To demystify the Unknown Year Puerh is a tale that goes back 25 years. In the late 80s my tea master Olivia’s father travelled to Yunnan in search of fine Puerh. What he found was this exquisite tea that has small leaves with golden needles, known as buds. The Golden buds make the Puerh extra smooth with a luxurious deep earthy taste. Olivia sold me three pounds of her father’s tea as good luck for my new tea business. I will share 2 with you now and save one for use in another 25 years.
Unknown Year Puerh, Shou Cha (late 1980s) 普洱
Origin: Yunnan Province, China 中國雲南省
Harvest: late 1980s
Taste: smooth, earthy, rich, divine
Essence: grounded, purified, inner strength
Pairings: rich game and meats, dark chocolate, plums
Brewing: 3g (2 tbs) per 200 ml of purified water 90-95˚, 25 sec, 4-5 infusions. Increase infusion time for subsequent infusions to taste.