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Club selection of September 2019 - Far lesser known than its famed neighbour Lao Banzhang, Ban Pen (Ban Pun, Bang Pen) originates from the same clay rich soils and deep forests and is produced identically. Hani producers gently wither, pan fry and sun and shade dry the leaves so that the powerful mineral influences are kept. With Sheng or ‘raw’ Puerhs the utmost attention is payed to ensure that flavours reflect the terroir rather than manipulate the tea. Ban Pen carries within it much of that mineral complexity that continues to reveal itself over time. A great tea to age, as the inherent strength of the tea will transform and be retained. Discover this Ban Pen Sheng tea even further with Jeff.
Tasting Notes - A tea we are calling “Zhǎng” for its long-lasting notes and eternal power, Ban Pen is an example of a tea that is ideal for ageing. Powerful and complex now it has enough power to age for a couple of years (or more) and evolve. Locals within Yunnan refer to this entire region’s teas as carrying slight floral notes of Orchid. Nearby the regions of He Kai and Lao Banzhang get more of the credit than Ban Pen, but Ban Pen’s teas are and excellent (and reasonably priced) choices. Though the concept of ‘qi’ or lifeforce is often something subjective, this tea does carry it. The mineral notes of the tea will be revealed in more subtle notes after ageing this beauty.