This is an exceptional dark tea from Yunnan, with notes of damp earth, mushroom and tobacco in the cup. It releases a perfect succession of notes and lingers in the mouth with a smooth, delicious finish. This vintage Pu Erh is a must and will be highly appreciated by Pu Erh connoisseurs!
Vintage Pu Erhs are prestigious teas of exceptional quality, offering a refined liquor and unique flavours and aromas. Storing them is a real art as they must be kept in specific conditions in terms of temperature, humidity and so on for a number of years.During fermentation, vintage Pu Erhs acquire a richer, sweeter flavour than a young Pu Erh and have an aftertaste that is more earthy and damp, evoking mushrooms. They improve over time, and their age determines their price. Very old teas are costly, and there are fakes on the market. Like wine, these fine vintage Pu Erhs can be enjoyed immediately or can be kept for improving further in a cellar.
- Origin: Yunnan, China
- Tea colour: dark tea
François-Xavier Delmas' choice:
“An extraordinary aged premium tea with rich aromas and subtlety.”
- Appearance: a lovely regular plucking with plenty of buds
- Colours: dark and pale brown
- Scents: mainly woody
Brewed leaves (infusion):
- Scents: damp cellar, oak moss, dry wood, animal (cowshed), damp earth, a hint of vanilla
- Colour: reddish brown
- Texture: silky
- Flavours: very subtle, sweet and umami
- Aromas: undergrowth to start, damp wood, humus, mushroom, oak moss, dry wood, wax, tobacco, liquorice
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: smooth yet complex, long in the mouth, evolves like an aged wine with a remarkable succession of notes
Throughout the year, our experts travel in the tea plantations looking for the best pluckings and new, rare, delicious teas.
The fact that we travel so extensively, that we taste and buy on location has many advantages and allows us to find rare crops by looking outside the traditional supplier circuit, to taste and to share with you the harvests of small plantations, which are often hidden away.
Visiting tea estates regularly and thereby establishing long-lasting relations with our suppliers allows us to guarantee regular quality control of the teas we buy, and to continue our mission: to bring you the best quality teas and to share our travels and experience with you, while concerning ourselves with environmental issues, working conditions on the estates and the fair trade practices to which we adhere.