Origin: Laoshan Village
Know your tea:
Gan Zao Ye (甘枣叶) or Wild Jujube Tea is a herbal tea made from wild jujube plants picked in the spring of this year in Laoshan Village area of Shandong. This Imperial Grade Gan Zao Ye is picked in April when the leaves are young and tender and then carefully processed to preserve their fine state, uniform in size with few stems when dried. Expect front notes of savory, followed by the shortest hit of bitterness that drops immediately and ends with a touch of sweetness.
Ingredients: All teas ingredients are just 100% pure tea
Tasting Notes: Sweet langoustine, chocolate, herbaceous. Incredibly complex.
Liqueur Body: Thick, soupy, rich.
We encourage you to experiment with the amount of leaves, amount and temperature of water, and infusion times to reach your preferred strength of tea, but here's a suggestion for this particular tea:
2 grams of tea for 120 mls of water at 98-100 degrees. Time the first infusion for 2 minutes
Pro Tip: Rinse your tea before the first infusion, to 'awaken' the leaves. You can do this by just submerging the leaves in warm water at the prescribed temperature for each particular tea, and then discarding that water. This will also preheat the vessel and prevent the water temperature from drastically falling during the infusion.
Most reinfusions require the same or higher temperatures than the first infusion because the leaves will already be moist, but the time for each reinfusion will first reduce till a certain number of reinfusions, and then it will need to be increased till you've maxed out the potential of the leaves.