The Bewitched Emperor 2021 Raw (Sheng) Puer Tea
Limited quantities. Available online only.
357 gram cake
An aggressive character that grows on you. A bitter, barley, bone-dry cup that has the strength to carry the weight of your demands. A bit brash at first, but persuasive in the end. A little goes a long way.
Produced by Mr. Liu Zhao Quan (see 2019 Tiger Hunter Raw Puer) in Mo Jiang county, Puer city, Yunnan. It’s a high grown (approx. 5,000 feet) one bud, three leaf pluck of Yunnan Big Leaf cultivar. Harvested on April 20, 2021 and finished production June 10, 2021.
The Chinese name for this tea is Mi Di Cha, which is roughly translated “Tea of the Bewitched/Charmed Emperor.” The story goes that this tea was offered to Emperor Qian Long (1711-1799) and he became so infatuated with it that he gave the farmer a plaque as an official expression of his enthusiasm for this tea. The plaque was lost in the 1960’s.
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Ingredients: puer tea
Use 3 grams of tea in a 12 oz. mug. Steep for 4 minutes with boiling water. This will produce a sweeter, more gentle cup than the description implies. Good for multiple steeps.
Use 4 grams of tea in a 150ml gaiwan or teapot. Use boiling water and steep as follows:
- 10 second rinse (discard this steep)
- 1st Steep – 25 seconds
- 2nd Steep – 20 seconds
- 3rd Steep – 25 seconds
- 4th Steep – 45 seconds
- 5th Steep – 90 seconds
- 6th Steep – 3 minutes
- (Or steep it however you want)