<![CDATA[New Products from Main Website]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/rss/catalog/new/store_id/1/ Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:08:42 +0000 Zend_Feed en_GB http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[2009 Da Xue Shan Wild]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2009-da-xue-shan-wild.html

Along with Qianjiazhai, Da Xue Shan is one of the most sought after regions in Yunnan for wild trees. The altitude is over 2000m and the wild trees busied deep inside the forest, making the environment exceptionally pure. There is a huge quantity of very old wild trees here, many of which are thought to be >1000years old.

These 200g cakes were pressed in 2009 by a Malaysian tea merchant and stored in Malaysia ever since. The storage has been clean and the tea is ageing very nicely. This tea itself is of the "Sweet Wild" type, but slightly different character than the tea from Qianjiazhai. The character lies somewhere in between Qianjiazhai's wild taste and more normal old tree tea - more focussed and concentrated than many wild teas. This makes for an interesting taste. The energy is very strong and the aftertaste very long. This is an excellent wild tea - aged nicely for 8 years and at a price that is lower than we could buy fresh tea from this region for.

Starting at: £0.30

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<![CDATA[65ml 1970's- early 80's "Green Sticker" Shui Ping]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/65ml-1970-s-early-80-s-green-sticker-shui-ping.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 during the late 70's - early 80's period, these pots would once have had a an oval green "Made in China" sticker attached. This has since been removed.

The clay is very nice - the zisha used by Yixing factory 1 during this period is highly sought after these days. As is to be expected with pots of this period the lid fit has a little movement, but brewing style can be adjusted to accommodate this easily. Inside is a single hole filter.

We have 5 of these pots - with a variety of stamps on the base. The stamp sent will be chosen at random.

£185.00
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<![CDATA[35ml 1970's-early 80's "Green Sticker" Shui Ping]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/35ml-1970-s-early-80-s-green-sticker-shui-ping.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 during the late 70's - early 80's period, these pots still have the original oval green "Made in China" sticker attached.

The clay is very nice - the zisha used by Yixing factory 1 during this period is highly sought after these days. As is to be expected with pots of this period the lid fit has a little movement, but brewing style can be adjusted to accommodate this easily. Inside is a single hole filter.

We have 2 of these pots available. Both still have the original sticker.

£175.00
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<![CDATA[2003 HK Henry "Conscientious Prescription" ]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2003-hkhenry-conscientious-prescription-seriously-formula-puerh-tea.html

To some, this cake needs no introduction. It was a special order production by Hong Kong's Henry Trading company from Menghai Tea Factory. It was a higher grade tea than the standard Menghai Tea Factory recipes and purported to contain a fair amount of old tree leaves. The packaging follows the famous 1970's Conscientious Prescription cakes with paper tong wrapper and design. The name of this cake in Chinese is 2003 认真配方, variously translated as "Conscientious Prescription", "Seriously Formula" or "Serious Formula".

I'm happy to be able to offer these cakes - they've been stored for more than 10 years in Malaysia & the storage has been very clean. The tea is thick in the mouth with a long aftertaste. It's vibrant and interesting to drink & a very pleasant well aged flavour. This is really a step above normal Menghai Tea Factory productions and very enjoyable to drink.

Starting at: £0.46

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<![CDATA[2008 Shuang Long Bingdao (Malaysia Stored)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2008-shuang-long-bingdao.html

This is an interesting Bingdao cake, especially in contrast to the 2006 Bingdao Peacock cake we've been stocking for the past year or so. Unlike that cake, which was stored in Kunming, this one has been stored since 2008 in Malaysia. The storage has been clean and the difference in climate means that already it's tasting older than the younger Kunming stored cake.

The tea is thick and vibrant in the mouth. In the first couple of steeps, the flavour feels slightly light, but then the tea opens up and the quality of the leaves becomes really apparent. The qi is nice and the tea is smooth and energetic. This is a nice tea, made from good quality old tree leaves from an area that has become very famous in the years since this cake was pressed.

Starting at: £0.60

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<![CDATA[2008 Qianjiazhai Wild (Malaysia Stored) ]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2008-qianjiazhai-wild-malaysia-stored.html

We're fans of wild ancient tree tea. Even better when it's aged.

These cakes were pressed by a Malaysian tea merchant from the old wild trees in Qianjiazhai. The wild tea trees in this area are huge - the oldest estimated to be 2700 years old, but with many more in the forest that are estimated to be many hundreds or over a thousand years old. The environment is still very pure & has been protected by the government.

