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    Jalam Teas Bang Pun Unfermented Puerh

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: loosely compressed, mixed greens and browns with visible buds Ingredients: puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep gold I have a treasure hoard full of mini puerh cakes from +JalamTeas that I guard as though I were Smaug on Lonely Mountain. Only less violent…maybe. There are some posts coming down the pipeline that will group several teas from similar regions in Yunnan but in the meantime, I wanted to share this gem with you all. It was sent out to subscribers just after I moved into my apartment back in 2014. Time flies when you’re having fun but the wonderful thing…

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    A Quadruple Shou Puerh Tasting with Jalam Teas

    Having too much tea is a very nice problem to have. That being said, I do feel a bit bad when tea sits around without being enjoyed. I’ve started to taste them in groups for that very reason. That way I can dig through the “to drink” pile faster and no one gets left out. On a very chilly winter day, I did just that. For this tasting, the only thing the teas have in common is that they are all shou, or cooked, puerh from the same vendor. Each of these teas was brewed in a porcelain gaiwan (luckily, I have those laying around in spades) using 8g of leaf and boiling…

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    Jalam Teas He Kai Sheng

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: varied greens, loosely compressed Ingredients: puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep gold One of the things I love most about +JalamTeas is that their service gives the opportunity to really get to know the terroir of Yunnan. Two years ago I reviewed another He Kai from them and found very similar tasting notes to this one. Each cake they send is accompanied by a beautiful photograph. There are times that I miss my old lightbox because it was wider which allowed me to include them in my pictures. This month’s card featured a shot of one of the last remaining yak…

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    Jalam Teas Mengsong Sheng

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: mixed greens with visible buds, loosely compressed Ingredients: puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep gold I’m slowing working my way through my collection of cakes from +JalamTeas. I feel like I’ve really gotten to know both the people and the tea of Yunnan over the years. Each time we return to a particular region, it’s like reconnecting with an old friend. The last Mengsong tea that I reviewed here was posted a little over two years ago. Back then I was really just toeing the waters of puerh. Now I feel like I’ve dived in, although I’m still…

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    Jalam Teas Zhang Lang Sheng

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: varied greens, loosely compressed Ingredients: puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: bright gold There a lot of teas waiting in the wings to be written about and shared with you all. I think the ones I feel most guilty about are my the ones from +JalamTeas. There is an entire drawer full of little cakes just waiting for their moment to shine. Most recently this Zhang Lang called my name. It was harvested in the summer of 2014 near Bada Mountain. The leaves were fairly large and mostly whole. They turned out a bit of a weird green color in…