Hei Tiao Zi (Black Stripe)

Sheng Puer Tea Cake 200g 2016

An affordable example of high-grown puer tea with a sweet flavor, thick aroma, and pleasing finish. The material for Black Stripe came from farmers who tend tea trees in the Bai Ying Mountain area.

$45.00

23 in stock


Tea Origin
Bai Ying Shan, Ling Cang area Yunnan Province

Tea Bush
Hei Tiao Zi

Picking Standard
1 bud with 1 or 2 leaves

Origin

This sheng puer tea cake was pressed using only leaves from Bai Ying Mountain is in western Yunnan beside the Mekong (aka Lan Cang) River. The average elevation of tea gardens on Bai Ying Mountain is around 2800 meters; this is the highest known elevation in Yunnan for groups of tea trees to prosper in. The oldest trees in this area are approximately 100 old but there is much variation in both the age and variety of tea plants here.

Tea producers often remark that sheng puer produced from high elevation areas has more sweetness, aroma and complexity in flavor. This is because tea trees or tea bushes grown at a high elevation are strongly impacted by shifts from higher to lower temperature between night and day. Research has shown that plants grown at high altitudes will develop additional catechin and amino acids, perhaps to aid in a bush’s survival under harsh conditions. These secondary metabolites translate into rich and interesting flavors in a processed tea. Black stripe is an excellent example of how the high-mountain growing can translate into the flavor of sheng puer.

The young leaves of many tea plants on Bai Ying Shan have a purple hue but will become greener they grow. The tea for this cake was picked in mid-March while the leaves still had a hint of purple.

Process

This tea’s leaves have gone through the stages of traditional processing for sheng puer: beginning with plucking, then frying upon a hot wok, and rolling or kneading into their proper “stripe” shape. The worked leaves are then laid out across bamboo trays in thin layers, rather than piles, and are left to dry under direct sunshine. In the heat of sunlight, the leaves will wither, turning them into mao cha (made but not fully finished tea) after a few days. The mao cha for this tea, when compared to mao cha made from other bushes and trees, are noticeably darker — thus earning it the name “Black Stripe.”

 

No chemical fertilizer, pesticide, or herbicide was used in the production of this tea. Click here to read more about our promise to fair trade and the environment.

Hei Tiao Zi (Black Stripe) brewing guidelines

Weight per piece: 200 grams
How to store: Store in a dark, well ventilated area with less than 70% humidity. Less than 25 degrees C or 77 degrees F. Store in the paper or fabric, not plastic. Keep away from odors and fragrances.

How to infuse: Any cup, pot, or gaiwan made of porcelain, glass, yixing clay, iron, or other material will work.
Brewing Guidelines:
1st infusion — Loosen and gently break off about 5 grams of tea from the brick for approx. 12 ounces water. Use boiling water to infuse for 5 minutes.
2nd infusion — Boiling water, infuse for 2 minutes
3rd infusion — Boiling water, infuse for 3 minutes
4th to 7th infusion — Boiling water, infuse for 5 minutes
Infusions: at least 7 times