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2018 Zun Sheng Dragon Pearls

2018 Zun Sheng Dragon Pearls

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Sourced By the Dongsa Cooperative

The Qianjiazhai Dongsa Cooperative was established to be a steward to the oldest tea forest in the world, finishing every leaf using hand processing and stone-pressing techniques.
  • true
    60
    tulsi, basil
    true
    55
    cedar, licorice
    true
    50
    vanilla
    true
    40
    muscat grape
    true
    25
    cream, toast

    Tasting Profile

    • vegetal - tulsi, basil
    • floral - cedar, licorice
    • spice - vanilla
    • fruit - muscat grape
    • savory - cream, toast
    • DATE OF PICKINGApril 2018
    • Qianjiazhai Mt. Ailao
    • ELEVATION1800 m
    • Qianjiazhai AssamicaTea Varietal

    Zun, or ‘revered’ is the name the Li Family of the Zhenyuan Dongsa Cooperative gives to the tea picked from their tea trees aged between 300 and 800 years old. This name is a reminder to them of the value of these old trees and of the respect that humans should pay to a living thing that has persisted for so long. Their sustainable foraging lets the trees continue to grow for future generations to enjoy. Finishing is done entirely with sun-withering, slower than wok-firing but more true to the natural flavor of the region. The loose Maocha is lightly steamed and then meticulously rolled and shaped one pearl at a time by Master Zhou without the use of molds or machinery to preserve the delicate complexity of the tea.


  • 'A single eight hundred year old tree can yield up to three kilograms of finished dry leaf. The Dongsa Cooperative picks each of these trees and keeps their leaf material separate. The finished sheng pu’er maocha can either be sold as a single tree lot, blended with other 800 year trees for a single age statement pressing, or blended with 300-500 year leaves for Zun pressings.'

  • 4
    6-8
    205
    30 seconds
    15-30
    4
    6
    205
    10 seconds
    10-30
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    4 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 205° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
    add 15-30 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    4 g.6 ozuse 205° watersteep 10 seconds
    add 10-30 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    4 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp.° water refrigerate overnight
    8 hours hours
    add ice & enjoy

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