We're very happy to offer this cake. At first the person who pressed it didn't want to sell us these cakes - he was worried about them being sold online since he also has some customers selling at higher prices. As a compromise, we've removed the wrapper and neifei & will rewrap with plain wrapper. Branding aside, the tea itself is very good quality and the price is good. The tea has changed nicely. The wild leaves have a very strong energy and sweet, fruity taste. It's not often we come across aged wild teas of this quality.

Starting at: £0.30

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<![CDATA[85ml Private Order (282)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/85ml-yixing-zisha-282.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[100ml Private Order (283)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/100ml-private-order-283.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[100ml Private Order (284)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/100ml-private-order-284.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[70ml Private Order (285) B-Grade]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/70ml-private-order-285-b-grade.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.

Unfortunately when photographing this pot, I noticed a hairline crack on the lid. This is a real shame, this has really good clay and is very nicely made. The crack seems to be from firing and unlikely to get worse with use. It's difficult to see from the top of the lid, but a bit more apparent underneath Since it's not perfect so we're offering this at a heavily discounted price.

Regular Price: £166.00

Special Price: £95.00

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<![CDATA[95ml Private Order (286)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/95ml-private-order-286.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. This pot has a few black patches from the wood firing.

£166.00
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<![CDATA[95ml 1987-1992 Factory 1 Zisha 226]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/95ml-1987-1992-factory-1-zisha-226.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.

£158.00
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<![CDATA[160ml 1989-1992 Factory 1 ZIsha 241]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/160ml-1989-1992-factory-1-zisha-241.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 around 1989-1992. It is nicely made from good quality zisha clay. Inside is a single hole filter. The walls are reasonably thick on this pot and the clay is nice - it would be a good choice for aged puerh or liu bao.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[220ml 1987-1992 Factory 1 Zisha 242]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/220ml-po-424.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 during the 1987-1992 period. These teapots are made from particularly nice quality zisha clay. Inside is a single hole filter.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[130ml early 90's Factory 1 Hongni 237]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/130ml-yixing-factory1-teapot-238.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 around 1992-1993. It is made from good quality hongni clay and still has the original 'Fang Yuan Pai' gold export sticker attached Inside is a single hole filter.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[140ml early 90's Factory 1 ZIsha 238]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/140ml-yixing-factory1-teapot-238.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 around 1987-1992. It is made from good quality zisha clay. Inside is a single hole filter. This shape and clay would make a good match for aged puerh or liu bao tea especially.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[250ml 1989-1992 Factory 1 ZIsha 240]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/250ml-yixing-factory1-teapot-240.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 around 1989-1992. It is nicely made from good quality zisha clay. Inside is a multi hole filter.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[2006 "Betel Nut Aroma" Liu Bao]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2006-betel-nut-aroma-liu-bao.html

We found this Liu Bao tea on a recent trip to Guangzhou. It had been stored by a tea merchant there since he bought it in 2010. When he bought it, it was already a few years aged & he was told it was from 2006.

This tea is a little different from most of our other Liu Bao teas for a couple of reasons...

Firstly, it's been stored in China - all our other teas have had Malaysia storage. Nonetheless, the storage has been clean and the original flavours of the tea are allowed to shine.

Secondly, it's not a factory tea. The flavours from Wuzhou tea factory and Duoteli/Zhongcha are quite standard - they have their own character and fans and are sought after for those reasons. This basket has no markings and a different character of tea - it was likely produced by a farmer or small studio. Nonetheless, it has its own charms and character.

The first thing that struck me when drinking this tea is the strong Betel nut aroma and flavour present. Liu Bao is famed for this flavour and aroma, but it's not often so pronounced. This makes it very pleasant, with a long, clean aftertaste. The liquid is thick and full in the mouth. It's well fermented, with no off-flavours from the fermentation remaining.

We bought the remaining stock that this merchant had & are happy to offer this in our selection.

(Min. 30g sample)

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<![CDATA[1990's/2000's Liu Bao blend]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/1990-s-2000-s-liu-bao-blend.html

Before Liu Bao became popular and the prices shot up, it was a common everyday tea in Malaysia. Companies who imported it often sold it to restaurants and coffee shops. Importers often blended their teas - some older tea with some younger tea, to create the aged flavour that was popular with their customers. This is one such tea and appears to be a blend of two teas - some chunks from a 90's basket with some mid 2000's loose leaf tea.

