Tea Review – Limited Edition Raw Pu’Reh Vintage 2008 First Spring – Bana Tea Company

Tea Selection: Limited Edition Raw Pu-erh

Company Name: Bana Tea Company

Location: Retail: Hacienda Heights, California

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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Read more about The Bana Tea Company on their website: HERE.

 

What The Bana Tea Company says about this tea:

 

Production area: Jinggu Mountain, Simao Prefecture,Yunnan Province

 

Taste characteristics:

This tea is the only private labeled tea produced by Bana Tea Company. The tea’s leaves are selected from tea trees that are between 100 to 400 years old. The production of the tea cakes were personally supervised by tea Master Vesper Chan. The dried leaves emit a nice aroma and the yellow-orange tea liquor presents a dried apricot flavor unique to teas from Jinggu Mountain. Followers of this tea enjoy the “hui gan (returning bitter sweet)” that coats the mouth and throat and its balanced and comfortable “Qi.” Teas of this high quality are becoming rare finds.

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

Raw Pu-erh (2008 vintage—first spring harvest)

 

COSTS: $54.00 / 200 gram cake

Price may vary according to the amount purchased.

 

 

MY REVIEW BEGINS

 

Here is what I think

Such a fun tea with a lot of sensations from slightly bitter to a sweet with the scent of citrus

What I liked

The fact that teas from trees this old are getting harder and harder to find it’s a great day when you get to experience one. I am honored. This is a delightful tea that looks like bark yet when brewed is a very mild brew that smells a bit citrus and woody at the same time. It’s a gem and a must try in my book.

 

What I did not like

Not a thing, loved it. It’s an ancient creation and you are tasting a royal and soon to be very rare breed of tea.

 

Until next sip pinkies up and face the wind! You got this!

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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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