2020 'QUANTITATIVE UNEASE' Raw Puer - Pay What You Want
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What is the value of money? This year has seen governments around the world print money like there is no tomorrow. Is a dollar still worth a dollar? Probably not.
So, how much is a tea worth?
We've decided to make this tea a 'pay what you feel' situation. We'll detail below the objective details about what went into this tea, and you decide how much you think it's worth. The minimum price is $1. There is a limit of 5 cakes (one tong) per person, and 500 cakes total were pressed.
This tea is a raw puer made from huangpian, which are the older, larger leaves of the tea tree, usually picked out and separated from raw puer to improve its appearance. They are then sold separately, usually for a much more affordable price than the 'full' picking material of the same tea. Tea made from huangpian also contains less caffeine than full material.
This particular tea comes from the Yiwu area, in eastern Xishuangbanna, and is picked from what we would classify as 'old' ('gushu') tea trees. How old exactly is anyones guess; but the trees are very tall and have thick trunks, growing in a pristine forested environment. We commissioned this production especially and had the producer keep aside all the huangpian that they could for us in early spring, before having it pressed and wrapped to our specifications, and delivered to us here to then be sent off to you.
Taste wise; this tea has a very thick texture (as many huangpian tend to), with a sweet, fragrant, flavour profile. As the tea continues to age, we expect more pleasing bitterness will emerge, as well as more honey-like characteristics. It's very oily and long-lasting in the mouth, and has legs; you can steep it many many times before it gives out. Huangpian also benefit from boiling after several steeps, to get the last bits of flavour out.
So; how much do you think it's worth? Of course, we are taking a risk here. You can legitimately buy the tea for $1AUD. We might lose money, we might make some money; but what does it matter. We hope whatever price you pay, you feel like the tea is worth it, and enjoy drinking it for years to come. Stock up on some great tea and share it with your friends.
Please note, we reserve the right to cancel any orders blatantly trolling or attempting to purchase more than the limit per person.
All orders are shipped from our HQ in Melbourne within 1-2 business days, using Australia Post carbon-neutral delivery.
Australia: $9.95 AUD flat-rate standard shipping, free above $75 AUD. $14.95 flat-rate express shipping, free above $100.
New Zealand: $20 AUD flat-rate, free above $90 AUD.
Asia: $25 AUD flat-rate, free above $150 AUD.
North America: $30 AUD flat-rate, free above $150 AUD.
Europe: $35 AUD flat-rate, free above $150 AUD.
Use boiling water (100C).
We recommend approx 1g of tea per 15ml of water for Gongfu-style brewing in a teapot or gaiwan. Rinse the leaves once and then brew several times until there is no flavour left.
For Western-style brewing in a larger teapot, use approx. 5g per 100ml of water. You can re-brew the leaves a few times.
To brew direct in a mug, use 1-2g of tea in the bottom of the cup, fill with boiling water, and drink once cool. Re-fill the cup with more water when you've drunk 1/3rd of the tea. Repeat until there is no more flavour left.
All of our teas are suitable for long-term storage and aging.
Keep your tea away from sunlight and strong smells, and somewhere with stable climate conditions.
You can keep it sealed inside the re-usable bag the tea comes in, or another non-porous container.