2003 CNNP Ripe Puerh Tea Cake, Zhongcha Original Red Label (357 gm)
Bing Cha (discus - shaped tea brick) 
Puerh tea

This is the Tea of Emperors. Exclusively reserved for imperial enjoyment until modern times, puerh and the shadowy secrets of its manufacture have been in the hands of a select coterie of Yunnan tea masters since the Tang Dynasty, more than 1,000 years ago. Then and now, the most revered puerh is picked from single wild tea trees. Unlike all other teas, puerh undergoes a secondary fermentation and is then compressed into discs called Bing Cha. The Larsen & Thompson selected Bing Cha is an aged puerh with little of the bitterness and astringency of younger, brasher versions. Brewed respectfully, it will exhibit hints of camphor, with rich herbal notes and aromas of dried fruit. The rich, opaque liquor is smooth with a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel is pleasant and the after taste, sweetly persistent.

Ingredients: Camellia Sinensis (tea)

2003 CNNP Ripe Puerh Tea Cake, Zhongcha Original Red Label (357 gm)


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