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2016 Yunnan Sourcing "Golden Needle" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

This is the highest grade Golden Needle Ripe Pu-erh we have ever encountered!  We bought it all after two tastings and decided to press it into a cake!  This little mini cake is the ultimate "Golden Needle" cake.  All "Golden Needle" (金针) grade ripe with no other coarser leaf grades mixed in.  This is not the same as the loose leaf Golden Needle we sell!

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This is the highest grade Golden Needle Ripe Pu-erh we have ever encountered!  We bought it all after two tastings and decided to press it into a cake!  This little mini cake is the ultimate "Golden Needle" cake.  All "Golden Needle" (金针) grade ripe with no other coarser leaf grades mixed in.  This is not the same as the loose leaf Golden Needle we sell!

Golden Needle grade is the finest grade of ripe pu-erh. A small leaf grade but slightly larger than gong ting, it is composed primarily of tippy gold buds. The taste is something between gongting grade and golden pu-erh. Creamy, thick and complex!  It tastes a bit like a nicely aged raw pu-erh with notes of mushroom and spice and long sweet after-finish!

100 grams per cake (7 cakes per bamboo leaf tong)

Menghai County harvested tea!  Wet piling done in Menghai!

This tea has been tested for 191 pesticides in a certified laboratory and has passed the MRL limits for pesticide residues as established by the EU Food and Safety commission.  For more information about MRL testing and the EU Food and Safety commission click on this link.