Ban Zhang Organic PuErh Cake – 2008 Cooked/Shou

(1 customer review)

A great shou pu-erh tea for tea drinkers who enjoy the cocoa flavours that are typical in shou. Sweet cocoa  notes are balanced with warming spices and hints of dark chocolate and orange. The richness of this tea is very consistent and smooth throughout all of the brews.

  • Vintage: 2008
  • Weight: 357g
  • Origin: Yunnan China


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About This Tea

Ingredients:  Aged & Fermented Black Tea
Nuances: Deep rich herbal notes, steamed rice, earthy vegetables

Steeping Essentials

Amount of PuErh

With gongfu brewing you steep smaller but more portions, this is why Gaiwans and Yixing teapots are the most suitable tools. We recommend 5-8 grams (heaping tsp) of tea steeped 120 ml of water.


In a gongfu session, your tea vessel should be pre-heated, and the leaves should be ‘awakened’ through a quick ‘rinse. To do this you add the tea leaves with 120 ml of water in your steeping vessel (mug or gongfu tea pot). Then you wait for 5-30 seconds and discard the first infusion.

The rinsing time can be short for loose leaf PuErh. Note that the tea leaves don’t have to be completely unfurled. Generally, a 30 second rinse is adequate.


After rinsing, you can infuse the tea leaves again with 120 ml of water & cover your gaiwan or teapot with a lid. When you’re using a Yixing teapot, you can optionally pour hot water over it, to further lock in the heat inside of the teapot.

Wait for 10 seconds and pour out. The steeping time for gongfu sessions is much shorter because we’re using a large amount of leaves relative to the amount of water (120 ml).

Generally, we recommend applying a 10 second steep for the first 3 infusions, followed by adding 5 more seconds for every subsequent infusion. However, feel free to adjust this depending on how you like the intensity of the previous steep.

You can reuse the PuErh tea leaves until the flavour has become too light. We recommend doing a final 2-minute brew to draw out all the flavour.

Enjoy your tea!

Storage: Sealed light proof jar/tin in a cool cupboard. Keep away from heat & light sources.

Best Before: 6-9 months depending on storage. Optimum freshness in the first 6 months after opening

Weight150 g
Dimensions35 × 25 × 25 cm

12 g Trial Size, 50g, 100g, 250g, 500g

1 review for Ban Zhang Organic PuErh Cake – 2008 Cooked/Shou

  1. Roland K. (verified owner)

    Although I am no expert, I know what I like and this PuErh is top quality!
    The cake is hard but can be broken with a sharp knife. I brew it like regular black tea and the taste is rich and earthy but very smooth. I love the dark cocoa flavours and the wonderful finish in the mouth. Worth every penny as I savour every sip.

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