Wild Leaf, Sheng Pu-erh 1998
Harvested from the ancient tea trees that grow wild in south-western China’s Yunnan Province, our 1998 Wild Leaf came to us by way of a tea merchant in Guangzhou.
Crafted by the aboriginal people of Yunnan, the tea is a “sheng” or raw pu-erh – aged naturally – with time as the only catalyst transforming the tea from its nascent state as “mao cha” to its current light brown color.
We recommend this tea for the pu-erh collector looking for a reasonably priced “sheng” pu-erh for longer term storage.
This natural aging and the ten years since harvest means the tea has begun to settle – it still retains a bright sweetness, but is headed the way of a richer creamier infusion if stored for a few more years.
Water Temperature: 205°, or near boiling
Brewing Instructions: Rinse tea for 1-2 seconds. Discard rinse water. Steep for 1-2 minutes. Use 2 teaspoons (3 for a medium sized pot). May be infused multiple times.