"Planet Bangdong" Single Serving Sheng / Raw Puerh Tea Dragon Balls
"A world of flavor in the palm of your hand!" This is a new planet in our Yunniverse.
Don't let their small size fool you. These tiny spheres of puerh are made from Bangdong Shan big tree material. They were picked and processed in Spring of 2017 and were pressed in the Summer of 2017.
Each of these hand made 'planets' weighs around 8 grams. These are called 'long zhu' (龙珠) in Chinese; this means 'dragon balls'. They are hand wrapped and ready to brew. These work great with any style of brewing. You can toss one in a gaiwan or clay teapot. They work great grandpa style, or in an on the go thermos. They are tightly compressed so we give them a nice long initial wash to help them open up. The first steep is longer than normal until the leaves open up.
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Gaiwan Brewing Instructions
This is what we've found that works out the best for brewing these in a gaiwan. These are heavily compressed and difficult/dangerous to open with a puerh knife. Also you will break more of the leaves that way. Leave the ball whole and let the water open it up naturally.
Put the entire ball in your gaiwan. Start by pouring boiling water right on the ball from a little height. Let that sit in the gaiwan for about half a minute. Then pour that out and let the ball sit in there alone for a few minutes. Then poke the ball with the lid of the gaiwan to loosen it up a bit. Then do another sustained shower under the boiling water with 30 more seconds of steep time. You can drink this steeo. By this point the ball is almost entirely opened and can be brewed like normal.
Here is a guide we made for brewing our Planet Jingmai. Use it as a guide and adjust the parameters to your tastes.