Frosted Winter Raw Puer is a rare and unique pleasure normally kept by our grower for her personal drinking. Before sliding into winter hibernation, the tree loads up on fragrance, flavor and other molecules needed to help push out next year’s early spring buds. Right before picking in late December, the very light gilding of frost has to be just right—too much and the leaf wilts, too little clips the sweet finish. The result is a frost bitten wonder with jumbo leaves, extra smooth texture and a high natural floral sweetness that can be infused more than 18 times.
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: Poland Spring/Origin 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.