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


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

Dimensions16 × 16 × 1 cm

1 review 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.

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