The Phantom Valley
This is a very rare pu’erh made by Mr. Tang from the rare varietal 黄芽大白古乔 "Yellow Bud Big White". These century-old tea trees are the most prestigious amongst the Big White varietal in Yunnan, and were made into tribute teas for the emperor.
Mr. Tang’s intention for this ancient varietal pu’erh is to honour the traditions. The craftsmanship follows the traditional 晒青 shai qing (sun wilted/dried) processing of pu’erh tea; where the tea leaves are dried naturally in the sun instead of roasted or oven-dried. One-bud-two-leaves are harvested by hand in the early spring, and allowed to wither on bamboo mats outdoors under the gentle morning sun. Once the leaves have lost their water content and reached the optimal oxidation level, they are pan fried by hand in a charcoal-fired steel wok, then rolled and air-dried naturally.
The dried tea is called maocha 毛茶, a completely finished, loose leaf tea that has not been pressed into cakes. The loose leaf tea is aged for one month before it is steamed to press into individual cakes. Finally, the tea cakes are air-dried.
The cake itself is stunning; thick, long and plump leaves are covered with yellow fur. The leaves look wild and alive - a representation of the strength and vitality of the trees they come from. When brewed, this tea is gentle with earthy notes and slightly smokey. A beautiful and elegant pu’erh with honey, floral and fruity undertones.
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|Steep time||10 - 60 sec|
|No. of infusions||10