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White Pu-Erh: Mandarin Orange


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Besides the obvious fact that the tea is packed in an orange, the care of craftsmanship used to get it in there cannot be underestimated. From the careful plucking of centuries old tea bushes, to the rolling on wide wicker baskets and the natural wood fires used to flash heat the mandarin orange peel, everything is done entirely by hand. Firing the orange peel serves to kill any microorganisms that may be present.

The cup it produces is outstanding. A light yellow liquor resembling chamomile tea leads to a medium body with a gentle astringent assertiveness, sweet notes of citrus, honey and vanilla and a surprisingly clean finish. One of the China's most interesting and uniquely rare teas! (An excellent pu-erh for the first time drinker!) Make some news in your shop today.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Orange peel is not intended for consumption.


  • 1 tsp
  • 180
  • 4


Size and shape may vary. Weight approximately between: 14 - 20 g or 0.5 - 0.7 oz

In a country where tea drinking dates to 2737 BC, making tea news isn't an easy accomplishment. Essentially, everything's been done before. Every leaf style, production method and scenting technique has been experimented with and perfected 1000 times over by artisans from Anhui to Zhejiang. Still, developments are possible but to make Chinese tasters and tea-traders stand up and take notice of them, the tea had better be spectacular.

While pu-erh teas and white teas are by themselves quite ancient, white pu-erh is not. In fact, this notable new arrival to the tea party was first manufactured around 2001. Initially, China's tea connoisseurs viewed its creation with skepticism and trepidation - until they tasted it. Once the playfully delicate infusion of the finely fermented silver buds began to tempt China's tea drinking populace, skepticism vanished and the tea began to fly from shelves. In fact, during the past half dozen years or so, collecting white pu-erh has become a popular pastime with the country's newly emerging middle class. Today, as white pu-erh, such as this Xantou Mandarin White Pu-erh, steadily makes it way westward, it is finding converts everywhere it turns up. Interestingly, white pu-ehrs have become highly sought after by German and Belgian collectors.

White pu-erh’s comparatively short lifespan means the qualities one would look for in an aged black or green pu-erh (musty character, assertive earthy tones), will generally not be found to the same degree in a white. Instead, white pu-erhs typically greet the pallet with warm notes of vanilla, early spring grass and the subtle character of a lightly roasted mountain oolong.

Traditional Chinese brewing method:

Break off enough tea for one cup, (About a TABLESPOON)
  • 1st brew 30 sec.
  • 2nd brew 40 sec.
  • 3rd brew 40 sec.
  • 4th brew 60 sec.
  • 5th brew 90 sec.
  • 6th brew 120 sec.

With each subsequent brewing, note how the character of this wonderful white pu-erh subtly shifts in terms of strength and flavor.


White pu-erh, natural dried mandarin orange peel


Fujian, China


This was my first experience with pu-erh teas and it was a lovey one. I used it per the NM Tea Co instructions (1tsp for 3 min) and included the orange peel cover. The tea is nice and lite with a touch of sweetness and orange flavor. There is no bitterness. I added the White Pu-erh: Mandarin Orange tea to my favorite list, and am looking forward to trying the other varieties of pu-erh teas.


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5 Stars

I tried this tea using the cold-brew method in a Mist iced tea jug also purchased from NMTea Co. Though the method has never failed me before, I think it was ill suited to this tea. The initial taste of the tea had a strong mandarin orange flavor and the exceptional sweetness that a pu'er usually carries. Unfortunately, the aftertaste was of such a bitter tobacco flavor, I could not drink any more. In the future, I must respect the ancient style of this tea and brew it in the more traditional method.


3 Stars

Don't expect the usual, strong pu-erh sweetness from this one. The taste is as described; lighter and more sophisticated than a typical pu-erh. Ensure you don't use the orange peel with the tea leaves. It's not needed, the orange overtones are integral with the tea leaves and the blackened orange peel will turn the pu-erh bitter. One quarter orange-cup makes a nice mug of tea. Recommended as a pleasant change-of-pace pu-erh, suited for when one has the time to savour the more subtle flavours.


5 Stars
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