Tea Selection: Enchanting Beauty
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:
Production area: Pasai, Lancang County, Yunnan Province
Pasai is one of the most remote and lesser known tea producing regions in Lancang County of Yunnan. This tea is made of leaves from trees that are over 200 years old. Predominant flavors have overtones of bamboo and ginger flowers. Astringency is negligible, even in a strong brew. Mouth feel is soft and silky, leaving a natural and refreshing sensation across the palate and throat. This is an incredibly good tea for this price range.
Raw Pu-erh (unfermented) (2015 vintage—first spring harvest)
COSTS: $27.00 / 100 gram cake
Price may vary according to the amount purchased.
MY REVIEW BEGINS
Here is what I think
When I first saw the name of this tea I wondered why, most teas have names or some sort of attachment to the area they are from. This tea has a beautiful name of Enchanting Beauty
What I liked
This is a light tea which gives off the scent of vegetal or hay when first opened, however we have learned that how it smells is seldom how it tastes and that again is the case. This tea is very light, single leaf with a slightly bitter and very slight medicinal taste. It’s finish is slightly bitter yet mild.
Also this is a vintage tea from 2015 Raw Pu’erh that I agree, for the price is an exceptional deal.
What I did not like
Beautiful tea, more bitter then most but still an outstanding tea of it’s variety.
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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