This style of tea is storied, with many interesting nicknames. We call it Royal Tribute because it was a tea that was sent from the southern reaches of Yunnan to the Emperor of China as an offering. The teasmiths that crafted the Pu-erh called it “daughter’s tea”, as they typically had the daughters of the local villagers picking the tea buds. It is said that the harvesters were paid in finished tea instead of money, which in turn sold very quickly at the markets.
This style of Pu-erh is only made from leaves harvested in February, which is unusually early by most tea production standards which harvest tea leaves around late March at the earliest. The reason for this is because the early harvest yields only tea buds and no fully matured leaves. The resulting brew is tippy, yet smooth in the after-taste. Notes include camphor in the nose, with a taper that is woodsy and sweet. All in all, a very refined tea that demands attention, we recommend drinking this without an accompanying meal.
Water temperature will produce a wide spectrum of flavors. Higher temperatures closer to 100°c will produce more medicinal notes, while lower temperatures down to 92°c will draw out the sweet flavors. Whichever temperature you decide to use, make sure not to brew for longer than thirty seconds maximum! Even at twenty seconds, this tea will produce a very deep amber liquor with packed with plenty of flavor. Beyond the fourth cup, it is fine to steep for a minute or longer.
The nose exudes enticing herbal fragrance, including thyme and dried basil, finishing with a hint of something malty. Once steeped, the ...from $16.00
The nose exudes enticing herbal fragrance, including thyme and dried basil, finishing with a hint of something malty. Once steeped, the aroma shifts into pleasant memories of buttered toast, promising rich and full flavors. The notes include raisins and crackers lightly flavored with honey. The aftertaste is smooth, milky sweet...
We acquired this Shu Pu-Erh from a close friend in China who had been aging it since 1980. This clean, sweet PuErh is everything you wan...$17.00 - Sold Out
We acquired this Shu Pu-Erh from a close friend in China who had been aging it since 1980. This clean, sweet PuErh is everything you want in an aged tea. Woodsy aromatics imbibe the senses while your taste buds delight in sweet, earthy tones. 2 oz. Water: 100°C Brewing Instruction Rinse...
This set includes two ounces of Imperial Pearl and two ounces of Aged Oolong, 2003. Packaged in a gift box and organza bag. Ready to dr...$25.00 - Sold Out
This set includes two ounces of Imperial Pearl and two ounces of Aged Oolong, 2003. Packaged in a gift box and organza bag. Ready to drop under the tree!