2015 Da Hu Sai Raw Pu'erh Tea Cake 357g
Da Xue Shan (大雪山), otherwise known as “Big Snowy Mountain,” is located in one of the central pu’erh production areas in Lincang, Yunnan province. Standing nearly 3300m high (+10,000 ft) and towering over Mengku valley, the summit hides a majestic environment — lush, pristine forests furnished with numerous ferns and enough lichen to sustainably nourish the rich biodiversity. Near the summit sits an east-west mountain ridge, serving as a natural boundary for the forest. Though Xiao Hu Sai is situated on the western side of this ridge, nestled on the eastern side at a higher elevation is Da Hu Sai village, a village not as well-known for its teas but more frequently visited for its easier access to Da Xue Shan forest, helping this village specialize in harvesting wild teas.
Like its Xiao Hu Sai counterpart, teas from Da Hu Sai also tend to possess a slightly tannic component that complements the flavor, likely a feature of the terroir of Da Xue Shan. Similarly, these wild teas are also recognized for a strong cha qi (茶氣) or “energy” that helps one experience a sense of calm and groundedness, ideal for long sessions that require intense focus, such as meditating or studying. Harvested in spring, while its quick citrusy hui gan (回甘) can be reminiscent of a Xiao Hu Sai pu’erh, it separates itself with a little more of a touch of fruitier, spicier, and even a little floral on the palate. After four-years of aging, this tea has transformed into a pleasant affordable treat for our pu’erh tea lovers. It can be sustained as many as 20 steepings. The later steepings are lighter, but still holds flavor well that you just don’t want to quit.
Traditionally, puerh cakes are stacked together and wrapped in a bamboo skin case called a tong. One tong is composed of 7 individual cakes. To purchase a tong, please contact us directly.
Origin: Mengku, Yunnan province, China
Harvest Time: April 2015
Elevation: 2000 meters
Bush Varietal: Mengku Da Ye (large leaves)
Caffeine level: Medium
It is aromatic, mellow, very smooth with a lasting aftertaste.
210oF, 4g for 6 oz of spring/filtered water, .5-1 minute, 6 steepings, adjust to taste. We advise against the use of tap water as well as purified water.
It is recommended to use the Gongfu brewing method in order to get the most out of this tea. Please click here for Gongfu brewing instructions.