect this to smooth and mellow with time. This is a very nice ancient tree tea from an area that still has reasonable prices and should perform well in the long run.

Starting at: £0.22

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<![CDATA[2017 EoT Yibang Gushu]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2017-eot-yibang-ancient.html

We pressed some of this tea last year for the Spring and Autumn puerh tea club members. This year, we're happy to be able to offer it again. It's some of the best Yibang tea I've tried - from ancient trees, of the small leaf varietal that Yibang's Mangong village is famed for.

The tea is concentrated and powerful, with a long aftertaste and slight astringency that should evolve over the coming year. This is a very nice tea.

Starting at: £1.00

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