Zi Juan Purple Tea Leaf (Green Puer Cake) 2006 357g

Zi Juan Purple Tea Leaf (Green Puer Cake) 2006 357g

Purple leaf puer teas are produced from the leaves of a very unique tea bush cultivar in southwest Yunnan. The leaves of this bush are surprisingly purple at the very beginning of spring. However, if they are not harvested, they will eventually turn green like normal tea leaves. Their purple color is indicative of an unusual richness in zinc and amino acids. To retain this nutrition and produce this unique puer tea, the source leaf can only be picked when it is still tender and purple, thus it is usually harvested near the end of April. Our Purple Buds cake comes from this same type of tea bush but the purple tea leaf cake uses more tender leaves, rather than strictly buds.

Compared to the purple bud green puer cake, the purple leaf cake has a deeper body. The richness in the nutrition of the tender leaves makes a very smooth, complex flavor with a lingering finish. Additionally, the leaves richness in amino acids and their older vintage combine to yield a flavor without any bitterness at all. It is an excellent tea to drink now or continue to age.

Weight per piece: 357 grams

How to store: Store in a dark, well ventilated area with less than 70% humidity. Less than 25 degrees C or 77 degrees F. Store in the paper or fabric, not plastic. Keep away from odors and fragrances.

How to infuse: Any cup, pot, or gaiwan made of porcelain, glass, yixing clay, iron, or other material will work.

Brewing Guidelines:

1st infusion -- Loosen and gently break off about 5 grams of tea from the brick for approx. 12 ounces water. Use boiling water to infuse for 5 minutes.

2nd infusion -- Boiling water, infuse for 2 minutes

3rd infusion -- Boiling water, infuse for 3 minutes

4th to 7th infusion -- Boiling water, infuse for 5 minutes

Infusions: at least 7 times

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