Puer Cakes

Puer teas are elemental and mysteriously dark, fermented teas which are robust, earthy, rich and grounding. Puer is often a favorite tea of the truly dedicated tea drinker. This aged tea usually begins with a variety of leaf from exceptionally broad-leaved tea trees.  This tea either left loose or compressed into cakes is then permitted to retain barely enough moisture content that the tea continues to ferment slowly over time. For this reason, puer is best stored open so that oxygen can continue to refine the tea.

There are two general types of puer: Shu (black, or cooked) and Sheng (green, or raw). The raw or Sheng (green) puer is made from mao cha this is lightly steamed and pressed into cakes. It is the sheng puer that demonstrates the miracle of puer. The microbes present in the mao cha that are not destroyed during sun drying work their magic and over 8 to 10 years until raw puer tea is transformed to cooked, green to black. It is the sheng that is most valuable over time and starts to reach is full maturity after around thirty years. 

Shu, or cooked/black puer is more complicated. In 1973, because of a shortage of old cakes caused by the destruction of all things old during the Cultural Revolution, a process was developed for uniformly speeding up the aging process. This process has been well guarded in the past but is relatively simple, but not without skill. Large piles of maocha are wetted and then covered with a large canvas cloth, creating a kind of composting effect. The water drains off as does some of the natural moisture through the weight of the pile. Inside of the pile heat is produced. The pile becomes a rich environment for microbes that thrive in the tea leaves of the Yunnan rain forest.

The tea master’s skill comes into play when the pile needs to be turned. The turning needs to come at the right time, and there are clumps of growth that occur at the bottom of the heap and must be broken up and evenly distributed throughout the pile. When to turn and the attention paid to the details of turning are critical, so that the pile adds a pleasant fragrance to the tea. A poor level of skill turns the heap into an unkempt barnyard smell, flatteringly called ‘earthy’ in the West, and ‘old house smell’ in China.  After the the tea is cooked it is sorted for grade, and then lightly steeped and pressed into cakes, bricks, etc.  Read more...


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2005 Yunnan Yi Green Puer Cake

Orange yellow liquor, full bodied taste, lingering aftertaste and long infusion time makes this tea a great choice for those who prefer more challenging, complex sheng puer tea.


Our price: $85.50
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2005 Jing Mai High Mountain Green Puer Cake

When you taste this tea, the features are quite apparent; the dense and robust taste; the bright yellow overtone of the liquor; the fragrance of stir-fried chestnut; the long lasting aftertaste. All these features are perfect for those who love complex, full-bodied flavors.


Our price: $88.00
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Jing Mai Early Spring Ancient Tree Green Puer Cake 2011 357g

This green cake is  selected from mao cha from 100-200 year old tea trees which is naturally grown within the wildflowers and trees of the forest. When the bush yields in the spring and the forest is blooming, it absorbs a complex aroma. Being from old trees, this tea yields rich and complex flavors.

Due to the prolonged drought in Yunnan, Jing Mai’s tea has become more and more rare. This is a good tea to enjoy now or keep as a collectable.


Our price: $92.04
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Yue Guang Bai (White Moonlight) Ancient Tree Green Puer Cake 2009 400g

Smooth and fruity with a full-bodied flavor. A great tea for new green puer drinkers.


Our price: $95.00
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2012 Yi Wu Mountain Ancient Tree Green Puer Cake 400g

This cake is made from only Yi Wu Mountain leaves picked in the traditional way of picking the very top buds and the first one or two leaves during the spring harvest. This tea is known for a slight honey flavor which is lighter than tea made from You Le Mountain. This cake was fermented naturally and is an excellent choice for long term storage.


Our price: $109.40
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Bu Lang Wang Zi (Prince Tribute) Green Puer Cake 2011 357g

The Bu Lang people live in the higher regions of the Jing Mai mountain range, and tea is extremely important to their physical and spiritual lives. We purchased this tea cake from the prince of the Bu Lang people, Su Guo Wei, and his signature can be seen on the wrapper of each cake. This tea was picked from 200-300 year old tea trees growing wild in the forest. The flavor is rich and robust, with the distinctive complexity of tea from ancient tea trees.


Our price: $134.00
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Jing Mai Teng La Zi Juan (Purple Tea Buds) Green Puer Cake 2011 357g

When Lu Yu wrote his famous book about tea 1200 years ago, he mentioned that the best tea bushes had purple tea buds. This type of tea bush was recently discovered in Teng La, a small area within Jing Mai in southern Yunnan province. The soil and climate of this area is perfectly suited to the purple tea bushes, producing a rich, floral aroma unmatched by tea grown in other areas. The aroma and flavor linger in the mouth much longer than with other puer teas. The rich amino acids and antioxidants create a smooth, mild flavor that is easy to drink all day.


Our price: $195.00
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1995 Black Puer Brick

This rare, aged black puer brick is made from large leaves, and has a distinct date fragrance and a surprising sweetness, with a clear reddish color.


Our price: $318.00
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