2007 Jingmai Raw Pu-erh Tea
We’ve spent quite a bit of time looking for aged raw pu-erh that meets the holy trinity of being:
Decently old, and well-stored
This production comes from a relatively small Taiwanese company, Gan-en Cha Chang (Gratitude/Gratefulness). The front wrapper says ‘Jingmai Mountain’, and the year of production is 2007. It’s been stored in Taiwan since then to great effect. The tea brews a nice orange-brown colour, with plenty of incense, wood, and honey-like fragrance and taste. Jingmai material tends to be light but fragrant when fresh, and the tea here still mirrors its base material (as all tea does). It’s smooth and easy to drink, with some nice lingering sweetness, and low on bitterness and astringency.
At this price point, the material is not ever going to be gushu (old trees), but based on our perception it is most likely made from high quality xiaoshu (small trees, not bushes) growing in the forest. It’s definitely not taidicha (plantation tea), and the leaves are well-processed and whole. The compression is medium, and easy to break apart.
The storage conditions are excellent, and the tea smells and tastes clean and smooth.
We think this is a solid example of what age can do to raw puer tea, perfect for those who’ve not tried many aged teas or only drunk more commercial factory productions, or if you’re looking for a solid aged raw to drink on the regular without blowing out the budget.
The wrappers have been slightly eaten by paper-bugs, hence the holes, but there’s no bugs that eat tea, thankfully.
2007 material produced in Yunnan, China. Stored in Taiwan until 2023.
357g per compressed cake, with 7 cakes per traditionally wrapped bamboo tong. 25g samples are cut or broken from the cakes and sealed into bags.
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Use boiling water (100C).
We recommend approx 1g of tea per 15ml of water for Gongfu-style brewing in a teapot or gaiwan. Rinse the leaves once and then brew several times until there is no flavour left.
For Western-style brewing in a larger teapot, use approx. 5g per 100ml of water. You can re-brew the leaves a few times.
To brew direct in a mug, use 1-2g of tea in the bottom of the cup, fill with boiling water, and drink once cool. Re-fill the cup with more water when you've drunk 1/3rd of the tea. Repeat until there is no more flavour left.
All of our teas are suitable for long-term storage and aging.
Keep your tea away from sunlight and strong smells, and somewhere with stable climate conditions.
You can keep it sealed inside the re-usable bag the tea comes in, or another non-porous container.