Mountains of the Moon 2011
We present to you our Mountains of the Moon. This ripe tea got its name not only from the photo we took of it during a tea session, but also for the way it makes us feel when we drink it - out of this world.
Rather than a blend of both larger and smaller leaves, this ripe tea is composed of all mid-sized leaves. This makes it perfect for those who love to brew tea in longer infusions, but still works well in gong fu style brewing as well. You'll find the brewed liquor of this tea to be very clear and deep red. The flavor earthy, smooth, sweet in shorter steeps. In longer infusions, prepare for lift-off as the power of the leaf is capable of catapulting you to the moon.
Picked and processed in 2011, we visited this area (Lincang) in 2012 and were impressed with the fresh, clean air and lack of cities and traffic. We got a flat tire not far from where this tea was stored for the last 5 years and had one of the best meals ever while we waited for a repair.
Basic Brewing Instructions:
- Ripe Pu'er may be given two 5-10 second rinses with the same temperature water as used for brewing.
- 208˚-212˚ F water temperature.
- Use 1-2 teaspoons per 8 Oz. of filtered water.
- Recommended first steeping of 30 seconds - 1 minute. Add 30 seconds for each subsequent infusion.
Tea brewing is meant to be a joyful exploration. There are no hard and fast rules. Experiment with the quantity of tea that you use, and steeping times. Enjoy discovering what your preferences are. They may change day to day.