2021 "Whispering Sunshine" Sheng / Raw Puerh Tea
Bai Ying Shan, or White Warbler Mountain, is a remote high altitude tea growing region in Lincang Prefecture. This mountain has more than 10 unique varietals of camellia sinensis. The material in this tea is composed entirely from one ancient tree varietal called 'dabaiyakou' which means 'big white buds' . The picking and processing of this tea is 100% done by hand.
We chose to call this puerh "Whispering Sunshine". The tea gardens in Bai Ying Shan are the highest elevation that we source tea from. Grown above 2200m (7200 feet or 1.3 miles) we imagined these tea trees were close enough to hear the gentle voice of the Sun. The Sun plays a critical role through the entire lifespan of puerh tea from growing the trees to drying the leaf. Puerh is defined by the sun drying stage. If it isn't sun dried, it isn't puerh. This puerh has been direct sun dried.
This tea has a clean and perfumey aroma that is vegetal with a strong citrus note and a hint of tobacco. The flavor is bright, crisp, and juicy with smooth grass notes and an earthy vibrance. The bitterness and astringency are just enough to keep you interested. The body is mellow and the aftertaste pleasant. There is an energy to this tea that can come on strong. Listen close and hear the Sun whispering to you through this tea. There is a lot to tell.
This is our go to choice for a hiking tea. Brew up a thermos of this ahead of a hike and drink it when you're thirsty. It is clean, refreshing, and full of energy!
- Prefecture: Lincang
- Elevation: 2200m +
- Wood Fired
- Hand Rolled
- Direct Sun Dried
- Single Varietal
This is a hard tea for us to source in quantity and we have less than 100 cakes of it.
Use 5-10 grams of leaves and brew with 75-150ml ( 2.5-5oz ) of water at or near boiling. Rinse once for a few seconds. Start with quick steeps under 10s. With each re-steep adjust the steep time to your taste.
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