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Sunset Ritual Ancient Tree Riped/Shu Puér 2016

A rare shu/riped puér that has a relaxing energy as lasting as the sweetness remains on the palate

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This is our very first Chinese farm and in particular Farmer Yang’s Ancient Tree Shu (Ripe) Pu’er – a rare Shu Pu’er that’s nuanced and delicate, while also carrying the energy of Ancient Tree leaves. Due to its minimal caffeine, probiotic gut bacteria, and relaxing old tree  energy, it’s a great tea to wind down with in the evening after a long day.

This Pu’er comes from Farmer Yang’s Ancient tree garden composed of trees over 200 years old. What makes Shu Pu’er Ripe is the fact that it has had an accelerated fermented process which was developed in the 1970s. This technique mimics the fermentation that would occur if the tea were left to age through creating the ideal microclimate for the micro-organisms to propagate.

More often than not, farmers reserve their best Pu’er for aging as Sheng Pu’er knowing that the tea will fetch a much better price when properly aged, leading to many Farmers using their less valuable crop for their Shu. Thus many Shu on the market will push the fermentation to cover the quality of the tea, leading to overpowering fermentation notes.

We’re so grateful that Farmer Yang reserved some of his Ancient Tree leaves for fermenting into Shu Pu’er, as it leads to a high quality Shu Pu’er that has the energy elements found in aged Ancient Tree Pu’ers. Older tree Pu’er are most desired for their tangible energy and warmth, so many Shu Pu’er using younger cheaper leaves will lack the calming energies (or qi) of properly aged quality Sheng Pu’er. Similar to wineyards and olive gardens, the age of the garden has a large impact on the  micronutrients in the soil, leading to a stronger and more complex chemical cocktail. There are records of tea gardens in Jingmai going back 1200 years, which is one theory as to why this region produces such coveted teas.

Our Ancient Tree Shu tastes of the morning forest, slightly piney with an almost almond milk-like fog, without the over-fermentation earthy soil notes that other Shu Pu’ers have. In China Shu Pu’er is often drank after dinner as the caffeine is fermented away, and the fermentation yields healthy probiotic gut bacteria to aid digestion. On top of that the Gushu (old tree) mental and body feel is quite present, which is the main reason we drink this tea – this tea is  incredibly relaxing in mind and in muscle.


Inspired – This rare tea was uniquely crafted to take you on a journey. Sip back and enjoy the ride.




30g w/composable bag, 357g cake, 60g w/composable bag


Ancient Tree, Puér

Tea Profile

Cultivar: Yunnan Ancient Tree Large Leaf Species

Origin: Yang Farm, Yunnan Jingmai Mountain, China

Picking: 2016 Spring, > 1500m altitude

Processing: Puér processing, post fermented, aged

Tasting Notes: Morning forest, toffee, almond milk

Brewing Method

Gōng Fū Chá Style

6g tea to 150ml water
1st brew: 100C, 20 sec
2nd brew: 100C, 30 sec
3rd+ brews: 100C, add 15-20 sec each time

It can be brewed up to 8-10 or even more brews.
To brew Gōng Fū Chá Style, preheat the teapot before putting tea leaves, and then start with the first quick brew, around 15-20 seconds.*

For the continuing brews, we recommend to play with the brewing time with the temperature. For your reference, the brewing time can be increased 5-10 seconds on each brew.**

* Some people may want to do a “wash” for their tea, we sometimes do sometimes doesn’t, for the aged ones we do, so it is up to you. You can actually compare which taste you prefer – throw away the first or not. 
** Each tea is alive in this own way, this is just a recommended brewing method. We encourage you to listen to the tea, listen to yourself, feel the tea and experiment with the tea.

(If you discover an exciting method, please let us know, we are always happy to hear and learn from each other! 😊)

Cover Art Story

Sweet like color pink,
earthy like trees and their roots,
wise like old dragon peeking thru a time portal to see the future,
in the scent hints of slowly dancing flowers.

This piece comes from the feelings of what the tea gives me and the name just resonated with everything that the tea represents. Sunset Ritual is the name of the artwork on the cake. Not yet night but not a daytime anymore – a perfect slot just in-between the two moments. I imagine that all things living have their own unique evening rituals. Flowers, dragons, humans, trees and the sun. Some get ready to sleep – some are about to wake up. This tea leaves many layers of sensations like clouds in my mouth and hint of unknown magic.

When creating an art piece I just feel it out and intuitively follow the idea. Sometimes the idea shape-shifts in the process and leads me to unexpected places. I never cling to an idea because clinging just sets me up for failing. So it is a mix between being open for what ever and the original thought or a feeling from inside. Sometimes certain situations, memories and specially tea can trigger a color spectacle behind my closed eyes. All the colors on the cover art is a part of the spectacle that the tea gave me.

I focused the idea of what time of the day I would love to drink this puer. Asking questions such as what does it look like at that time of the day and getting an answer of an evening sunset.

Text/ Anastasija Kuzmina


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