£12.00 – £108.00
2004 Old Friend Sheng Puerh
This Tea is like drinking with an old friend: no expectations, just ease and comfort.
It’s wild but very mellow, another excellent Tea from the Changtai golden age.
Well aged, having a smooth, refreshing red liquor.
A tea for sharing with friends or sit quietly with yourself as your own best friend.
A review from Paul (UK):
Tea ceremony feedback
Walking beside a clear running river,
I come to a farmhouse.
The evening chill has given way to the warmth of the morning sun.
Sparrows gather in a bamboo grove,
voices fluttering here and there.
I meet the old farmer returning to his home;
He greets me like a long-lost friend.
At his cottage, the farmer’s wife hearts sake
While we eat freshly picked vegetables and chat.
Together, gloriously drunk, we no longer know
the meaning of unhappiness.
25g Bag, 400g Cake
Thomas Carroll –
I have had 4 sits with old friend.
3 sits wet gongfu style in a zisha pot,with tetsubin kettles, and mountain spring water. 1 sit was side handle pot bowl tea with the same kettles and water. Also its important to mention It’s fall season where I live in Western Canada. Cool air making it ideal for drinking aged puerhs.
My first sit was strong I used more tea than was necessary to cover the bottom of my pot. I found the smell and taste very clean and smooth. Good mouth feel and easy to swallow. It was not bitter like younger puerhs can be creating an unexpected smoothness ( that I found in all 4 sits ).
My second sit was lighter using just enough tea to cover the bottom of my pot. After a few infusions the flavour and aroma really opened up. It was not lacking xi even with less tea. Also a nice level of patience good for several infusions without dropping off, a few kettles worth I was surprised that this tea wasn’t a bit darker in colour given the other properties I experienced with her.
My third sit was side handle bowl tea less technical and experiment like and a greater focus on connecting with nature with an open heart. I filled my pot with just enough tea to cover the bottom. Experienced a wonderful meditative sit. I could feel a deep heart space energy reminding me how grateful I am for the tea genre of puerh and it’s effects on me in this nature. After the fifth bowl she started to wind down losing some patience. I found Old Friend a perfect candidate for bowl tea, it’s affordable for one, it’s smooth, I find she invokes a sweet connection with nature and is a great tea to serve beginners in an inviting way to venture into the puerh word.
My fourth sit it was like I was sitting with an Old Friend no pun intended. I enjoyed one last gonfu sit with the lessons of the previous three sits. I enjoyed every sip.
Each sit provided a nice meditative space that I am grateful for. Thank you Old Friend ????
Another tea that I keep coming back to. Lovely smooth tea with a very comforting qi. A nice sense of wellbeing while drinking it. I love relaxing with this in the evening or just sitting in the garden with it. As a bonus, I have had some incredibly powerful meditation experiences after drinking it.