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Yunnan Maojian on sale in April

One the most favored types of tea in China is Mao Jian (毛尖 - hairy tip) style. It's similar to Mao Feng (毛峰 - hairy peak) style* but uses only the tips and buds of the tea plant rather than all the leaves to give a lighter more floral character.Yunnan province in southern China is the ancient home of the tea plant, and the rich red hills are filled with old, large tea trees with thick and hearty leaves, most of which get turned into various cakes, bricks, and nuggets in the traditional manner of Puer Teas.So it was a delightful surprise to find Yunnan leaves being made in the more delicate Mao Jian style. The light tippy floral notes...

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Puer Tea for Dessert

Holiday feasts should be celebrated with deep, rich foods.  And that means fermented teas from Yunnan are just the thing for the Winter months ahead.   Farleaves Oakland Blend starts with a bold puer base and adds barley for nourishment, candied ginger for a sweet energy charge, and a pinch of cayenne  pepper to make this tea really sing out. This is such a good dessert tea to share when returning from a nice after dinner walk.   Puer Cakes are excellent holiday treats. When time is available to enjoy the full tea experience what better way than to find a cake, decipher the origin and the processing from the carefully applied packaging, and then break off pieces of leaves from...

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New Rare Puer Cakes - both raw and cooked pu erh tea

In the backstreet alleys of Taipei sometimes you will find hidden treasures of unexpected value tucked away in the modest stalls and shops that serve their community with dry goods, hot foods, hardware, and whatever else you may need.  Such a thing was our recent discovery when Donna found a few dozen bundles of two great aged puer cakes. The Horse & Dragon Celebrating puer cakes were pressed in 1999 by one of the oldest most reputable merchants in Yunnan; the name TongQing is synonymous with best quality and the liquor produced from the flaky fragments of this well cooked cake is rich with a depth that only comes from the bacteriological progression from compressed circles of leaves into concentrated disks of restorative power. This...

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Puer Tea: Cake or Loose Leaf?

We sat down with Brad to learn about Puer Cake and loose leaf Puer Gold tea. We hear about the sublime joys of the great feel of a puer knife, the pleasure of having tea with friends, and the spiritual nourishment that leaves can impart.

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