Natural Habitat 2022 Huazhuliangzi Raw Puer



Considered the highest point in Xishuangbanna (滑竹/huazhu = smooth bamboo, 梁子/liangzi = ridge), we initially took note of this area when passing by enroute to Naka in 2021, driving under a long, dreamy canopy of towering bamboo. Already behind schedule due to some navigational issues, we weren’t able to stop and explore on that day, but we committed to making this one of our stops for 2022. This year we were not disappointed at all.

This tea is a continuation of our love for all things Mengsong-area. Born from an environment similar to our Plum Beauty, this tea unsurprisingly has a lot in common with its aforementioned neighbors of Naka and Mengsong, which includes a nice balance of mineral sweetness, kuwei/pleasant bitterness, and notes of stone fruit. If we were to get even more specific, a slight peach quality can be picked up, at least in its fresh state. There is a delicate and smooth texture, making this an enjoyable tea on multiple levels.

As with several other teas we’ve offered, this one highlights the impact and importance of a clean, natural environment and offers an excellent experience for both new and experienced drinkers.

Picking period: Pre-April 10


Many of our samples for spring 2021 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:

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6 reviews for Natural Habitat 2022 Huazhuliangzi Raw Puer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris (verified owner)


    //Smell : Hay, gentle floral smell, cooked meal, salt herbs, plain cake, wet rocks
    //Texture: medium thickness, I can feel the hot (and heavy?) liquor going down my throat
    //Taste : Wet hay, butter candy, mineral, caramelized vegetables with maple syrup
    //Body sensation: Forget about the idea of going to sleep after the session, you’ll have too much energy ^^

  2. 5 out of 5

    Martin Ödman (verified owner)

    Everything I want in a daily drinker. Straightforward energy that feels compatible with productivity rather than reverie. A smooth take on my preferred young sheng profile. This tea shares many similarities with a certain Naka autumn small trees cake, the overall profile is similar but this is better in many ways. I love everything about this tea from leaves, wrapper to price.

  3. 5 out of 5


    Peach preserves, pink salt, sweet corn, citrus fizz, clean suds. Reminds me of lemon zotz- those hard candies with the fizzy powder in the center. There’s a definite astringency and light bitterness here, and a smooth, cream viscosity. Sweetness builds in the aftertaste. Gentle stonefruit-y strength. I like this sheng a lot.

  4. 5 out of 5

    grifty (verified owner)

    I love the balance of depth and flavour in this sheng. Herbal and fruity and bubbly and bold. A real winner amongst the 2022 collection. I’m glad I bought a cake!

  5. 5 out of 5

    @cozinhacomcha (verified owner)

    Este chá me surpreendeu de verdade, As folhas secas tem aroma sutil, doce, num mix de herbal e floral. As folhas aquecidas trazem aromas de comida feita na hora, aquele cheirinho de comida de vó, um blend aromático de arroz cozido, legumes e tudo mais que se entrelaça e nos chama para a mesa sinalizando que a comida esta pronta.
    O licor amarelo translucido e brilhoso, de cor amarelo esverdeado, quase neon traz notas aromáticas minerais e herbais. Em boca o licor é denso, com salgado e umami bem destacados, e uma sutil adstringência de nota de fundo. As notas de comida bem temperada do aroma se repetem nos sabores, de maneira bem equilibrada.
    Desde o aroma das folhas aquecidas até o sorver do licor trazem um Qi introspectivo, nos fazendo lembrar daquelas memorias afetivas de infância que a tanto não visitávamos.

  6. 4 out of 5

    boke555 (verified owner)

    An interesting pu-erh! I got the dragon balls, and while this tea lacks in some areas, it makes up in others. Beautiful leaves and vibrant liquor with a holy truck load finish where the astringency in the mouth lets way to a tsunami of juiciness. Decent aftertaste with decent cha-qi as well. The flavour however was a bit lacking in complexity and strength, and the aroma had the same problem too. Slightly thin texture with a subpar longevity and average character makes this tea decent but not something to rave about.

    Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Herbaceous, Honeysuckle, Juicy, Plum, Raisins, Sweet Potatoes

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