This tea is very nice. The fermentation is light and the blend has worked very well together - giving a clean, smooth tea with very pleasant aged flavour & much cheaper than 90's teas. I highly recommend this tea.

min 30g sample

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<![CDATA[110ml 1987-1992 Factory 1 Hongni 234]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/110ml-f1-234.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 during the 1987-1992 period. This teapot is made from good quality hongni clay. Inside is a single hole filter. We have two of these pots - one with the original export sticker and one without. Otherwise they're identical. The one sent will be chosen at random.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[210ml 1987-1992 Factory 1 ZIsha 235]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/210ml-f1-235.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 during the 1987-1992 period. Along with Shui Ping pots, this "鸽嘴/Pigeon's Beak" shape is one of the most famous from Factory 1 and is quite sought after and collectable in the Asian market. This teapot is made from very good quality zini clay. Inside is a multi hole filter.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[120ml 1987-1992 Factory 1 Hongni 236]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/120ml-f1-236.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 during the 1987-1992 period. This teapot is made from very good quality hongni clay & highly fired, giving a clay that is very similar to Zhuni. Inside is a single hole filter. The short wide spout makes this a good teapot for teas which benefit from a fast pour.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[130ml Private Order (280)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/130ml-yixing-zisha-280.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 1987-1992 Factory 1 Hongni 232]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/170ml-f1-232.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 during the 1987-1992 period by 吕静芝. This teapot is made from good quality hongni clay. Inside is a single hole filter.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[250ml 1987-1992 Factory 1 Zisha 233]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/250ml-f1-233.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 during the 1987-1992 period and measures 250-260ml. This teapot is made from good quality zini clay. Inside is a multi hole filter.

£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.

Last Few Cakes

Starting at: £0.38

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<![CDATA[2005 Duoteli 1st Grade Loose]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2005-duoteli-1st-grade-loose.html

Clean, with the beginnings of some aged flavour, this is a pleasant Liu Bao for casual drinking. The flavour of fermentation has already dissipated and it displays a nice traditional betel flavour that's difficult to find in more modern productions. To criticise it, perhaps the aftertaste could be longer and perhaps not as concentrated as some of their teas that have been pressed into baskets from this era, but the price is affordable and it's very pleasant to drink.

Minimum 50g sample

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<![CDATA[140ml 1987-1992 Factory 1 Zisha 229]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/140ml-yixing-zini-229.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 during the 1987-1992 period. This teapot is made from good quality zini clay. Inside is a single hole filter. This is a nicely made pot.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[180ml 1987-1992 Factory 1 Hongni 230]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/180ml-yixing-hongni-230.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 during the 1987-1992 period. This teapot is made from good quality hongni clay. Inside is a single hole filter.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[210ml 1987-1992 Factory 1 Zisha 231]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/210ml-yixing-zini-231.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 during the 1987-1992 period. This teapot is made from good quality zisha clay. Inside is a single hole filter.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[150ml 1987-1992 Factory 1 Hongni 227]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/150ml-1987-1992-factory-1-224-1137.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 during the 1987-1992 period. These teapots are made from good quality hongni clay. Inside is a multi hole filter. We have a few of these pots - some have the original sticker, some don't. The pot sent will be chosen at random. All are very well made.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[110ml 1987-1992 Factory 1 Hongni 228]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/110ml-yixing-hongni-228.html

Made by Yixing Factory 1 during the 1987-1992 period. These teapots are made from good quality hongni clay. Inside is a multi hole filter.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[95ml Private Order (279)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/95ml-po-279.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[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[125ml Private Order (277)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/125ml-po-277.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[175ml Private Order (276)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/175ml-po-276.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[80ml 1990's Private Order 43]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/80ml-1990-s-private-order-43.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 Qing Shui Ni 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[85ml 1987-1993 "B GRADE" Hongni Shui Ping]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/85ml-1980-s-factory-1-hongni-shui-ping-1130.html

These are from the same batch of pots as we've been selling for the past year. There were a few within the batch that had a chip inside the lid. These pots are functionally perfect, but just have a small chip. Instead of returning them to the collector, we decided to sell them off cheap - they still perform perfectly and are ideal for tea drinkers, just aren't perfect for collectors.

Regular Price: £88.00

Special Price: £60.00

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<![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[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 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 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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