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2014 Purple Buds Sheng Puerh Tea Cake Wild Grown (Zi Ya)

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This is a rare puer tea from Menghai, Yunnan province. The tea tree is a variation of the local Yunnan Da Ye (large leaves) varietal scarcely growing in the wild with an altitude of more than 2000 meters high in the mountains. Most of the wild grown trees are more than 100 years old. The bud and three young leaves are purple in the spring, and then the leaves grow into dark green color. The locals call this tree "Purple Buds". 

This rare tea was plucked in early March from a wild-grown old tree in Menghai, Yunnan and hand processed and hand pressed in a store mold. It has an intense aroma of sweet fig and ripe melon with a smooth finish. It is a great everyday tea with great health benefits.  

Puerh tea has great health benefits, especially in helping digestion and weight control and lowering cholesterol. Studies have suggested that purple buds tea helps to reduce blood pressure as much as 35% as compared to other Yunnan Da Ye puer teas (29%).  Puer tea has been used by many ethnic groups in China as a digestive aid for thousands of years.



Origin:                      Meng Hai, Yunnan province, China

Harvest Time:          Spring 2014

Bush Varietal:          Local Da Ye (large leave) wild grown

Caffeine level:         Medium

Health Benefits: 

  • Aids to digestive system and helps weight control
  • Helps to reduce the effects of aging
  • Helps to reduce blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol
  • Helps to detox the body 

This Zi Ya Puer tea has an intense aroma of sweet fig and ripe melon with a smooth finish. 

200-205oF, 4 grams (1 heaping tbsp) for 6-8 oz of spring/filtered water, 0.5 -1 minute, 4-5 steepings. We advise against the use of tap water as well as purified water.

Gongfu Brewing Guide:

It is recommend to use the Gongfu brewing method in order to get the most out of the tea. 

Use a gaiwan or Yixing clay pot to enhance the aroma and taste, usually 7 grams (2 rounded tbsp) of dry leaves for 200 ml (3.4 oz) of water. When using gongfu brewing method, it is essential to warm up the brewing vessel so that the water temperature will not drop significantly before brewing and also rinse the tea before the first brewing. The recommended steeping time is 15s,10s,15s,15s, 20s respectively for each steeping. You may add 5 or 10 seconds steeping time for each subsequent infusions.

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