Pre-order – Da Xue Shan 2020 No.866 old tree puer tea – 400 gram tea cake

Every year we purchase one of our favorite sheng Puer teas from the Great Snow Mountain, Lincang, Yunnan province, China. We date back our teas from this tea garden since 2012, when we bought the first large stock from them.

This year we received the samples of the new Puers from Yunnan and did order a batch. We announce our pre-order now for the tea just as we have received them.
Many of you have asked about this opportunity, to buy a whole cake of the fresh tea, so after the cakes landed,  we do a limited quantity “full cake option” before we release the new 2020 Snow Mountain puer.

The tea leaves were harvested early-April of 2020, so the tea has a mild, soft character with many buds and a white tea-like touch. The tea trees are 200-300+ years old, while some are even older in the tea garden. The tea starts out soft and tender, but later the depth and craft of the old trees show up in the richness and strength of this tea.
We had a tasting with a porcelain gaiwan and a Yixing clay teapot, both way the tea showed great character. For the flowery fresher notes we recommend the porcelain gaiwan, but if you want to feel the depth of the tea try a small clay teapot.

When to order the full cake
Between the 4th of December through to the 8th of December 2020.
Shipping is in the following week.

Da Xue Shan – Snow Mountain 2020 puer No.866

Full 400 gram tea cakes,
original price after the full cake order period : 120  EUR /  offer now 96 EUR / 400 gram full tea cake.

Tea for full cake order:

Full cakes ordered and pre-paid can be collected from the  9th of December 2020 at Lánchíd street 5.
Countryside and international orders will be dispatched after prior notice. Free shipping on all full cake orders.

Payment

In cash in our shop or via credit card on our website.

The ageing story
Good puer teas, mainly coming from old trees, can be aged for years, and even decades like fine wines. In the first years we enjoy their green freshness. Later when they age, in the post-fermenting stage, the teas become rounder, deeper, softer. In China it is very common to buy these teas for investment purposes and keep them even for 50 years. The old tea cakes are very high priced, so it is always good idea to buy young teas and store, age them ourselves. A tea cake from 1950s weighing 357 grams would cost more than 7000 USD. We have tasted such teas several times, and it was always a great experience.

大雪山 – Da Xue Shan, the Great Snow Mountain, is in the northern part of Yunnan province, and is home to many ancient tea trees of more than 200 years of age.  There are two main reasons we always buy teas from this region. First, our tea grower friend in the area prepares the tea with meticulous care and artisan methods. Second, we really like the cool and lingering aftertaste of these area’s teas.

We have a selection of Da Xue Shan teas from different vintages. We find it exciting to taste and compare across the years.

https://zhaozhoutea.com/product/da-xue-shan-2012-no-802/
https://zhaozhoutea.com/product/da-xue-shan-2013-no-805/
https://zhaozhoutea.com/product/da-xue-shan-2014-no-820/
https://zhaozhoutea.com/product/da-xue-shan-2015-no-822/
https://zhaozhoutea.com/product/da-xue-shan-2016-no-831/
https://zhaozhoutea.com/product/da-xue-shan-2017-no-847/

Storage

Always keep the tea leaves separated from any strong odors. For short term it can be stored in tins or paper boxes, glass jars, but if you want to age Puer tea, the best is to buy whole cakes and store them in a relatively airy place with medium humidity. With the order, we provide for each cake a resealable bag, which is ideal for the storage.