Shadow Mountain - Gong Ting Shou Puerh Late 90's - 2 oz.
Velvety, rich, creamy and thick, Shadow Mountain is one of the best gong ting or imperial-grade Shou Puerh we've offered. From the golden tips of Yunnan trees and aged in good, mellow Taiwanese conditions for over twenty years, this looseleaf blend maintains flavors of raw chocolate, minerals, damp wood, and deep forest after the rain. When tea consists of more full-grown and matured leaves, it gives more body and aftertaste with bolder drinking feeling, while tea with plenty of buds is softer and more tender. We find that Shadow Mountain maintains a perfect balance between the two. The Qi is calming, grounding and slightly warming.
Gong Ting or imperial tribute teas are comprised of delicate smaller leaves and bud tips. Because the leaves are so delicate, the tea does not undergo the Wo Dui (piling, dampening, and turning the tea leaves in a manner much akin to composting) for the full two months or longer, which we see with other shou puerh. Instead, the time is halved. The result is a delicate Puerh with thin long needles and a particular flavor. The flavor notes can be of cedar, elmwood, barley. The sweeter notes of jujube date come out more with age. This Puerh is an easier way for Westerners to come to enjoy Puerh tea because it is more accessible and familiar. We hope you love it.