<![CDATA[New Products from Main Website]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/rss/catalog/new/store_id/1/ Sun, 25 Feb 2018 10:06:40 +0000 Zend_Feed en_GB http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[2012 EoT QiShengGu Puerh Tea]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2012-eot-qishenggu-400g-puerh-tea.html

Located on the Lincang/Simao border, QiShengGu is a real village with a fictional name. We were asked not to reveal the real location of this village in order to prevent it becoming spoiled by too many people turning up there to buy the tea. The village is surrounded by ancient tea trees said to be around 400 years old. This tea is produced entirely from these trees. These leaves were picked in early Spring - the first flush of the year. Combined with the drought this year, the leaves of this tea are small, with a high concentration of buds. The tea is completely handprocessed, sun dried as maocha, stone pressed, then allowed dry naturally.

The tea is pure and fresh, with a quick sweetness and long aftertaste. The bitterness is well balanced, enough to convey the strength of the tea, but pleasant to drink now. The mouth and throat are comfortable and coated by the oily, thick tea. The tea is active in the mouth, transforming as the flavour lingers in the mouth.

Starting at: £0.21

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<![CDATA[2015 EoT Huang Shan Shu 15 trees]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2015-eot-huang-shan-shu-15-trees.html

This tea comes from Huangshanshu - a village in the larger Bangwei area. Made from 15 of the oldest single trees in the garden, this is a very pure, powerful and thick ancient tree puerh tea. Due to their older age and larger size, these trees were separated out to be harvested and processed separately from the rest of the garden.

I can highly recommend this tea. It has everything I look for in a gushu puerh.... thick and rich in the mouth and throat, powerful but refined, with good energy and an ability to thoroughly satisfy.

This tea was grown naturally without pesticides or fertilisers. We confirmed this with a lab test for agrochemical residues by one of the leading laboratories. Two hundred of the most common agrochemicals were tested for & no traces were detected. The report is available for viewing here: 2015 Huangshanshu pesticide lab test report

Starting at: £0.46

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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[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[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.

£95.00
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<![CDATA[265ml Private Order (290)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/265ml-yixing-teapot-po290.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.

£186.00
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<![CDATA[290ml Private Order (291)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/290ml-yixing-teapot-po291.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.

£186.00
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<![CDATA[220ml Private Order (292)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/220ml-yixing-teapot-po292.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.

£186.00
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<![CDATA[260ml Private Order (293)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/260ml-yixing-teapot-po293.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.

£186.00
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<![CDATA[290ml Private Order (294)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/290ml-yixing-teapot-po294.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.

£186.00
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<![CDATA[205ml Private Order (295)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/205ml-yixing-teapot-po295.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.

£186.00
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<![CDATA[110ml Private Order (296)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/110ml-yixing-teapot-po296.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.

£186.00
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<![CDATA[2017 Spring Da Xue Shan Wild Single Tree]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2017-spring-da-xue-shan-wild-single-tree.html

While we were in Yunnan last Spring, we met with the producer of our DaXueShan Wild Hongcha to taste his new batch of tea. We've stocked his Wild Hongcha for the past couple of years and really like the energy and vitality of the tea. Alongside the larger batch of hongcha, he also separates a few of the biggest trees to make as single tree tea - processed as puerh tea. This is tea from one of those trees.

From the first flush of Spring, this tree yielded 1.5kg of finished tea. This makes an interesting comparison to the hongcha, processed from similar trees and sharing the same vibrancy and character, but with sheng puerh processing. Since the quantity was so small, we had originally planned just to keep this for ourselves to drink.... but what's the fun in that! I hope you enjoy it.

