Pine Pu'erh Tea - Sheng - 2014

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Pine Pu'erh Tea - Sheng - 2014

17.50

$0.88 Per Cup

50 Grams (1.76 Ounces) / 20 First Steeps

Origin: Kuanhong Village in Kunlushan (Kunlu Mountain). Yunnan, China

Farm Name: Kuanhong Village

Farmer: Fan Hongwei

Cultivation Method: All Natural

This raw style (Sheng) of Pu'erh tea has been naturally aged and it is in loose leaf form (Maocha) instead of the Pu'erh cakes or bricks that are normally found.  This particular lot comes from 20 year old tea trees (commonly referred to as “Da Shu” or Big Trees) and it has light yet bold flavors that are bittersweet but herbaceous.  The brewed tea has a light yellow color to it and it smells of sweet jasmine.  If this tea is left to age, it mellows out and develops a smoother complexity. 

Kuanhong Village ranges in elevation from 5,900 feet to 6,500 feet (1,800 meters to 2,000 meters) and it is located in Yunnan, China and is owned by the Fan Family.  They have some of the oldest trees in the region making their tea quite sought after in China.  It is quite uncommon to see their tea outside of China as they routinely sell their entire harvests to tea businessmen.  However they have set aside a small amount of their batches to be shared with the western world and they are very excited to be sharing their teas in countries that rarely see it.

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Steeping and Storage

Use 2.5 grams (2 heaping teaspoons) of loose leaf tea per 6 ounces of water.  For the standard steeping method, first rinse the leaves (pour hot water over the leaves and promptly dump out the water) then steep for 1 minute with the water at 205 degrees.  Can be re-steeped up to 5 times.  For subsequent steeps, add 30 seconds to a minute to the time.  For the Gongfu steeping method, first rinse the leaves (pour hot water over the leaves and promptly dump out the water) then steep for 15 seconds with the water at 205 degrees.  Can be re-steeped up to 12 times.  For subsequent steeps, add 15 seconds to the time.

Keep in mind that these steeping instructions are merely a suggested starting point.  Everyone has different tastes and preferences and you can adjust the amount of tea used and the steep time accordingly.  If you would like your tea to have a stronger taste, add more tea leaves.  Conversely, if it is too strong, use less tea leaves.  It is quite fun to play with the temperature of the water and the steep times to bring out different tastes and textures in the tea!

Loose leaf tea should be stored in a cool, dark, and dry environment away from strong odors that the tea will most certainly absorb (do not store in the refrigerator or spice cabinet).  It is best to store it in an air tight container as this will reduce the amount of oxygen that interacts with the tea and thus preserving its life.