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2008 KT952 Loose Leaf Shu

2008 KT952 Loose Leaf Shu

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Cooling, deeply complex
looseleaf shu
Xingyang takes their fermentation seriously, and this looseleaf offering shows off their craft with complex notes of camphor, anise, licorice, rosemary and papaya.
Spring 2008 ♦ Pu'er, Yunnan
Cooling, deeply complex
looseleaf shu
Xingyang takes their fermentation seriously, and this looseleaf offering shows off their craft with complex notes of camphor, anise, licorice, rosemary and papaya.
Spring 2008 ♦ Pu'er, Yunnan
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Crafted by Xingyang Workshop

Xingyang Workshop was founded by several masters from much larger Xiaguan to revive the ideals of clean, slow meticulous fermentation and small batch blending.
 
Thanks to their 50+ years of connections, Xingyang is able to flex their relationships for some of the best leaf material in Yunnan from wild, single-origin sites.
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2008
    • Pu'erYunnan Province
    • ELEVATION1100 m
    • Da Ye ZhongTea Varietal

    This tea is made from tiny spring buds from old growth tea trees and fermented for a clean and smooth flavor. Xingyang is proud that ten years of age on this tea will taste more like a twenty year pu’er because of the quality leaf material and slow meticulous fermentation process. The result is deep, herbaceous and cooling with a lingering aftertaste.

  • true
    100
    camphor, anise, licorice
    true
    60
    molasses, woody
    true
    60
    rosemary
    true
    40
    lemon peel, papaya

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - camphor, anise, licorice
    • savory - molasses, woody
    • savory - rosemary
    • fruit - lemon peel, papaya


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  • 'We were surprised by the amount of medicinal spice in this tea. We got a ton of anise, licorice and camphor flavor. As the tea steeped out, the cooling quality continued to grow, accented by herbaceous rosemary and sweet lemon peel flavor. No matter how long we steeped this tea, we always got beautiful results.'

  • 3
    6-8
    205
    60 seconds
    30
    3
    6
    205
    30-45 seconds
    30
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    3 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 205° watersteep 60 secondsresteep many times
    add 30 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    3 g.6 ozuse 205° watersteep 30-45 seconds
    add 30 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    4 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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