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its abundant rainfall, mild climate and fertile land, Yunnan Province has ideal conditions for tea cultivation and is known
the historical birthplace of tea being prepared for medicinal use.
Yunnan's He Kai Shan Puerh tea has been gaining popularity due to its fragrance and gentle nature. However, loose leaf versions of this type of Puerh are rarely offered. Merchants often elect to press the tea into a "cake" form to increase value. After cupping this tea we decided to add it to our expanding collection of loose-leaf Puerh so that everyone who wants to experience an excellent example of a green Puerh can do so in any quantity they wish.
This harvest of green Puerh has a nice hint of light
smokiness and a rich, full mouth-feel. The finish is gentle yet long-lasting
and cleansing. The liquor is a soft, reddish-yellow. It is very accessible, making it satisfying for
experienced Puerh enthusiasts but also easy and welcoming to newcomers.
A good starting point for appreciating this tea is to brew three grams per six
ounces of water for a minute or two. You may want to adjust time, temperature
and quantity of leaves according to your preferences. We find that hot (around
80C) but not fully boiled water seems to work best.
But don't let us - or anyone else - tell you what to do! Experiment and find
your own comfort level.
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