Our Small Leaf is grown and made near Cangyuan, In Yunnan Province. The factory originated in 1948 and has been producing Pu-erhs, green and black teas for the domestic China market. More recently, the factory has been farming and exporting organically grown teas to the U.S. and European markets.
Note the uniformity of the cut of the leaves and their rich, brown appearance. There is a very pleasant mushroom-like aroma as well. These attributes indicate the care in the handling of the leaves and skill in the processing of the lot. The fact it is organically grown added to our interest in the tea.
An organically grown, Shu or "ripe" Pu-erh, the leaf has been crafted to small, consistent shape that opens to a rich, clean, earthy aroma. The leaves are tan-brown in color resulting from the fermentation process. It will steep multiple times. This is an excellent choice as an everyday Pu-erh. It can be brewed quite strong to a cup color resembling espresso, yet it will never get bitter, just stronger. This tea does very well as a breakfast tea and certainly a complement to any dessert! Produced in 2015.
If you enjoy a strong cup of Pu-erh, this tea will brew strong and offer plenty of body with a clean, refined taste.This cooked Pu-erh has body and will brew to a real strong cup - think espresso. You will note some nuttiness and a soft, naturally sweet note. It is not a "deep" or earthy tasting Pu-erh but is more refined, offering a rounder body and smooth mouth feel with nutty notes. The aftertaste is smooth and clean.
For 8 to 12 ounces of water, use 5 grams or 2 tablespoons of leaf. Use boiling water, rinse the leaves briefly to awaken them, pour off and re-infuse. We recommend a steeping time of 3-4 minutes. Alternatively, if time allows, briefly rinse the leaves twice thoroughly awakening the leaves and enhancing the flavors of your first sip. Or, rinse briefly, pour off and wait a few minutes and let the leaves "steam" as this will also enhance the flavors and aromas of your first taste. This tea should steep 3-4 times.