Tea Selection: Golden Tip
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: Ilam, Nepal
Made by Arya Tara Tea Estate in Nepal, this tea is primarily comprised of tippy buds. The aroma of the leaves is cocoa and caramel candy. The broth is rich and smooth, thick and warming. It finishes with a wheat and slight malty flavor. It is an absolutely satisfying tea – drink it straight or add a splash of non-fat milk, if desired.
I have tasted many Nepalese black teas during my visits there, but in my opinion, the quality of this tea far surpasses all the others. Drinking a fine tea like this makes one appreciate the talent and hard work of these dedicated tea makers.
Black Tea (2014 vintage—spring harvest)
COSTS: $12.00 / 50 gram
Price may vary according to the amount purchased.
MY REVIEW BEGINS
Here is what I think
Long ago.. in a land far away.. there was a tea that stood out amongst the rest, those teas are single origin, single leaf teas, whether in leaf or cake form, pressed or shaken those teas are a delight, as with this one to be able to partake of an individual gem is a pleasure and an honor and what you take out of it is exactly what you get: a peaceful journey from there to right where you are.
What I liked
There are times a tea will surprise you as did this tea, it’s notes to me were of mushroom and bark, followed by a nutty taste, first sip is mellow, enchanting and delightful. The liquor is mild and coats the mouth and tongue to enhance all the senses, it really takes you on a journey from slight bitterness to an overall finish of a malt or almost a stout flavor, this tea finishes stronger then it begins. A true delight.
What I did not like
Nothing! Great tea.
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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