Thursday, March 28, 2013

Wild Tea Qi Yi Tribal Coins Tea

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark, tightly compressed
Ingredients: puerh tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: very dark brown

I'm a big fan of portable puerh like this coin from Wild Tea Qi. The fact that they are individual wrapped makes it easy to take anywhere and it takes the guess work out of portion sizes. The coin was tightly compressed but it broke apart completely during the second infusion. The taste was mellow, woodsy and sweet. There was a definite earthiness but it wasn't quite the forest floor or barnyard experience that some teas can give. The mouth-feel was thick yet smooth and there was no astringency. Although it didn't taste exactly like it, maple syrup kept popping into my head as I sipped. I did consecutive five infusions but the leaves definitely could have kept going for more. This would be a great tea for those who are looking to dip their toe into the intimidating world of puerh. I've become a big fan of Wild Tea Qi recently because they offer some unique products and their teas are ethically sourced.

You can find out more about this tea here.