2007 Vintage Gongting Shu Pu'erh Mandarin Orange Pu'erh Balls
This Gongting shu puerh tea, stuffed in a mandarin orange shell, has been aged for 16 years, and is primed for optimal taste. Gongting is the highest grade of shu puerh leaf quality. The dried orange rind is authentic Xinhui mandarin from Gongdong province. Most of similar stuffed orange puerhs on the market are not from Xinhui prefecture, but from other provinces in China. Chinese tradition regards Xinhui mandarin rind as having great health benefits, especially for soothing the lungs and throat, and for reducing excessive body heat. This tea is very smooth, full bodied, with a mild citrus flavor, not over powering the tea flavor like some inferior versions on the market. If you desire a more citrus flavor, simply add more orange rind to your tea.
Each weighs about 35-45g, good for many sessions, and each session can sustain up to 15 steepings. If desired, break off a few small pieces of the mandarin shell to steep along with the tea.
Tea Origin: Menghai, Yunnan province, China
Mandarin: Xinhui, Guangdong province
Harvest Time: 2007
Bush Varietal: Yunnan Da Ye (large leaf)
It has a pleasant and smooth earthy flavor, liquor is very smooth, full bodied, has notes of dark chocolate and caramel, and sweet aftertaste. No musty taste. You will notice that it becomes sweeter with each steeping.
Take 4 grams of puerh tea out from the mandarin, break off a few small pieces of mandarin rind to brew along with the tea if desired, 210oF, 6- 8 oz of spring/filtered water, 1 min; up to 10 steepings. 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.