Appearance & Taste
The tea leaves are in a round shape, with distinct pekoe. The taste of this Ban Zhang is very unique and strong, with a fresh and impressive wildflowers’ aroma. After the mild and pleasant bitterness at the first slip, it then transforms into a long-lasting and strong sweet aftertaste within 10-20 seconds. The tea soup is thick and mellow, with a hint of honey and clean smoky aroma. As it has been aged for several years, the taste is rich, with a special Chen fragrance. The tea soup is pure and clear, and has a apricot yellow colour.
Adjust the amount of tea based on your own taste
For simple glass vessel/teapot brewing:
You can brew fewer tea leaves with more hot water for a longer brewing time. Use 2 teaspoons of the tea for 125ml teacup, 4 teaspoons for 250ml glass, or 8 teaspoons for 500ml teapot. Using 100°C hot water to infuse tea leaves for around 3-4 minutes. Re-steep for around 6-7 times. Adjust it according to personal taste.
For Gongfu Style: (Recommend using (Yixing) Clay Teapot and Gaiwan)
- Warm the Gaiwan/tiny teapot with hot water; discard the water afterward
- Add 1g Pu’er tea for every 50ml of water (recommend 7g-10g tea leaves, adjust by personal taste)
- Pour hot water (100 °C) into the clay teapot / Gaiwan, tilt it, slowly rotating it two times and quickly discard the water (this step is for waking up tea leaves and stimulating the special aroma of the Pu’er tea)
- Refill clay teapot/Gaiwan with hot water
- Infuse tea for around 10s – 20s for the first brew, extending extra 20s infusion time for the following brew.
- Pour the steeped tea into a serving cup and divided into small teacups and serve
- Repeat 8-15 times depends on personal taste.
The producing area, Fuihai Bang Zhang Organic Tea Garden, is located in the south-eastern part of Menghai County, located deeply in the Blang Mountain, within the Nadameng first-class water source protection zone, belonging to Blang Township. It is adjacent to the Old Ban Zhang and New Ban Zhang Village, about 3km away from the Old Ban Zhang town. The altitude of the organic tea garden is from 1700 to 1900 meters. The varieties of tea trees are introduced directly from the Lao Bang Zhang and belong to the Yunnan Large-leaf arbor tea trees.
The annual average temperature there is 18-19 degrees, and the annual rainfall is 1300-1500 mm. The average sunshine time is 2088 hours, and the average number of foggy days is 107-160 days per year. The climatic conditions are very conducive to the growth of high-quality Pu-er tea.
The soil of the Fuhai Ban Zhang organic tea garden is acidulous red soil while the deeper layer is red soil. The acidulous red soil is covered with 30cm thick black soil on the surface. The soil is thick and fertile contains abundant organic mineral trace elements. It also has very good soil water permeability and aeration meanwhile with super water and fertilizer retention capacity.
In the natural ecosystem, the mutualistic symbiosis of species is the result of long-term natural selection. Fuhai Bang Zhang Organic Tea Garden utilises the ecological environment of the tea garden to achieve successful pest control. For instance, when tea trees were planted, one camphor tree was also planted every 10 meters for pest control.
The picking time of this organic tea garden is only once a year in the spring, from early-March to mid-May depends on the sprouting situation of the tea trees in the last year. The picking standard is one bud with two leaves which is the key factor to ensure the tea leaves have moderate tenderness, the richest nutrient substance and the best taste.