Bang Dong Village is located in Mengku Tea Harvesting Area. It is a small village, and production of this tea comes from one family’s small ancestral tea garden. The tea trees are more than 100 years old and are growing in a completely natural environment
Sheng Pu-erh from Bang Dong has the typical Mengku area characteristics – pleasant, clean aroma, strong cha qi and a thick, nutty & sweet, long-lasting after-taste.
This tea can be drunk now but it will be slightly astringent and perhaps bitter for another year or two. But this will develop quickly into a very delicious, mature tea – purchase one or two and put away for a few more years to mellow and develop. Or purchase the set in the wonderful presentation box and drink one tuo cha every year (or two) to experience how the taste of sheng Pu-erh changes over time. They are old enough now that in five or ten years they will be fantastic.
Tuo cha’s are tennis-ball sized units of compressed Pu-erh leaf with a thumb-size, hollow core. Pu-erh is pressed into many different shapes and the tuo cha is one of the most popular, for their practical size.
Sheng Pu-erh is also known as ‘un-cooked’ or ‘raw’ Pu-erh. it is the un-fermented version of Pu-erh.
Sheng Pu-erh is un-fermented tea when it is young but microbial activity on the leaf will allow the tea to slowly ferment over time when the tea is kept under good storage conditions. Sheng Pu-erh can be drunk now or stored for years to allow this slow microbial transformation of the tea to turn the tea into something rich and full. Similar to young wines that will, over time, transform into much more substantial wines, sheng Pu-erh is prized by collectors and tea enthusiasts for this ability to age and improve over time.
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