About 2005 Yunnan Jin Bing Cha:
Yunnan Jin Bing Cha is a tea cake made from golden tip black tea. To make this tea, only the newly sprouted leaf tips are used. The golden color emerges during processing and after accurate withering (moisture drying) of the leaves. This tea originates from an organic tea garden on the far southwestern edge of Yunnan, China’s border with Myanmar (Burma). Yunnan is regarded as one of the areas for the genesis of tea.
Making tea cakes is a traditional art form in Yunnan, China. Although it is a form popular for making Puer teas, in recent times, other types of teas (green, black) have also been made into cakes. Tea cake-making is a multi-step process. First, the freshly plucked tea leaves are withered, roasted, and sun dried to make Mao-Cha or “rough tea”. The rough tea is then steamed and molded into the tea cake shape using stone weights (traditional method) or a simple die press (modern method). Cakes are hand wrapped in paper in the final step.
Green tea and black tea cakes are generally ready to be drunk soon after their crafting; however, if aged well, a green or black bing cha will come to life in new ways over time. We have found Portland to be an excellent environment for aging bing cha. The aging environment requires fresh air, moderate to warm temperatures, and humidity so that the tea will ferment over time. With each passing year, the tea develops new characteristics and complexity.
Ingredients: 100% Organic Black Tea Leaves.
Size: 5″ diameter
Weight: 150 Grams
Cup Servings per Cake: 80
Smooth, buttery, earthy infusion with hints of sweet rice and Chinese plum.
Every tea is different and can be brewed in different ways. The chart below is not a hard-and-fast guide for brewing this tea, but rather a place to get started. Steeping time may vary based on your personal taste or on how many infusions have already been done. Experiment with the brewing of your tea to discover its unique character.
Brewing the tea cake is fairly simple. Break off a small piece (equal to the size of a teaspoon), and brew as you would with loose leaf tea.
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