Tea Review – Tribute White 2012 Vintage – Bana Tea Company

Tea Selection: Tribute White

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: Fuding, Fujian Province, China


In China, there is a popular saying about the qualities of white tea: The first year it is a tea, the third year it is a jewel, come the seventh year it attains medicinal qualities. Aged white tea has become one of the most highly sought-after teas in Asia.

The twisted silvery leaves, covered with down, offer a sweet date and rose flavor. Delicate but full-bodied, this older white tea is more complex and more comforting than the newly made white tea. If you are searching for a soft and delicious tea, this is the right one for you.



Tribute White Tea (2012 vintage—spring harvest)


COSTS: $14.00 / 50 grams

Price may vary according to the amount purchased.





Here is what I think

Again another lovely single origin tea from China with such a soft gentle note. This tea smells and tastes so mild yet there is something about a white tea that let’s you know you are tasting something royal and beautiful.


What I liked

The vegetal taste of this tea is what you will first notice yet it dissolves into a very mild lovely perfume (to me) rose (to others) flavor. At times near the finish of this tea I sensed a bit of a bark or almost mushroom flavor.


What I did not like

Loved the flavor and surprise of this tea, I’m not a big fan of the vegetal taste but this tea wraps up and finishes on a lovely note.

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.



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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