In the Mood for Tea 2020 Bangdong Ripe Puer Stuffed Xinhui Mandarin



This tea combines the tart and vibrant flavour of young Xinhui oranges with the smooth and sweet qualities of Bangdong shou puer, making it the most classic rendition for this series. A light orange note dominates the soup in the early steeps, but the fruitiness gradually balances out with the shou puer flavour as your brew, becoming more and more refreshing.

Overall this tea demonstrates why these two make such a good pairing, producing a thick mouthfeel and milky smooth taste to compliment the sharper flavour of the orange.

Aside from just being a tasty companion to tea, Xinhui oranges from Guangdong are also popular in China for their medicinal properties and therefore come at a fairly high cost.

These oranges were processed when young and green, giving them a tart and slightly bitter flavour than the more medicinal tasting ripened oranges. The oranges have been half-sun baked, which means that they are dried in a combination of sun and oven, offering a balance of quality and consistency.

We highly recommend reviewing the “Brewing Recommendations” tab above in order to get the best results.

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These are sold by the orange, which vary in size from roughly 10-12 grams each.


Brewing Recommendations:

The results for brewing this tea can vary greatly depending the brewing method and parameters. We can offer our preferred method(pour over), but strongly recommend experimenting and adjusting for taste:

  • First, cut slits or holes in the bottom and sides of the oranges for water to filter out.
  • Place the orange on top of a filter over a gongdaobei or pitcher.
  • Pour hot water (90c to boiling) into the orange gently so that it doesn’t overflow too much.
  • Pour into cups and enjoy!

After several infusions the tea flavour may become a bit weak, so here are a few additional tips:

  • Feel free to remove the orange and continue brewing as you normally would in a gaiwan or teapot.
  • If you choose to brew gongfu style, we recommend removing some or most of the orange peel in order to control the tartness.
  • Another option is to continue brewing the tea grandpa style in a mug, again removing a portion of the peel to suit your preference. This will also expose more of the tea, preventing it from brewing out too weak or slowly.

This is how we enjoy brewing these oranges, but we encourage you to experiment and find what works for you. These can also be brewed gongfu style from the start, but we advise removing a portion of the orange peel first in order to expose the tea and control any tart or bitter flavours. The extra peel can always be combined with another tea of your choice or brewed on its own for a (almost) caffeine-free option.

Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 3 cm

3 reviews for In the Mood for Tea 2020 Bangdong Ripe Puer Stuffed Xinhui Mandarin

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris

    The best ripe puer stuffed mandarin I’d ever had (but wins bronze medal on the stuffed mandarins podium)
    //Smell : Strong medicated aroma, cough lozenge, fermented orange, pepper, white creaming for commercial biscuits, citrus zest freshness
    //Texture: Creamy, medium thickness, immediate mouth covering, taste that disappears quickly
    //Taste : Earth trails, medicated sweets, orange zest, warm orange cake
    //Body sensation: Relaxed body, eye fully awake, overall great moment

  2. 2 out of 5

    vhyka (verified owner)

    I liked the orange tones in this one, but the pu-erh tea inside wasn’t it for me. Very earthy and a bit “thin” feeling, it feels like it’s leaning a lot on the citrus flavor from the oranges here. However, for someone who does enjoy the pu-erh used here, I’m sure it’d be a delight.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Billy Galvez (verified owner)

    This mandarins are very strong. They are very very flavorful. So be careful, if you dont like that kind of flavour you will hate this. In my experience the mandarin was the first and second flavour and in the back, there was a ripe pu erh hiding. Took out the mandarin after a few brews but the flavour was still there. I loved that the holes where already made so it was very easy to brew. And it lasted a lot. Every brew i was expecting for it to lose some flavour but it was always a very strong and flavourful punch in the face.

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