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Green Tea - Sheng Pu

Guo You Lin 國有林

Osmanthus flower, full-bodied, earthy

Regular price $21.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $21.00 USD

Vintages:

Spring 2018: Osmanthus flower. Full-bodied, earthy

Spring 2017: Vegetal, floral with a buttery sweet undertone

About This Tea

Harvested from National Forest land on Man Zhuan, one of the ancient tea mountains east of Lan Cang River, our Guo You Lin is one of the hottest styles of Pu Ers on the market. We use ancient tea trees 200-600 years old for this tea. Ancient tea trees are called Gu Shu / Lao Shu in Chinese.

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  • Origin

    Guo You Lin, Man Zhuan, Yi Wu, East of Lan Cang River, Xi Shuang Ban Na, Yun Nan Province, China (~1200m elevation)

  • History and Significance

    Usually, Pu Er teas are named after their location. Mainly through the name of the tea mountains or specific village. However, this Pu Er does not follow this convention. Guo You Lin translates to national forest. Teas harvested from any of China's national forests throughout Southern Yun Nan are called Guo You Lin. This title also displays their unique status.

  • Category

    Category: Green Tea - Sheng Pu

    Sub-Category: Shai Qing (Sun-dried Green)

  • Processing

    Guo You Lin is made of all Qun Ti Da Ye Zhong (Heirloom Large Leaf) material. Pu Er making follows a typical green tea process; that's why it is academically classified as a sun-dry green tea. Pu Er picking is usually one bud with two or three leaves. The teas are generally shade wilted to lose some moisture before being wok-fried in a large batch. The large batch of Pu Er being processed each time is the "mistake" that causes the tea's enzyme not to be damaged thoroughly, providing the basis for aging Pu Er later on. The hot and moist tea leaves are then rolled and shaped quickly before being evenly spread out under the sun to dry. Aggressively intense sun is the most preferred in Pu Er making.

  • Tasting Notes

    Each Guo You Lin tea takes on the characteristics of its terroir. This Guo You Lin tea from Man Zhuan is earthy, full-bodied with herbaceous floral notes such as Osmanthus flowers.

  • Brewing Instructions

    Please see above for the category specific brewing specs for Gong Fu brewing. For brewing in a teapot, mug, or single cup visit this article here.

  • Learn How To Gong Fu Brew

    This foundational course is a great resource to help you understand the methods and motions of Gong Fu Brewing.