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"Rinpoche's Cup" 1990 CNNP '9016' (250g Tuo)

"Rinpoche's Cup" 1990 CNNP '9016' (250g Tuo)

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In Buddism, the word Rinpoche is a title given to the highest regarded spiritual leader.  In Tibetan, Rinpoche means “precious one.”  Rinpoche works for the good of all being and gives of himself without hesitation.  Some Rinpoches are believed to be reincarnations of past lamas.  These Rinpoches are recognized as a Tulku. 

When Rinpoche sits before a captive audience, there is always a tea set at his side.  It is curious the type of tea he may be drinking, but I tend to think it's a highly delicious, aged shou pu'er. 

Tea Specifics

Harvest: 1990

First Year Formula Created: 1990

Tea Leaf Grade: 1

Tea industry leaf grading: One (1) being the highest quality on a scale from 1 to 10. High tea leaf grades are given to large, course leaves, which change the nature of the flavor and are less complex.

Cultivar: Camellia sinensis var. Assamica

Factory: Kunming 9016

Small leaf, full fermentation, knive loosened loose leaf from tuo.

Originally produced and dry- stored in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China in 1990. Kunming's drier conditions transform this tea.

Tasting Notes

Small, fully fermented leaves, smooth mouth feel, clean, lightly sweet, light aged forest floor, deep amber liquor.

Brewing Recommendations

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

Ideal Brewing Vessel: Low-fired, high profile clay tea pot, or porcelain gaiwan or tea pot

Awaken: Pour 212F water over dry leaves to allow them to awaken for 20 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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