Pu-erh Teas from Bana Tea Company
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Beginnerís Gift Pack

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This gift pack comes in a gift box with a ribbon, a tea information card, and a Bana gift tag. It consists of a Mengsong Autumn raw pu-erh cake and The Taste of Menghai ripe pu-erh cake.  If you never tried or only had limited exposure to Pu-erh tea, this gift pack provides you with everything you need to explore the different flavor profiles of a raw and a ripe Pu-erh. The gift pack also includes a pu-erh pick and a tea filter.

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Perfect purchase 05/14/2019
By Cindee Hopkins
I purchased this for my book discussion group when we read The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. The group enjoyed seeing actual tea cakes, and the entire brewing process of the raw and ripe pu'er teas which they liked the taste of very much. I also had a video showing the 1,000 year old tea trees, the process of picking, curing, and selecting the tea leaves leading up to making the tea cakes, plus used my used my phoenix bird china to add to the evening's atmosphere. Thank Lisa See for mentioning your company for purchasing good quality teas.
Our responseThank you for sharing your book club tea tasting experience. It sounds like a really fun evening.
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Great! 01/13/2024
By Anna
I got this as a gift for my partner, who recently got a tea set, and had drunken all the pu-erh teas we had initially gotten. I drink a lot of other teas, so had no use for the strainer basket, and said so when I placed my order. I don’t know if it was because of that, but my order came with 8g samples of two other teas. All four teas are/were delicious, and the cakes and pick made for a really nice gift presentation. These teas were all richer and more complex than the initial pu-erh teas we had gotten elsewhere.
Our responseThank you for the nice review. We are happy to know that you enjoyed the tea in the gift pack and the samples included. We appreciate your kind words.
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Hands-on fun 06/20/2022
By Marianne Palen
I was intrigued after reading "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" and decided to treat our book group to a tasting. We all had a chance to pick the leaves off the cakes and then to taste both teas. I didn't brew them very well, but we were still able to appreciate the differences. Most noticed a strange smell of the ripe tea, but it dissipates once brewed. I've now been enjoying the left-over tea at home and don't have to worry about them going stale like most other teas. I feel that the set is well-worth the cost.
Our responseThe unusual smell of the ripe tea is because of the fermentation of the leaves. It was wonderful that everyone had a chance to pick the leaves off and feel the cake.
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Excellent Introduction 11/02/2021
By Joshua LeMoine
I have been enjoying Pu erh for 4-5 months now, and I really got my start back with this intro set. I have since tried 20+ raw and ripe variations from the bargain bin to pricey side. To this day, my daily go to is the ripe Taste of Menghai. I will also say that I contacted the company with questions and the owner replied to me directly! What amazing customer service for a new customer to experience!
Our responseThank you for your glowing review - we sure appreciate it.
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Shared Experiences 05/03/2018
By Janet Weeks
Many of my friends and book club members have enjoyed Lisa See's book. It's been fun to share this tea with them. Since the book talks so much about tea cakes, it also helps to have real tea cakes to show.
I love the tea strainer and have used an identical one for years. Now my husband has his own. The tea pick that is included is just one more aspect of this wonderful experience.
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Perfect introduction 05/03/2018
By Marilyn Gragnolati
I was intrigued with pu'er tea after reading Lisa See's book and this was the perfect introduction. I liked that the gift pack included the very practical infuser and a special pick to break away tea from the cake. The only issue I have is that there is no identification on the cakes as to which is the raw and which is the ripe tea. I sent an email to ask, but did not get a response.
Our responseDear Marilyn, thank you for your nice review. I am so sorry for not responding to your question. I must have missed your email somehow. My apology. The cake in the green wrapper is raw and the cake in the brown wrapper is the ripe. Your point is well-taken. I will for sure to label the cakes from now on. Thank you.
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Beginners gift pack 09/13/2018
By Robin Brannman
A perfect gift for a tea lover. I am glad it came with an infuser (good for a pot or a cup) I enjoy the taste of the black tea. I haven't tried the green yet. Seeing tea in a cake is unusual for me and I like the unusual. Tea pick was a cute addition. I am a coffee drinker trying to make the change to tea. This is a lovely way to make the shift.
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Beginner's Gift Pack 04/25/2019
By James Shikami
I received the items and they were well packed. I was disappointed in that there was no instructions in how to use the tea in terms of amount in the small container or the amount of water to be used. I later went on the web and got the information I needed to use the tea properly.
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Great set 07/26/2018
By Elizabeth FLEMING
Love this tea set. I enjoy getting up in the morning, heating my water, using the tool to break out some tea, putting it in the strainer & then enjoy my now favorite tea. So much fun to have a tea cake. It makes the experience feel so authentic & old ways.
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Pu er 06/24/2019
By Lisa Ramey
Hello! I have only just brewed my first cup of tea and live it! I was inspired by Lisa See, and needed time to get up the courage to brew it properly. Thanks for caring and I likely will purchase more.
Our responseThanks for taking the time to review our products. We look forward to hearing from you again.
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Love my Pu-erh tea 08/04/2021
By Andrea Mulholland
Love this tea. I bought the beginner's sample pack so have both a raw and ripe tea. Have really enjoyed trying both. My kids like it as well and it has been nice to make it a daily ritual.
Our responseWelcome to the world of pu-erh. Thanks for the kind review.
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Fun in a Bag! 11/08/2018
By Janet M Weeks
I have been sharing my tea with book club members who are very impressed. Thanks for the good time and tea!
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Need Instructions 12/15/2022
By Instructions?
How do you make this tea? No instructions as to how much and how to use this infuser.
Our responsePlease accept our apology. We will have better instructions for the infuser in the future. Please contact us by email for instructions.
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Outstanding! 01/23/2021
By Carol Rizzolo
Interesting and delightful tour of Puerh teas! thanks!
Our responseThanks for the kind review. Glad you enjoyed the experience.
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Ecellent 05/07/2021
By Thomas Street
Love the tea!!!!