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  • Full expression of yun (tea rhyme, taste perfection)
  • Very complex and satisfying bitter-sweetness
  • 100% old and ancient tree
  • Deep in the throat strong fresh aftertaste
  • Powerful, deep Qi

Can Puerh be like water? This is the question this tea sets out to explore.

The more you drink real old tree Puerh, the more you’re likely to appreciate elegant, subtle, refreshing, full taste (and corresponding Qi), and the extreme version of this is a thirst-quenching, fresh, thick, sweet water that leaves you feeling satisfied, with a sense of wellbeing but without being otherwise very noticeable. Can Puerh really do that?

A state of the art blend of old tree and a secret ingredient, pushing the boundaries of modern old tree puerh production, it expresses an ethereal, subtle, deeply satisfying taste and Qi, a great expression of yun (韻).

This tea requires a good amount of experience in drinking (high quality) puerh or at least a certain degree of concentration and stillness to fully understand. Brew it for many steeps, it will go on longer than you think. I suggest you get at least a 25 grams sample (or better, a slice) to be able to try it multiple times.

Made by Mr. A, a very experienced producer of small batch elite puerh, also maker of our 2014 Green Mark MengSa and 2020 Legacy/”The beast”. The price is a gift for this work of art.

Approx. 357g cakes, available as 1/4 slice (approx. 85g) and sample too.


7 grams, 25 grams, triangle, full cake

2 reviews for 2016 Ethereal (T5-)

  1. Nick M.

    This is a pretty intense tea in so many ways despite its cool, flowing character. Deeply perfumed from the pot. Whereas the aromas from the bowl are already quite complex but in a subtle way with hints of classic secondary puerh notes along with citrus and orange blossom. Light to mid amber in colour. You can really smell the powerful charge of phenols in this tea, though the bitterness can be very well regulated by initially short brewing times. The peachy sweetness that the tea is imbued with is checked by the tannins, and makes for an elemental tasting experience followed by a deep persistent cooling sensation. Very durable, starts to really smooth out around the 7th steep. Very cleansing, and exceptionally calming. Pretty marvellous now, but, tasting for the second time, on my own, I think this has all the elements to develop wonderfully over the next decade.

  2. Christopher W. (verified owner)

    This tea is Ethereal and magical!

    I brewed in Yixing clay for the first two sessions and it wasn’t till the third season in a gaiwan that I realised I was brewing this way too strong! It indeed is like water…

    This tea is extremely responsive and brewing her is like riding the wild horse.

    Inside there is every fruit of the forest to be found. She is playful, giggly, full of fun and surprise.

    The most beautiful part, is that while she bestows her cornacopia of delight in abundance, she still retains plenty of mystery to keep you wanting to explore further.

    If I had only one chance to impress the Tea Master, I would proudly serve this with great attention, in the finest Jingdezhen porcelain.

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