Sui Yin Zi (Shattered Silver) Shou (Cooked) Puer

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As opposed to the larger bricks or purely loose puer, this style takes the form of small, pebble-like pieces.  These are generated in the process of making cakes of cooked puer.  In this process, a large pile of tea is moistened and occasionally turned over to ensure even fermentation.  As this happens, small amounts of tea, high in pectin, will bind together to form small pieces or chunks.  These are removed before the larger tea cakes are formed, making them incompletely fermented.  Thus, while all Sui Yin Zi is considered cooked (shou) puer, it is still a little bit raw (sheng). 

The larger of these pieces are generally referred to as Lao Cha Tou (Old Tea Heads), while the smaller are generally called Sui Yin Zi (Shattered Pieces of Silver).  They are known for being easy to work with, easy to brew with a good flavor, and being extremely long-lasting in their brews.  The high pectin content tends to produce a brew that is sweet and thick.  This is an excellent form for those new to puer.  

2008 Mt. Hekai: A decent starter puer for those with an undiscriminating palate, at an almost-unheard of price for a puer of this age.  

2019 Pesticide-Free: This pesticide-free sui yin zi was collected during the cooking of a variety of puers, from a variety of locations.  Thus, it cannot be said to come from any one place, in particular.  Despite its youth, it is of excellent quality, with a savory, grainy, nutty aroma, with elements of chestnut, walnut, and redwood.  It produces a smooth, orange brew with a sweet, savory, grainy, full-bodied flavor that leaves a pleasant sweetness on the tongue and palate.  As this puer is still on the younger side, it is best enjoyed with a snack or after eating.  

Both these teas last for about a dozen brews.  

Price is per 50 grams/1.76 ounces

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