Saturday, April 29, 2017

My Cuppa: The Dragon’s Ball!

An event I really enjoy volunteering at is with the Toronto Tea Festival. I think the city is blessed to have such a unique event where like-minded people can gather together and partake in all that the festival has to offer. Do read up on my experience at this year’s Tea Festival.

Like with most organizations, volunteers are sometimes rewarded for their time and hard work. The Toronto Tea Festival has always been gracious towards their volunteers and show it with a gift in the form of something related to tea. This year, volunteers were provided with the Tea Festival 5th Anniversary Commemorative White Moon Pu-er Dragon Ball. I’ve been dying to try my dragon’s egg since receiving it a few months ago. Let’s get crackin’!

The dragon's egg!

After removing the foil, a tightly coiled ball of greyish-white tea leaves was unveiled. It smelled sweet, slightly floral. I almost didn’t want to break the perfect sphere of tea leaves. Almost! The instructions, as indicated on the festival programme, applied to a Gongfu, however, it did go on to say that if a regular cup is being used instead, the leaves can be steeped for 2 – 3 minutes to desired strength.

Any dragons?

No baby dragons here!

Instructions for Gongfu:

For best results, wake up the tea leaves by rinsing them first, prior to steeping. Do this by pouring the heated water over the leaves, and discarding it immediately.

3 g / 1.5 tsp
100 °C / 212 °F
Glass / Ceramic Gaiwan

This tea can be steeped up to 4 times allowing you to get a range of tastes from the leaves.

1st Steep:  30 – 50 seconds
2nd Steep:  10 seconds
3rd Steep:  15 seconds
4th Steep:  20 seconds

I, unfortunately do not own a Gong Fu, yet, so, I steeped it using a regular cup of tea. I did rinse the leaves first, and I did follow up with multiple steeps and playing around with different lengths of time. I loved this Pu-er! The pale yellow liquor was smooth with a thick mouth-feel. It tasted slightly sweet and fruity without any bitterness.

What a ball!

The Commemorative White Moon Pu-er Dragon Ball was a delight. It’s definitely a good tea for anyone wanting to try a Pu-er for the first time before getting into some of the darker, bolder flavoured Pu-er teas. I have just enough tea leaves for a few more cups to enjoy, but I’ll be on the search for other white Pu-er teas to try.

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