Wa Shan Sheng Pu'er Cake Vintage 2018
Garden Direct Pu'er Tea
Wa Shan Sheng Pu'er Cake Vintage 2018

This tea cake is produced by the artisans at the Wa Shan Ecological Tea Garden in Cangyuan county, on the border with Myanmar in southwestern Yunnan.



Qty:

Corn silk, bitter orange

blossom and artichoke

About this tea

This tea cake is produced by the artisans at the Wa Shan Ecological Tea Garden in Cangyuan county, on the border with Myanmar in southwestern Yunnan. The farmers grow a suite of specialty cultivars that produce exquisite teas in our Garden Direct collection, including Yunnan Purple Buds, Lily Black, and Honey Green. This tea cake is made from their most prominent cultivar, Mengku Broad Leaf, which is a strain of the ancient broad leaf assamica varieties that grows in the Mengku area of western Yunnan. The Wa farmers planted most of their gardens with Mengku Broad Leaf. The Mengku strain is prized for its mineral and green intensity, which transforms into crystalline sweet honey as the tea ages. We enjoy drinking this tea cake now using brief infusion times to control the bittersweetness. As the tea ages, the infusion time can be extended to draw out its naturally viscous sweetness.

Ingredients

Pu'er tea

Origin

Wa Shan, Cangyuan County, Yunnan Province, China

Cultivar

Mengku Broad Leaf

Harvest

March - June

Elevation

1850 meters

Preparation
  • Imperial
  • Metric
Traditional Tea Preparation

Chip the cake carefully with a pick or Pu’er dagger.

Add 7g - 8g to a Gaiwan or Gongfu teapot (per 150ml-200ml).

Use 212°F boiling water.

Briefly rinse leaves for 5 - 10 seconds. Decant and discard this rinse infusion.

Proceed to infuse the tea using boiling water. Enjoy each infusion individually and savor the flavors of each round.

Decant 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th infusions after 20 - 30 seconds. The tea infuses fast and gives out its strength in the beginning of the session. Brew the tea several times until the taste weakens.

Increase the infusion time to your taste preference after you become familiar with the tea. The bitterness, strength, power and Qi forces will come out in the later brews with increased infusion time. 

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Origin

Wa Shan

Cangyuan County, Yunnan Province, China

Wa Shan Ecological Tea Garden sits in Lincang, on the border with Myanmar (Burma) in southwestern Yunnan. Surrounded by a lush and biodiverse mountainous region, this certified organic tea farm is one we have been working with since 2013. Wa Shan is a famous tea mountain since ancient times named after the Wa ethnic minority who have farmed tea in this region for more than a thousand years.

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