XiaGuan Mini Mushroom Ripe/Cooked Puer - from Trailhead Tea, Sedona, Arizona
AGED RIPE/COOKED/SHU PUER "
Mini Mushrooms" that were dry-stored in XiaGuan, before we purchased in 2018. They come in a package of 10 minis. They have a strong, real aged mellow taste. The mushroom compressed shape is specific to XiaGuan and rarely found outside of China.
The XiaGuan Tea Factory, built in the 1940's, is found near the old city of Dali in the Yunnan Province of China, where the TuoCha is originally made. Tightly compressing puer in the shape of a small bowl or birds nest was developed for easier transport and trading.
We were able to acquire a few items from XiaGuan when we visited the factory and its museum in October 2018. We were not allowed to enter the main part of the factory, since the viewing of puer production in the most prominent producers is off limits to foreigners, and considered a state secret.
MODERATELY to HIGHLY CAFFEINATED (approx 30 to 50% of the caffeine as coffee)
AVAILABLE AS: 10 Mini Mushroom Package
10 Mini Mushrooms totaling 1.76 ounces of compressed tea, where each 5 gram mushroom yields approximately 10 infusions.
BREWING: One mushroom piece 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