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The Tara (White Bud Pu erh)

$ 28.00


White Bud Puerh

  • 1.5 oz., sold in a bamboo tea caddy, or .75 oz. sold in a copper bag
  • Category: Pu erh
  • Grown: China, Yunnan Province, Lincang, Yong De County 
  • Organically grown

Behind the Name

Over 100 search and rescue dogs tirelessly searched the rubble of the Twin Towers with their handlers in the days following the 9/11 attacks. We named our White Bud Pu erh in honor of one of the dogs, Tara, a black lab, and her handler Lee Prentiss who arrived from Massachusetts on the night of the 11th, and worked tirelessly for 8 days.  The brave and indefatigable efforts of Tara and Lee and the other teams rescued countless survivors and brought a sense of needed comfort to this horrific scene.  We hope this extremely rare, lightly fermented Chinese Pu erh with its slight maltiness and lingering orchid finish will bring you a sense of comfort, and delight your senses. 

Tea Sommelier's Notes

A relative newcomer to the Pu erh family, White Bud Pu erh was once exclusively claimed by Chinese high society. While more globally available, this White Puerh cannot be regarded a white tea as such, but as a Puerh, comprised entirely of hand-harvested pure white buds examined for color and form. This particular Pu erh goes through a mild ferment.
In the cup: Slight maltiness and sweet, with a lingering orchid finish without bitterness. 

In the mood: This is a terrific candidate for those who want to try Pu erh and perhaps expand their tea portfolio and knowledge. Pu erhs are excellent with strong lentil soup, red meats, ripe cheese, sausage, mushrooms.

In the know: Since all types of Pu erh can be stored to mature before consumption, it is commonly labeled with year and region of production.

In the brewing vessel: WESTERN METHOD: 1 Tbsp(2.5g)/ 8 oz.water(240ml)/ Temperature:205F(95C):  String of Pearls/Dragon Eyes  (Please see “Five Stages of Bringing Water to a Boil.”)/ Steep 3-4 minutes. Up to four (or more) infusions possible.

GONG FU METHOD:  2-2.5 Tbsp.(5-6g)/6 oz. water(170ml)/205 F(95 C): String of Pearls/Dragon Eyes   (Please see “Five Stages of Bringing Water to a Boil”)/Steep 20-30 seconds.  5-7 infusions recommended


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