This ancient variety of tea is made from a Yunnan large leaf varietal, Camelia Assamica, and is actually a variety of Pu-erh. The pods themselves are made by taking the processed green leaves, steaming them, and then pressing them into small bowl-shaped forms. The process is quite laborious as each pod must be pressed by hand.
As with many green teas, and especially Pu-erh teas, these pods can be infused multiple times. The next time you brew up a pot pay close attention to the flavor profile of the cup. Much like re-reading a novel, or watching a movie again, you will discover that while the fundamental character remains, the subtle nuances of flavor will change slightly from cup to cup - a subtle mustiness here - a milder sweetness there. This is truly one of the Yunnan provinces most compelling brews.
Each nest makes tea for 3 and the flavor is full bodied with a hint of oak.
Ingredients: Green tea.
Grade: Artisan Handcrafted - Mini Toucha
How to Use: Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil (212 F). Break tea apart and place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 8 oz of water in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea).