23/04: 2013 Spring Tea Trip, Part III

I had just returned from hot Xishuangbanna.

It's my routine to go up in the mountains of Yiwu, and then go down to Menghai where the most Pu-erh teas are manufactured to feel the heartbeats of the tea market. One voice was loud and clear, it was 2007 tea bubble year all over again!

There was no question I had tasted some very good raw teas harvested this early Spring, but I bought none of them. Based upon the cost, the prices for new tea cakes would be more than doubled than before, if not more. For example, LBZ was priced at over 4000 (RMB) per kg, and Bingdao at 4500(RMB) per kg - resulting in a fresh new 357g tea cake priced at over $ 250 apiece. I didn't think these were good fits for my home market.

I paid more attention to the ripen teas that were less affected by the market. If I found something good, I grabbed it. Naturely I only managed to grab a few - good stuff were hard to come by.

Before I was leaving for Kunming, good luck striked as I found two decent Bulang teas that met my expectation. Only because I did not buy a whole lot, so someone's leftover from early Spring in a few bags was good enough for me. They were good, but not dreadfully expensive. Trust me I was NOT going home empty-handed.

Up to now, I have managed to make 7 MGH teas already.

MGH 1301 Ultimate Chocolate Bar
MGH 1302 Jingmai Dazhai Green Pu-erh Tea Cake
MGH 1303 Mangshui Ancient Tree Green Pu-erh Tea Cake
MGH 1304 Bulang Early Spring Green Pu-erh Tea Cake
MGH 1305 Bulang Early Spring Wild Grown Green Pu-erh Tea Cake
MGH 1306 Year of Dragon ripen Pu-erh Tea Cake
MGH 1307 Spring Eco Green Pu-erh Tea Brick

Good news is that MGH 1301, MGH 1302 and MGH 1303 had packed and sent to USA already.

Not bad for merely 3 week's hard works.

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