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What Is Sheng Pu?

Officially a green tea, Sheng Pu Er is made with a classic green tea method. But its destiny can’t be more different from a typical green tea with its aging potential.

Sheng Pu desirability is directly tied to the age of the tea trees and the location they come from. Highly sought after Pu Er come from trees 200-600 years old planted during Ming and Qing Dynasty, often referred to as da shu cha or gu shu cha. Like all top Chinese teas, the #1 factor to the teas’ value is tied to its terroir, and Pu Er Sheng Cha are named after its terroir as well. This is comparable to naming wine from Champagne, Champagne.

Learn more about Pu Er with our Tea Fundamentals.

History of Bu Liang Shan

Origin: Bu Lang Shan, Meng Hai, West of Lan Cang river, Xi Shuang Ban Na, Yun Nan Province, China (~1200m elevation)

Bu Lang Shan is one of the most hailed tea mountains west of Lan Cang river. It is also one of the largest. Our Bu Lang Shan is harvested from ancient tea trees 200-600 years old. Ancient tea trees are called Gu Shu / Lao Shu in Chinese. Bu Lang Shan is known for its strong profile – big flavor, big body.

Bold Flavor

Bu Lang Shan is sometimes characterized as having some bitterness as the tea hits the tongue. However, this bitterness dissipates quickly and transforms into cool sweetness. Young Bu Lang Shan Pu Er is umami, whereas aged ones are full of notes of dried fruits.  

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Tasting The 2015 Vintage

The Bu Liang Shan from 2015 is bold, full, powerful while being balanced with gentle umami and floral flavor.

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Share Our Passion

If you love this guided tasting, join us monthly with our Educational Tea Club! We deep dive into two teas a month over Zoom. You'll be able to participate live and ask questions and taste the tea together with our community.

Example Curriculum

  Bu Liang Shan, Spring 2015
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What You'll Need

To get the most out of this session, we advise having a gong fu brewing set up ready to brew along with. A Gai WanFairness PitcherStrainer, and Three Sip Cup is recommended.

You can purchase a full gong fu brewing kit here.

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