£0.30
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<![CDATA[150ml 1987-1992 Factory 1 Hongni 301]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/150ml-f1-301.html

Made from hongni during the 1987-1992 period at Yixing Factory1, this pot is well made in a nice shape. The lid fit is good and the pour is smooth. The clay is good quality and the workmanship nice.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[200ml Lu Wei Fang Zisha (207)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/200ml-teapot-yixing-208.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 thickness, 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

£188.00
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<![CDATA[160ml 1987-1992 Factory 1 Hongni 302]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/160ml-f1-302.html

Made from hongni during the 1987-1992 period at Yixing Factory1, this pot is well made in a nice shape. The lid fit is good and the pour is smooth. The clay is good quality and the workmanship nice. Inside is a multi hole filter.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[95ml 1987-1992 Factory 1 Heini 303]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/95ml-f1-303.html

Made from heini during the 1987-1992 period at Yixing Factory1, this pot is well made in a nice shape. The lid fit is good and the pour is smooth. The clay is good quality and the workmanship nice. Inside is a single hole filter.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[225ml 1987-1992 Factory 1 Hongni 304]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/225ml-f1-304.html

Made from hongni during the 1987-1992 period at Yixing Factory1, this pot is well made in a nice shape. The lid fit is good and the pour is smooth. The clay is good quality and the workmanship nice. Inside is a multi hole filter.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[240ml 1987-1992 Factory 1 Zini 305]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/240ml-f1-305.html

Made from zini during the 1987-1992 period at Yixing Factory1, this pot is well made in a nice shape. The lid fit is good and the pour is smooth. The clay is good quality and the workmanship nice. Inside is a multi hole filter. This still has it's original box and export sticker attached.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[140ml 1987-1992 Factory 1 Hongni 306]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/140ml-f1-306.html

Made from hongni during the 1987-1992 period at Yixing Factory1, this pot is well made in a nice shape. The lid fit is good and the pour is smooth. The clay is good quality and the workmanship nice. Inside is a multi hole filter. This still has it's original box and export sticker attached.

£138.00
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<![CDATA[2017 EoT Autumn "Bamboo Spring" 100g]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2017-eot-autumn-bamboo-spring-100g.html

This tea is from a village in Wuliang Mountains. It's name comes from a spring of exceptionally pure water that emerges from the base a huge clump of bamboo at the edge of the village. The environment here is very clean and unspoilt and it's well off the beaten track for most tea buyers - leaving the ancient tea trees still healthy, not overpicked and very reasonably priced for the quality.

The tea has been well processed. It's thick in the mouth, clean and energetically very nice. In my opinion, this is a premium tea with the price of a daily drinker. It's pressed in 100g cakes, with 5 cakes in a tong.

£12.00
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<![CDATA[2016 EoT Spring Yiwu Guoyoulin (Long Process) ]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2016-eot-yiwu-guoyoulin-long-process.html

This tea has a little background.... it was provided by a good friend in Yiwu whom we have known and visited regularly over the past few years. He doesn't have any land or trees, but is a runner, producing tea for several high-end Taiwanese tea businessmen. He invited us for dinner this Autumn while we were in Yiwu and after dinner we were discussing puerh processing. One point about processing that's been in the back of my mind for a while now is that puerh could generally use a little more heat. Yancha and Liubao both have heat in the processing that transforms the tea and makes it more vibrant and light, splashing up in the back of the palate with the aroma emerging from the nasal cavity after swallowing. Some puerh teas I've had have this same character, especially which were originally slightly burnt.

He agreed with this and told us about a tea he'd produced for one of his customers in Spring 2016. The customer had requested a long, low heat kill-green process - around twice the normal time, with a lower heat so the leaves didn't burn, but were evenly heated throughout. He had kept a few kg as a sample and pulled out a little for us to taste, and to my amazement it had exactly the character I'd been describing.

This production method requires a lot more work & our friend had personally processed all this tea to make sure it was right. The result is quite special... the tea has aged more than expected in the past year. The processing is very clean and gives a deep thick tea liquid which splashes up at the back of the palate upon swallowing. It's vibrant and rich.

