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Elegance of Time (early 1980s vintage)
Elegance of Time (early 1980s vintage)
Elegance of Time Packaging
A NOTE ON THE PACKAGING: Because this tea is very special, a unique package was created for it exclusively. The outside of the substantial, gift-quality box is wrapped in a subtle off-white crepe texture and printed with the swallow and plum blossom motif. The lid wraps the front and has an invisible magnetic closure. Tea inside is held in a sealed foil pouch.

The Elegance of Time Ripe Pu-erh Tea

early 1980s vintage - unknown harvest

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Weight: 50 grams (1.75 oz.) (broken cake)
Type: Ripe Pu-erh (fermented)
Grade: 1-3
Production area: Xishuangbanna Prefecture, Yunnan Province

Sourced directly from the warehouses of the former Menghai Tea Factory, this exquisite aged ripe Pu-erh was among the few authentic ripe Pu-erh made during the early years after ripe Pu-erh was invented. After 30 years of aging in Yunnan, time has done its magic to transform this tea into something special.

Taste characteristics: Brewed to a bright ruby hue, this tea exhibits the characteristics unique to authentic vintage teas. Thick, smooth and full-bodied, this tea offers a rich Chinese herbal and antique wood scent followed by a lengthy sweet aftertaste that is satisfying and relaxing.

One of the ultimate goals of a Pu-erh connoisseur is to find a well-aged true vintage Pu-erh. Look no further, this tea is a must-have.

NOTE: free shipping on sample.
The Elegance of Time 5g sample Tea $24.00 The Elegance of Time (early 1980s vintage) Tea $164.00
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Use 6g of leaves per 6 oz. of water. Quick rinse the leaves twice with boiling water before brewing.


2 sec.
1st BREW
20 sec.
2nd BREW
10 sec.
3rd BREW
10 sec.
4th BREW
20 sec.
5th BREW
30 sec.
6th BREW
40 sec.
7th BREW
1 min.
8th BREW
2 min.
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Pure Enjoyment! 05/21/2020
By Shelley Oram
This is my new favorite tea. Deep, rich co-mingling of flavors with a rich after taste. I start my day with this tea and every sip like a meditation!
Our responseYes, this tea transport me back in time.
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So delicious 03/10/2020
By stephen spitalny
This is a great tea to make space in your day to truly savor this. Not cheap but every drop is worth it and it steeps and steeps and steeps again.
Our responseThis is my favorite pu-erh as well. It is delicious even after the tea is "done."
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WOW 06/04/2020
By stephen spitalny
It's so hard to know what to buy without tasting, so I took a chance on this tea and it is a treasure.

Our responseThis is indeed a rare find. It is my favorite as well.
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again and again 01/20/2022
By stephen spitalny
I keep coming back to this tea and buying it again and again.
I love it for special tea occasions.

Our responseThis tea is addictive!