Sheng Pu-erh, Xia Guan 2010100g tuo
Compressed into a tightly packed 'bird's nest' tea cake (or tuo cha), this raw pu-erh makes an energising liquor. Its semi-aged aroma exhibits mild earthy notes and autumn leaves. The flavour is balanced, thick and dense with a long finish. It re-infuses multiple times making it a very good value tea.
Origin: Dali, Yunnan Province
Tea bush: Camellia sinensis assamica
Made by Xia Guan Tea Factory near Dali in Yunnan, which was the centre of the ancient Silk Road, the company first made their now famous tuo cha in 1902. It has a unique, bird’s nest shape first developed for ease of transportation. This brand has won multiple awards in China and is highly sought after by Pu-erh collectors.
NB. Rinse the dry leaves quickly in boiling water before steeping – this gets rid of tea dust, which tends so to accumulate in aged teas.
Raw pu-erh reinfuses many times. The colour of the liquor is a pale amber (sheng/cooked pu-erh's liquor is much darker) and the flavour is more subtle than the overt, almost farmyard notes, of a cooked pu-erh.