beTeas is proud to offer exclusive and authentic puer cakes by Jalam Teas, from the remote villages of Yunnan. This unfermented “raw” or “sheng” puer (or pu-erh) is produced by the Bulang minority. Powerful, with strains of easy, sweet tangs, this puer is well enjoyed while still green, and is also great for aging. You will want to experiment with the steep time and amount of leaf, as for some, more can bring about a startling strength (while still green), while less will reveal this through more layers and infusions.
Meng Hun is an area as well known for orchids and watermelons as it is for tea. Tucked into the north facing slopes of the Pulang Mountains in southwestern Yunnan, Meng Hun is a tea that has been ‘tamed’ by more consistent production methods. Jalam refers to it as “a wild tea that has been tamed…but only just”! See our “Additional Information” tab for detailed steep instructions for puer cake tea.
- Green, Unfermented (Raw) Puerh
- Region: Xiding Township of Xishuangbanna
- Location: Southern Yunnan near Bada Mountain
- Type: High Mountain Puerh (1700-1900 metres)
- Harvest: Summer 2014
- Harvesters: Bulang minority
- Tradition: Use fully boiled water, as the large leaf ‘Camellia Sinensis Assamica’ (Puerh) can handle the heat.
Zhang Lang carries in its cake, a relatively high concentration of end buds and leaves to add to the floral content of the cake. One of the classic observations of ‘great’ raw green Puerhs is that the best of the best always carry both strength and subtleties and Zhang Lang fits wonderfully into that category.
The local Bulang are classic story tellers of the land and the forests, often speaking as if the forests were in constant communion with each other. The procurer, Jeff, feels like they are one of the true earth peoples of the regions and loves recounting quotes and stories from the Bulang simply because they still reflect some of the wonder of the world around them and have deep connections to the soil and earth.
Bulang tea harvesters west of Menghai in Xishuangbanna right in the midst of where Jeff of Jalam sources their teas, (which beTeas is proud to carry!). Bulang are one of the original tea cultivating minorities and share much in common with the dominant Dai minority of the region. Photo and content by permission of Jalam Teas.