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He Kai Shan "Green" Puerh Cake
He Kai Shan "Green" Puerh Cake

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With 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.

Price: $80.00

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Many of you who enjoyed the release of the 2012 loose-leaf He Kai Shan Puerh last month asked about the companion compressed version to add to your collections. So, this month we will feature it as a new addition to our line of Puerh tea cakes.

He Kai Shan Green Puerh is grown in high altitudes between 1400 and 1700 meters. The tea is harvested from older trees rather than younger, smaller bushes. The local "La Gu" minority in this area are people who cherish their mountain homes and care for their environment an the tea farms. The teas produced from He Kai Shan are known for smooth texture, apricot-like fruitiness as well as a trademark sweet finish that lingers on the tongue. The hint of smokiness is a subtle background. And the reasonable pricing we were able to negotiate make this offering irresistible to Puerh lovers making it a perfect time to build your collection. If you haven't yet started to collect aged teas, this is a good beginning. Treat yourself!


As with most "cake" Puerhs, the amount of tea used is rather difficult to measure since you will have to break off a part of the cake to make the tea and it is almost impossible to get exactly the amount you want. If you're someone who just kind of goes with the flow, then adjust steeping time and temperature according to the amount of tea. You can easily adapt and it will work just fine. However, most people want some kind of structure to follow, so will recommend three methods to break up the cake.

Break off around 5 grams or so and infuse with near boiling water for a minute or so, decant into a serving pitcher to share or drain into another cup and allow to cool a bit before enjoying. We think that you will enjoy the hint of smokiness and He Kai Shan's apricot like fruitiness more if you allow the water to cool a bit before enjoying.

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