Description: Ripe or shu pu'erh tea has uncommonly soft earthy flavor and woodsy tones. The tea leaves go through a natural fermentation process before the tea is gently dried. This creates a cup with zero astringency and a deep, rich body. Pu'erh is extraordinarily smooth and deeply refreshing.
The producing procedure of bamboo-tube tea is quite special, which can be divided into three steps:
1) Put the tea into bamboo tube. Put the dried spring tea (the tea growing in the spring time) or preliminary-processed tea into the bamboo tube. The bamboo used should be just chopped down and has a growing period of about one year.
2) Bake the tea. Put the bamboo tube on the fire for 6 to 7 minutes until the tea leaves is softened. Press the tea leaves with a wooden stick, and then fill up the tube again with more tea leaves. Repeat this procedure until tea leaves in the tube are compacted.
3) Take out the tea. When tea leaves are completely baked, cut open the tube with a knife and take out the column-shaped bamboo-tube tea.
Brewing Guide: Add 1 tbsp (8g) tea per 8 ounces water into a small gaiwan or teapot.
Use 200°F water
Briefly rinse leaves. Decant and discard this infusion.
Add water and infuse for 30 seconds
Repeat for another 10 infusions. Increase the steeping time by 5-10 seconds with each additional infusion.