Xinbanzhang

Sheng Puer Cake 200g 2019

The impressively large and old tea trees of Xinbanzhang Village produce a sheng puer tea with a pronounced lasting sweetness and a fragrance reminiscent of their mountain forest home. Grown only a single mountain away from the famed Laobanzhang in Xishuangbanna.

$129.00

18 in stock


Tea Origin
Xinbanzhang Village, Menghai County, Xishuangbanna area, Yunnan Province, China

Tea Bush
Yunnan Daye Quntizhong (Yunnan Large Leaf Heirloom Tea Tree)

Tea Master
Gong Liping and Ran Yijun

Harvest Time
Early April

Picking Standard
One bud, two leaves

The sister village of Laobanzhang
A person perched in a Xinbanzhang tea tree harvesting tea leaves near the trunk of a massive old tree as big around as they are.
A tea picker climbing a massive old Xinbanzhang tea tree to harvest young leaves in the spring.

Xinbanzhang was settled about 7 kilometers away by people who moved from the original Laobanzhang Village. Most of the residents belong to the Hani ethnic minority. Their old tree tea boasts many of the same excellent qualities. Many tea lovers find that Xinbanzhang’s slightly younger forest trees produce a tea with more sweetness and aromatics. Due to the extreme prestige attached to Laobanzhang tea, Xinbanzhang puer is remarkably more affordable, and remains an excellent high-quality puer tea in its own right.

An ideal tea growing environment
The huge trunks of old Xinbanzhang mature tea trees in a forest tea grove.
The huge trunks of Xinbanzhang old-growth forest tea trees.

The 1380 acres of old-growth forest tea gardens surrounding Xinbanzhang Village rest high in the mountains at around 1600 meters above sea level. The undisturbed forest provides an excellent growing environment for tea. In such a diverse environment with a variety of other plants and wildflowers, the tea absorbs the smells of the forest around it and develops a highly complicated floral aroma.

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.

Xinbanzhang 2019 brewing guidelines

Break off a small piece from cake (learn how)

5 grams tea

12 oz 100°C (212ºF) water

3 min. first infusion

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