Each cake is 200g.
About the Tea:
In contrast to KUURA's sun-dried Electroflowercandy, this Yunnan white tea has been dried in the shade. Drying in the shade takes longer, meaning the tea oxidises a little bit more than drying quickly in full sun. The result is a darker liquor, and a more sweet, fruity flavour, and less floral/grassy fragrance. Commonly this style is referred to as Yueguangbai meaning 'Moonlight white' in Chinese.
Tasting notes, you say? Well, maybe a little stone-fruit kinda vibe, lots of honey-like sweetness, maybe even a little bit malty if you really push the brewing. It brews for a very long time, and does very nicely if you simmer it after your session.
As with pretty much all of KUURA's teas, they really only like to buy tea that comes from interesting growing environments, free from agricultural intervention. This means forests and groves rather than the typical terraces that come to mind when someone says 'tea plantation'.
For those wanting to equate this with white teas from Fujian; this tea is picked like a puer; the first 4 or up to 5 viable leaves are picked, rather than just one bud and a leaf or two. So, it may not be as 'pretty' as a baimudan, but you'll forget all about appearance once the thick flavour shows up in your mouth.
Further age should increase the sweet and sticky fragrance and flavours in this tea.
We recommend this tea at all hours and for any mood. Often the kind of tea we reach for when we can't decide what to drink, and it's never disappointing.
Spring 2020 material, pressed into 200g cakes.
"We are a small tea company, based in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia. We specialise in Chinese tea, especially puer tea, and produce our own range of teas each season, from material we source in the tea mountains of Yunnan.
KUURA is primarily the passion project of one individual, created as a natural progression of excessive consumption of puer tea. All 'businessess' exist for a reason, usually to create profits. For sure, this company exists as a way to earn a livelihood, but the primary directive is to find and secure teas that we personally want to drink. The selling and sharing is because, like everyone else, we are held hostage by capitalism, and the constant need to pay rent, eat food, and go about our life. We long for a day where we can just share and drink tea in free association, and not have to sell it. For now, we too must be bastards and try to sell you products, to keep the machine going. Sorry about that."
KUURA travel in-person directly to China, usually twice a year, for the spring and autumn tea season in Yunnan. Whilst there, they spend several weeks in the tea mountains, visiting farmers & producers, inspecting tea forests and gardens, sampling and testing tea, and purchasing material. The final stage of the season is spent organising most of their teas to be pressed, wrapped, and packaged, before being shipped from Yunnan all the way to their warehouse in Australia. Many people are involved in this process, and it is a lot of work; it wouldn't be right to not acknowledge that this all wouldn't be possible without the help and labour of many friends and workers.
KUURA often get asked if their tea is 'direct trade', or if they 'pay the farmers a fair price'. If you are used to these terms applying from other commodities, like coffee, or tea from places like India, it's understandable why you might ask. Tea in China is not so much a commodity as a luxury good, and it is a free market. There is no central 'auction' system, and therefore no set commodity price or futures trading. The price they pay to a farmer for their tea depends on what the farmer and the market at large thinks the tea is worth. This price varies drastically depending on factors such as the quality, scarcity, and demand for the tea.
The most common unit they deal with is an individual or family who owns tea producing land and works it themselves (or with hired labour), selling direct to tea traders in the mountains. They generally do not buy tea from markets, factories, or companies.
It's also important to note that the 'Western' tea market is a drop in the ocean for most Chinese tea producers, as they rarely produce tea for export, but rather for internal consumption. People within China are usually willing to pay more for quality tea than foreign consumers.
Each cake is 200g.