2019 Bing Dao Raw Pu'er Pearl 冰岛古树生普洱
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This is a raw Pu'er from Bing Dao tribal area of the Dai People (傣族), located north of Bang Ma snow mountain (邦马大雪山) in Lincang, Yunnan. Although close to its other famous cousin Ban Zhang (班章), it has very different taste notes. Its original tribal name bears a different word but pronounced in the similar way (扁岛、丙岛), and means a tribe that uses thin bamboo-woven gates. The current name is also a reflection of the cold climate the tea grows in.
This tea was harvested in 2019 from the larger Bing Dao area surrounding the original Bing Dao village. It is compressed into "dragon balls" (龙珠), good for brewing in a standard zisha tea pot. This pu'er is more delicate with smooth body and clear floral notes compared to the bolder Ban Zhang. It also has its signature minty notes. As a raw pu'er ages, the flavours becomes mellower and rounder, sometimes fruitier. Good for enjoyment after 3 years of aging, it could be further aged to develop its characteristic rock sugar aroma and sweetness (冰糖甜香).
Packed in 14 x 7g balls