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2002 Collector's Reserve Bing Cha
2002 Collector's Reserve Bing Cha

Price: $380.00

2002 Collectors Reserve Bing Cha:

It has been said that Puerh appreciation separates the true tea connoisseurs from the mere dilettantes. If we have to assign a point where this parting of the ways takes place, it is probably around the release of this tea. On the one hand are the poor mislead folks who have been drinking a vague infusion of leaves smelling like a moldy basement, and on the other the discerning people who appreciate the way of tea and the depth of expertise it takes to capture the essence of nature's flavor. Our 2002 Private Reserve is a rapture of the senses: a splendid balance of earthy, musty flavors and complex flavors reminiscent of Black Yunnan. The cup is a bright deep-red with an orange undertone and a gold rim, which a distinctive sign of quality. Wood, air, metal, water, earth "the five elements" are all in balance in this wonderful tea. This is a unique opportunity to discover a great tea and to start or to add to your tea collection.

To prepare Puerh tea from cakes or bricks break off a small piece and gently crumble it into a teapot or gaiwan. Quickly flush (cover the leaves with hot water and pour it off) and appreciate the aroma of the wet leaves. Then infuse with near-boiling water for 1-3 minutes and serve. Puerh tea generally may be re-steeped 3 or 4 times.

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5 of 5 December 8, 2019
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Huntington Beach, CA United States  
subtle complexity.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 the first review July 27, 2014
Reviewer: Frank Hadley Murphy from Santa Fe, NM United States  
Since 2002, I have purposely neglected writing a review about this cake because, I have to confess, I wanted it all for myself.  This is, hands down, the most spectacular, the most extraordinary ripe, black, cooked or shou Pu-erh cake I've ever had.  There's not a single other ripe cake on the market today that's like this.  Those familiar with five elements acupuncture will notice that it balances all five elements in the body which means that it has a profoundly grounding, stabilizing effect.  This is the kind of tea I write about that exhibits all the entheogenic qualities of a plant spirit medicine.  And the taste?  Holy Cucumber Sandwiches, a rapture of the senses indeed!  There's sugar cane, sweet refined tobacco, semi-sweet chocolate, the New England woods after a fall rain.  It keeps going on and on, changing and changing.  I brew with boiling de-ionized water for 3-4 minutes and then, ladies and gentlemen, I take the rest of the afternoon off!  

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