Snow Chrysanthemum Shou Pu-erh Mini Tea Brick

Shou (fermented) Pu-erh
Yunnan Province, China

2012
2-years aged
Snow Chrysanthemum Shou Pu-erh Mini Tea Brick
Snow Chrysanthemum Shou Pu-erh Mini Tea BrickSnow Chrysanthemum Shou Pu-erh Mini Tea Brick
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  • Shou (fermented) Pu-erh
  • Yunnan Province, China
  • Kunlun Snow Chrysanthemum sourced in Gansu Province, China

Steeping Instructions:

Carefully scrape the tea brick to loosen the leaves.

Western-style steeping in a medium to large sized teapot:

Use 2 teaspoons (3 grams) of tea per 6oz of water
Use water that is 200°- 210°F
Rinse the tea in your teapot with a quick application of hot water
Immediately discard this liquid
Add additional hot water to start the 1st steeping
Steep for 3-4 minutes
Re-steep this leaf 1-2 additional times

Asian-style steeping in a small teapot under 10oz or in a gaiwan:

Use 4 teaspoons (6 grams) of tea per 6oz of water
Use water that is 200°- 210°F
Rinse the tea in your teapot with a quick application of hot water
Immediately discard this liquid
Add additional hot water to start the 1st steeping
Steep for 25 seconds
Increase the steeping time an additional 5-to-10 seconds with each re-steep
Re-steep this leaf 4-6 times (or more!)

NOTE:

  • Pu-erh is traditionally ‘rinsed’ before being steeped.
  • This is done with a quick application of hot water that is poured over the tea in the gaiwan or teapot and then immediately discarded.
  • The rinse water is not drunk - its purpose is to help the leaves begin to open during steeping.
  • Use  additional appropriately-heated water for the 1st steeping and subsequent re-steepings.

Learn more about steeping Pu-erh

Snow Chrysanthemum Shou Pu-erh Mini Tea Brick
Snow Chrysanthemum Shou Pu-erh Mini Tea Brick
Snow Chrysanthemum Shou Pu-erh Mini Tea Brick

These very aromatic little bricks of tea are as colorful as they are tasty. They were pressed from a blend of 5 year old shou Pu-erh leaf and spicy tasting Snow Chrysanthemum flowers.

These flowers are a desireable, high-altitude flower from Kunlun Mountain in Gansu Province, China. The flowers are picked in late summer and sun-dried and hand-sorted into various grades.

The taste is sweet and spicy, and the flowers are often drunk alone as an herbal tea or added to strong tea such as shou Pu-erh for a new taste treat. As with many flowers and herbs, Chinese medicine recommends Snow Chrysanthemum for health and fitness.

A whole bamboo wrapped pack contains 5 small bricks of tea. Each individual brick weights 110 grams.

NOTE:

Shou Pu-erh is also known as 'cooked' or 'ripe' Pu-erh, a reference to the
wo dui fermentation process that the leaf undergoes in the tea factory

NOTE:

Unlike most other tea, Pu-erh is made from mao cha and not directly from fresh leaf.

So what is mao cha? Mao cha is a simple 'rough' manufacture of leaf materials that consists of:

  • plucking
  • withering (indoors and or outdoors)
  • firing
  • rolling & shaping
  • sun-drying

Mao cha is considered both finished tea and half-made tea. It is essentially young sheng Pu-erh and is drunk by villagers in Yunnan as well as being the leaf that all forms of Pu-erh are made from. Mao cha is simple to manufacture but is complex in its diversity.

Mao cha can be made from the fresh leaf of one tea garden or be a blend of leaf from an entire tea village or from several tea producing villages within one county.  Mao cha can be stored and aged after it is made, or it can be a new blend that is comprised of aged mao cha from different years. It is found in a variety of leaf sizes, too, depending on the location of the tea trees and on the type of local cultivars (size of the leaf)  the mao cha was made from. Mao cha is a great example of the effects of terroir.

As you can see, the possiblities and resulting flavors of mao cha are almost endless. All of these variables  result in a staggering choice of mao cha for Pu-erh producers to work with.

 

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