Appearance & Taste
The dried leaves are small and slender with a slight twist. The taste is mellow and smooth, earthy and with a hint of wooden flavour. The taste of it is very gentle sweet which warms your stomach and calms your mind silently. Also, because it has been aged for several years, it also has a special, rich Chen fragrance. The tea soup is pure and clear and wine-red to amber in colour.
For simple glass vessel/teapot brewing:
You can brew fewer tea leaves with more hot water for longer brewing time. Use 2 teaspoons of the tea for 125ml teacup, 4 teaspoons for 250ml glass or 8 teaspoons for 500ml teapot. Using 100°C hot water to infuse tea leaves for around 3-4 minutes. Re-steep for around 6-7 times. Adjust it according to personal taste.
For Gongfu Style: (Recommend using (Yixing) Clay Teapot and Gaiwan)
Warm the Gaiwan/tiny teapot with hot water; discard the water afterward
- Add 1g Pu’er tea for every 50ml of water (recommend 7g-10g tea leaves, adjust by personal taste)
- Pour hot water (100 °C) into the clay teapot / Gaiwan, tilt it, slowly rotating it two times and quickly discard the water (this step is for waking up tea leaves and stimulating the special aroma of the Pu’er tea)
- Refill clay teapot/Gaiwan with hot water
- Infuse tea for around 10s – 20s for the first brew, extending an extra 20s infusion time for the following brew.
- Pour the steeped tea into serving cup and divided into small teacups and serve
- Repeat 8-15 times depends on personal taste.
It is produced in Menghai County, the famous home of Pu’er tea and the earliest site of tea production in China. The area is dotted with ancient tea trees; the oldest wild tea tree here is 1,700 years old. The leaves picked from these old trees are referred to as ‘wild arbor’. The climate has both tropical and subtropical characteristics: there is a southwest monsoon Temperature differences across the year are small but large from day to day.
Depending on altitude, the area can be divided into northern tropical and subtropical climate zones. The annual average temperature is 18.7℃, the average annual sunshine 2,088 hours, the average annual rainfall 1,341 mm, and the annual frost around 32 days. Menghai is very often foggy, on average around 107 to 160 days a year. The soil is deep, breathable and fertile; it is slightly acidic and has good drainage. Types include red soil, yellow soil and lateritic soil, and the pH value is between 4 and 6. These are advantageous conditions for the cultivation of Pu’er tea trees.