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"Metal Monkey" 1980's Aged Sheng Pu'er

"Metal Monkey" 1980's Aged Sheng Pu'er

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According to the Chinese zodiac, 1980 is the Year of the Monkey, and it belongs to the Metal element based on the Chinese Five Elements.  The Metal Monkey has been associated with longevity, a strong desire to express itself, and a thirst for knowledge.  This aged Sheng Pu'er is no different.  It is impressive and self-assured, stands its ground, and possess a lot of charm.  

Tea Specifics

Harvest: 1980's

Yunnan large-leaf aged in Southern China before returning to Kunming around 2012.

Tree: Mixed

Cultivar: Camellia sinensis var. Assamica

Fine, loose leaf sheng cha

Because caffeine decays over time through oxidation and light, decades-old Aged Sheng Pu'er may not contain very much caffeine at all.

Tasting Notes

Clean, forest taste; herbaceous and slightly floral in the beginning, uplifting, mouth-filling, then later opens to light camphor. Acala Tea's favorite aged sheng ever.

Brewing Recommendations

Serving Size: 4-6g of tea per 100ml purified water

Ideal Brewing Vessel: Shi Piao clay tea pot, or porcelain gaiwan or tea pot

Awaken: Pour 212F water over dry leaves to allow them to awaken for 40 seconds before discarding wash.

Steeping: Boil water to 212F and then wait for the water to stop bubbling before pouring the water into the pot. Brew for a few seconds, replace the lid, and pour the liquor into a gong dao bei (fairness pitcher) before apportioning into tea cups.  Leave the lid off the tea pot between steepings to prevent the leaves from overheating. Flash brewing in this manner ensures this tea can be brewed up to 10+ times and brewed again the following morning if left overnight.

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