This tea was pressed 15 years ago (in 2005) by a small Menghai tea factory. These are 25 gram Golden Melon tuo cha (金瓜沱) made from a blend of Gong Ting, Te Ji, Grade 1 and 3 ripened tea leaves. They were stored in Kunming for 12 years in relatively dry conditions.
The dryish aging conditions have preserved the character of this tea, while allowing it to mellow and gain complexity. The tea is sweet, creamy and very thick and expansive in the mouth. It's a very active and textured ripe tea that has all attributes a good aged ripe pu-erh should have.
Each melon is roughly 22 grams, and can give you 3 to 5 good sessions. Please Note: 22 grams is the average size of each tuo. Some tuo may vary +/- 5 grams.
Each Melon is individually wrapped in off-white gold-flecked paper.
This tea it requires careful preparation. When breaking apart be careful not to break into dust, as too much broken leaf will result in a muddy texture. This can be tricky as it's very tightly compressed. If possible break a chunk off, instead of scraping off.
We recommend using about 4-6 grams per 100ml brewing device and 95-100C water. Keep the steeps short. Short 10 second wash, then 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, and so on. This tea is easy to overbrew, particularly in the beginning.