Samadhi is a beautiful tea filled with a bright, calming energy that centers you. It is difficult to find truly clean, chemical-free shou puerh tea, since it is often made up of left-overs, and usually from various regions. This shou is made from a small batch of better leaves, including old-growth. Usually, shou puerh doesn’t have any old-growth tea in it because tea from old trees is very expensive and the piling reduces the quality and essence of the tea, which is a shame. Using such tea would also mean that the sheng and shou versions would have to be sold for the same price, which is very challenging for a producer. Part of why Samadhi is able to contain old-growth tea and still remain affordable is that the leaves are larger, lower-down, thinner and bigger leaves, called “huang pian (黃片).” These were blended with other kinds of leaves, bringing a nice, balanced flavor. Huang pian are essentially the leaves left on the tree to grow.
Samadhi is also special because it was only ever owned by one merchant, whom we know and trust. He bought a quantity of it in the late 90s since it was cheap and would age fast due to the huang pian in the blend. Samadhi is rich and bright, with a clarity not usually present in puerh, especially shou. This is also due to the older leaves. The softness and clarity of the liquor also translates to the energy, which is Yin and calming. This is a quiet tea, without any fancy cymbals or fireworks in the mouth, leaving you and your guests clear, which is often so needed in our busy lives. May it foster a meditative session for all of you!