Let’s face it, premium teas from China, Taiwan, and elsewhere can be a bit daunting. First, they tend to be a bit higher in price than the more mainstream teas (or seem to be until you start diving into a real cup-to-cup comparison). Second, they aren’t the kind of thing that can be fully appreciated just by getting some, steeping them up, and taking in a big mouthful. You need to understand the tea and how to fully appreciate it. Too many people order these teas and don’t know how to prepare them or what to expect and so blame the tea and/or the vendor. Sampler packs are the perfect answer. They are a smaller size, as shown below, and a smaller price.
A quick calculation shows that each pack above will steep up anywhere from 5 infusions to as many as 20. That is ample for you to get a really good impression of the tea and if it is one to continue ordering. Of course, one of the issues with such teas is that they can vary year to year, just as fine wines do, according to the growing conditions (especially the weather) and other factors. You can be sure, though, that if you like the 2013 version, you will almost certainly like subsequent versions.
Lots of sampler packs are now available on our store site and offer something for every taste. Several of these consist of personal favorites while others are rather traditional groupings.
- Green Tea Sampler, 10 Teas, 15 grams each (150 grams total) (Imperial West-lake High-Mountain Long Jing, Spring Imperial Zhu Ye Qing, Spring Premium Bi Luo Chun, Spring Imperial Xin Yang Mao Jian, Spring Premium Liu An Gua Pian, Spring Premium Anji Bai Cha, Spring Imperial Xianzhi Green Tea, Spring Imperial Ming Mei Green Tea, Spring Imperial Chun Mei Green Tea, Imperial Jiangxi IMO Organic-Certified Wild-growing Green Tea)
- Black Tea Tasting Assortment Pack, 7 Types Tea, 15g Each Tea per Foil Bag (Imperial Organic-certified Fengqing Golden Buds, Imperial Organic-certified Classic 58 Fengqing, Premium Organic-certified Fengqing, Premium Organic-certified Traditional Lapsang Souchong, Mingqian Golden Eyebrow Lapsang Souchong, Imperial Organic-certified Keemum Mao Feng, Premium Organic-certified Keemum)
- 2009 Yunnan Sourcing Sampler Set (2009 Yunnan Sourcing “Ban Zhang Chun Qing” Pu-erh, 2009 Yunnan Sourcing “Bu Lang Shan Yun” Raw Pu-erh, 2009 Yunnan Sourcing “Wu Liang Lan Xiang” Pu-erh, 2009 Yunnan Sourcing “You Le Zhi Chun” Raw Pu-erh)
- 2011 Imperial Handmade Traditional Dai Minority Bamboo Raw Pu-erh – available in two sizes: 100 grams and 15 grams (Making this tea is a very complex and time-consuming process. It can be made only in the Autumn season, as the “fragrant” bamboo only grows then. After the fragrant bamboo is freshly cut, the tea must be pressed into the bamboo within one day. Otherwise, the bamboo fragrance will dissipate to the point where the tea is just not the same. This tea requires a high degree of skill and craftsmanship and is worth a try.)
- Raw Pu-erh Sampler (2008 Menghai 8582, 2008 Menghai 7542, 2008 Menghai 7532, 2008 Xiaguan Exquisite Elegance, 2008 Xiaguan Yun Mei)
- Super Pu-erh Sampler – Yong Pin Hao & JK Tea Factory (2000 Yong Pin Hao “Yi Wu Zheng Shan” Stone-Pressed Raw Tea, 2003 Yong Pin Hao “Stone-Pressed Man Zhuan Mountain Wild Arbor” Tea, 2005 Yong Pin Hao “Yi Wu Zheng Shan” Stone-Pressed Raw Tea, 2009 Taste Of Jinggu Mountain, Raw Pu-Erh Tea Cake, 2010 Spring Mengsong Mountain Nanbenhe Village Old-Tree Raw Pu-Erh, 2011 Spring Affection For Douyi Raw Pu-Erh Tea, 2011 Spring Jinggu Cloud Mountain Old-Tree Raw Pu-Erh, 2011 Spring Jinggu Purple Bud Raw Pu-Erh, 2011 Spring Lagu Leisure Raw Pu-Erh Tea)
- JK Tea Company Sample Pu-erh Tea Set (2009 Taste Of Jinggu Mountain, Raw Pu-Erh Tea Cake, 2010 Spring Mengsong Mountain Nanbenhe Village Old-Tree Raw Pu-Erh, 2011 Spring Affection For Douyi Raw Pu-Erh Tea, 2011 Spring Jinggu Cloud Mountain Old-Tree Raw Pu-Erh, 2011 Spring Jinggu Purple Bud Raw Pu-Erh, 2011 Spring Lagu Leisure Raw Pu-Erh Tea)
- Chinese Top Ten Famous Teas – Sample Pack – 15g each (Imperial High Mountain Long Jing, Premium Dongting Xishan Bi Luo Chun, Premium Liu An Gua Pian, Imperial Xin Yang Mao Jian, Imperial Organic Fuding Silver Needle, Organic Qimen Premium Keemum, Zhengyan Imperial Pure Da Hong Pao Wuyi Rock tea, Grade 6A Tie Guan Yin, Imperial Handmade Tai Ping Hou Kui, 2011 Spring Nannuo Mountain Bai Po Lao Zhai Pure Old Tree Raw Pu Er)
- 80s Loose Menghai 79092 Ripe – 25 gram sample (This ripe tea has been formulated by the renowned Menghai Tea Factory the “King of ripe pu-erh.” Due to the age, there is absolutely no hint of any of the flavors that can be present in very young fermented ripe teas. This is absolutely one of my favorite teas. Quantities are limited.)
- Imperial White Tea Sample Selection (Spring Imperial Organic-certified Fuding Peony White Tea, Spring Imperial Organic-certified Jasmine Silver Needle White Tea, Spring Imperial Organic-certified Shou Mei White Tea, Spring Imperial Organic-certified Yunnan Silver Needle White Tea, Spring Old Tree Yue Guan Bai (White Moon Light) Jinggu Tea, Spring Imperial Organic-certified Fuding Silver Needle White Tea)