This is made from aged loose leaf tea harvested in Autumn 2012 Sun-Dried Pure Bud Pu-erh Tea (White Pu-erh Tea) harvested in Wu Jia Zhai village in Yong De county of Lincang. When young and fresh, this tea had a sweetish and floral flavor (with some astringency), but with age the brewed tea has become complex and full-bodied, delivering a musk and spice taste with a sweet after-finish.
These Dragon Balls were made by my mother- in-law and father-in-law. They make them in their spare time. They use little pieces of cotton to compress them instead of saran wrap. Saran wrap compression is the most common method because it's faster, but it causes off gassing into the tea since the tea must be steamed to soften and is very hot. We use cotton, which is safe.
Dragon balls are great because they are perfect single brewing servings, and because the leaves fare much better during transport and storage compared to loose leaf form, which tend to break apart causing the brewed tea to be overly astringent and/or bitter and detracts from overall look of the brewed leaves!
50% of the profits from the sales of these Dragon Balls will go directly to my father/mother-in-law. We will give them the money as a red packet during Chinese New Year, since they won't accept money directly from my wife or I. Most likely they will put most of it in the bank for their retirement!
Each Dragon Ball is roughly 8 grams of tea (+/- 0.5 grams)