2021 Yunnan Sourcing "Rosy Ox" Gong Ting Ripe Pu-erh Tea

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12 g 5 oz / 150 ml

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We are happy to offer this unique tea cake pressed entirely from Gong Ting ripe tea wet-piled entirely from Mang Fei mountain tea leaves. Mang Fei mountain is located in Yong De County of Lincang and provides an optimum environment for tea cultivation. 2018 Spring harvested tea was wet piled and then graded into various leaf sizes. Our pressing is entirely gong ting grade tea leaves, which is the smallest leaf size (and arguably the most potent).

This brews up a thick tea soup with tons flavor and strong mouth-feel. Hard to describe this one, other than to say it’s very special!

250 Grams per cake (7 cakes per bamboo leaf tong)

2021 Pressing from 2018 Harvested tea

Wrapper Design by Allan Cheminelle

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I enjoyed this ripe tea a lot! It’s very smooth and silky with a dark chocolate note to it, in addition to a creamy woody quality. Maybe some fleeting and subtle fruit notes that overlay the underlying rich core of the taste.

Gong ting grade only means it gives up the goods quickly, but who cares. Quality over quantity. As such, the first and second steeps are the best, 3 and 4 quite solid and enjoyable still, with steep 5 and on slowly changing and losing character.

I’ll get another cake for sure. Definitely a good daily drinker.

12 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

Young gong ting does give what it has with haste. In contrast, I had an aged one several years ago that wouldn’t quit: https://steepster.com/teas/the-phoenix-collection/86740-imperial-pu-erh

Happy sipping :)


Cool Derk! I’ve got my eye on some older ones that I may eventually check out. Also never heard of that vendor you linked. I might check them out eventually as well.


The Phoenix Collection is old school mail order. When I lived in San Francisco, a co-op called Rainbow Grocery carried some of David Lee Hoffman’s teas. I haven’t been there in years so don’t know if they still do. The owner has been in a long fight with county government who wants to evict him from his property due to code violations. There are some fascinating reads out there if you look! A lot of hardcore pu’er drinkers disagree with his manmade cave storage but I’ve absolutely enjoyed the 3 shou pu’er of his I’ve tried. This reminds me I need to go the actual Phoenix Collection and Tea Museum soon before it disappears!


Interesting backgroung! He seems like a curious person indeed.

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