Nannuo Mountain in Yunnan Province is blessed with a large number of wild tea trees. After all, Yunnan is one of the areas where tea trees originally grew. They are spread out over the mountain interspersed among bamboo, banana trees, all sorts of wild shrubs and plants. As a side benefit one can forage for eggplant, mushrooms and hot peppers to help make up a midday meal right next to the tea trees during harvest season. Just make sure to bring a machete as the undergrowth really tangles things quickly.
This tea is a feisty young raw Puer just right in balance. The bold strength of the flavor is properly tempered with the floral notes, natural sweetness and the necessary mild spike of bitterness. Pretty impressive for a 5-year-old of any species.
To ensure the highest quality drinking experience and maximum nutritional value, we keep all of our white and Puer teas in proper temperature and humidity controlled professional storage.
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.