Bamboo Stick Pu-erh, 1980s
Also known as pou nei or bo lei in China, pu-erh is the only type of tea intentionally fermented. Grown and processed in Yunnan Province, it’s also often shaped into a compressed form. This limited lot, from the 1980s, was made in a shu, or black, style and then packed into a bamboo stalk to age. A deep, earthy fragrance and delicate camphor note, anchored by a rich sweetness, have arisen during the long aging, and hold up through dozens of infusions.
Region: Yunnan Province
Tasting Notes: camphor, earthy, lingering
Year of Production: 1980s