Gongting (Palace Puer)

Shu Puer Cake 100g 2016

A rare high quality shu puer cake made with very young tea buds and tender leaves from mature forest tea trees. This tea’s mature tree source and careful processing result in a clean and distinctively woody character. Its deep and savory flavors are persistent and lingering.

$28.00

28 in stock


Tea Origin
Lancang County, Pu'er City, Yunnan Province, China

Tea Bush
Yunnan Dayezhong (Yunnan Large Leaf Tea Tree)

Tea Master
Chen Keke and Li Dong

Harvest Time
March-April

Picking Standard
One bud, two leaves

A rare high quality shu puer cake made with very young tea buds and tender leaves from mature forest tea trees. Instead of becoming heavy and earthy, this tea’s old growth tea tree source and careful processing result in a clean and distinctively woody character. Its deep and savory flavors are persistent and lingering. Compared to large leaf shu puers, this Palace Puer has more pronounced notes of lotus leaf and a mint-like cooling sensation. Great for drinking or for storing and aging.

High quality leaf and skilled shu puer processing

‘Palace’ grade young tea buds and leaves like these used to be reserved for tribute teas for the imperial court. It’s unusual to find shu puer tea made from mature forest tea trees, since such high quality leaf material like this is usually saved for making into into sheng puer. As 95% of tea produced in Yunnan Province comes from terrace tea plantations with younger plants, it is in short supply.

A person spraying water from a hose over a huge pile of tea leaves.
Tea makers check the temperature and humidity of the ripening shu puer tea pile every day, and regularly add some clean water to increase the humidity.

While higher quality, forest grown tea plants have a lower yield than terrace tea. In addition, the complicated process of ripening raw puer mao cha into shu puer both takes a large quantity of material and runs the risk of ruining a batch if not carefully controlled. It takes a highly experienced tea master and processing team to keep fluctuating temperature and moisture conditions just right to develop the best character in the tea.

No chemical fertilizer, pesticide, or herbicide was used in the production of this tea. Click here to read more about our promise to fair trade and the environment.

Gongting (Palace Puer) 2016 brewing guidelines

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5 grams tea

12 oz 100°C (212ºF) water

3 min. first infusion

At least 5 infusions: 3, 3, 5, 8, 10 minutes