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 3-year-old of any species.
Storage: Store unused portions away from sunlight in a moderately humid area between 70-80F/21-27C.
Brewing water: Earth2O brand mineral water produces the finest results. Soft water, distilled water and hard water will ruin this tea. Tap water varies wildly and is best avoided as well.
Brewing temperature: 100C/212F
Brewing method: 3-5g tea leaves (~1.5 heaping Tablespoons), 60-80ml (~1/4-1/3 cup) water each time with quick infusions in a Chinese gaiwan or a small pot.
Notes: Small quick infusions showcase the changing flavors of each cup. Longer brewing times in larger quantities of water end up more homogeneous, but still very good results.