The leaves were from a garden within the Yiwu State Forest that we'd not tasted before, but shares many of the good qualities as the Yiwu gardens we've produced from in 2017. It's located close to Guafengzhai's Leng Shui He tea garden and the trees are old and growing naturally in the forest. This tea is well worth trying, not just as a curiosity, but as a very good tea in its own right. We just have a few kg of this tea available.

Starting at: £0.80

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<![CDATA[160ml Lu Wei Fang Zisha (201)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/160ml-lwf-yixing-200.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

£188.00
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<![CDATA[165ml Lu Wei Fang Zisha (202)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/165ml-lwf-yixing-202.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

£188.00
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<![CDATA[175ml Lu Wei Fang Zisha (203)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/175ml-lwf-yixing-203.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, 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

£188.00
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<![CDATA[195ml Lu Wei Fang Zisha (204)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/195ml-lwf-yixing-204.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 thickness, 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

£188.00
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<![CDATA[200ml Lu Wei Fang Zisha (205)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/200ml-teapot-yixing-205.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 thickness, 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

£188.00
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<![CDATA[160ml Lu Wei Fang Zisha (206)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/160ml-teapot-yixing-206.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 thickness, 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

£188.00
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<![CDATA[2017 EoT Nancai Autumn Ancient Tree]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2017-eot-nancai-autumn-ancient-tree.html

This is a nice, well processed tea. It's very clean to taste, smooth and thick with nice energy. It comes from the same garden as the 2017 Spring Nancai cakes and offers a good comparison of the different character of Spring and Autumn harvests.

Starting at: £0.14

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<![CDATA[2017 EoT Autumn "Bamboo Spring" Yellow Leaves 200g]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2017-eot-autumn-bamboo-spring-yellow-leaves-200g.html

I can't believe it's been so long & we've never released a yellow leaf cake. We named our cakes from this region "Bamboo Spring" after the natural spring gushing from beneath a huge clump of bamboo. The water is some of the best I've tasted anywhere in the mountains of Yunnan.

This area is very pure - off the beaten track, with unspoilt environment and trees that haven't been overpicked. We've been visiting a farmer there for the past 3 years & have decided to book his tea, year round.

This is the yellow leaves picked from the 2017 Autumn harvest of his tea. The taste is clean and comforting. These larger leaves have less caffeine and less bitterness, making this suitable for casual drinking in the evening or with food.

£14.00
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<![CDATA[150ml Lu Wei Fang Zisha (200)]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/150ml-lwf-yixing-200.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

£188.00
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<![CDATA[2017 Bu Zhi Chun - Shui Lian Dong]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2017-bu-zhi-chun-wuyi-yancha.html

This high quality Bu Zhi Chun Wuyi Yancha comes from the studio of Huang Xian Yi, processed together with his second son, Huang Shen Liang. It was grown on old trees in Shui Lian Dong (水帘洞)a famous area the middle of the protected Wuyi reserve.

These trees are very old and the leaves, strong and healthy. They've been processed in the traditional manner, with medium/strong oxidation and had several charcoal roasts. The flavour is thick in the mouth and has strong throat feel. The tea is very vibrant, leaving a long aftertaste. While not one of the most expensive yancha, I feel that this tea performs well beyond its price.

This tea is available either as a sample size (>15g) or in 50g / 100g tins.

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<![CDATA[2017 Lao Cong Shui Xian - Liu Guan Zhai]]> https://www.essenceoftea.com/2017-lao-cong-shui-xian-liu-guan-zhai.html

This high quality old tree Shui Xian Wuyi Yancha comes from the studio of Huang Xian Yi, processed together with his second son, Huang Shen Liang. It was grown on old trees in Liu Guan Zhai (刘官寨)a famous area at the middle of the protected Wuyi reserve.

The leaves are processed in the traditional manner and have several charcoal roasts. The flavour is pure and thick, with long sweet aftertaste and medium/heavy roast.

This tea is available either as a sample size (>15g) or in 100g tins.

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