Menghai Golden Buds Tribute Ripened Pu-erh Cake Tea 2009

200g small and exquisite cake, palace grade

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Menghai Golden Buds Tribute Ripened Pu-erh Cake Tea 2009

200g small and exquisite cake, palace grade

90% of 100

Bulang Mountain, Menghai County, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, China

Harvest Date:

May, 2009

Production Date:

May 20, 2016

Plucking Standard:

One bud with two leaves

Net Weight:


Dry Tea:

Small and exquisite Pu-erh cake, slightly loose on the edge, many golden or reddish brown tea buds on the surface and inside of the cake.


Slight but persistent aged fragrant


Clear, bright deep red color


Soft and smooth, slightly sticky with obvious sweet

Tea Bush:

Menghai large-leaf tea bush species

Tea Garden:

Man Xin Long Tea Garden




Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)


Store in cool, dry place away from sunlight; keep ventilated

Shelf Life:

The aged the better

Angel's Comment:

A kind of palace grade ripened Pu-erh cake weights only about 200g, which is suitable for new tea beginners to try.

Our previous Golden Buds Tribute Ripened Pu-erh Cake was so popular among puerh tea lovers but unfortunately it had been out of stock for a long time. During the past year, many puerh tea lovers request for the restock of this kind of Pu-erh Cake. We decided to do a Teavivre brand tribute ripened Pu-erh cake 200g. So Angel began to contact the Pu-erh tea factories to find a high-quality raw material of Pu-erh loose tea and then pressed into cakes. While the factory pressed the cakes, Teavivre began to design the packaging tissue paper. After about half a year, this new Menghai Golden Buds Tribute Ripened Pu-erh Cake 2009 was finished.

This tea was selected the one bud with two leaves picked in the spring of 2009 from Bulang Mountain large-leaf tea bush species as the raw material. We sifted the shoot tips (golden buds) to make tea after pile fermentation, so we called this kind of raw material as “palace grade raw material”. Usually in order to ensure the taste, when using the palace grade raw material to make Pu-erh cake, other grade of raw materials will be blended. however, this cake is made of pure palace grade raw material and no matter on the surface or inside of this cake, there are many golden buds, very real. To the people who have a better understanding about Pu-erh tea, they will know that the raw material can be divided into 11 grades, of which the palace grade is the tenderest one with many tea buds and soft, delicate taste, so for the tea friends who are accustomed to the strong tea, the taste may be too light. But for the tea friends who begin to drink Pu-erh tea or love the light taste, it is a good choice.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 12oz / 355ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
212℉ / 100℃ 212℉ / 100℃
5g Tea 10g Tea
Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins 11 steeps: rinse, 10s, 10s, 10s, 10s, 10s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 90s, 120s
      Rinse time is 5 seconds
Tea Garden

Man Xin Long stockaded village is located in Bulang Shan, with elevation of 1800 metres and forest surrounded. The Bulang nationality in Man Xin Long has been migrated here since over two hundred years ago. The tea trees around 150 mu were planted nearby hillsides and forest from that time.

Man Xin Long stockaded village
Picking tea leaves on the high tea tree

In the tea grove, tea farmers are picking tea leaves on the high tea tree.


Bulang Mountain lies in Menghai County in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, is a famous area of producing pu-erh tea. It keeps the largest amount of ancient pu-erh tea trees within an area of 100,000 hectares. The Bulang Mountain rolls and stretches on the land of Menghai. Deep valleys crossed through the hills. Average height there can reach to 1216 meters, while the highest spot, Sanduo Peak, is at the altitude of 2082 meters. Standing on the spot, you can have a clear view of the whole Bulang Mountain. Bulang Mountain is subtropical monsoon climate, has abundant sunlight and rainfalls. The annual rainfall is 1374 mm, and average temperature is around 18℃ - 21℃. Frost season is very short. In spring and winter, there is heavy fog, while summer and autumn are often overcast and rainy.

Map of Yunnan,Bulang Mountain

Tea Bush

Native to Menghai County, Xishuangbanna, the Menghai large leaf tea tree species was rated as the most improved national tea variety in 1984. This species has the ability to grow 7 m tall in the wild and its leaves are bold green and much larger than common varieties. The buds of this species are yellowish green and covered in fuzz. The tea leaves of this tree are high in phytochemicals; one tea bud with two leaves contains 2.3% of amino acids, 32.8% of polyphenolic compounds, 4.1% of caffeine and 18.2% of catechuic acid. As a result, pu-erh tea made from the Menghai species is high quality, rich in flavor, with a soft taste and a full-bodied tea essence.

Menghai large leaf tea tree species


Pu'erh tea is one of the oldest types of tea in China, with a history stretching back over 1,700 years to the Eastern Han Dynasty, when the tea was called Jing Cha. Pu'erh is named after the town of Pu-erh in Yunnan province, which was the early trading center for this tea. In this teas early history it was used as a bartering currency in south west China. In south west China the famed Cha Ma Gu Dao - “Tea Horse Road” - was built especially to transport this tea through the Himalayas to other countries and areas in Tibet.</p

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