2015 Red Star is made with blended aged ripe Puer material and a fresh 2015 Xinhui Mandarin.
The tea is meant to be drunk with the orange skin. Simply break off a few small pieces (roughly an 8:1 tea to skin ratio) and steep together. The red star is quite fresh and has a heavy fruity, citrus fragrance. For those interested in a more aged, medicinal taste, purchase this tea now in order to age it or check out the Black Star.
Most of the cost of this tea is due to the high price of both the handmade labor and the prized skins of Xinhui Mandarins, which cost much more than most Puer tea by weight. If you are interested in better value for tea weight, check out our other Ripe Puer Teas.
Each purchase is for one Red Star Mandarin.
This cake’s wrapper says that it is gongting (imperial grade) but it is actually closer to special grade and first grade with gongting in the mix. Pressed and stored by a Puer producer in South China, we picked up the last of the production and decided to split it amongst our tea club members. This is the remaining stock! Pile fermentation smells have already left this cake; all that remains is a smooth, thick mouth feel and warming feeling in the gut. If you are a fan of heaviness and potential bitterness, overbrew a few extra grams. For fans of lighter tea, just brew normally.
2006 Little Gold Melon [xiao jin gua] shaped Ripe puer tea. This an easy way for new beginners to Puer tea to try ripe Puer! Creamy, sweet, and accessible, the individually wrapped 20 gram melons are convenient to carry for travel, easy to give as samples to friends, or great to grab on the run.
This quality ripe tea is ideal for brewing a big pot of Puer tea for dimsum or Sunday brunch, or can be broken in half for small sessions at the home or office. We recommend breaking apart the little melon before brewing, due to its tight pressing. Alternatively, use an extra long rinse to wake up the tea.
The little gold melons can be purchased individually by selecting the 20 gram tuo, or as a sleeve of 10 melons (200 grams).