2011 WuyiStar White Gong Mei Raw Puer - from Trailhead Tea, Sedona, Arizona
An AGED RAW/SHENG PUER
2011 spring harvested Gong Mei White Tea from Fuding area of Fujian Province, and then pressed and stored in WuyiShan by the WuyiStar factory, where we toured in October 2016. WuyiStar is a very large producer, but is also well know for their specialties. We spent time learning with the primary tea master. We sampled this tea in their tasting room before acquiring.
The taste of the tea is very smooth, honey-like sweet and a bit nutty. The aroma is honey and orchids, with a fairly thick mouthfeel. Gong Mei is considered to be 3rd grade/harvest Fuding white tea, sharing elements with both Bai Mu Dan and Shou Mei. To review: 1st Grade - Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needles), 2nd Grade - Bai Mu Dan, 3rd Grade - Gong Mei, 4th grade - Shou Mei.
MODERATELY CAFFEINATED (approx 30% of the caffeine as coffee)
AVAILABLE AS: 3 OZ Package, 0.25 OZ (7 gram) TastingSample
Package size is 3 ounces of compressed and loose full leaf tea, which yields approximately 28 first cups. Tasting sample is 0.25 ounce for about 2-3 cups.
BREWING: One broken piece the approx volume of a teaspoon for every 8 oz of boiling 200-212°F fresh water. Steep for 1-2 minutes or to desired taste. Can re-infuse up to 10 times by adding 15-30 seconds to each additional infusion.
Trailhead Tea: Sedona & Northern Arizona's Full-Leaf Tea Department Store