This tea is from Bulang Mountain and was made in the spring of 2009 by applying 'one bud with two leaves' plucking standard to Menghai large-leaf tea bushes.
There are 11 distinctive grades of Pu-erh. The highest grade is called 'palace grade' which means that it consists of the most tender leaves, as well as golden buds that produce a delicate, soft taste. Usually, when making a pu-erh teacake, the 'palace grade' material gets blended with materials of lower grades to make the tea darker and stronger.
The Menghai Golden Buds Ripe Pu-erh Teacake of 2009 is made entirely from 'palace grade' material, therefore it can be a bit too light for those who are accustomed to stronger teas. However, it's a great choice for those who enjoy a more delicate taste.
• Place of Origin: Bulang Mountain, Menghai County, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, China
• Tea Garden: Man Xin Long Tea Garden
• Tea Type: Ripe Pu-erh
• Harvest Time: May 2009
• Production Date: May 20, 2016
• Plucking Standard: One bud with two leaves
• Net Weight: 200g
• Dry Tea: Small and exquisite Pu-erh cake; slightly loose edges; many golden or reddish-brown tea buds on the surface and inside of the cake
• Aroma: Slight, but persistent fragrance of aged tea
Liquor: Clear, deep red color
• Taste: Soft and smooth, with notes of sweetness
• Tea Bush: Menghai large-leaf tea bush species
• Fermentation: Post-fermented
• Caffeine level: Low (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)
• Storage: Store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight; keep ventilated
• Shelf Life: Gets better with age
210℉ / 99℃
10gr rinse. Then 11 infusions:
10sec + 5sec each additional time
NOTE: The pu-erh stand that's on the photos is not included.