Lao Ma E' Sheng from Jalam Teas was vegetal with all of the bitterness that this region is known for along with a nice returning sweetness.
Rama Lama Bulang shou puerh might just have the catchiest tea name ever. It was a smooth yet full-bodied and offered plenty of complexity.
This small but mighty Bing Dao dragon ball packed plenty of astringency along with a sugar cane-like sweetness.
Jade Rabbit from Crimson Lotus Tea is a multiyear, multi mountain sheng puerh blend that packs just as much punch as it does sweetness.
One of the most common questions I get from readers is where to learn more about certain types of tea. These are some of my favorite books about puerh.
Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: large and wiry, abundance of buds Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep gold Mandala Tea just recently reopened their website and many tea drinkers celebrated the occasion by ordering A.S.A.P., myself included. I needed some puerh mao cha to photograph for a blog post so it was the perfect excuse to load up. Simply put, mao cha is the raw material that is compressed to make a puerh cake. Although there were a few to choose from, I had to go with Autumn Song. The compressed version is still one of my all-time favorites (and I had recently finished the last…