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The Taste of Menghai Ripe Pu-erh Tea
The Taste of Menghai Ripe Pu-erh Tea
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The Taste of Menghai Ripe Pu-erh Tea

2018 vintage - fall harvest

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Type: Ripe Pu-erh (fermented)
Grade: Premium
Production area: Bulang Mountain, Menghai County, Yunnan Province

The makers of this tea, Mr. Zhou and his father, both worked for the famous Menghai Tea Factory, one of four state-owned tea factories in Yunnan. It was, here that Mr. Zhou honed his tea making skills. In 2005, Mr. Zhou started his own tea factory where he produced his tea according to the traditional methods and the high standards of Menghai Tea Factory. Using premium leaf materials, this tea is flavorful and bold with a nice sweet finish. In time, it is expected to become mellow but savory. Bana sourced this tea direct from Mr. Zhou and is able to offer this tea at a very affordable price. If you are a fan of ripe pu-erh, this tea would be a great choice for your daily consumption. If you are interested in collecting pu-erh, this tea will bring you pleasant surprises after some years of aging.



The Taste of Menghai Ripe Pu-erh Tea 100 grams $17.00 The Taste of Menghai Ripe Pu-erh Tea - Tong of Ten Cakes $161.50 The Taste of Menghai Ripe Pu-erh Tea 250 grams $35.00

Use 5-6g of leaves per 6 ounces of water. Quickly rinse the leaves with boiling water (212 degree F) and discard the water. Start steeping according to the recommended steeping time below.


1st BREW
10 sec.
2nd BREW
10 sec.
3rd BREW
15 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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An Everchanging Ripe Pu'er 07/17/2021
By Sara K.
I had to try this tea many times to fully appreciate it. It's flavor seems a little different every time, sometimes it's sweeter, sometimes it's more savory (this might be due to inconsistency in how I steep it). However it comes out, I always like the result. I can get good flavor out of it for about five steeps (though the 5th steep is sometimes a miss and sometimes I get something good out of a 6th steep). It's a fantastic bargain at this price, and I'm so happy that I got a 10-cake tong.
Our responseSo glad you enjoy this cake so much. Thank you for letting us know,
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Only Regret not buying more 03/02/2024
By Josh Hardin
Bought the starter kit from here many years ago. Just recently brought it back out and started drinking tea again. This was one of the cakes and it aged well. Just got a fresh cake in and could tell there were subtle differences. However, I enjoy the warm flavors and scents this tea creates. Only wish I could justify buying a sleeve of them to have plenty for daily and a few to age. Bana you always take care of your clients and I’d admire the execution of your business.
Our responseThank you for the kind words. We are glad we've earned your trust and business.
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Health Benefits 05/01/2023
By Oleeta
I love Bana Tea Company. I learned about these teas from reading Lisa See’s Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. What a wonderful book. I am trying the ripe Pu-erh in hopes of lowering my Cholesterol and Blood Sugar levels. Neither are terrible but they are over the marks. I’ll let y’all know. This tea is a smooth full bodied tea that tastes of cherries. Tonight I got some wood flavors but no chocolate yet. I’ll have to keep drinking it, which I am happy to do!
Our responseWelcome to the world of pu-erh tea and thank you so much for taking the time to write the review. The Taste of Menghai is one of our very popular ripe pu-erh.
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Menghai Ripe Pu-erh 01/27/2021
By Timothy Doherty
Wonderful tea. The nose is straight chocolate covered cherries. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, no bitterness whatsoever, easy drinking and satisfying. If I had one minor gripe it would be that it only gives about three steeps before the flavor subsides almost entirely, even when doing quite brief steep times, but it's excellent for the price and beautiful while it lasts.
Would definitely buy another tong if there were more!

Our responseSo glad to hear you enjoyed this tea. I will have more tongs coming in a few weeks.
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I love it 08/23/2023
By Karri Smith
This has to be one of my favorites. I've tried different ripe pu erhs, many that were SIGNIFICANTLY more expensive than this, but I really love this one. I'm not a professional taster and can't talk about mouth feel or tasting notes. All I can say is that this tea is not too sweet, not too bitter. It's just a solid tea.
Our responseWe are thrilled to hear you have found your "perfect tea." Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We truly appreciate it.
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My Favorite 11/12/2021
By Joshua LeMoine
I keep coming back to this tea even after trying multiple more expensive and higher rated raw and ripe Pu-erhs. There is something about the flavor, so comforting, not to mention the body and mind energy I get from this tea. I feel so focused, and at peace. I am so happy to have discovered this little treasure.
Our responseThank you so much for sharing your experience with this tea.
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Robust and strong 07/29/2021
By Leah Schmiedeke
I like this tea for later in the day. It gives me energy without the jitters. The flavor is more earthy than my all-time Pu-reh, which is Chen Xiang, but in the afternoon and evening, this is just what I like. I've ordered this tea several times and it has become a staple for me.
Our responseThank you, Leah, for your nice review. This tea is my all-time best-selling tea so far.
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Great bargain. 10/05/2019
By Neal Perrin
First impression of this ripe puerh was dark chocolate covered dark cherries. As the infusions went on I noticed light burnt Carmel. Last infusion I got a slight watermelon flavor this puerh is a real bargain glad I purchased the Tung.
Our responseThis tea is very great value indeed. Glad you stocked up.
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Lower Cholesterol 05/20/2023
By Oleeta Igar
An excellent tea. Rich and smooth. My cholesterol (Triglycerides) were down by half during last checkup. No real change in my diet. Just drinking this Pu-erh tea. It may not work for everyone but I’m happy. Thank you!
Our responseGood for you, Oleeta! Keep it up to good health! Cheers!
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Aging my cake 11/11/2021
By James Vandegriff
I have this cake lined up to try in 2025 because I like to give cakes some time to unwind.
I appreciate your work with tea, Linda. All the best, Jim Vandegriff

Our responseThank you for your kind words.
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Pu-erh Tea 07/14/2023
By Martha Carrico
The packaging is so beautiful that I don't want to open it. I'm going to order another to serve at my book group. We loved The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.
Our responseThank you for your kind words. Look forward to hearing from you again.
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New 02/07/2023
By Andrew Levine
I’m new to this tea. I tried younger Pu erh but this aged one has a subtle comforting taste. It sits well with me.
Our responseThank you for your review. So glad to hear you like this tea.
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Velvet darkness... 01/12/2023
By Dariel Garner
Wonderful velvety brew. Earning a place in our daily drinkers list.
Our responseThat's excellent, Dariel! Thank you.
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Meh 12/28/2023
By Phyllis Hallam
I was looking forward to some flavorful tea but this was average.
Our responseSorry this tea did not meet your expectation. Thank you for sharing your opinion.
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enjoyment 08/13/2019
By Michael Klapper
remarkable tea. Enjoying every cup
Our responseAwesome! Thank you.