For lovers of bold yet complex sheng.

A young gushu from trees a century old, it contends the elevated reputation of the older trees of Laobanzhang. An avid connoisseur may know the sheng pu'er from this area for its complexity and power, containing a force to be reckoned with. This tea may be young, but is no different: an overpowering cha qi takes shape from the third or fourth brew on, a surprising antipode to its gentle flavor profile of soybean, jackfruit in its distinctive musk, and white chocolate in its waxy body. For a less potent punch, we found that flash brewing this tea with a pinch fewer leaves than recommended brings out the more delicate aromas and smoothness.

  • ORIGIN:  Laobanzhang, Menghai, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China
  • MEANING:  Old Banzhang (the old Banzhang village, as opposed to Xin Banzhang, the new village)
  • CULTIVAR:  Da Ye Zhong
  • HARVEST TIME:  Spring 2022
  • TASTE:  Dried soybean, jackfruit, white chocolate


  • Quantity: 6g / 500ml
  • Water temperature: 100°C
  • Infusion time: 4-5 min
  • Quantity: 5g / 100ml
  • Water temperature: 100°C
  • Several short infusions

Start with few seconds. Increase the brewing time at each following infusion. Exception: If the leaves are pressed, make the first infusion longer than the second. For best results in gongfu cha, brew in a Yixing teapot.