Friday, January 31, 2014
Royal Tea Bay Co., LTD, Snowy Mountain Handmade Plait Puer Tea T105 Raw
The processing skills of plait tea was invented during Ming or Qing dynasty. The material of the plait puerh tea is good quality whole leaf of snow moutain big-leaf puerh tea leaves. The liquor is bright clear, mellow and of rich taste. Very comfortable sweet taste without any bitterness. Strong fragrance stay in your mouth for a long time.
Check this out! I have never seen a tea, much less puerh, braided in such a fashion. I could not resist trying this one. This was given to me by a friend and was originally purchased from Royal Tea Bay Co managed by CCTVSystem2011 on Ebay.
The instructions say to use 1 braid per cup. I probably should listen but I chose to use 3 as I am brewing about 10 oz at a time. I used my glass press so I could watch the leaf and boiling water. The steep was one minute. The result was a very light liquid that turned more honey once poured in the cup. The wet leaf has a dusty/musty raw puerh aroma. It reminds me of the smell of the old grist mill in a nearby state park. There is nothing barnyard or fishy present. The leaf has only slightly relaxed.
The sip is clean and crisp. There is just a small amount of metallic taste that is not overwhelming or bitter. Other reviews I have read called this citrus and almost lemon. I did not have that impression. They used a gaiwan for their brewing. The feel is slightly creamy and a little slick feeling. This is very drinkable.
It may sound strange but I often judge a puerh on how it affects my tummy. The more it rumbles the more I like it. This is a rumbler! I am not talking astringent burn - I hate that. I mean a literal rumble almost like hunger pangs. What ever micro-magic puerh does, to make me feel it has cleansed my system, this one appears to be a champion.
I am not sure how many western style mugs I will get from the braids but I am about to find out as the first mug is gone already. This is currently $8.99/50g or $10.99/100g with free shipping. Worthy of a purchase if you even kind of like raw puerh.