Sheng (raw) pu er tea Yin Hao cake 2012 357g
The pu er Yin Hao is a tea that, with its years, is capable of showing well a phase of the ageing process where the leaves tend to express a slightly smoked wood flavor in the infuse. because of this characteristic the Yin Hao is a great product landmarck for comparing and going deep into the comprension of other aged sheng.
The leaves of this pu er come from Bulang area in the south of China. In order to understand deeply the pu erh teas we have to clear up better the area where these materials come from because usually the place of origin gives also the name to the tea. Here we are in the south of Yunnan (a famous region for pu erh productions) in the independent prefecture of Xishuangbanna. Here, in the Menghai region, was produced this cake from the Yi pin tang factory in 2018. These information can tell us a lot about the production of the tea especially we could notice it comes from a factory so there is a precise recipe behind it.
This tea, with its age, can show quite clearly a flavor which usually turns out in a lot sheng pu er during their aging process. The taste I'm talking about is a sort of smoky feature that, sip by sip, become more "clear" ending into a woody flavor. Beside this characteristic there are still some persistent flavors of a young raw pu er like the one of grassy herbs which, here, gives already a more warm sensation on the palate. The infuse won't be easy to understand quickly because of the particular age of its leaves but the comparison between this tea and others product of different ages in our offer can show quite a clear image of how the flavors in a sheng pu er change through the years.
Place of origin
Bulang - Yunnan, China
After the harvest the leaves wither under the sunlight for a certain period of time depending on the tea master wisdom before the "kill of green" phase which is similar to the process used in green teas production. Here the main difference is that the leaves aren't heated at the same temperature of a green tea but with a lower one so you could preserve some enzymes which will continue to modify the flavors of teas through the years. The fresh pan-fried materiel is left to rest all the night before going under the final drying process. The dry pu erh leaves is called maocha and generally it is pressed to ease the transport and improve the aging. For fulfill this phase the maocha pass through concentrated steam which is able to make the leaves softer without changing their inner humidity level and then the leaves are picked in a bag, shaped, and then leave under a stone or a mechanical press to fix the form and to disperse some more moisture.
We invite you to brew this tea in the traditional Chinese style (gong fu cha) in order to extract more from your leaves. Following this preparation you could use 5 grams of leaves (about 3 teaspoons) in a gaiwan of 100 ml so you can obtains more infusions with different flavors. After a brief rinse of the leaves in a 100°C water you can go with a first infusion of 10 seconds and, after that, at the same water temperature, you can do multiple infusion adding 5 seconds every steeping time (10 - 15 - 20 ...)
These leaves could be steep about 8 times.
To prepare the tea in the western style we suggest 2 grams of leaves (about 1 teaspoons) in a 150 ml cup with 100°C water for a steeping time of one minute and a half.
The tea could be filtered if you want to avoid some little piece of the leaves during the tasting time and also the steeping time we recommend here could be modify on your personal preferences.
We recommend you to store this tea in a dry and cool place avoiding the direct sun light on the leaves.
5.5g-100ml / 10-15-20... sec / 8 infusions
2g-150ml / 90... sec / 2 infusions
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