Tea Selection: Denong Wild
Company Name: Bana Tea Company
Location: Retail: Hacienda Heights, California
What The Bana Tea Company says about themselves (taken from online source):
Our Mission: Bana Tea Company is dedicated to promoting the discovery and pleasures of Pu-erh teas, probably the most fascinating, esoteric and sought-after teas in China. Behind Pu-erh is ancient history that has survived to a living culture today. It is Bana Tea Company’s commitment to bring to you a selection of the highest quality Pu-erh teas available.
Linda Louie, Owner, Purveyor: “As a lifelong tea aficionado, I have long been intrigued by the history, culture and science behind Pu-erh tea. My tea master, Vesper Chan, is a renowned Pu-erh tea expert and owner of The Best Tea House of Hong Kong. With him, I have traveled extensively through Xishuangbanna Prefecture of Yunnan Province in China to visit the ancient tea gardens. Bana Tea Company was named after this beautiful, exotic and famous tea-producing region.”
At Bana, we are committed to products that are earth-friendly, socially responsible and natural. From the selection of raw materials to the packaging of the tea, Bana Tea Company gives detailed attention to ensuring the products meet our high standards. We purchase our tea leaves directly from the tea farmers in the high mountains of the famous tea producing regions. The tea leaves are picked from old-growth tea trees between 100 to 400 years old and are harvested and sun-dried by the ethnic minorities who are indigenous to these mountains.
Our tea cakes contain 100% top grade tea leaves. We do not mix higher and lower grades together, a common practice of other tea companies. To preserve the ancient traditions of Pu-erh tea, our tea cakes are wrapped in natural cotton papers and packaged in “tungs,” which are comprised of five tea cakes bundled in natural bamboo leaves, a packaging method dating back to over a thousand years ago. To ensure the quality and integrity of our product, the production of our tea cakes is closely supervised and monitored by our tea master and his staff under rigid sanitary conditions.
Read more about The Bana Tea Company on their website: HERE.
What The Bana Tea Company says about this tea:
The 2009 Denong Wild Brick was a big hit and has been a “Best Seller” all year. Due to its limited supply, the 2009 vintage will soon be sold out. Bana Tea is proud to introduce the Denong Wild 2010 Edition. This nutty, pecan flavored 2010 wild brick not only has improved packaging, it is actually sweeter and more flavorful than its older version. For those who like the 2009 brick, you will like the 2010 edition even more.
We are also very proud to announce that the new Denong Wild Brick has received the SGS Food Safety Certification, issued by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Bana takes great pride in offering you this very healthy ripe Pu-erh tea.
Ripe Pu-erh (fermented)
Denong Wild 2010 (2010 vintage—mixed harvest)
COSTS: $47.00 / 100 gram block
Price may vary according to the amount purchased.
MY REVIEW BEGINS
Here is what I think
Like most teas and things in life what you smell is not always what you get as well as what you see is not always what you get. This tea as presented is not pretty and it’s scent is more vegetal then it actually presents. The tea is packed very tight.
What I liked
This tea may smell vegetal but it’s not in the least. It has a very mild flavor with a nutty finish. This tea has not aftertaste or bitterness. It’s a Ripe Pu-erh that seems to have increased it’s following on the 2009 version. I’d jump on this fast as I will bet it will sell out as fast as the 2009 product did.
What I did not like
I was unsure of this tea as it was packed so tight and I had a hard time salvaging any leaf at all, I brewed it in pieces and was surprised at the outcome. I think some people would be hesitant but I can say this tea is well worth the challenge. Don’t miss a chance to experience it.
Until next sip pinkies up and face the wind! You got this!
P.S. I’ve included an average brewing instruction chart below to help you brew your teas.
AVERAGE BREWING INSTRUCTIONS:
These are common instructions for brewing teas, however if the company suggests other brewing I will include it in the review section.
Time and Temperature Guide:
Tea Temperature Minutes
Black 95°C / 205°F 3 – 5
Oolong/White 85°C / 185°F 3 – 4
Green/Yellow 80°C / 176°F 2 – 3
Herbal/Tisanes. 100°C / 212°F 5 – 15
** As always stated by My Tea Vault, we think you should enjoy tea the way you like it, I like mine very strong with no sweetener, these are just guidelines and I suggest you use the guideline then adjust for your own tastes.
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