Imperial Moonlight Mini Cake
Origin: Jinggu, Yunnan
Varietal: Camellia Taliensis
Picking: Bud and top leaf
Know your tea: White tea is unwithered and minimally oxidized and comprises of the buds and top leaves, thus possessing high levels of antioxidants and polyphenols. The bushes for this particular tea are 40 years old. This cake can be purchased for aging as well, as it has the potential to evolve into more of a red tea. This tea comes compressed, in the shape of a disc or 'cake'. This 'cake' is compressed just as Pu-erh is, and has a unique and complex flavor profile that'll make for an incredibly pleasant infusion. Just break off a little piece of the 'cake' using a Pu-erh pick or butter knife, starting from the round depression in the center of the back side of the cake, and work your way outwards.
Ingredients: 100% pure tea. No added flavorings, essential oils or additives.
Tasting Notes: Sweet, thick, malty, floral, vanilla.
Liqueur Body: Champagne colored, with speckles of white fuzz. Long
We encourage you to experiment with the amount of leaves, amount and temperature of water, and infusion times to reach your preferred strength of tea, but here's a suggestion for this particular tea:
Rinse your tea before the first infusion, to 'awaken' the leaves. You can do this by just submerging the leaves in warm water at the prescribed temperature for each particular tea, and then discarding that water. This will also preheat the vessel and prevent the water temperature from drastically falling during the infusion.
Most reinfusions require the same or higher temperatures than the first infusion because the leaves will already be moist, but the time for each reinfusion will first reduce till a certain number of reinfusions, and then it will need to be increased till you've maxed out the potential of the leaves.