8 Ball 2020 Banpen Raw Puer



Often considered one of the two key ingredients in the “Laobanzhang recipe”, Banpen teas tend to lean more on body and fragrance, while Laomane brings the bitter and huigan.

Although less aggressive up front, this is still a gentle brute of a tea. Similar to nearby Banzhang teas, this high quality Banpen material exhibits a great lasting fragrance and strong chaqi/energy. While there is a gentle and not-too-overbearing kuwei (pleasant bitterness), it doesn’t mean that this tea’s energy won’t put you in the pocket.

Picking period: Pre-April 12


Please note: The dragon balls for this tea have been sold out, so samples will still be offered in the same size, but broken from the cake.

All of our samples for spring 2020 are in dragon ball form. While these balls will perform the same as the cake, they can be slightly trickier to brew. Here’s how we do it:

Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions 16 × 16 × 1 cm

3 reviews for 8 Ball 2020 Banpen Raw Puer

  1. 5 out of 5


    I got this tea as a dragon ball in the 2020 Puer exploration jar and I was star struck by this tea. I am newer to Puer but have been drinking aged white tea for some time now. This tea has an extremely smooth viscosity and easy to drink quality. For me this tea was perfect as a pool side gong fu session. The flavor begins with a strong floral that isn’t bitter or overbearing in any way, it quickly transitions into a buttery sweet cream like flavor that is conjured up by the florals and velvety viscosity working together in tandem to trick your mind into tasting notes that may not be there, creating an all new sensation that is greater than the sum of the parts. For a finish I get a nice vegetal flavor that reminds me of a green tea at times without being controlling. As a gardener, it reminds me of zucchini starting to ripen on the vine. A lovely tea that is worth the price. Think nice summer flowers that meld into a sweet zucchini glazed in cream. I have no doubt these flavors would only intensify and sweeten over time.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris (verified owner)

    //Eyes dry leaf
    Global leaves colour pretty dark, some warm stems and a tiny amount of silvery buds. The dragonball don’t seems tightly compressed

    //Nose dry leaf
    Herbaceous, hay under the sun, old leather

    //Nose wet leaf
    Wet clothes drying outside, humid hay, wet rock, cooked vegetables

    //Eyes liquor
    Rattan beige. Nice warmth

    //Mouth texture
    Creamy from the first sip. Thick texture — almost creamy. Generous mouth coating

    //Mouth taste
    Sweet, fresh vegetables deglazed in maple syrup, grass with dew, butter

    //Nose Empty Cup
    Roasted butter madeleines with almonds

    //Body sensation
    Dry to juicy cycles. A lot of salivation in the cheeks

    //Brewing notes
    Rinse: 30 seconds
    Brew 1 : 15 seconds
    Brew 2 : 10 seconds
    Brew 3 : +5 seconds

    //Overall impression
    Can develop a lot of astringency

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christopher (verified owner)

    I’m floored by this tea. If you’re a fan of really high quality lao man’e, naka, and other southern puer with that powerful “meaty” aroma, and thick and active mouthfeel, look no further.

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