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Jan 18, 2013 11:21 PM

Pu-erh (Bo Nay) Tea - How Much?

One of my favorite tea is Pu-erh. When my mother passed away in 2006, she left behind 2 square tins (gallon size) of pu-erh tea which I took with me since my dad doesn't like tea. This tea is part of the 50 lbs she brought from from Hong Kong to the United States in the late fifties so the tea is over 50 years old. It has aged beautifully and just a wonderful drinking tea with a heavently aroma. I gave some to my cousin and he label the tea as "liquid gold" which got me thinking and curious - how much is this kind of tea worth nowadays it was sold?

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  1. it's priceless because it was left by your mother. will you drink it with a different attitude, knowing it can never be duplicated? It must have been incredibly precious to her for her to make it last for so long..

    on a purely monetary level...
    i would recommend you check tea selling websites to get an idea. however, since your tea has been at your mother's house this entire time, i'm not sure how you could distinguish between one style or "vintage" to get at a reasonably equitable price. Even if you could find the brand, having been in your mother's house will certainly have changed it's characteristics in some manner. Pu-erh can be quite expensive though, depending on how long it has aged.

    1. Pu-erh is my absolute favorite tea! If yours is really 50 years old, it was produced in a very different way than the pu-erh sold these days. Liquid gold, indeed.

      Is your mother's tea in its original compressed "cake" form with the printed paper wraps indicating the source, or is it loose tea?

      If it is the former it is very valuable indeed.

      I hope you are not considering selling this wonderful heirloom...or if you are considering it, that you'd sell me some! ;-)

      1. No idea. Bo Nay Tea has different grades too. Unlike almost every other tea, Bo Nay Tea get better as it aged. Sorry, I cannot be more helpful.

        1. Thank you for your comments back. Do appreciate it.

          The tea was brought over in 1958 from Hong Kong to the US. She was originally from the Guangdong province in a small Taishan village . As for the style and/or vintage, I don't know. I remembered my mom telling me this was the best Bo Nay tea and now I regret I didn't pay more attention when she spoke about the tea. I remembered the teas were in round compressed "cake" form but she decided, for whatever reason, to unwrap, break-up the cakes and put the pieces in in a large tin can. The lid is tight and the tin was stored in a dark part of the pantry. The tea taste absolutely wonderful. You can taste the difference between the vintage Bo Nay and the new one, like tasting a vintage wine vs a newer one, it has that nice earthy, musky taste and smell.

          It never occur for me to sell it because I like the tea so much. I was just got curious thinking about it when my cousin described the tea as "liquid gold". "Professor" - I'm willing to give up some of the tea for folks like you who will enjoy it. Where are you located? I'm in the Los Angeles area.

          My mother also brought over "Lok On" tea, taste very similar to the Bo Nay. Some of my Chinese friends/relatives have not heard of the type of tea and I heard this was described as "old people" tea.

          3 Replies
          1. re: rinkatink888

            Your best way to sell it or estimate it is to bring the tea to a tea master who can gauge the quality of the tea. You will have a better chance if you live in San Francisco, LA, or NY. Good luck.

            1. re: rinkatink888

              rinkatink...thanks for that kind offer. I'd be grateful for even a small quantity. Problem is, I'm located on exactly the opposite side of the country, in central NJ.
              But if there's any way to make it happen, I'd certainly be grateful. I'd very much love to experience some properly 'ancient' pu-erh.

              1. re: The Professor

                Professor - my email address is