DXS (Big Snow Mountain) Wild Purple Single Bud Puer Tea picked at the very start of the Spring harvest in February from an elevation of over 3000 meters high in the Bang Dong tea zone. Comprised just of single buds, the sole year harvest is in the early spring when the buds are still plump and tender. The picking is so early that this tea’s nickname is Spring Alarm Buds (报春芽 Bao Chun Ya). After picking they finish the tea in the most natural way possible by simply sun drying with no cooking and no kneeding to preserve the beauty of these buds. The bold flavor carries spring wildflowers, fresh honey and a touch of vanilla along with a very welcome good high mountain feeling. You can easily brew 15-20 times.
Storage: Store unused portions away from sunlight and odors in a moderately humid area between 70-80F/21-27C.
Brewing water: Earth2O brand mineral water produces the finest results. See water recommendation list for additional options. Soft water, distilled water and hard water will ruin this tea. Tap water varies wildly and is best avoided as well.
Brewing method: 6g tea leaves (~2 heaping Tablespoons), 100ml (a bit less than 1/2 cup) water each time for 5 seconds in a Chinese gaiwan or a small pot. After the first 10 infusions, increase each infusion time by 5 seconds. To produce lighter tea, either decrease amount of tea, increase amount of water or decrease brewing time. To produce stronger tea, either increase amount of tea, decrease amount of water or increase brewing time. You can easily adjust to suit your individual taste.
Notes: Small quick infusions showcase the changing flavors of each cup. Longer brewing times in larger quantities of water (western brewing style) end up more homogeneous, but still very good results.