Indian Gushu White Tea Cake from Manipur Wild Tea Forests.
Made from the 2020 Spring Wild White Tea, this is a tea which was long in the making and we are glad to be able to finally offer it. Pressed white teas are a relatively new concept but aged whites are not, the main reason for pressing for us the ease which this form gives when ageing the tea. Although the steaming does enhance the flavours, especially the woody character. We have pressed a few test samples over the years and they have indeed aged into beautiful forms of themselves.
The current batch of pressing happened late January 2021 and that is the batch on sale right now. Right now, the tea is much more fruity than the loose leaf form and the woody character is upfront. We get notes of pears, spearmint, kiwi, honeysuckle and apples. We'd encourage folks living in different parts of the world to age this beautiful tea and let us know how it goes! We ourselves will be ageing a significant chunk of these to put on sale a few years later!
Appearance : Light Yellow
Taste : Honeysuckle, kiwi, apple, spearmint, woody
Steeping Time : 3 minutes western style, 20 seconds gongfu style adding 10 seconds every subsequent steep
Leaf Quantity: 3 gms per 120 ml for gongfu and 4 grams for 400 ml western style
Recommended Steeping Temperature : 80°C
Recommended Steeping Method : Gongfu style