Silver Bud Sheng Puer Nuggets – Yinya
These premium-quality yinya nuggets are made of raw (or sheng) puer tea from the Yunnan province. Yinya undergoes very little fermentation and has taste, aroma, and texture characteristic of green teas. Try the tea to enjoy its fresh and invigorating taste or let it age naturally to develop a more mellow and soothing flavor. This tuocha series has been pressed exclusively for Daoli.
Why we like it?
Raw pu’er teas are underrepresented in the west. Most people who hear the word “pu’er” immediately think about the post-fermented teas that can smell and taste like earth. Being a raw pu’erh variety, yinya tuocha, however, has a nice taste and fragrance of freshly cut grass or bamboo leaves.
This tea is sun-dried and pressed into small nuggets. Shape reflects the ancient Chinese tradition of using tea as money. During the Tang-Song dynasty period (6-13th centuries), the national minorities that lived around the Chinese border would often engage in trade with the mainland army and government officials. The army was always in need of good horses and mules while the border settlements craved tea which they couldn’t produce. Therefore, for hundreds of years, people of Tibet, Yunnan, and Sichuan provinces would trade horses and other draft animals for tea. To facilitate the transactions, tea would sometimes be pressed into different shapes. At that time and place, tea literally functioned as a currency, and it is no coincidence that when you hold tea nuggets in your hand, they feel just like a batch of coins.
We have included this tea into our collection because of its unique taste and history. We are hoping that yinya tuocha will be a pleasant surprise for those who enjoy green teas and are looking to take their expertise to a new level.
Roman’s personal score: 88/100
Miha’s personal score: 87/100
The scores above represent how the Daoli co-founders Miha and Roman feel about each particular tea. The ratings are given on 0 to 100 scale and are absolutely subjective. We simply translate into numbers our first impression about this tea.
General steeping suggestions
Tea can be steeped in a tea pot, gaiwan, or a strainer placed right in your cup. Feel free to experiment with time, temperature, and quantity. If tea feels a bit strong or bitter, just use less leaves or steep it for a shorter period of time.
The purpose of the first brew is to rinse the leaves, so it shouldn’t last more than five seconds and should be discarded. Pour the hot water again. This time, steep it for longer periods. Avoid leaving the leaves soaking in water between brews, because it makes tea taste bitter and steals a lot of its flavor. If used properly, about six grams of tea leaves can yield several middle-size cups of excellent tea.
Chinese people enjoy the original taste of tea, so they never use milk, sugar, or lemon.
Steeping suggestions for Silver Bud Nuggets
Start with this, then experiment:
- one serving: 1 nugget
- water: ~ 90 °C, 100-250 ml (195 F, 3-9 oz)
- time: 20-60 seconds (more so with first brews to allow for nuggets to open)
- brews: 6-7 times
- discard the first brew
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